FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for artists in Ireland

Can my partner / family stay with me in the studio?

Yes, however the studios are open plan, i.e. there is no partition between your living area and your working area. Your partner / family can stay but remember that we do not allow internal modifications to the studios. Also remember that FSAS is primarily a working environment and so may not be suitable to family needs.

Can I share a studio with another artist to collaborate on a project?

Yes. Make your application for the studio jointly. Remember the studios are open plan, i.e. there is no partition between your living area and your working area. We do not allow internal modifications to the studios.

Can I apply as an artist with a disability?

Yes. We welcome artists with disabilities and will discuss with you your needs around accessibility.  FSAS has a history of supporting artists with disabilities and would aim to continue this through our studio residency programme. The building has a lift that ensures access to all other areas. Please give details of your requirements when you apply for your studio.

If I apply for one year, can I get an extension for the second?

Not automatically. The lease issued to you covers the time you have put on your application or the time offered to you. After this time, you must re-apply for the studio space, and it is not guaranteed as competition for the studios is intense.

If the time offered to you is greater than one year, you will get a lease for the first year. After that, an internal review takes place, and normally the lease is extended. In this case, you do not need to reapply.

Two years and nine months is the absolute maximum lease time for residential studio spaces. Residential leases are never issued for more than one year at a time.

Can you give me a grant to meet my studio costs?

FSAS cannot provide financial help to you to meet your rental. We will support you in whatever way we can to get grant aid. Your light and heat are covered in the rental charges.

What about my status with Social Welfare - rent relief, tax allowances and so on?

This is between you and the agency / department concerned. If you decide to apply for rent allowance, we will give you the documents that would be issued by a landlord. We issue you with receipts for your rent payments and are inclusive of VAT.

You may qualify for an allowance from the Revenue Commissioners for your rental. They will advise you about this. FSAS can issue receipts for all rent payments.

Can my pet live in my studio?

Fire Station has a no pet policy, and this must be discussed on a case by case basis. As with all residential provision, the general wellbeing of the provision is the aim.

What other resources can I access on residency at Fire Station?

At FSAS all resident artists have access to the Resource Centre and equipment (at a subsidised rental cost) and Meeting Room. Artists may also book the use of workshop space in the Sculpture Workshop (subject to availability) at a cost of €50 per week.

What level of support can I expect during a residency at Fire Station?

All residencies at Fire Station – both short-term and long-term – are self-directed. There are some communal spaces at Fire Station - the Resource Centre and the Sculpture Workshop - and occasional social events are organised, however, please note that each of the studios is self-contained and the emphasis is on self-directed research and practice.

Fire Station staff can offer support and advice wherever possible or practical. Resident artists have scheduled access to curatorial and technical support from Fire Station staff.

Are the studios furnished?

All of the studios come furnished with household basics: bed, sofa, kitchen table and chairs and household utensils and equipment. Resident artists are welcome to move in additional furniture and equipment but Fire Station cannot provide out-of-studio storage. An inventory is signed at the beginning of the lease and care of FSAS property is the responsibility of residents.

Is there somewhere to park my car/bike?

Yes, there is a car park at the back of the building and a bicycle rack, but spaces can not be guaranteed in the daytime.

What is included in the rent?

Currently the rental amount includes all of your utility bills: electricity, heating, waste disposal and hot water. It also includes broadband/WiFi.

Frequently Asked Questions for artists outside Ireland

Can my partner / family stay with me in the studio?

Yes, however the studios are open plan, i.e. there is no partition between your living area and your working area. Your partner / family can stay but remember that we do not allow internal modifications to the studios. Also remember that FSAS is primarily a working environment and so may not be suitable to family needs.

Can I share a studio with another artist to collaborate on a project?

Yes. Make your application for the studio jointly. Remember the studios are open plan, i.e. there is no partition between your living area and your working area. We do not allow internal modifications to the studios.

Can I apply as an artist with a disability?

Yes. We welcome artists with disabilities. Please discuss needs in advance as studios are not specifically designed for universal acess.

The building has a lift that ensures access to all other areas. Please give details of your requirements when you apply for your studio.

Do I get an allowance with my studio?

We cannot provide an allowance to you. Studio spaces and facilities are subsidised but you will be paying rent. We will support you in whatever way we can to get grant aid. Your wifi, light and heat are covered in the rental charges.

Can you give me a grant to meet my studio costs?

We cannot provide financial help to you to meet your rental. We will support you in whatever way we can to get grant aid. Your light and heat are covered in the rental charges.

Is the Fire Station centrally located?

We are in the middle of Ireland’s capital city, Dublin which has a vibrant, diverse social and cultural scene. It also has rich traditions and a proud cultural heritage.

FSAS is also well served by public transport, with a train, tram and bus station beside it. Using FSAS as your base, you can reach all parts of the country.

What level of support can I expect during a residency at FSAS?

All residencies at FSAS are self-directed. There are some communal spaces at FSAS - the Resource Centre and the Sculpture Workshop - and occasional social events are organised, however, please note that each of the studios is self-contained and the emphasis is on self-directed research and practice.

Fire Station Artists' Studios staff can offer support and advice wherever possible or practical. Resident artists have scheduled access to curatorial and technical support from FSAS staff.

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