Apply for the A4 Artist in Residence Programme



About A4

A4’s mission is to transform the means by which cultural works are produced, accessed, and understood in Ireland, and by doing so to contribute to the development of a more just society. We want to Make Art That Matters.

The A4 Arts Studio is home to over 60 artists working in a wide range of disciplines including; Fine Art, Design, Research, Education, Animation, Electronics, Performance and Writing. We have designed our studio as a shared workspace with a focus on providing a wide range of facilities, including screen-printing, electronics area, workshop and darkroom. The open plan and shared nature of the studio facilitates engagement, collaboration and informal skill sharing between members. Alongside this we also programme workshops and courses throughout the year, pulling in the wide range of skills under our roof.

About the Residency

The A4 residency programme was established to offer selected artists the time, space, and facilities needed to develop their professional practice in a supportive environment, while furthering the mission of our studio through projects that focus on social and political issues relevant to Dorset Street and surrounding areas (For international applications: North Inner City Dublin).

Two residencies are available each year. We are currently taking applications for our 2018 programme:

  • Residency 1 : 5th March – 6th June 2018 (3 months), with exhibition* dates 7th – 17th June 2018
  • Residency 2 : 11th June – 12th Sept 2018 (3 months), with exhibition* dates 13th-23rd Sept 2018

*Exhibitions are encouraged but not a necessary outcome of the residency programme.

There is no fee to take part in our residency programme.

Unfortunately A4 are unable to offer an artist stipend or cover travel or accommodation costs for applicants. If accommodation is required we can offer some advice to successful applicants. We can also offer written support for successful applicants seeking funding to cover additional costs of their residency.

Selection Process

A4 will select artists that we feel will benefit from the facilities we offer at our studio and whose approach is in keeping with our overall mission as an organisation.

Applications will be accepted from artists working in the following disciplines: Social Practice, Social Justice, Social Intervention, Socially Engaged, Dialogical, Participatory, Critical Thinking & Research, Activist, Political, Relational, Community, Collaborative Art or New Genre Public Art.

Applicants should submit:

  1. Selected Discipline(s)
  2. Preferred residency*
  3. An outline of the work they will undertake at the studio (max 500 words)**
  4. Artist Statement
  5. CV
  6. Link to website or PDF of portfolio to date***

Please submit applications in PDF or Word Document format, with each section clearly marked. We are aware that your ideas may change during the residency but please include as much relevant information as possible so that we may fully understand your proposal.

*If you can only participate in one residency please indicate which one, e.g. “Residency 2 ONLY.” If you have no preference please state “No preference” on your application.

**Please familarise yourself with our mission and ethos as an arts organisation and outline how your proposed project will “focus on social and political issues relevant to Dorset Street and surrounding areas.” Please also indicate how you plan to disseminate the results of your project.

***For video or sound submissions, please submit links to online hosting services such as SoundCloud, Vimeo, YouTube, etc. (rather than sending video or audio files as attachments).

Monday 5th February: A shortlist of applications will be identified by our review panel.
Wednesday 7th February: Those selected will be invited for interview.
Friday 9th February: Decisions will be announced.

Aims & Expectations of the Residency

What A4 expects from artists:

  1. To be available to work full-time from the studio for the duration of the residency. For those travelling in Ireland from outside Dublin we expect a commitment to commute to the studio each day, or to take up temporary accomodation in Dublin. For those travelling from outside Ireland we expect confirmation of their ability to travel and participate in our residency programme with their application.
  2. To engage with studio members, local community, local history or local areas surrounding the studio & gallery.
  3. To disseminate their work in at least 2 ways. Examples of this could be:
      • Exhibition in the A4 Gallery
      • Artist Talk
      • Workshop
      • Article or Podcast
      • Interview or documentary video
      • Curating an event
      • Intervention or Action
  4. The artist should document their progress and make the documentation available to A4 for use.

What the artist should expect:

  1. To be provided with 24/7 access to the studio including shared workspaces, facilities and equipment.
  2. To be provided with a personal workspace for the duration of the residency
  3. To be given suitable storage for works and project material.
  4. Training and support where needed on available equipment and facilities.
  5. Free participation in all our public workshops and courses for the duration of the residency.
  6. Ongoing support throughout the residency and assignment of a mentor/support person.
  7. Access to gallery space or other areas for dissemination of work.If resources are available:
  8. A small budget or access to materials for dissemination of works. To be discussed with artist in advance.

Open Day

For those interested in applying to our residency programme we are having an Open Day at the studio. Come along ask us questions and get a tour of our studio and facilties.

Sat 20th Jan
2pm – 5pm

Event Page

Closing Date for Applications

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st Jan 2018.
Applications should be submitted via email to residency@a4sounds.org

For further information about our studio please follow the links below:

The Studio & Facilities
Our Work
Our Members

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