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Studio Vacancy at Abbey Road Artists' Studios

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Deadline for Submissions: Sunday 13th June 

Luan Gallery would like to offer midlands artists the opportunity to apply for a residency in our Abbey Road Artist Studios.

Abbey Road Artists’ Studios is a joint initiative of Athlone Town Council and Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Studios offer a dedicated space in Athlone town for local and visiting artists. Launched in 2011 Abbey Road Studios support professional contemporary artists in a welcoming environment which facilitates peer interaction and great work! Abbey Road Studios provides a facility that will serve as a destination point for creative people looking to expand their artistic endeavours alongside other professionals. Individual studios range in size from 16 to 20 square meters.

The artists’ studios consist of four individual artists’ studios as well as a large multi-purpose upstairs space suitable for a variety of community cultural events including exhibitions, performances, workshops and seminar. These non-residential studios are fully equipped with power, water, and Wi-Fi. The studios are intrinsically linked to the sister venue Luan Gallery, which presents retail opportunities for studio residents as well as display opportunities.

 It is the policy of Athlone Arts and Tourism Ltd to let these artists studios to individual artists for a minimum of 3 months and maximum of 12 months. These contracts can be renewed at end of each contract for a maximum of 2 years and 9 months. This policy was put in place to ensure a continuous rotation of Abbey Road Residents, making it possible to offer this support to various local artists. For this reason, it is Athlone Arts and Tourisms objective to offer this residency to an emerging artist who has yet to have had the opportunity to reap the benefits Abbey Road Artists Studios has to offer. 


In order to apply for a studio space at Abbey Road Artists’ Studios, artists are asked to submit the following:  

1. Cover letter to include:

  • Details of proposed use of studio space 
  • Length of time for which studio is sought, e.g. 6 months, 12 months

2. Current artist CV to include:

  • Details of artist’s training 
  • Details of past and upcoming exhibitions 
  • Details of collection inclusion and publication 

3.     Current Artist’s Statement, outlining discipline and defining intention of work (max 200 word) 
4.     Documentation of artist’s work

  • Up to 8 still images – slides, photographs, laser prints, JPEG attachments



All applications will be placed before a selection panel which will make recommendations on the allocation of studios to artists. Final approval of allocations rests with Athlone Arts & Tourism Ltd. The panel relies solely on the information supplied in the applications received. The panel reserves the right to shortlist artists on the basis of applications received and to call artists for interview if deemed necessary. The panel reserves the right to have a shortlist of artists in place should studios become available at short notice.


It is the policy of Athlone Arts and Tourism Ltd to let the individual studios for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months. It is at the discretion of Athlone Arts and Tourism Ltd whether: • an artist will be offered a renewal of their letting.

  • the terms of the renewal including the length of the letting remain the same RATES Duration of Residency Rates 
  • 1 – 3 months €145 per month 
  • 4 – 6 months €125 per month
  • 7 – 12 months €100 per month


  • Each artist will be issued with a legal license agreement for their studio at the complex. 
  • Each artist will be required to pay agreed rent on a monthly basis by standing order for the studio inclusive of heat, light, and internet access. Manual monthly payments cannot be facilitated. 

  • A deposit will be required once a studio is awarded. Deposits shall be repaid to the artist once the studio has been vacated and is deemed to be left in good working order by Athlone Arts & Tourism Ltd. • All artists agree to be bound by the operational rules and terms and conditions of the Abbey Road Artists’ Studios, which shall be provided upon offer of residency. 

  • The Company reserves the right to terminate a rental for failure to use the premises for the manner in which it is intended. 

  • The Company reserves the right to evict residents if rents are not paid of terms and conditions of rental are not met.

Covid- 19 

Athlone Arts and Tourism is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of staff, visitors, volunteers and Abbey Road Artist Studio residents. All residents will be provided with a health and safety induction with our health and safety manager prior to commencing work in Abbey Road Artist Studios. Due to the level 5 restrictions put in place by government Athlone Arts and Tourism will not be in a position to allow new residents to commence their residency until current restrictions have eased.

All applications are to be emailed to

For any further information please contact us by:

Phone: 09064 42154 

Conservation and Safety Works completed at Athlone Castle

With support from the Heritage Council and the Irish Walled Towns Network

Acknowledgements on the Battlements StepsAcknowledgements on the Battlements Steps

Conservation and safety works were recently completed at Athlone Castle with support from the Heritage Council and the Irish Walled Town Network will make previously closed lower battlements accessible again to the public when the Athlone Castle Visitor Centre reopens. 

Westmeath County Council and Athlone Castle Visitor Centre would like to take the opportunity to graciously thank the Heritage Council and the Irish Walled Towns Network for the provision of support funding under the IWTN Interpretative Fund 2020 towards remedial and safety works at the South Eastern Lower Battlement of the castle grounds.

Battlements before safety works startedBattlements before safety works started

The works were associated with the installation of planters incorporating guard rails on realigned and repaired/conserved steps at the battlement viewing point. The completion of these works ensures the conservation of the stonework and steps accessing the south eastern lower battlement viewing point for many years to come and access to the battlement viewing point is easier and safer and secure for the general public and staff alike.

The remedial works were carried out by Master Stone Masons and the fabrication and installation works by Nolan Engineering who persevered through inclement weather, at times and delays caused due to health restrictions in order to complete the repair and safety work. 

Work in progress
Work in Progress

Consultation on the project was supplied by Westmeath Heritage Officer, Melanie McQuade, Malachi Cullen Consulting Engineers Ltd and Martin Murray Conservation Architects who provided a detailed plan into the efficacy of the intended works. Initial consultancy was provided by  former Westmeath County Council Conservation Architect, Bernadette Solon.