Limerick School of Art & Design | Ceramics Residency

Posted 25.03.19

The benefits of exposure to professional practitioners has long been recognised by the LSAD Ceramics programme. In 2015 an innovative, formal Residency for practitioners was established within the programme as a staple part of artistic investigation, dialogue and educational practice.

We believe that students observing the practice and discipline of resident artists and interacting with them over a continuous period will provide invaluable insights to practice outside of education. In turn we offer emerging makers time, space, facilities and materials within our dynamic studios to develop their studio practice.

Artists begin their residency in mid-September. Over the course of their residency, participants make a number of presentations on their practice and give a demonstration of skills that are specific to their making processes. The residency culminates in an exhibition of new works completed by participants during their time within the ceramics programme. This is accompanied by an exhibition of process, demonstrating both the creative process and the technical development of the work. We welcome applicants from the breadth of ceramic practice, selecting two annually to work within the ceramics facilities for six months. The residency benefits both practitioner and students through an exchange of experience, skills, materials and facilities and affords students a valuable opportunity to work alongside and engage with professionals in practice.

What we offer Residents:

  • Designated space to work in.
  • Full use of all communal ceramics workspaces.
  • Access to appropriate college equipment and facilities in line with postgraduate student access.
  • A reasonable quantity of materials as costed during the application process.
  • Opportunities for peer discussion where desired with Programme staff.
  • Where possible ceramics staff will negotiate access to other courses/technical areas of interest to the Resident in advance of commencement, or to areas of interest that emerge over the course of the Residency.
  • Access to a well-equipped library on campus.
  • An induction to the Clare Street Campus and the ceramics facilities.
  • Health and Safety induction specific to machinery/equipment being used.
  • Insurance cover for the participant in keeping with current student cover.
  • Provide an exhibition opportunity within LIT on completion of the residency.


Applicants must have completed a relevant BA Degree or show evidence of relevant experience. (This may include an apprenticeship, completion of relevant ceramics training or postgraduate studies). They must have spent at least 2 years developing professionally since completion. A panel of the programme staff will review all applications.

Practitioners will make a formal application to include:

  • A professional CV outlining experience, exhibitions or relevant professional practice.
  • A statement of intent outlining their proposed activity over the residency period.
  • A statement of intended outcomes (e.g. producing work for a specific exhibition, exploring a defined area of research interest.)
  • An itemised costing of materials necessary to complete their intended outcome for the residency. (The institution is supplied by Scarva Pottery Supplies ( Please calculate your budget using their website. Total cost excluding VAT.
  • A selected (digital) portfolio of professional images of work.
  • A brief account of how their specific skills or approach to practice could contribute to the course over the residency period.

Applications will be accepted throughout the year. Final date for submission is 20th May and notification of the outcome will be sent out at the end of May. We will then contact the successful applicants to discuss the starting date for their residency. Residencies normally run from mid-September to the end of March. The LSAD Ceramics Residency is coordinated by Fiona Bourke and Owen Quinlan, staff of the Ceramics Programme.

Applications for September 2019 must be forwarded to the following e-mail:

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