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IMMA Residency: A Radical Plot welcomes applications for 2021 programming from artists and cultural practitioners’ nationwide.

Applications will be accepted from 10 February 2021 – 10 March 2021.
Want to make an application? Please refer to the application resources supplied below.

As IMMA enters its 30th Birthday celebration, we are excited to use this polemic time to offer the Museum’s site, it’s history and our collective relationship to an evolving future as a programming catalyst for resident artists. IMMA welcomes applications from artists and cultural practitioners nationwide as to how the onsite studios can be an expanding base for research and engagements through sited activities and interventions in 2021.

This year IMMA will bring a major part of it’s programming outdoors, a central component to this will be IMMA’s ‘Studio Street’ focusing on practices emerging from IMMA’s Residency to activate the wide open space with performances, workshops, pop up exhibitions, readings, interventions and digital content. This year IMMA is prioritising public processes to activate the full scope of the Museum grounds in creative and meaningful ways. The residency will connect the Museum community, affiliated mentors and residents as a gathering of co-thinkers who will work together in adaptable, radical and dynamic ways to reignite the possibilities for creative continuity and inclusivity in these unique and challenging times. Core values for the programme are care and repair, civic agency, play, inclusivity, community, ecologies, and the future.

Residencies will run from one to nine months, commencing from April 2021. Artists and cultural producers can become a part of the fabric of the site, to work together with IMMA’s team and our collective communities reimagining how IMMA can be relevant both locally and internationally. Together, let’s figure out where we go, and how we grow, from here.

Residents will be provided with free studio space and a monthly bursary. Once selected, participating artists and producers will work with the IMMA staff and co-thinkers to identify ways to connect their work, interests, and expertise with site programming.

Important Note: On this occasion IMMA will only accept applications from artists resident in Ireland for at least one year prior to the application deadline.


  • Access to a free studio at IMMA for one (minimum) to nine months (maximum), commencing at various stages from April through until December 2021
  • A €1,000 per month per diem for the duration of the awarded residency
  • Professional supports from museum staff across all departments
  • Additional financial supports will be determined in consultation with IMMA staff for costs incurred for public-facing projects
  • Onsite accommodation will not be available to Dublin based artists
  • For artists based nationwide (areas exceeding reasonable commutable distances) the provision of accommodation will be considered. Please bear in mind that the residency cannot run at full accommodation capacity. Residential facilities are limited so efficient and safe ways to make the most of these resources will be negotiated.
  • Residents will be supported to develop projects for IMMA communities in diverse areas, including: Education, Community Engagement, Public Programmes, Teens, Family, Seniors and Access Programmes, as well as Digital Content.

Travel expenses are not covered by this award

Eligibility & Criteria

  • Practitioners working across a range of creative disciplines are welcome to apply
  • Artists must be a resident of Ireland and have resided here for at least one year prior to the application deadline
  • Participants may not be enrolled in diploma or degree-seeking programmes, either part-time or full-time, at an institution of higher learning at the time of the application deadline or during the residency year
  • Applications from individuals and collectives (max. 4 people) will be considered, collectives should nominate one person from the group to submit an application upon their behalf
  • Selection as part of a group does not equate to individual selection
  • Applicants must be professional practicing artists with an active track record in exhibition making and/or art engagement within recent years

Selection Process

  • Due to the site-specific nature of this Open Call and the practicalities of how IMMA can work in these times, this open call will be assessed and awarded by a panel comprised of IMMA staff.
  • Each application is assessed against the following criteria 1) the artistic quality, 2) the potential contained within the applicants practice, 3) how this may be a transformative and activated opportunity through the support of a residency at IMMA and 4) the timeliness of this opportunity in the artists career
  • All applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection by early April 2021.


  • Open Call commences on Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 14:00hrs GMT/Irish time
  • Application deadline closes on Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 14:00hrs GMT/Irish time
  • Selection is complete by April 2021
  • Programming period, one (minimum) to nine months (maximum) within the timeframe of April – December 2021

Equality, Access and Inclusion

At IMMA we strive to offer residents and visitors the opportunity to participate in and enjoy programmes in an inclusive artistic and educational environment. We seek to provide every resident with an equal opportunity to pursue their creative practice and share their work regardless of Gender, Civil status, Family status, Sexual orientation, Religion, Age, Disability, Race, Membership of the Traveller community or any other characteristic protected by the equality act.

Application Resources 


Application Resources