The Linenhall Arts Centre will support a visual artist with a residency programme for the second year in a row.

The Bolay Residency 2021 will take place over eight weeks, from Tuesday 26 October to Friday 17 December 2021 and includes a purpose built studio in the Linenhall, accommodation at Lough Lannagh Village, tailored mentorship, a purpose-built digital suite, an artist fee of €8,000, a materials budget of €2,000 and an exhibition opportunity at the Linenhall in 2022. 

Focused on artists who feel disconnected from their practice, whether for a myriad of reasons - health, financial, family or caring responsibilities; or a creative block, the goal of the residency is to provide the artist with an opportunity to expand and reconnect to their practice, in a supportive and creative environment. By dedicating eight weeks of their time in the West of Ireland to create new work or further develop an existing project, the Linenhall Arts Centre will offer facilities and resources for productive experimentation, dialogue, and collaboration. Artists travelling with children or dependents are welcome. 

The inaugural Bolay Residency was presented by the Linenhall in 2020, in honour of visual artist Veronica Bolay who sat on its Board of Trustees for a period spanning 13 years. Mayo artist Bryan Gerard Duffy was selected from ten of Mayo’s most prominent visual artists, by the Linenhall’s Visual Arts Committee. Duffy developed three site-specific artworks for public areas of the arts centre that will remain at the Linenhall indefinitely. 

There is new focus for the 2021 residency, for an artist to benefit from a supportive environment and dedicated studio time at a pivotal stage of their career. The successful artist will be selected by a panel of industry professionals. “We are so pleased to be running a visual arts residency for the second year in a row, as supporting artists is a core part of what we do. We’re looking forward to welcoming an artist into the Linenhall, bringing life back to the building after seven months of closure and hope that this residency will play a critical role in supporting the development of an artist’s work,” enthused Linenhall Director, Bernadette Greenan. 

The Bolay Residency 2021 is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and run in collaboration with Lough Lannagh Village. Submissions open on Tuesday 17 August with a deadline of Friday 24 September at 5pm. Submissions are accepted via Due to the substantial nature of the residency, the administration of the application and selection process will be managed by the team at Visual Artists Ireland. Contact or 01 672 9488 with any queries. See the full residency brief here

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