Summer Workshops

Overview of summer workshops

  Creative minds are fueled by an innate curiosity, plenty of “what ifs” and “why nots”, energy and soulfulness. Their creativity flows in a special rhythm, with ups and downs that – inevitably – need refreshing. That is when artists go seek inspiration, away from daily routine, worries and – nowadays – pandemic. That is also why many artists of all walks of life, origin, location or age choose to sign up to the summer workshops at the Burren College of Art. Why? Because in their welcoming studios, artists have the opportunity to re-source and re-charge their inspiration: immersed in the Burren landscape, surrounded by creative, like-minded peers, guided by experienced tutors, nourished with tasty, home-cooked meals, experimenting with new media and focused.

For five days, during our May or August  workshops, artists  can choose to paint with Conor McGrady  or Trevor Geoghegan; draw with prof Timothy Emlyn Jones, Miriam de Burca or Ida Mitrani; take stunning photographs with Ruby Wallis or make wonderfully unique books with Eilis Murphy.

It’s a truly wonderful experience – a past participant said after finishing a week of painting. It has opened doors in my soul that I wasn’t aware of yet”.

Check-out the list of workshops available and most likely you’ll find something you’d be interested in. If you’re not sure, reach out to for further details.

Gift vouchers are also available and can be a very suitable Christmas or birthday present for that special artist in your family.

So be inspired and if you can’t find your inspiration, come to the Burren!  

May workshops                                                      August workshops

Application Form



PLEASE NOTE: Once you’ve submitted your application, you should immediately see an acknowledgement page confirming the submission.  If you do not see this, please contact Julia Long at to make sure your application has been received by the College.

Accommodation - is now fully booked!

NOTE: Our self-catering college accommodation is now fully booked for both May and August session of summer workshops. If you wish to be added to a waiting list, please email Alternative options are available in various guesthouses and hotels throughout Ballyvaughan.
For further information, please go to

  Our self-catering college accommodation offers 11 rooms in the Lodge and 4 bedrooms in the adjacent Daisy Cottage. Single occupancy is charged at €45 per night. Please inquire separately for twin or double occupancy.

The Lodge is set on extensive grounds with inspiring views of the Burren and is a pleasant 10 minute walk from the College and 35 minutes from Ballyvaughan village. The bedrooms are bright and well appointed. Communal areas include a large living room with an open fire, dining room, TV area, well-equipped kitchen, laundry and public washrooms. A patio area with chimney is an ideal outdoor summer gathering space. The Lodge has WiFi throughout and has wheelchair accessible rooms available.
Daisy Cottage is adjacent to the Lodge and has 2 en suite double bedrooms and 2 single rooms with a shared full bathroom. The house also has a spacious communal area and cozy sitting room, along with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities.


Cancellation Policy

All tuition and fees are due at least 4 weeks before the start of the programme. The Burren College of Art accepts no obligation to refund any fee or part of after this date.