Application deadline: 31 May
Leitrim County Council Arts Office seeks interest from artists who wish to participate in the 2017 SPARK artists’ residency programme.
SPARK is a partnership project of Leitrim County Council Arts Office and the Local Enterprise Office Leitrim supported by the Arts Council. It is aimed at artists who are interested in working in new environments and companies who are interested in collaborating with artists and promoting creativity within their organisations. As part of Spark, artists take on the dual roles of artist and collaborator and in both roles, there are no pre-determined outcomes and instead these are determined by the artist in partnership with the company as the residency progresses.
This year’s residency will be with Leitrim County Council itself, based at the local authority’s headquarters in Carrick on Shannon and it presents a particularly exciting opportunity for artists that have an interest in the work of a local authority.
Artists wishing to apply for Spark should email Leitrim County Council Arts Office to declare their interest in the programme. Artists who have declared their interest are invited to a site visit where they will have the opportunity to talk with management and staff, leading to a better understanding of the programme and the company involved. While attendance at the site visit is not essential it is strongly advised that applicants do attend.
The programme is divided into two stages.
In the first stage, the artist is invited to spend three weeks at the company within a two-month period. During this stage, the artist is not necessarily expected to make new work, rather the objective is to engage with staff, to gain an insight and understanding of what the company does and to reflect on that from the artist’s unique perspective. At the end of this period, the artist presents the results of their research to staff and management. This could include new work, but is more likely to be documentation of the process undertaken and the learning from it, and/or smaller artistic interventions that have emerged during the period that illustrate that research and engagement.
At this point, if both the artist and company wish to develop that work further, both parties can together develop a proposal for a longer residency lasting 35 days over five months.
In the second stage, the artist has the capacity to develop new work that could be relatively substantial in its ambition or undertake a much more detailed project which explores new and different creative and innovative paths, or serve as a catalyst for reflection and new thinking within the company. It is important that the entire residency, particularly the second stage, should serve to benefit both the artist and the company, and how each party hopes to gain from it should be evident in the proposal.
Stage 1 Residency Period:15 days during August/September
Stage 1 Artist Fee:€2,000.00- Stage 1 Materials Budget:€1,000.00
Stage 2 Date for receipt of proposal:Friday 29th September
Stage 2 Residency Period: 35 days between Oct 2017 and Feb 2018
Stage 2 Artist Fee:€5,000.00- Stage 2 Materials Budget:€4,000.00
For more information see www.leitrimcoco.ie/eng/Community-Culture/Arts