BAF Fellowship Programme
The Foundation's Artist Fellowship Programme is internationally unique in that it is not a retreat residency for the lone artist. Ballinglen Fellowship Artists are invited to bring family and companions with them. They are given, free of any charges, cottages for living, and purpose-built studios for working, within a rural community. They are considered to be adults and are free to meet or not as they see fit—the Foundation has no formal programme to entertain them.
They are encouraged to experience the local community—its churches, shops, pubs—its people—in the belief that this interaction will invigorate their spirit, remind them what it is 'to be a human being' (as several artists have put it).
The landscape and weather are uniquely inspiring—the community equally so, as the artists continually tell us.
For each artist, the making of work is of the utmost importance.