The Ballinglen Center has 4 private, purpose-built studios (4 x 4 metres minimum) with high ceilings and white walls into which you can nail, screw, or use push pins. There is additional artist work space in The Shed which is generally used by groups.
In all cases, artists coming to Ballinglen must bring their supplies with them. There is no supply source anywhere near Ballycastle. Items needed must generally be ordered from Dublin or Cork. Ballinglen staff are helpful when planning what to bring. State customs apply on all parcels arriving from outside Europe. The studios are individually heated and well lit by wall-to-wall northern skylights as well as artificial light. Each studio is equipped with a (hot and cold water) sink, work tables, and chairs.
On the same level as the studios is a kitchenette, lavatory, and a glass porch with a panoramic view of the sea, village, and countryside.
Ballinglen has a new etching press as a result of a generous donation by an artist fellow, who wishes to remain anonymous. It is made by Polymetaal in the Netherlands with a Plate size (bed size) of 80x160cm (31.5x63") .Owner Hugo Bos came to install it in March 2023.
There is also a Whelan press for non-acid intaglio printing, monotype, relief printing, collagraph in the Printmaking Studio. Multiple skylights bring in natural light, and the generous floor space includes multiple work surfaces and 2 sinks (one large for wetting paper) This Studio is often used for our Schools Programme with children and group workshops.
Each Ballinglen Fellow is housed, at the Foundation's expense, in a private and self-catering cottage in or near Ballycastle. Each artist is encouraged to bring family and/or companions whose accommodation in the cottage will also be provided by the Foundation. (Note that Ballycastle's excellent primary school welcomes the temporary enrollment of the children of visiting artists.) Each cottage has a clothes washing machine, and in all cases all bedding, linens, towels, utensils are supplied.
Comfort and authenticity in a remote area are emphasised as is proximity to the village - except for one cottage, which is a short drive.