Applications Open for First Digital Arts Research Residency Programme for Artists in Ireland and France

Monday, 26 September: Applications are now open for Cybernate, an online and in-person research residency programme for three Irish artists and three French artists who specialise in Digital Arts and have presented or wish to present work in public spaces. The deadline to apply is 14th October 2022, 17:00 Irish time.

The programme will take place from November 2022 to March 2023 including two 2-week in-person residencies in Lyon (FR) and Galway (IE) respectively. The aim of this research residency is to offer participating artists time, space and networking opportunities. A call for submissions selects the candidates according to the proposed project idea the artists would like to develop. Participating artists will then develop the project idea in Digital Arts for public space and present a work in progress at the end of the residency.

Cybernate was launched as a response to the Joint Plan of Action (2021-2025) between Ireland and France. The Plan aims to strengthen and deepen relations between the two countries across a range of cultural, educational and political activities. Among the aims of this plan is to foster the digital economy and to jointly promote cultural exchanges, including the creation of several new cultural fellowships and residency programmes between Irish and French institutions.

Cybernate aims to provide artists working in digital arts with the time and space to interrogate access to public space through artistic/digital means and seeks to explore what it means to create digital artworks in the public space in the current climate of societal change. Societies were shaken during the pandemic, and definitions of concepts such as freedom of movement, public space, social ties, communal ground, shared cultures and collective imagination were questioned. Digital arts and place-based research have much to offer to this conversation, as they provide mechanisms for discourse, celebration, reflection, community-building and coping with pervasive change.

Galway Culture Company has launched Cybernate in partnership with Pôle PIXEL, HACNUM Network, CREW, the French Embassy in Ireland and ATU and is funded by The Arts Council. The residency is produced by Culture Works and is funded by the Arts Council Ireland’s pilot International Residency Programme. Galway Culture Company was established to create opportunities to engage with EU partners and local place-based programming which honours the relationships and builds on the learnings and outcomes of Galway’s Designation of European Capital of Culture.

For press, enquiries contact Heather Mackey E: T: 087 749 5713

The deadline to apply is 14th October 2022.
The residency programme will take place from November 2022 to March 2023

Full details of the residency including a schedule, fees, and application details can be found at