The Valerie Earley Residency Award


The Valerie Earley Residency Award is a commemoration of our late friend and colleague Valerie Earley, who worked with Visual Artists Ireland as Membership Manager for over 17 years. We wanted to provide a lasting memory of Valerie and hope that this award is one way that Valerie’s care for our artist members will continue into the future.

Applications are advertised through our eBulletin and The Visual Artists News Sheet once per year. The award provides for a two-week retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. It includes two weeks self-catering accommodation plus a studio.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is set “in a tranquil, beautiful setting amid the lakes and drumlins of County Monaghan. With the advice and encouragement of his family Sir Tyrone Guthrie bequeathed his family home and estate to the State with the proviso that it be used for the benefit of artists. It was an inspired decision and one that has positively reshaped the cultural landscape of Ireland forever.”

This award is open to all VAI Members. The application process is subject to the standard terms and conditions of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.