SIRIUS and Create Artist Residency Award
Following on from their successful 2020 Artist in the Community Scheme Cultural Diversity Residency partnership, SIRIUS in Cobh, Co. Cork and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, are delighted to once again offer a Residency opportunity for a collaborative / socially engaged artist. We specifically invite expressions of interest from artists who are committed to developing or consolidating their collaborative / socially engaged practice. SIRIUS and Create are committed to supporting the selected artists’ interests as well as practices that either directly address the connection between art and activism, or broadly contribute to a discussion around commoning, locality, the public sphere and civic action.
In keeping with both SIRIUS and Create’s commitment to principles of equality, diversity and inclusion, we particularly welcome expressions of interest from artists from minority ethnic backgrounds and / or who have lived experience of displacement and / or are shaped by histories of intergenerational migration.
The Residency takes place at SIRIUS between 22 September and 18 October. The award offers accommodation for one artist at SIRIUS for this period. The Residency provides opportunities for professional development, exchange, networking, and learning, with additional curatorial advice from SIRIUS. The selected artist is supported with time and the opportunity to work with both SIRIUS and Create to explore areas of their practice in an environment of rigorous discussion and critical feedback.
Artists must be based in the Republic of Ireland and be willing to be resident in SIRIUS from 22 September to 18 October to be eligible for this award.
About the award
- The Residency supports the selected artist to develop and/or consolidate their collaborative / socially engaged practice.
- The Residency is a research opportunity, not for production; thus, it is open and experimental without the added pressure or focus on project delivery.
- The award supports the selected artist in exploring the wider field of collaborative / socially engaged arts.
- The award supports the selected artist to connect with other artists based in Cork City and Cobh to foster dialogue.
- Applications from artists working across all artforms are welcome.
What the award offers
The award offers accommodation for one artist at SIRIUS. As a residential provider, accommodation is a key part of the award and taking this element up is both a condition and a major advantage. Partner and/or children of the selected artist are welcome and can be accommodated.
The apartment is located at SIRIUS and is fully equipped. It has capacity for desk-based work but does not enable larger, more studio-based making.
The award offers a stipend of €1,200 and per diem of €920 that covers agreed expenses related to travel and subsistence.
The successful applicant will meet with both SIRIUS and Create to discuss how the opportunity can be best tailored to their work and needs vis a vis facilities, accessibility, and logistics in terms of travel, accommodation and subsistence.
Submitting an expression of interest
See Guidelines for SIRIUS/Create Artist Residency Awards 2022.
Guidelines for SIRIUS/Create Artist Residency Awards 2022.
Who is eligible?
Artists based in the Republic of Ireland who are from an minority ethnic background, and more broadly from a migrant background. Candidates may self-identify as refugee, Traveller, Roma, migrant or otherwise through lived experience and/or second generational memories. This may include living in direct provision or other accommodation.
- Artists from any of the following disciplines or those working across artforms: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.
- Artists who have a collaborative / socially engaged arts practice or who have a strong interest in developing it. This field involves artists and communities working together, often over extended periods, to make art. By facilitating wider participation, collaboration expands and diversifies public engagement with the arts, enriching its contribution to society.
How to apply and deadlines
|Step 1: Expression of interest
Deadline date: Friday, 1 July 2022
All applications must be submitted via email.
You are invited to submit the following:
1. Contact details to include: Name, pronoun(s), address, email, phone number, career stage, ie emerging / mid-career / established
2. A statement (up to 500 words)
3. A biography to give a sense of education and previous projects (up to 250 words)
4. A selection of up to five recent projects (with images and descriptions), including any relevant links to videos.
Your statement should include a brief summary of your practice – how you work with other people or communities – and an indication of why you want this award.
We also want to know why the Residency interests you, why you think your practice fits the purpose of the Residency and what your artistic goals and ambitions are during the Residency.
Step 2 Presentation
Friday, 8 July 2022
Applicants give a presentation on their practice and reasons for applying for the award to a selection panel of representatives from SIRIUS and Create.
This is an opportunity for the selection panel to hear about your work, why you believe the Residency may contribute to the development of and/or consolidation of your practice and an opportunity for you to ask questions.
The presentation will take place via Zoom.
You will be notified of the application outcome via email and feedback can be requested
Step 3: Meeting Team
The successful applicant will meet with both SIRIUS and Create to plan the Residency.
The meeting will take place via Zoom.
Sending in your application
Completed applications must be sent to SIRIUS by email to email@example.com; all information should be compiled in a single document.
Deadline date: Friday, 1 July 2022
How can we support you?
We aim to make the application process accessible to all.
In order to remove barriers for applicants, we are offering additional supports in the application stage.
These additional supports may include: translation from other languages, Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpretation for advisory sessions, or transcription of audio and video files. We will use all reasonable endeavours to assist applicants eligible under the conditions of the award. To find out more, please contact SIRIUS at least two weeks in advance of the closing date. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0214813790. If you feel your needs are not outlined here, please contact us and we will do our best to support you.