Space Waste Residency

A one-month sculpture residency at Greywood Arts in partnership with the National Space Centre and supported by Cork County Council. 

An opportunity for an artist working three-dimensionally to visit the National Space Centre to collect materials and investigate the other-worldly campus environment ahead of concentrated work time at Greywood Arts. The project concludes with an exhibition and discussion at the National Space Centre in early December to showcase the work created during the residency. The NSC is set to share space communications components including circuit boards, assemblies and data subframes with the artist, as well as preserved panels from their recently dismantled 11-metre EU-5B4 dish.

This residency is a unique chance to re-purpose technological components that can’t be recycled and see what emerges creatively from space waste. We are seeking expressions of interest from artists with a sculpture, three-dimensional or multi-disciplinary practice who are interested in examining questions arising around the waste produced by the acceleration of technology. What are the implications of sending satellites and other hardware into space? Whose responsibility is it to regulate this and to manage space debris? 


Residency dates: November 5th – December 6th, 2021

Exhibition dates: December 3rd & 4th at the National Space Centre 

Application Deadline: August 22nd, 2021

Apply online: Application Form

Residency includes:

  • Access to space technology debris from the NSC and time to visit the campus at Elfordstown Earthstation, Midleton Cork, Ireland.
  • Accommodation and studio space at Greywood Arts, Killeagh, Cork, Ireland. Transport between Greywood Arts & NSC. Stipend of €1,000. Materials budget up to €500. 

Artist must provide their own transportation to/from Greywood Arts and their own tools. Work created during the residency remains property of the artist.

Artist must be fully vaccinated to access the NSC campus. Artists from outside the Republic of Ireland must comply with all government travel guidelines which can be found here:

Updated: 22/7/21