About the residency

IMMA's Residency is a unique programme immersed in the urban context of contemporary Irish culture. Situated onsite at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, its' prime location offers a natural catalyst for creativity and dialogue. IMMA's Collection, Exhibitions, Education and Community Programmes, National Programme, Talks and Lectures, and 17th-century architecture and grounds all provide a dynamic starting point for participants to expand and explore their practice and potentially develop new avenues of research where IMMA residents can tap into the many resources available to them. 

Read more on the main IMMA site


The standard duration of a residency at IMMA is three months for an international artist and six months for an artist based in Ireland.


Each applicant is awarded a studio with complimentary fully furnished accommodation, amenities such as electricity, gas, heating, water and internet are provided free of charge.  Charges apply for phone calls.  A small stipend is awarded to each resident artist.  This stipend will not be sufficient for living expenses and we would recommend that prior to coming on residency at IMMA artists seek alternative funding to subsidise their living costs.
Each participant can avail of a library membership with the National College of Art & Design on Thomas St. which enables them to borrow books: the membership is for the duration of the residency only.  Free parking on site at IMMA is also available.


The residency has eight studio spaces which compromise of four large ground floor spaces and four loft spaces accessible by stairs (two of these being large and two being small).  Practitioners have 24hr access to their individual studio, separate from their accommodation, which is equipped with: desks, chairs, internet, a telephone, basic overhead lighting and a desk lamp, access to a slop sink, a kettle and a basic tool kit.
Resident participants may also have scheduled or limited access to: projectors, slide projectors, printers, computer speakers, media players, monitors, sound equipment, drills and sanders.
Please note that there are not medium or technique specific facilities like a woodshop or media equipment readily accessible.  We recommend that if a practitioner/artist is heavily reliant on a specific piece of equipment to check in with the Residency Co-ordinator to see if this might be readily available - or if the practitioner/artist may need to be partnered with an external resource/institution to provide suitable support for their time on the residency, ie. digital editing, print-making, kilns etc.


The accommodation consists of the Flanker building; a communal house which comprises of four bedrooms, two kitchens, two bathrooms and can accommodate wheelchair users on the ground floor.  Bedrooms are large and modestly furnished with a double bed, armchair, a bedside locker and lamp, a small writing table, a set of drawers, a clock radio, a clothes horse, a hairdryer, storage for clothes as well as wireless internet.  All international guests will be supplied with two sets of bedlinens and four sets of towels in their bedroom.  Residency guests have use of shared kitchen facilities which are fully equipped with a dishwasher, fridges, a microwave, a hob and ovens as well as other basic kitchen appliances.  There are also three separate apartments which contain a small kitchen area, a bathroom, a bedroom and a living space.  There is a communal laundry room for use by residents which has a washing machine, dryer, ironing board and an iron.  There is free internet available throughout all of the accommodation.


All our residency facilities ie. studio and accommodation are located on the same site as the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
IMMA is approximately a 30 minute walk from Dublin city centre.  Public transport can be used to reach IMMA, with the LUAS (Dublins' tram system), Dublin City Bikes and Dublin Bus services all within a short walk from the Museum grounds.

How to find us