Institutions that offer support in the form of writing space or retreats
Centre Culturel Irlandais
The Centre Culturel Irlandais is situated in Paris in the Collège des Irlandais, or Irish College, formerly home to a large collegiate community of Irish priests, seminarians and lay scholars whose origins stretch back to 1578. Artists in residence have been appointed on an annual basis since the Centre Culturel Irlandais was inaugurated in October 2002. Through the residencies and its diverse cultural programme, the Centre Culturel Irlandais showcases Ireland's dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage. The annual residency programme offers great opportunities for artists of all disciplines to tap into the resources of the Centre Culturel Irlandais and the City of Light, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland's dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage. The combination of living and working in historic and atmospheric surroundings, in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, is of undeniable benefit to each artist in residence as well as an important means of channelling a wealth of artistic influence towards Ireland and its creative community.
A number of scholarships are also available each year in August aimed at cultural or media professionals who wish to improve their French language skills for professional purposes. Scholarships are for one month with accommodation at the Centre Culturel Irlandais and enrolment at an approved course at the Institut Catholique de Paris.
Six in the Attic is an initiative funded under the Arts Council's Resource-Sharing Scheme, which allows Irish Theatre Institute to provide theatre artists (or companies) with space, time and practical resources coupled with mentoring and advice services which they need to explore, develop and make work in a conducive environment. The scheme is called Six in the Attic because in its first iteration there were six participants. In 2015 the scheme is being expanded again to incorporate a dedicated Writers Annex . The top floor of ITI's building at 17 Eustace Street has been configured to provide space for the participants to work in.
In addition to the physical space ITI provides a framework of ongoing support and mentoring including expert advice on a range of topics from networking and touring to application processes, funding schemes, artistic planning, career development and payroll and budget management to each company/artist.
Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig
The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is a residential workplace open to professional practitioners in all art forms. Artist residencies/retreats are for maximum periods of one month in the Big House and three months in the self-catering Farmyard Cottages.
In a tranquil, beautiful setting amid the lakes and drumlins of County Monaghan everything is provided for, including delicious food. With the advice and encouragement of his family Sir Tyrone Guthrie bequeathed his family home and estate to the State with the proviso that it be used for the benefit of artists. It was an inspired decision and one that has positively reshaped the cultural landscape of Ireland forever.
‘The Big House’ as it is affectionately known, accommodates up to eleven residents and up to six can stay in the self-catering cottages. Eight studio spaces are also available along with a performance/dance space and a new print studio.