Open call 2014 for Cappamore Arts Studios, Limerick City and County Council

Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council is delighted to announce an open call  to recognised cultural practitioners, artists, writers and multi-disciplinary practitioners, to  apply for the use of four new Arts Studio Units in Cappamore, Co. Limerick. 

The Arts Studios, Cappamore Library, form a part of Limerick City and County Council’s cultural strategy to continue to develop the cultural infrastructure of Limerick and to support the cultural economy. The Arts Studios create conditions for affordable spaces for individuals to make work and to attract and keep artists living and working in County Limerick by encouraging working within the rural context. 

“The growing recognition of the value of affordable studios for artists has now manifested itself in the provision by Limerick City and County Council of 4 new studios in Cappamore,” explained Sheila Deegan, Limerick Arts Officer. “Studios are important places for artists to have the time and space to create new work and consider new practices. The incorporation of studios into this mixed-use development in Cappamore will help deliver cultural, community and economic value to Limerick.” 

A licence charge for each studio unit of €100 per month exclusive will apply. Each Studio Unit comprises of a studio workspace and toilet.The studio units have the benefit of a security alarm system, a Belfast sink and an electric storage heating system with charges for electricity subject to review after the first quarter.

This studio unit is a part of a complex of new Library and Arts Studios, in which four studios are licensed for a period of one year. Any occupancy in excess of one year is subject to review at the complete discretion of the Council. 

Sheila Deegan continued: “These studio units offer affordable spaces for individuals to make work, for recognised, professional cultural practitioners at all stages of their careers. Although applicants may not necessarily earn income continuously from their cultural practice, they must identify themselves and be recognised by their peers as professional practitioners. A degree or a diploma from a recognised educational institution, or the equivalent professional experience is necessary and applicants must have been born in, or be resident in, the Republic of Ireland. Priority will be given to recognised, professional cultural practitioners working in the arts and cultural sector. “ 
Persons in full time education, undergraduate students and full time MA students will not be considered for occupancy.

Criteria for scoring includes:

  • Track record of the applicant in relation to levels of experience
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Suitability of applicant’s work practice to Cappamore library and Arts Studios complex and to the ethos of the Studio complex
  • Contribution to and impact on the arts and the rural community. 

A selection committee will review the applications and based on the material provided makes recommendations to Limerick City and County Council. An interview may form a part of the selection process. 

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