Decade of Centenaries: Artist in Residence

A door to Ireland’s deep history was shut on 30 June 1922 when the Public Record Office of Ireland was destroyed in the opening action of the Civil War. Seven centuries of records went up in flames. On the centenary of the tragedy Beyond 2022 will launch the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland – a virtual recreation of the ruined building and its lost collections, free to all. We are tracking down thousands of copies and transcripts in libraries and archives around the globe. For the first time in a century they will be reunited on their (virtual) shelves. Reopening this doorway to Ireland’s deep past reconnects us with stories of people and places, colonialism and exploitation, trade and travel. New technologies will reveal deep connections, telling and untelling new and old histories. This virtual door will broaden our view of Ireland’s past, striking challenging new notes in a traditional air.  Please find the Application form here: Application Form

Our work is exciting and engaging – but complex. If you would like to understand more please see the Information for Artists PDF document. Informal enquiries from artists considering applying are very welcome, contact Ciarán Wallace (


The Beyond 2022 Decade of Centenaries Artist in Residence will be embedded with an enthusiastic historical research team reconstructing lost archives from across seven centuries of Irish history. The residency is based at the Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities Research Institute where the Artist will benefit from a vibrant, interdisciplinary intellectual community of academics and researchers on Irish history, literature and the creative arts. Digital Humanities, at the interface of technology and the Arts and Humanities, is a key part of Beyond 2022’s activity.

This call is open to creative practitioners in all art forms. In recent years, for example, the Trinity Long Room Hub has hosted residencies from a composer, a theatre company and most recently a visual artist, Rita Duffy. 

The residency will run for twelve months, approximately from May 2021.

During covid-19 health restrictions, the residency can be conducted on a virtual/online basis, through regular contact with the Beyond 2022 Directorate and engagement with the Trinity Long Room Hub community. 

We hope to be able to facilitate some in-person artistic engagement (activity, show, performance or other output) over Winter/Spring 2021-2022, depending on public health guidelines.

The residency is funded under the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Decade of Centenaries Programme. The objectives of this programme are set out in Appendix 1, which can be downloaded here.