Art Arcadia

Who we are

Art Arcadia is an artist run social enterprise that provides artists of all disciplines with time, space and resources to develop their practice through a programme of dedicated artist residencies. Based in Derry, Northern Ireland, we operate both at a local and an international level by offering artists the opportunity to research, create and exhibit new work within a context of an ongoing international exchange of people, ideas, skills and vision.

What we do

We support artists and arts practitioners in developing and advancing their practice, this is achieved through dedicated artist residency programmes that give the opportunity to experience diverse work practices and wider cultural milieus. The participating artists build bridges between countries and cultures contributing to cultural diversity, at the same time gaining an insight into their own cultural background, thus expanding and enriching their work practices.

How we do this

We run two permanent residency sites, La Mola in Italy and LICA in Canada, as well as organising short-term and site specific temporary residency programmes. We invite selected artists to participate to our curated residencies, we also welcome artist submissions throughout the year. Our residencies have a strong public engagement element aimed at placing the artist at the heart of the community, and are always followed by a post-residency exhibition.

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Artists' Blog


My temporary studio is the terrace at the top of the house I’m occupying for the duration of my...

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Mountain Ash Down

This morning, a large mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia) fell in the grounds of St. Augustine’s,...

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Studio flux

My initial exuberance and joy in having time and a place to make work is tempered now. There will be...

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