OPEN CALL: WE ONLY WANT THE EARTH RESIDENCY AWARD 2

OPEN CALL: WE ONLY WANT THE EARTH RESIDENCY AWARD 2

We are absolutely delighted to announce our second residency award for our 2020 programme We Only Want the Earth!

We Only Want the Earth Artist Residency Award 2

A4 Sounds in partnership with Create: National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts and Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland (MASI) invite applications from artists who are seeking or have sought international protection in Ireland, for a four-month residency award as part of the We Only Want the Earth 2020 programme. The residency will run from May to August 2020. The residency opportunity aims to support an artist based in Ireland to develop their arts practice.

Application Deadline: 5pm, Thursday 5th March 2020

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 who is seeking or has sought international protection in Ireland, to 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 the work deal with issues of seeking international protection or the direct provision system.

Proposals must respond to the theme ‘We Only Want the Earth’.

What the award offers

The award includes

  • Free 24-hour access to studio space at A4 Sounds.
  • A monthly stipend of €500 towards materials and residency costs (Total €2000).
  • Artist fees of €690 for exhibiting a body of work and artist talks
  • 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 Create (the national development agency for collaborative arts), Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland (MASI), and our consulting artists.

Accommodation is available for the duration of the residency for an artist who would have to travel long distances to participate.

Aims & Expectations of the residency

The selected artist is expected to

  • Be available to work from the studio for the duration of the residency. We understand that there are restrictions in place for artists living in direct provision. We will work with the successful artist to develop a manageable studio schedule.
  • Participate in studio life and take full advantage of resources and learning opportunities availble.
  • 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.

Who is eligible?

We invite applications from artists who are seeking or have sought international protection in Ireland.

What what types of proposals are we seeking?

We invite radical, risk taking, bold, mischievous and political proposals. This is a visual arts award, but we welcome proposals from artists with multidisciplinary approaches where the proposed outcomes can be disseminated in a visual ways.

We are keen to hear from artists who use a wide range of approaches to explore their ideas; including but not limited to: conversations, protest, organising, writing, sound, food, performance, video, collaborations, media, sculpture, research, installation and print.

Accessibility

Unfortunately, the A4 Sounds studio building is not fully accessible. The studio space and bathrooms are accessed via a flight of stairs (approx 22 steps) which may provide difficulties for people with movement impairments. We understand that this may exclude some artists from applying for the award, and we apologise for this. We hope to source funding to make the building more accessible in future.

For more information about the award and how to apply please visit the residency 2 award page here!

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We Only Want the Earth is kindly supported by The Arts Council’s Art Grant Funding Award 2020.

We Only Want the Earth Artist Talks

We Only Want the Earth: Artist Talks | Chris Hinojosa & Áine O’Hara

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?

Join us for our first artist talk of the programme with our artists in residence Chris Hinojosa and Áine O’Hara. Both artists will present their practice to date and talk about the work they intend to make over the coming months.

When & Where?
Wed 22nd Jan 2020
7pm – 9pm

A4 Sounds Gallery
St Joseph’s Parade
Upper Dorset Street
D07 E81
(Google Maps Link)

Kameha-Mija! Chris Hinojosa (2019) Video, 3.39 minutes

Chris Hinojosa

Chris Hinojosa’s practice concerns the stage as an opportunity for the suspension of disbelief, the reclamation of space, and fantasy as mechanisms for shifting power dynamics. Recently she has been working primarily with her experience as a Latinx Trans woman, exploring modes of normalizing public conversation around trauma, specifically as it relates to trans identity. Working in photography, vocal performance and audio production, Chris uses the ‘stage’ (sometimes a public site) to allow the body to become greater than it is in isolation, shifting everyday dynamics to allow fantasy to become a personal reality.

Statistics show that in 2019 there were around 400 reported murder cases worldwide of trans persons. Chris’ home state of Texas in the US makes up about 33 of those cases, all of which were persons of color. During her residency, Chris will create a performance installation informed by the Catholic heritage of her family and the current epidemic of trans death in society. The work will aim to draw comparisons between mythic religious iconography and the real, tangible bodies of those whom we have lost in the trans community, creating a fantasy realm which builds new mythologies from the very real experiences of trans women.

www.christopherhinojosa.net
Instagram: @kameha_mija
Email: Chinojosa.studio@gmail.com

GAA MAAD, co-written by Áine O’Hara and Vickey Curtis. Documentation from Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 performance. Image Credit: Simon Lazewski

