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Calafort is a new residency series, the first instalment of which will take place in the epic landscape at An Port, Donegal over the 21-25th March. 

Lay of the Land invites you to partake in an immersive, off grid residency in An Port, Donegal. Lay of the Land are particularly interested in practices that engage with landscape, and/or employ historical or first-hand research of the locality in which the residency takes place. It is open to artists and makers from across all disciplines.

An Port, is remotely situated to the north-west of the Gaeltacht region of Glencolmcille and lies where the wild Northwest Coast of Ireland meets the Atlantic Ocean. Overlooking Port there is an old stone cottage where the artists in residence will live and work. The residency is open to artists, curators, musicians, writers, creatives and makers of all disciplines.


RESIDENCY: The location will provide the artists with a powerful backdrop for their development.The days will involve long walks exploring the landscape; engaging with it and each other will encourage the artists to gain a greater understanding of where their practice lies. Group discussions will centre around an overarching question of “What is the current cultural landscape of Ireland”? There will be an emphasis on documentation, skill swapping sessions and time alone for each resident to explore the direction their work is taking or would like to take. Without the constraints of producing something final, residents will be free to create without expectations.



The off-grid cottage can host 5 residents. There is a central living space and kitchen, and two stoves. Everything runs on gas and solar creating a rare opportunity to spend time disconnected from the internet and social media. 


APPLICATION: Applicants can send information about their working practice/bio/blurb, as well as a brief summary of their expectations for the residency to Closing date for applications FRIDAY 9th March. 


COST: For our first instalment we are offering the residency to a select number of people at a reduced cost of €240/person, so this is a great opportunity to experience An Port and it's surrounds as well as our immersive residency programme on its pilot run. This fee will cover accommodation, fuel and food. 


Please note artists must supply their own art materials.

Maximum 5 residents.

Please contact for further details.