Bealtaine Festival Artists’ Residency 2018

Artists’ Residency: Saturday, May 5th – Saturday, May 19th
Public Discussion at Wexford Arts Centre: Friday, May 18th (2 pm)

Year after year we look forward to this artists’ residencywith Age & Opportunity. In years past, this programme has included many artists for whom Co-Directors Rosie O’Gorman & Frank Abruzzese have long held great admiration. Following on the continued success of this collaboration, for the 2018 Bealtaine Festival, artists Charles Tyrrell, Anne Tallentire & Matt Calderwood have been invited by residency curator Linda Shevlin to take up residence at Cow House for two full weeks from May 5th to the 19th. The premise for this residency is to allow this intergenerational group of artists time to consider their art practice in our rural surrounding.

Image left Charles Tyrrell, A1.16, 2016, centre Anne Tallentire, Shelter, 2016, right Matt Calderwood, Untitled (Concrete), 2012

Established in 1995, Bealtaine is Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. The Bealtaine Festival takes place each May. The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice and heralded the start of Summer. The word Bealtaine is still used in the Irish language and translates as the month of May.

Panel discussion at Wexford Arts Centre with Charles Tyrrell, Anne Tallentire & Matt Calderwood. Chaired by Linda Shevlin

Join us on May 18th at 2 pm for an event with the artists and Linda Shevlin. Presented in partnership with Wexford Arts Department, the artists will discuss their practice and the experience of working in Wexford in the context of this residency and there will also be an opportunity for critical engagement with the artists.

All welcome, no booking required.

One on One mentoring sessions with Charles Tyrrell, Anne Tallentire or Matt Calderwood

We are running a limited number of one on one mentoring sessions for artists with the residents. To apply, state who you’d like to have a one on one clinic with and why (200 words). Email this along with 5 images of recent work and a statement to

Sessions will last approximately 45 minutes and places are very limited so applying will not guarantee a place.