We believe strongly in being an inclusive space that nurtures creative talent and supports the development of ideas, particularly those focused on driving positive change. The Tara Creative Arts Residency is one of the ways we continue to work towards this belief.

This programme awards three-month residencies at The Tara Building and is open to anyone who is working on a creative arts project.

Our current residency is now running until 31 May 2023. Applications for this round are now closed.

What We Offer

We are offering up desk space in a beautiful coworking, event and community hub in Dublin city centre. This is not a studio residency, so it’s best suited to creatives who would benefit from a desk in a shared workspace. Digital artists, filmmakers, animators, writers, illustrators, thinkers, designers, theatre-makers, curators etc. are strongly encouraged to apply.

The residency includes

  • A beautiful, bright workspace in Dublin city centre
  • 24/7 access to the building and our stunning roof garden
  • Free access to our culture and events programme
  • Opportunities to engage with our beloved community
  • Use of our event space with Team Tara support
  • Use of our meeting rooms
  • Mentorship opportunities with Tara’s creative members, friends, and artists

Creative Arts Residency FAQs

We will consider applications from creative people and projects, whether you are a recent graduate or are later in your career. Unfortunately, we will not consider applicants who are still in full-time education. The residency does not include studio space, so it is best suited to creatives who can work from a desk. Theatre-makers, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, thinkers, performers, curators, designers etc. are strongly encouraged to apply.

We want to give this residency to people who will truly benefit from it; to make the most of the desk space and our amazing amenities, and to integrate with our community We don’t have any rules about your creative output during your time with us, but our expectation is that you will commit to using the space regularly. If you do produce a body of work during your time at Tara, we would love to help you showcase it to our members and/or the public using our event space.

We offer desk space, secure bike storage, lockers, a reception desk, meeting space, a rooftop garden, events, and community, alongside snacks, tea, and speciality coffee. There are plenty of lovely lunch places nearby, and the occasional free meal with our members' events. If you wish to run an event as part of your residency, we would be happy to provide our event venue and support from our team.

No, we can only offer desk space in our shared workspace. This also includes access to our many amenities, including bike storage, lockers, meeting rooms, event space, and a rooftop garden.

Yes, we offer 3–4 rounds of creative arts residencies per year. So if the upcoming dates don’t suit you, you’re welcome to apply for our next round. Our dates may vary slightly, so keep an eye on our socials or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop.

We do not supply materials, so please bring along whatever you need to get started. Your desk and our friendly team will be here for you whenever needed.

The ground floor of our building is accessible. The ground floor has a large co-working space with desks, a meeting room, accessible toilets, a kitchenette, and ramps. We regret that we do not currently have a lift that provides access to the upper floors and roof garden. If you have any accessibility requirements or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out so we can discuss how we can best accommodate your needs.

We ask applicants to fill out an application form. This form will ask you to tell us a bit about yourself and your work, and allow you to upload your portfolio or link to some recent projects. We will confirm receipt of your application, and a selection of candidates will be invited to interview. Applications for this round are now closed, but you can sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about future opportunities.

We currently offer residencies to three artists at a time.

Karen Lee

From the moment that I received confirmation that I had won the Creative Arts Residency, I knew that it would be a very fruitful experience. I was fully supported by the staff at the Tara Building and was made to feel right at home by the Tara Community. They were always open to my ideas and available at all times should I have needed them. The space was perfect - large, bright, safe and ideally located with the best view of the Liffey, the Custom House and Liberty Hall! It was the perfect recipe to get creative. My only regret was that I couldn't stay forever!

Karen Lee

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