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Image: Hina Khan, FSAS 2018, credit John Beattie.
Image: Hina Khan, FSAS 2018, credit John Beattie.

Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios
Artist Residency Award

Open Call

Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios invite applications from collaborative artists from ethnic minority backgrounds that are based in the Republic of Ireland, for a four week residency award based at Dublin’s Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS). The Residency will run during the month of June, incorporating International Refugee week (17-23 June 2019) offering opportunities for discussion and development of work. The residency is funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create. This residency opportunity, which aims to support an artist from an ethnic minority to develop their collaborative and socially engaged arts practice, is offered through a partnership between Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios, supporting collaborative and socially engaged arts practice.

Deadline: 5pm, 18th March 2019

About the award

This award seeks to support cultural diversity in collaborative artistic practice in Ireland, in this instance concentrating on the Visual Arts. It seeks to provide a platform for the selected artist to develop and/or consolidate collaborative arts practice, and will provide an opportunity for the artist to make contacts and identify resources, that may assist in the further development of their practice in Ireland.

What the award involves

The award offers accommodation at FSAS (if the awarded artist is in a position to take up the accommodation - this is not a condition of the award). Accommodation at FSAS includes a studio space with an open plan kitchen/living area, a bedroom which is partitioned off and its own bathroom. This is not a wet space and has capacity for desk based work: other spaces can be available within the FSAS complex subject to availability.

The award also allows the artist access to the facilities at FSAS situated in Dublin’s City Centre (subject to availability), which include sculpture, digital media resources and curatorial advice or a combination of these elements, and an appropriate stipend.

The successful applicant will meet both Create and FSAS ahead of the residency in an initial development phase to discuss in more detail how the opportunity can be best tailored to the artist’s needs, vis a vis space, additional supports and logistics in terms of travel and accommodation if required.

Making an application

See Guidelines for Create/ FSAS Artist Residency Awards 2019.

About the Commissioners

Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts. We are a resource organisation for artists working across artforms, in social and community contexts. We encourage innovative and creative models of engagement that extend and enrich arts engagement and participation with multiple publics and diverse communities of interest and of place. Create offers a range of services for artists and arts organisations which include Professional Development and Advisory Sessions, Mentoring, Research, Learning Development and Commissioning and Project opportunities. We work through partnerships with arts and civil society organisations on initiatives that support and develop collaborative arts practice, nationally and internationally. Create’s mission is to lead the development of collaborative arts practice in Ireland, create opportunities for exchange and interaction that benefit a wide constituency of artists, sectors and communities, strengthen the contribution of the arts to society, and encourage artists and communities to create art that reflects and responds to our times.

Fire Station Artists' Studios: Located in north east inner city area of Dublin in Ireland, FSAS was established in 1993 to provide support for professional visual artists. The main aims of the FSAS’s programmes, resources and facilities are to support artists to diversify, upskill and engage in critical thinking within their practice in a unique and intimate environment outside of the formal education system. FSAS provides subsidised combined live / work studios for Irish and international artists, large scale sculpture workshop facilities and training opportunities for artists to include state of the art digital media and film resources that include 3D Printing and VR technologies. FSAS hosts international curators and master classes for reflection on Contemporary Art Practice and Curation, most particularly on collaborative and socially engaged work. Over the years, FSAS has commissioned a significant number of ground-breaking socially engaged and public art projects in partnership with agencies and companies. International connections are built through all our curated programmes of artistic activity especially through stimulating critique and debate around art practice through publications, talks and seminars. FSAS projects take place in Ireland and internationally including Europe and Ethiopia. FSAS’s commitment to the area of arts and disability is especially important, as we seek news ways to support the professional development of visual artists with disabilities.

For further information on Create and FSAS please see this website and firestation.ie.

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