Kerry County Council’s Art Office and Cill Rialaig Residency Award 2022

Former Taoiseach, Charles J. Haughey  pictured in 1997 in the exhibition area at Cill Rialaig artists retreat in Ballinskelligs with founder, Noelle Campbell-Sharp and John O’Donoghue TD and soon to be Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. ©Photograph: John Reidy 14-6-1997.

Kerry County Council’s Art Office has announced its Cill Rialaig Residency Award 2022. This is Kerry County Council’s sponsored two week residency at the nationally and internationally acclaimed Cill Rialaig artist retreat in Ballinskelligs.

It will allow two Kerry based visual artists two weeks accommodation in Cill Rialaig.

Each artist will be awarded a two week residency in their own individual cottage studio on the spectacular Bolus Head rent free with utilities paid by the Arts Office at Kerry County Council.

Retreat for Artists and Writers 

The Cill Rialaig Project, founded by Dr. Noelle Campbell Sharp, is a voluntary body – a company limited by guarantee – whose main aim is to develop and maintain a retreat for artists and writers from Ireland and abroad.

It involved the rescue and redevelopment of the pre-famine village of Cill Rialaig as a retreat for artists, poets, writers, film makers and composers. Seven studios, a meeting house and library and a utility house have been completed at the village.

Residency and Exhibitions

More than 5000 well known Irish and international artists have had residencies here- most often followed by successful exhibitions in their towns, cities and countries. 

Applications are limited to visual artists with a connection to the County – either from or living in Kerry. Entries should include an artist statement and CV along with images of no more than three examples of current and past work.

All entries must be submitted by 4pm Thursday on April 21st via Email: or if necessary via post to: Arts Office, Kerry County Council, County Buildings, Rathass, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

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