Port Residency

Lay of the Land invites you to apply to take part in an immersive site-responsive residency in the wild untouched landscape of An Port, near the expansive Glencollumkill Pass. The residency will take place at a tiny wilderness cottage at the edge of the Donegal Coast. We are excited to explore new terrain creatively and to share this experience with you.

Lay of the Land are particularly interested in art practices where themes of landscape, environment and collaboration play key roles. It is open to artists from across all disciplines including and not restricted to visual arts, performance, writing, music, and theatre, textiles, craft and carpentry.

Lay of the Land will be running two residencies back to back. The house can accommodate 4 artists for each residency. Please read the guidelines listed below carefully to find out more about the residency.

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About the residency

LOTL has grown into an indispensable visual arts organisation that is deeply committed to developing a supportive environment for artists and advancing the creation and understanding of art within the context of landscapes. 

The Res 1-3 Series creates the circumstances where artists can take their practice outside the confines of a traditional studio space and gallery setting and develop new work in remarkable outdoor locations. 

Additionally, Lay of the Land will provide the opportunity for the residents to learn the basics in a number of skills if they desire - printmaking, frame loom weaving with natural materials and traditional basket weaving; using learning as a tool for connection. This sparks new ideas and directions.


LOTL questions and experiments with how art can exist in a landscape; not only through the conceptual development and discussions components of the residencies, but also through the elemental, topographical and logistical constraints of the locations.

LOTL draws upon both Ireland’s deep and broad pool of talented artists and the majesty and beauty of isolated areas throughout the island to push the boundaries of contemporary art. 

LOTL recognise the intrinsic value of cultural activities in our society and will continue to foster the relationship between our artists and the land to create connections that lasts well beyond the scope of each activity.


THE location

The location will provide the artists with a powerful backdrop for their development. The days will involve 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”?

During the site-responsive residency Lay of the Land create an environment for dynamic artistic practices, expanding support networks for professional artists and encouraging collaboration and discourse between the artists. The residency framework gives the artists the power to set the parameters for collaboration and group discussions. 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

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DATES: 7-13th July or 14-20th July.
LOCATION: Stone Cottage, An Port, Donegal.

The residency will take place in a 200-year-old traditional stone whitewashed cottage, sympathetically restored to retain its original character and charm. Sheep wander around outside where there hill rolls down into the ocean.

There is only one rough road into the place – and the nearest neighbours are three miles up the valley.

The cottage is off-grid, and is lightly-powered by solar panels. This gives visitors a rare opportunity to switch off from wifi - and immerse yourself deeply into the experience. There are wood burning stoves for heat, a gas stove for cooking, and a large bath which fills with mineral rich water from the soft bog outside. The cottage is basic and raw. Be prepared for no electricity…but look forward to candlelight evenings.

Residents will share one bunk room with an en suite, and will have access to a shared living space and kitchen.

Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served up daily.

The experience of the cottage is something so special. The raw nature of the space gives the successful applicants a deep understanding of the natural environment surrounding them.

It’s important to have a sense of adventure and willingness to embrace the outdoors despite the weather! Please bring warm clothes, rain gear and walking boots. Artists must supply their own art materials.

Cost: A nominal fee of €350 will be charged per artist, this will cover bed, board and fuel for the duration of the residency.

Getting there: Please be mindful of the 40 minute drive from the closest town of Ardara. In order to explore the surrounding hinterland, the reality is that the residents will need at least 1 car between the group.


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There are 4 available spaces on each residency and artists/creatives who wish to apply are asked to send the following information.

  • Paragraph about your work / working practice / bio / CV / artist statement / Photos of previous work.

    (limit to 4 pages in total)

  • A short paragraph outlining your expectations for the residency.

  • Answer to 3 questions: (Please limit to 500 words each)

    • Tell us about your relationship to the landscape?

    • You have an idea… then what? Tell us about your working process

    • What was the last adventure you went on?

  • Logistical questions:

    • Do you drive? Do you have access to a car? Where will you be travelling from?

    • Are you available for both week 1 or week 2 of the residency, or do you have a preference?

We have designed this application to get a good overview of your work/working process as well as your ideas, unexplored ideas, need for a new adventure or whatever else is motivating you to apply (rather than what you plan to do day to day).

Applications can be emailed to hello@layoftheland.ie by midnight 8th June. Successful applicants will be notified on 14th June.

Please get in touch via email with any questions.