Áine O’Hara

Áine O’Hara is a multidisciplinary artist, theatre maker and designer. Áine has presented work at Dublin Fringe Festival; Dublin Live Art Festival; Live Collision International Festival; Smock Alley: Scene and Heard festival of new work; Westival: Westport Music and Arts Festival; Theatre Machine at Project Arts Centre; participant in the Abbey Begins New Writing programme 2019. Further recent awards/recognitions include: Outburst Queer Fringe Award 2019, Oileán Artist in Residence 2019, DUETS programme Dublin Fringe Festival 2019, Ps2 residency Belfast 2019, World of Co Residency, Sofia, Bulgaria 2019 and DIVA Award Electric Picnic 2017. Áine has also worked in art departments for film and tv including ‘Red Rock’ currently on Virgin Media One and upcoming Irish feature film ‘Broken Law’ by Paddy Slattery.Education: graduate of IADT, Dun Laoghaire and The Lir, Trinity College Dublin

Calling in Sick is a body of work about disability, productivity and what it means to be a useful member of society. Áine has several chronic illnesses, including fibromyalgia which as of now is not recognised as a disability in Ireland. They are developing a body of work based on their and other chronic illness sufferers’ experiences of our health service in Ireland. She is interested in who is believed when they say they are in pain and is investigating whether or not disabled people can ever be equal under a capitalist society. Calling in Sick explores healthcare utopias, gameshows where the prize is treatment, and whether political protest and artistic actions can actually change the law in this country.

www.aineohara.com
Instagram: @misc.aine
Twitter: @miscaine
Email: aineoharaart@gmail.com

Futher Information

Chris Hinojosa >> https://a4sounds.org/chris-hinojosa/
Áine O’Hara >> https://a4sounds.org/aine-ohara/
We Only Want the Earth Programme >> https://a4sounds.org/we-only-want-the-earth/

Support Us!

By becoming a Friend of We Only Want the Earth you will help us realise our programme to its fullest potential by enabling us to facilitate more engaging and accessible art experiences for communities we work with and help us develop our programme for many years to come. Click here to donate!

Chris Hinojosa

A4 Sounds in partnership with Create: National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and consulting artists gender.RIP are delighted to announce the recipient of We Only Want the Earth’s first residency award for 2020!

Chris Hinojosa

Chris Hinojosa was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University of London. Hinojosa has traveled extensively with her practice including the US, UK, Japan, China, and Scandinavia. Having lived in so many countries, she is constantly reflecting on her home and culture as a Mexican American, which features prominently in her work. Chris is currently based in Dublin Ireland, in residence at A4 Sounds studios.

Artist Statement

Chris Hinojosa’s practice concerns the stage as an opportunity for the suspension of disbelief, the reclamation of space, and fantasy as mechanisms for shifting power dynamics. Recently she has been working primarily with her experience as a Latinx Trans woman, exploring modes of normalizing public conversation around trauma, specifically as it relates to trans identity. Working in photography, vocal performance and audio production, Chris uses the ‘stage’ (sometimes a public site) to allow the body to become greater than it is in isolation, shifting everyday dynamics to allow fantasy to become a personal reality.

Kameha-Mija! Chris Hinojosa (2019) Video, 3.39 minutes

A4 Sounds’ Residency

Statistics show that in 2019 there were around 400 reported murder cases worldwide of trans persons. Chris’ home state of Texas in the US makes up about 33 of those cases, all of which were persons of color. During her residency, Chris will create a performance installation informed by the Catholic heritage of her family and the current epidemic of trans death in society. The work will aim to draw comparisons between mythic religious iconography and the real, tangible bodies of those whom we have lost in the trans community, creating a fantasy realm which builds new mythologies from the very real experiences of trans women.

Upcoming:

Artist Talk : Wed 22nd Jan | 7pm – 9pm
Exhibition : 16th April – 6th May

Further Information:

www.christopherhinojosa.net
Instagram: @kameha_mija
Email: Chinojosa.studio@gmail.com

Further information about Chris Hinojosa can be found here.
Further information about our We Only Want the Earth Programme can be found here.

Support Us!

By becoming a Friend of We Only Want the Earth you will help us realise our programme to its fullest potential by enabling us to facilitate more engaging and accessible art experiences for communities we work with and help us develop our programme for many years to come. Click here to donate!

Open Call: We Only Want the Earth 2020 Project Award 1

OPEN CALL: WE ONLY WANT THE EARTH PROJECT AWARD 1

We are absolutely delighted to announce our second award for our 2020 programme We Only Want the Earth!

A4 Sounds in partnership with Firestation Artists’ Studio and Dublin Central Housing Action invite applications from artists who are experiencing or have previously experienced homelessness – this could be any form of homelessness including living in emergency accommodation, living in hostels, sleeping rough, as well as sofa-surfing – for a six-month project award as part of the We Only Want the Earth 2020 programme. The award will run from January to June 2020. The award opportunity aims to support an artist or group of artists based in Ireland to develop their arts practice.

