Guidelines for Applicants

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre promotes excellence and innovation in the arts by providing residential opportunities and workspaces for artists, designers, directors, critics, and others in the arts sector with a proven record of achievement.

Applicants are required to focus on a project or a detailed programme of work to be undertaken within a timeframe, in an environment which supports and values high standards, peer evaluation and exchange, and a self-directed work ethic. Irish language and music is part of the artistic endeavour at Annaghmakerrig where opportunities also arise for new collaborations across art-forms and international boundaries.

Applicant criteria for new applicants

Application is invited from practising artists working in all genres, along with designers, film makers, editors, critics, directors, and others in the arts sector with a proven record of achievement. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a professional; you must identify yourself, and be recognised by your peers, as a professional in your area of expertise.
  • Only those with a proven track record in their field of creativity may apply. i.e. you must be published by a recognised publisher, or you must have had a solo exhibition in a recognised Art Gallery, for example. 
  • Demonstrate recent artistic achievements in your primary creative field.

We welcome applications from local, national, and international creatives.


As the Tyrone Guthrie Centre is funded through the Arts Council of Ireland/An Comhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, successful applicants living and working on the island of Ireland are required to acknowledge their residency with us by, for example, using our approved logo on book covers, exhibition catalogue covers, theatre programme covers etc., and in online and hardcopy PR material. Please contact our office for our approved logo 

Bursary holders, whether County Council or through one of our partner organisations, are required to acknowledge their busary, the bursary funder/partner organisation, and their residency with us. Please contact the specific organisation for their logo, and our office for our approved logo

Apply Online

The Online Form is available here and will guide you through each step of the process. It is not possible to save the form and return to it later so you will need to prepare your text in advance. It is a good idea to write up this text on a separate document and copy it into the online application form to ensure you don’t lose it.

In order to apply online you will need:

  • An email address.
  • Information that you would include with most standard CVs/ résumés including a short statement of your achievements to date; for example: awards and distinctions, details of any work in the public realm such as publications, exhibitions, group shows, recordings, performances, commissions, critical reviews etc. and a short statement of artistic intent, clearly and concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during your time with us. 
  • Examples of your work, for example;
    • For literature, poetry, criticism etc please upload word docs, or PDF documents.
    • For visual art, print, sculpture, photography, architecture, and design, please upload images of your work in .JPEG's or .PNG format. You may upload a maximum of 6 images.
    • For music please upload mp3s, or link to your work online in soundcloud or a suitable format. If uploading files you may upload a maximum of 3 music files.
    • In the case of film, video, or dance, please include links to Youtube of Vimeo samples of your work in the Links box below the Upload section. You may include multiple links.
    • You may also include web links to any relevant articles/reviews of your work.
    • Names and email addresses for two referees who can vouch for your work. Please ensure to follow GDPR guidelines, and request permission from your referees to use their names, and to give their contact details to us.


Selection Process

Applications be acknowledged on receipt. Applications are considered by a panel which meets a few times a year. Your patience is requested.

If applying as a group each artist must submit their own application. That means that once approved, they may come as part of the group, or as individual artists.


Returning residents, or those who have previously been resident with us on a bursary, do not have to go through the New Applicants process, as above. However, you are required to fill out a Returning Resident application form as we are no longer taking returning resident bookings by telephone. Please email - with 'Returning Resident Application Form' in the subject line and we will send you the link to the form.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The residency is open to practitioners in all art forms, with a proven track record in their professional field.
  2. Residencies are for a minimum of 7 days and a maximum of weeks (14 nights) for the main house and a minimum of 7 days and a maximum of 1 months for the farmyard cottages for the duration of 2021.
  3. Residents must adhere to the ethos of the house, respecting the privacy of others. 
  4. All residents in the Big House are expected to attend dinner at 7pm on each evening of their stay. Use of mobile phones and tablets is prohibited at the dinner table.
  5. Applicants are approved on an individual basis. For couples who wish to apply for a residency, the must apply separately, and accommodation can only be offered in the self-catering farmyard cottages.
  6. In order to maintain the ethos of the Centre, children and pets are not permitted.
  7. Please note that the Big House kitchen is not guaranteed to be gluten, nut, or lactose free. Successful applicants with special dietary requirements, other than vegetarian, will be assigned accommodation in the self-catering farmyard cottages.