International Residency at IMOCA

IMOCA is pleased to announce the launch of our International Artists’ Residencies.  Artists at any point in their career are invited to apply; Masters students in the EU may be eligible to apply for Erasmus Training funding. selection will be made according to the quality of practice, feasibility and our capacity to support the proposed project.  Curators are also welcome to apply.

As of 2015, The Irish Museum of Contemporary Art has evolved into the Independent Museum of Contemporary Arts to facilitate our international projects and interests. IMOCA continues to be a grass-roots, artist-led initiative that operates according to a decentralized model.  Our remit includes exhibition, education and documentation of current and emerging arts practice. We are one of the largest providers of resources and space to the arts community in Ireland, and work closely with arts colleges, university departments and programmes in each country and city we are in.

The residencies are project-based, so applications are expected to focus on the production of work or research that will culminate in exhibition, performance, artist talk or a similar form of public  presentation in one of our various galleries, ideally resulting in the introduction of a physical or electronic piece/edition to our permanent collection.

Typical project proposals will be expected to last approximately three months, although shorter or longer terms may be considered. IMOCA will provide a letter of invitation where necessary, but please note that any visa requirements are ultimately the responsibility of the artist.

The residency includes:

A generously subsidized living space,  inclusive of all utilities and amenities.  Location in whichever country or city is always walking distance to the IMOCA studios & galleries, and supermarkets, gardens, bars, restaurants and city centre.  The accommodations are fully stocked, which means that resident artists need not worry about basics such as linens or kitchen equipment.

  • Ample studio or workspace according to the needs of the artist and nature of the practice or project.
  • Collection from airport
  • Introduction to the city, museum services and on-hand assistance from our team.
  • Access to equipment, tools, materials, assistance and any additionally required resources as possible.
  • All logistical, documentation and promotional concerns for the exhibition/event managed by our staff

Additional opportunities for peer presentations of work, networking with other artists and curators, studio and gallery visits are also possible.

There is NO FEE to apply. Currently there are limited spaces in both our Dublin and Valencia programmes, so the selection process is highly competitive. Proposed terms or lengths of stay can begin at any point during the year and will be considered on an open, rolling basis.

This residency is a subsidized opportunity, so the only cost to the artist is €550 per month of the residency, daily living expenses, and any project materials that are not available from the institution. Upon selection and confirmation the first month’s fee will be accepted as a deposit to ensure participation by the artist. The remaining fee can be paid in advance either monthly or in entirety, depending on the needs of the artist or nature of their funding. IMOCA will gladly provide any letters of invitation that might aid or benefit the artist in receiving grants from their local authorities or awards bodies, and will assist in pursuit of any additional funding or support possible from the artist’s embassy or consul.  The introduction of the work into the permanent collection, or the return/shipping of the work after exhibition, will be decided in agreement with the artist prior to the start of the residency.  Whenever possible, IMOCA will facilitate the shipping/returning of work, but ultimately this cost will be responsibility of the artist, and should be considered when determining the nature/materials/size/weight of the project and intentions post-exhibition.

How to Apply:

Download, fill out and return the Residency Application Form along with an artist’s CV to submissions [at]  You will be notified upon receipt of the application and given a general indication of response time based on volume of applicants at that current time.