Ceramics Residency Programme 2017 @ Limerick School of Art and Design

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Deadline: 31st May 2017


The benefits of exposure to professional practitioners has long been recognised by the LSAD Ceramics programme. In 2015 an innovative, formal Residency for practitioners was established within the programme as a staple part of artistic investigation, dialogue and educational practice. We believe that students observing the practice and discipline of resident artists and interacting with them over a continuous period of time will provide invaluable insights to practice outside of education. In turn we offer emerging makers time, space, facilities and materials within our dynamic studios to develop their studio practice.

Artists begin their residency in mid-September. Over the course of their residency, participants make a number of presentations on their practice and give a demonstration of skills that are specific to their making processes. The residency culminates in an exhibition of work completed during the participant’s time within the ceramics programme. This is accompanied by an exhibition of process, demonstrating both the creative process and the technical development of the work.

We welcome applicants from the breadth of ceramic practice, selecting two annually to work within the ceramics facilities for six months. The residency benefits both practitioner and students through an exchange of experience, skills, materials and facilities and affords students a valuable opportunity to work alongside and engage with professionals in practice.

To date we have had four residents, Gemma Dardis and Maeve Haugh in 2015 and Kate O’Kelly and Mary Conroy in 2016.

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LIT/LSAD Ceramics Programme

The ceramics programme at LSAD is the largest of its kind in Ireland, with a dedicated staff representing the multiplicity of contemporary ceramic practice. Their combined skills cover the field of ceramics, education, professional practice and critical and contextual studies. The light filled ceramics facility is situated over 2 floors of the LSAD campus and is superbly equipped, allowing the programme to cover a diverse range of art, design and craft practice, and for students to develop a complex range of skills. Facilities include individual workspaces alongside large communal studios and workshops. The fully equipped workshops allow for a broad range of making processes including model and mould making, slip casting, throwing, hand-building, glazing, firing and decal printing. We also provide 3D design software.

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What we offer Residents:

  • Designated space to work in.
  • Full use of all communal ceramics workspaces.
  • Access to appropriate college equipment and facilities in line with postgraduate student access.
  • A reasonable quantity of materials as costed during the application process.
  • Opportunities for peer discussion where desired with Programme staff.
  • Where possible ceramics staff will negotiate access to other courses/technical areas of interest to the Resident in advance of commencement, or to areas of interest that emerge over the course of the Residency.
  • Access to a well-equipped library on campus.
  • An induction to the Clare Street Campus and the ceramics facilities for those who have not previously received same for Clare Street Campus and the ceramics course.
  • Health and Safety induction specific to machinery/equipment being used.
  • Insurance cover for the participant in keeping with current student cover.
  • Provide an exhibition opportunity within LIT on completion of the residency.

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Residents will provide the following during the residency period:

  • A presentation at the outset of the residency for staff and students of the ceramics programme introducing themselves as a maker and outlining the areas to be explored during the residency.
  • A presentation on their professional practice.
  • Arrange one practical demonstration of special techniques/use of materials and processes as applied in their work to assist student understanding of their practice.
  • Make a presentation at the mid-point of their residency showing the developments in their work over the course of the residency to that point.
  • Maintain regular presence in the studios.
  • On completion of the residency, exhibit work/work in progress accompanied by evidence of their working process within the Clare Street Campus.
  • On completion make a final presentation reflecting on the residency experience.
  • On completion of the residency, provide feedback that will inform ongoing developmentof the experience.

Please direct general enquiries to:

Fiona Bourke at: fiona.bourke@lit.ie

Owen Quinlan at: owen.quinlan@lit.ie

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Applicants must have completed a relevant BA Degree or show evidence of relevant experience. (This may include an apprenticeship, completion of relevant ceramics training or postgraduate studies).They must have spent at least 2 years developing professionally since completion. A panel of the programme staff will review all applications.

Practitioners will make a formal application to include:

  • A professional CV outlining experience, exhibitions or relevant professional practice.
  • A statement of intent outlining their proposed activity over the residency period.
  • A statement of intended outcomes (e.g. producing work for a specific exhibition, exploring a defined area of research interest.)
  • A costing for materials necessary to complete their intended outcome for the residency.
  • A selected (digital) portfolio of professional images of work.
  • A brief account of how their specific skills or approach to practice could contribute to the course over the residency period.

Applications will be accepted throughout the year. Final date for submission is 31st May each year and notification of the outcome will be sent out at the end of June. We will then make contact with the successful applicants to discuss the starting date for their residency. Residencies normally run from mid-September to the end of March.

Applications for September 2017 must be forwarded to the following email:


Deadline: 31st May 2017

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Situated in the Mid-west, within24kilometres of Shannon Airport, Limerick is the ideal hub for travel to any of Irelands’ major cities or attractions. The UNESCO sites of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher are located within an hour of the city to name but a few.There is a lively arts and social scene including galleries, pubs and music venues. The city boasts the intimate Hunt Museum Collection which also houses the newly established Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection – an initiative of LSAD Ceramics. The Limerick City Gallery is home to a permanent collection and regular exhibitions by international artists and EV+A International, Irelands Biennial of Contemporary Art.



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