Open Call | Visual Artist Residency at Siamsa Tíre – A Question of Degree

Closing date for applications: 24 May.

Siamsa Tíre, home to The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, is seeking proposals from visual artists to undertake a residency in its theatre building in Tralee from the 1st of July to the 20th of September 2019. As part of the residency, the selected artist will be invited to respond creatively to the following theme: A Question of Degree: Climate Change in Coastal Communities.

Over the last number of years, Siamsa Tíre has been working to reduce its environmental impact, in particular, its carbon footprint. The organisation is located in Tralee, Kerry’s County Town, within a very short distance of the sea. Climate Change will have a potentially very significant impact on towns like Tralee if sea levels rise as much as is predicted, and on organisations like Siamsa Tíre which is situated in an area at risk from future flooding. As a cultural institution, and as part of our Greening Siamsa initiative, we want to support artists who creatively address the culture shift which will be necessary in order to adequately confront Climate Change.

There will be a level of public engagement as part of the residency, the details of which will be mutually agreed with the successful candidate. The objective of the residency is to reflect creatively on the impact of Climate Change on the local community and to use cultural practice as an interface to communicate an imagined future with a local and international audience. Full details on the submission process and the fee for the residency are available on the Siamsa Tíre website.

The chosen artist will be invited to use two of the gallery spaces as working studios and will also have access to office space. A fee of €4,500 will be provided. The artist will be asked to contribute to Culture Night 2019 on the 20th of September and to engage with the public on the outcomes of their residency. An additional fee may be allocated to this element of the project. This residency does not include accommodation as part of the award. Applicants living far from Tralee will need to organise their own accommodation if their application is successful.

How to Apply:
Please email with the following:
• An Artist’s CV and Artist’s Statement
• Up to six images of your work and/or links to up to two video works (if applicable)*
• A brief residency proposal (max 600 words) outlining how you feel the residency would benefit you as an artist, and how you would address the theme – A Question of Degree: Climate Change in Coastal Communities.

For more information see:…residency_details.pdf

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