Open call for studio residency 

Athlone Arts and Tourism is now accepting short- and long-term studio residency applications for the facility at Abbey Road Artists’ Studios, a resource for artists of all disciplines set in the heart of Athlone Town. 

In addition to 24-hour studio access, the successful applicant will have access to wi-fi internet and free parking. The chosen artist will receive administrative and marketing support in areas such as proposal writing and funding applications from the Athlone Arts and Tourism team. Studio artists also enjoy discounted rates for workshops, lectures, talks, and events run by Athlone Arts and Tourism.

Past artists at Abbey Road Artists’ Studios include established artists such as Lesley Wingfield, Catherine Rock, Ann McGuinness, Geraldine Kretsch, Lawrence O’Neill, Margo McNulty, Lucy Kelly Desmond, Carol Kelly, and Paul Timoney, who each work in a variety of media including printmaking, painting, embroidery, and performance. Current studio residents are Niamh Dalby and Tina Hayes who work in a variety of methods including drawing and painting, including oils, print, and textiles.

Carmel Duffy, manager of Athlone Arts and Tourism said: “Abbey Road Artists’ Studios is strongly linked to its sister venue Luan Gallery. The gallery and company staff work to help support the professional development of the studio artists occupying Abbey Road Artists’ Studios. Frequently, the artists are contracted to deliver workshops and hobby courses.

“The Boardwalk Space in Luan Gallery is used to showcase the work of the studio artists at various times throughout the year. The gallery is used to help promote the artists in residence at the studios and retail space for commercial products is also available.”

Studios are priced from €100 per month, including all utilities. Submission guidelines for applicants can be found at

The closing date for submissions is September 30. Call (090 ) 6442154 or email [email protected] for further details.


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