A4 Sounds in partnership with Fire Station Artists’ Studios and Migrants and Ethnic-Minorities for Reproductive Justice (MERJ) invite applications from migrant and ethnic minority artists, including members of the Travelling community, for a four-month residency award as part of the We Only Want the Earth 2021 programme. The award will run from July to November 2021. The award opportunity aims to support an artist based in Dublin to develop their arts practice.
About We Only Want the Earth
We are living through a time of sudden and unpredictable social change caused by interlinked issues of global warming, the collapse of the neoliberal order, a resurgence of violent misogyny and nationalism, growing inequality, housing and homelessness crises, and the growth of ecofascism. We Only Want the Earth is a 12-month programme of awards, exhibitions, and events that seeks to interrogate the goals and strategies of social change: what kind of society do we want and how should we get there?
More information about our programme here.
About the Award
A central aim of the We Only Want the Earth programme is to give material support and a platform to artists who are often silenced, or who are spoken about rather than listened to. As part of meeting this aim, this 4-month residency award will support an artist artists from migrant and/or ethnic-minority backgrounds, including members of the Travelling community, to a develop and exhibit a body of work, and will provide the selected artist with an opportunity to make contacts and identify resources that might help them to further develop their artistic practice.
Please note that the artist is free to work on any topic of their choosing; there is no requirement that that the work deal with issues of race, ethnicity or migration.
Proposals must respond to the theme ‘We Only Want the Earth’.
What the award involves
The award includes
- Free 24-hour access to studio space at A4 Sounds.
- A monthly stipend of €900 towards materials and residency costs (Total €3,600).
- Artist fees of €690 for exhibiting a body of work and artist talks
- A dedicated website for outcomes and digital dissemination*
- Access to a range of professional development, training and technical supports.
- Access to the facilities at A4 Sounds, including personal and shared workspace, sculpture workshop, photography darkroom, printing suite and equipment.
- Gallery space and a materials/exhibition budget of up to €1000 will be provided to support an exhibition or series of dissemination events during the last month of the residency.
- Access to all A4 Sounds public workshops and courses for the duration of the residency.
Throughout the residency, advice and mentorship will be provided by A4 Sounds technicians and curators, a dedicated community engagement worker, and representatives from Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS), Migrants and Ethnic-Minorities for Reproductive Justice (MERJ), and consulting artist Fiona Woods.
*This residency takes place in a timeframe which may experience changing restrictions and gallery closures due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. To ensure that the selected artist is supported to exhibition we will work with them to develop digital outcomes and an immersive website that will act as a standalone body of work in the case of gallery closures, and complementary to a physical exhibition if galleries remain open.
Please note: this residency does not include accommodation as part of the award.
Aims & Expectations of the Residency
The selected artist is expected to
- Be available to work from the studio for the duration of the residency.
- Participate in studio life and take full advantage of resources and learning opportunities available.
- To disseminate their work in at least 2 ways.
- We will work with the successful artist to document their progress and ask that aspects of the documentation be made available to A4 for use.
Please note: this residency carries a significant workload for the successful applicant and will require a full time commitment. We have included a schedule template with our application form to help you map your time and to ensure what you are proposing is feasible and manageable for you.
However, we do understand you may have additional work commitments to support your living costs. If you do, please keep these in mind when writing your proposal, and describe how you will balance those commitments and your studio time.