Making Neighbourhoods: Cloughjordan Residency

Open Call for artists, architects and designers

Take part in an immersive paid creative residency at Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co. Tipperary, from the 22nd to the 30th of June 2023. Imagine and develop creative ideas of resilient and inclusive neighbourhood-making through community engagement and co-design. 

Application Deadline: 4 May 2023 at 5pm

Submissions to:


A unique opportunity for creative practitioners (artists, architects and designers) to gain skills and experience in progressing creative ideas of resilient and inclusive neighbourhood-making through community engagement and co-design. The residency will examine opportunities for the integration of Cloughjordan CoHousing’s ideas for affordable, multigenerational pocket neighbourhoods with a variety of tenure models into future development plans for Cloughjordan Ecovillage. It will identify the current and potential challenges and highlight the cultural, enterprise, social, planning and ecological assets.

The residency is hosted by Cloughjordan CoHousing in collaboration with Workhouse Union and takes place in the surroundings of Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Ireland’s first intentional ecovillage, founded in 1999. The ambition of this open call is for two creative practitioners to bring new knowledge and approaches to Cloughjordan while learning from the wealth of knowledge within the many communities of place and interest in Cloughjordan Ecovillage and town.

This residency opportunity is situated within the broader Making Neighbourhoods project led by Workhouse Union in partnership with Cloughjordan CoHousing and Self Organised Architecture (SOA).  In addition to the event in Cloughjordan, from 22-30 June, this project will be delivering a national seminar (8 June 2023 in the Project Arts Centre, Dublin) and a publication (Autumn 2023). 

This is a paid opportunity to engage with Cloughjordan Co Housing and the wider community and stakeholders in a practical and hands-on residency to imagine and develop creative ideas of resilient and inclusive neighbourhood-making.

Residency Goals

The selected practitioners will have a clear and defined role during the residency. They will be supported by mentors, research and workspace resources and will use and develop their expertise and experience to imagine creative ideas of resilient and inclusive neighbourhood-making. 

The goals of the residency are to: 
_Creatively imagine Neighbourhood Making related to the concept of a Climate Smart Pocket Neighbourhood; one that is resilient, inclusive and socially diverse.
_Develop the skills and experience of the creative practitioners in co-design, creative placemaking and community engagement.
_Facilitate the sharing of ideas around resilient and inclusive neighbourhoods, addressing a range of issues, such as clean water and wastewater treatment, construction systems, energy generation and personal well-being.
_Help build momentum for the Cloughjordan CoHousing project by developing a constituency of people interested in becoming future residents.
_Help increase the understanding of the principles of community led housing and community land trusts (CLT).  
_Facilitate engagement in neighbourhood plans into the future development plans for Cloughjordan Ecovillage. 
_Participate in Cloughjordan CoHousing’s annual Housing Ourselves event, which will take place on 24 June in Cloughjordan to kick off their residencies.


This residency is hosted by Cloughjordan Co-Housing, a non profit co-operative, based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, which aims to provide affordable, collectively owned housing and embraces a way of living that has a low impact on the environment, strengthens our personal and shared resilience and nurtures our own and our community’s well-being.

Cloughjordan Co-Housing was born from a need for smaller, more affordable housing with shared facilities in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, an award-winning sustainable community in the Irish rural town of Cloughjordan in Tipperary.

Residency Details & Support Structure

While on residency Cloughjordan CoHousing and Workhouse Union will provide: 

_Documented outline of the context and expectations for the residency programme. 
_Fee of €1,000 per practitioner
_Materials budget of €200 per practitioner
_Facilitated engagements with members of the community
_Travel of up to €250 per practitioner
_Accommodation in private rooms in Django’s Hostel in the Ecovillage*
_Workspace in Cloughjordan during the residency
_Support and Mentoring during the residency

*Breakfast is served in the hostel. Kitchen is available for lunch and dinner preparation. Local produce boxes will be provided for the duration of the residency. Community dinners, hosted within the Cloughjordan EcoVillage will also be included in the residency programme. 

How to Apply

Submit the following documents in PDF format to by 4 May 2023 at 5pm.

_Letter of motivation
_500 word outline of how you would approach this residency and how it aligns with your practice. Alternatively, you can send us a 2-3 minute video describing your approach.
_Samples of recent work (3-4 examples max.) 

_Please let us know if you have any specific support and/or access requirements to assist your residency experience and stay.

The applications will be assessed and shortlisted by a panel from Cloughjordan CoHousing and Workhouse Union. Candidates will be interviewed remotely via Zoom by the same panel on 11-12 May 2023.