About the College

Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

About the College

The Mission and Values of Burren College of Art

To be a hothouse for artists, led by artists – reflective and challenging; remote and connected; at the confluence of cultures.

  • Respect for the individual;
  • Commitment to excellence;
  • Support for students and colleagues;
  • Community spirit.

Providing Time, Space and Inspiration for artists in the unique Burren landscape was the founding principle of the Burren College of Art.  Liberation from rigid programming and opportunity for intense focus has helped the many artists who have studied at the college to find their artistic voice.

While reflection and introspection are essential to the creative process, the contemporary artist's unique insight is relelvant only when it connects with and engages the wider world.  The Burren, a microcosm of society, provides a rich context from which to connect with wider issues.

Creativity is the source of the Burren College of Art.  Establishing the college was the innovative response of a highly creative individual.  To date, the core of the Burren experience has been the education of artists, with ecology, law, archaeology, business, leadership and other subjects as background elements.  Our new vision unites these disciplines and aims to connect creativity to all academic disciplines through our centre for creative learning.

The small scale of the college free of bureaucratic silos, our connections to international interdisciplinary institutions, a core of creative expertise and most especially the power of the Burren combine to position us ideally for this challenge. 





Shannon Development LogoThe Burren College of Art MFA studios were developed with financial assistance from the European Regional Development Fund under the NPD 2000-2006 Tourism Product Development Scheme, administered by Shannon Development.