D-Light Studios Residency Award 2019

March 25th - September 30th 2019

In partnership with The North East Inner City Initiative and Dublin City Council

Claire McCluskey, Visual Artist  (Photo Credit: Stephen Maybury)

Claire McCluskey, Visual Artist

(Photo Credit: Stephen Maybury)

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh, Designer

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh, Designer

The two recipients of the 2019 D-Light Studios Residency award are Visual Artist Claire McCluskey and Fashion Designer Sorcha O’Raghallaigh.

Keep an eye out on our social media for updates on their work development.

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh.

Born in County Offaly, Ireland, where she grew up strongly influenced by her mother’s innate sense of style, Sorcha moved to London to specialise in knitwear at the internationally renowned Central Saint Martins. She interned at both John Galliano in Paris and Diane Von Furstenberg in New York, before graduating in 2010 to critical acclaim.

With a love of handmade craft and ornamental detailing, her designs are grand poetic gestures, imbued with a sense of ceremony. Sorcha blurs the parameters between art and fashion, an approach that has garnered her an elite following; her clothes have been worn by Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, M.I.A, Grimes, Florence Welch and Kiesza.

Claire McCluskey

Claire McCluskey is a visual artist from Co Monaghan, living in the Ballybough area. Recipient of the D-Light Studio Residency Award 2019, she has recently received an MFA in Digital Art from NCAD, which involved a sustained research project with the National Forensic Mental Health Service.

Claire makes sculptures, drawings and large-scale, intricate installations.Her practice investigates the connections that tether us to the world and each other, through sculpture, installation and collaborative engagement.

Claire is currently developing an exciting collaborative workshop with community-powered organisation 'Uplift'. In 2020 Claire will travel to the Pacific Ocean with the eXXpedition Round the World sailing voyage, to develop new research into ocean pollution.

The recipient receives:

  • Large six-month project studio with 24hr access 

  • Access to an adjoining room with a sink that can be used as a dark room

  • Scheduled free use of Studio A and Studio B as required

  • Financial contribution towards materials 

  • Social media promotion of project development

  • The opportunity to present their work during the D-Light Studios' Culture Night 2019 event

  • Mentoring

  • A feature on the D-Light Studios website

  • Subsidised access to Yoga Classes and Holistic activities

  • Free/Subsidised access to D-Light Studios events

  • Networking opportunities

Who can apply?

The purpose of this Residency Award is to facilitate the development of a creative practice whilst fostering constructive engagement with the North East Inner City community.

All applicants must submit a six-month project proposal in addition to a community workshop proposal that they can successfully facilitate during their residency period.

We are looking for applications that demonstrate clear, achievable goals and a genuine enthusiasm towards the prospect of sharing their creative practice with members of the North East Inner City community.


More information:

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The residency studio is a large private space located upstairs in Studio B in D-Light Studios. The studio has free WiFi and access to an adjoining room with a sink that can be used as a dark room. The recipient will have use of the communal kitchen area and free on street parking.

 Time frame:

  • This six-month residency opportunity will begin on the 25th March 2019 and conclude on the 30th of September 2019

  • Applications close at midnight on Sunday 3rd March 2019

  • Shortlist interviews will take place between the 11th & 12th March

Terms and Conditions:

  • Proposed project must be feasible to achieve within the six month time-frame

  • Recipients must be available for six months from 25th March - 30th September 2019

  • One creative workshop must be planned and organised by the Residency recipient

  • The recipient must agree to to post regular updates about their project development on their social media which we will share across all of D-Light Studios social media platforms

  • This opportunity does not provide accommodation

  • All offers and terms of the residency are subject to change

D-Light Studios Residency Award 2018

September 2018 - March 2019

In partnership with the North East Inner City Initiative

We are excited to announce that the recipient of the D-Light Studios Residency 2018 in Partnership with The North East Inner City Initiative is Jane Fogarty.

A massive thank you to all who applied and a special thanks to The North East Inner City - Dublin for their support with this program.


Jane Fogarty: Recipient of the 2018 D-Light Studios Residency Award

Jane Fogarty is an artist living and working in Dublin, Ireland, interested in the various ways in which we interpret and understand the passing of time and how this translates into visual language.

Her work has featured in both national and international exhibitions, including a two person exhibition, Mystery Ewer, at Artbox (2016) and three solo exhibitions; Paperwork, a site-specific installation in Harold’s Cross (2016), Mel at Eight Gallery (2014), and |’painti NG | at the Talbot Gallery (2011) as a result of receiving the Most Promising Graduate Award in 2010. Selected group exhibitions include: A ̄ ̄A A ̄ ̄A A ̄ ̄A at 126 Galway (2015); Spirit of the Stairs at Basic Space (2014); Unearth at Roscommon Arts Centre (2013); Nailing Jelly to the Wall at Catalyst Arts (2012) and ELIA’s NEU/NOW Live in Nantes, France (2010). Her work was recently added to the State Art Collection (OPW). Fogarty has also received several awards from the Arts Council, the RDS and South Dublin County Council. http://www.janefogarty.com/

D-Light Studios Residency Award 2017 Recipients


Bombinate Theatre is an award-winning collective of emerging theatre makers, creating work for families and young audiences.

'Bombinate' means to make a humming or a buzzing noise. We encourage children to make noise, to ask big questions and to stay on their own buzz. We endeavour to inspire children to get creative and to engage with the arts in all its forms.

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