- How long are the residencies?
FSAS Residential Awards are offered for a period of 1, 2 or 3 years. Our residencies are offered and designed for the development of the career of each awardee, and are therefore contingent on the awardee pursuing a career as a visual artist during the residency. The residency is subject to a licence agreement, with a review taking place after a year.
- What is included in the rent?
The rental payment includes all utility bills: electricity, heating, waste disposal and hot water. It also covers broadband/WiFi and site security. See rent rates for each studio on our Studios page.
- Are the studios furnished?
All the studios come furnished with household basics: bed, sofa, kitchen table and chairs, and household utensils and equipment. Resident artists are welcome to add additional furniture and equipment; however, Fire Station Artists’ Studios cannot provide out-of-studio storage. An inventory of contents is signed at the beginning of the lease and the care of FSAS property is the sole responsibility of each resident.
- Is there somewhere to park my car/bike?
Yes, there is a car park and a bicycle rack at the back of the building. However, please note that these spaces cannot be guaranteed during the day since external artists also use our facilities.
- Can I apply for a residency as an artist with a disability?
Yes. We welcome artists with disabilities and are happy to discuss your needs regarding accessibility. FSAS has a history of supporting artists with disabilities through our studio residency programme and intends to continue this policy. The building has a lift that ensures access to all areas. Please give us details of your requirements when you apply for a residency.
- I am a student. Can I apply?
No. We are not accepting applications from full-time or part-time students, including those at PhD level.
- I have already been a resident at Fire Station Artists’ Studios. Can I apply again?
No. We don’t accept applications from artists who have previously taken residence at FSAS. You are, however, welcome to apply if you have received any other awards from us.
- I am based outside of Ireland. Can I apply?
Yes. Irish artists based abroad, as well as international artists with a demonstrable connection to Ireland, are welcome to apply. A demonstrable connection could be an ongoing project, existing professional relationships or a prospective project with Irish partners.
- Can my partner/family stay with me in the studio?
FSAS is primarily a working environment, so it may not be suitable for family needs. Residencies at FSAS are offered for the development of your career as a visual artist and the studios have no boundary between living and working areas. Our workshop and courtyard are open access, similar to a factory floor. This layout poses real restrictions for children and visitors, and it is the sole responsibility of awarded artists to ensure that their visitors take sufficient care while they are in the building.
- Can my pet live in my studio?
No. Pets are not allowed at Fire Station Artists’ Studios for reasons of hygiene and general management, since many people live on site.
- Can you give me a grant to meet my studio costs?
FSAS cannot provide you with financial assistance to meet your rent. However, we will support you in whatever way we can to help you obtain grant aid. Our subsidised rents include utilities, waste disposal, parking, internet access, and site security.
- What about my status with Social Welfare - rent relief, tax allowances, and so on?
This is a matter for you and the relevant agency/department. If you decide to apply for rent allowance or other support, we will provide you with all the relevant documents that a landlord would issue you with. We will also give you receipts for your rent payments, inclusive of VAT.
- What other resources can I access as a resident of Fire Station Artists’ Studios?
You can access our facilities in the digital media centre and sculpture workshop at reduced rates, and our Sculpture, Digital Media and curatorial team will support you in your professional development. You can use our Project Space for meetings and work documentation, subject to availability.
- What level of support can I expect during a residency at Fire Station?
All residencies at Fire Station Artists’ Studios are largely self-directed. Each of the studios is self-contained and the overall emphasis is on self-directed research and practice. However, some of our communal spaces and occasional social events are organised. Our staff can offer support and advice wherever possible or practical. Resident artists have scheduled access to curatorial and technical support from staff.
- Can you tell me more about moving to Ireland?
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