Deadline Reminder | Artist in Residence in a Care Setting, Age & Opportunity

Application deadline: 9 August, 5pm.

Age & Opportunity has created an opportunity for care settings and older people living in or attending those settings to engage creatively with an artist over the course of a number of months. Age & Opportunity also wishes to offer an opportunity for artists to develop their specific skills in relation to working in arts and health settings. In Autumn 2019, six artist residencies of this kind are being offered. The application process is two-part: care settings have applied and been selected for this unique opportunity based on an open competition and artists are now invited to apply for a residency in one of these specific care settings.

Full details of the selected care settings and information on how to apply can be found on the website:…/opportunities

This residency aims to:

  •  Deepen the public engagement of older people in the arts (particularly those who are harder to reach).
  •  Value, support and widen the group of artists working in care setting contexts and,
  •  Deepen and promote the arts within care settings.

Residency format
The artist selected will work closely with the residents and/or day attenders over a medium length of time, (approximately 25 days over two months), with a view to opening up creative arts practice to the residents/day-attenders. Specifically, the residency will combine the artist’s engagement of the resident older people in creative processes with his / her creative reflection on this.

Mentoring and support
Age & Opportunity will help broker the relationship between artist and the care setting and contract an experienced artist to offer 2 mentoring sessions to the selected artist. WHAT will also offer the selected artists support and advice. An induction day relating to working in a health care setting will take place in Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing, St. James’ Hospital, Dublin, in September, for the selected artists.

Fees: The artist will be paid a fee of €250 per day for 25 days totaling a fee of €6250 to include travel, accommodation, etc. There is an additional materials budget of €1000.

This initiative is made possible by funding from the Creative Ireland Programmes’s National Creativity Fund, HSE Lottery Fund and the Arts Council.

Applications should be submitted to at Age & Opportunity. E-mail applications should not exceed 12MB in size.

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