Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists’ Studios celebrate over 10 years supporting visual artists with disabilities together this year. The partnership has included an exhibition and seminar called ‘A Different Republic’ at The LAB Gallery, 4 Studio Awards, 2 Digital Media Awards, 4 publications, 7 artists and 7 mentors participated in our Mentoring Programme, and a seminar called ‘Pathways to Practice’ at the Glucksman Gallery.
ADI and FSAS have gathered a panel of curators who will participate in studio visits with up to 8 visual artists with disabilities in 2020. The panel of curators will take part in Disability Equality Training and participate in up to two studio visits each.
Studio Visit programme curators are:
Miguel Amado – Director and Curator at Cork Printmakers
Jennie Guy – Independent Curator and Programme & Operations Manager at Fire Station Artists’ Studios
Lívia Páldi – Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre
Belinda Quirke – Director at Solstice Arts Centre
What is a studio visit?
The purpose of the studio visit is for artists and curators to have a conversation about the artist’s work and troubleshoot areas of the artist’s practice. This first conversation could lead to building a relationship over time.
Studio visits are intimate meetings between artists and curators that are focused on the artist’s practice, their work and interests. Artists invite curators, programmers or arts managers for a studio visit to discuss their practice. This can happen at the artist’s studio, in a café, meeting space or sometimes by Skype. In advance the curator will research the artist and the artist will choose what artworks they’d like to show the curator and be prepared to discuss their work. All of this preparation is a starting point for a conversation.
During a studio visit the conversation might revolve around the themes of the artist’s work, works that are in progress, potential exhibition opportunities, audiences for future work, introducing work by other artists for reference, professional development opportunities and critical responses.
What to expect from the Studio Visit programme?
Each of the successful artists with disabilities will participate in one studio visit with one of the curators on our panel between January and March 2020. Successful artists will receive a fee of €100. Curators will also receive a fee. After the studio visit each artist and curator will write and submit a one page report on their studio visit experience.
Who is eligible to apply?
Visual artists at all stages of their careers are welcome to apply. To be eligible you must be a visual artist with a disability, who can demonstrate a professional practice and who is living in the Republic of Ireland. All applicants must be over 18.
Deadline: Monday 16th December 2019 at 4pm.
To submit an application email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
A one page letter of interest explaining why you would benefit from the Studio Visit programme- max 500 words (.doc or .pdf)
• Your CV – max 2 pages (.doc or .pdf)
• Examples of previous work- max 10 images/works (.jpg, .wav, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .doc)
• If you have any access requirements to participate in the studio visit please outline these in your email.
Please use the subject line: Studio Visit programme application (insert your name).
If you have any questions about submitting an application contact Amie Lawless, Project Manager, Arts & Disability Ireland by email email@example.com or by phone 01 8509006