The Irish Architectural Association has joined forces with the Estonian Association of Architects (EAA) and the Estonian Centre for Architecture (ECA) to promote an international Open Call to select a curatorial team for Wood Works, a new architecture exchange and exhibition programme taking place between Ireland and Estonia 2020 and 2021.
Wood Works is an Estonian and Irish collaboration that focuses on the use of wood in design and construction in architecture. The result of the Wood Works project will be a travelling exhibition to the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co Meath and Tallinn in 2021.
The aim of the competitive Open Call is to find curators for the Wood Works initiative, which includes a travelling exhibition, collaborative workshops and publication.
The concept for the exhibition and workshops should aim to:
- Expand and encourage innovative architectural solutions using wood that demonstrates technical knowledge, research, and experimentation, whilst also supporting the aesthetic ambition in equal measure.
- Demonstrate the use of wood in contemporary architecture, and its response to essential societal, technological and environmental challenges, needs and opportunities.
- Create a robust and novel process of exchange to enable both countries learn from and enhance each other’s inventiveness.
- Create an engaging, immersive and content rich exhibition, that communicates both to a broad international audience and an industry-based audience.
The role of the curators is to set the theme and concept, construct the narrative and title of the exhibition and publication, select the architect participants, plan and deliver 2 workshops (within Covid guidelines), liaise with the teams as they produce work for exhibition, and compile the publication.
The exhibition will be preceded by two workshops in 2020. The curators will choose min 5 teams who make maximum of 5-10 installations for the exhibition. The curators allow the teams the freedom to create their own responses to the curatorial proposition. Through the workshop and exchange process each team proposes an installation-prototype for the exhibition, guided by the curators and their curatorial concept. The 5 teams taken collectively must have equal representation from Ireland and Estonia. The exhibition will open in the Solstice Art Centre in Ireland in March 2021 and travel to Tallinn in later in 2021.
The publication is both a document enhancing the themes in the exhibition and a visitor’s guide for understanding the initiative and should be completed by March 2021.
The curators will be appointed from September 2020 until March 2021. The curatorial fee (budget) is €10,000. IAF expect the team will contain at least one Estonian national and one Irish national who can share this fee and work collaboratively. They are open to other combinations, however there must be 50% representation from each partnering nationality and the total fee (budget) remains the same at €10,000.
For more information and to download the Curatorial Brief visit https://bit.ly/WoodWorksCuratorialTeam
To find out more join the Information Session Webinar taking place on Zoom on 18 June 2020, 13.00 Ireland time / 15.00 Estonia time. Please register here: https://bit.ly/2MGbs2q