Deadline: 5pm, Thursday 7th November 2019

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 6-month supported project award will support an artist or group of artists who are experiencing or who have previously experienced homelesness to a develop and exhibit a body of work, and will provide the selected artist or group of artists with an opportunity to make contacts and identify resources that might help them to further develop their artistic practice.

Please note that the artist(s) are free to work on any topic of their choosing; there is no requirement that the work deal with issues of homelessness.

For more information about the award and how to apply please visit the project award page here!

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We Only Want the Earth is kindly supported by The Arts Council’s Art Grant Funding Award 2020.

Does this sound like something you would love to support?

By donating to our programme you will enable us to facilitate more engaging art experiences for the communities we are working with and help us develop our programme for many years to come.
Donate here!

Announcing We Only Want the Earth 2020

Announcing We Only Want the Earth 2020

We are absolutely delighted to announce our 2020 artistic programme ‘We Only Want the Earth’ in partnership with Create, Firestation Artists’ Studios, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland (MASI), Migrant and Ethic-Minorities for Reproductive Justice (MERJ), and Dublin Central Housing Action (DCHA).

We are living through a time of sudden and unpredictable societal 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. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that we have until 2030 to overhaul society in order to mitigate some of the worst effects of climate change. Whether or not we heed this warning, broad social changes will accelerate over the coming decade. If these changes are to lead to a just society, it is essential that voices that are often ignored, or whose very existence is treated as debatable, are instead prioritised. The arts play a fundamental role in supporting or challenging cultural hegemony, and therefore have a moral obligation to attend to voices that have been silenced.

During 2020 we will facilitate a programme of socially-engaged arts activities under the theme We Only Want the Earth. The programme is intended as a broad conversation about the goals and strategies of social change: what kind of society do we want and how should we get there?

To find out more please visit We Only Want the Earth information page here!

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We Only Want the Earth is kindly supported by The Arts Council’s Art Grant Funding 2020.

Does this sound like something you would love to support?

By donating to our programme you will enable us to facilitate more engaging art experiences for the communities we are working with and help us develop our programme for many years to come.
Donate here!

Exhibition Opening Thursday 13th Sept | Obedient City by Michelle Doyle

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Obedient City | Michelle Doyle
13th – 23rd Sept | A4 Sounds Gallery
A4 Artist in Residence Programme 2018

 

Obedient City

Obedient City is a visitor centre of the minerals, obstructions and energy of public works. Signs tell you who owns what utility and why you shouldn’t poke. Electricity and information flows under the heaving concrete buildings and paths. Vibrations crack and fray each new object. Pebbledashed public monoliths shed their skins. Two snakes meet in an embrace. Neighbours tell on each other and lock up laneways.

New museums spring up to sell experiences and data, in a city losing its material culture. Visitor Centres guide one on the right path, through to the right exit. Tourists must work extra hard to ensure they have taken the right photos. Fast construction uncovers new heritage and rips it out. Tearing, breaking, moulding but constantly updating. Rebuilt pebble dashed walls of Newgrange only serve to further worship public works. The city is triumph and asks only for your obedience in return for living here.

Obedient City or “The Obedience of the Citizens Produces a Happy City” comes from the latin translation of the motto of Dublin City, “Obedientia civium urbis felicitas.” Broadly looking at the architecture and urban planning of North Dublin, where the materials come from, and their effect on its inhabitants, along with the rapid privatisation of public space and the marketing of the City. This exhibition takes the museumification of OPW sites and shows how the true essence of Dublin, one with with three castles ablaze, can be packaged.

Telekom | Obedient City | Michelle Doyle | A4 Sounds Gallery

 

Michelle Doyle

Michelle Doyle is an artist and musician living in Dublin. She is a graduate of Fine Art Media in NCAD and Art and Research Collaboration in IADT. Her practice is concerned with media, information and power. This has led her to work with pirate radio, zines and social media as platforms for art making. Coming from a DIY punk background, distribution plays a large role in her work from publications, tapes to badges.

Doyle collaborates frequently with other artists and musicians such as the Lads Society, the Digital Druids, Repeater and Isadora Epstein. This year she has exhibited with Repeater with Athrá Titim Gach Rud and the Digital Druids with Yoga For The Eyes. As well as being the current artist in residence of A4 Sounds, Michelle makes music with punk band Sissy and now solo as Rising Damp.

Departing from a mainly online practice of sound and video works, this exhibition is mainly sculpture based.

Obedient City | Michelle Doyle | A4 Sounds Gallery

 

Further information:

Website: www.michelledoyle.eu
Email: michelledoyleart@gmail.com
Instagram: @risingdamp_
Twitter: @risingdamp

Exhibition Opening
Thursday 13th Sept
7pm – 10pm
Drinks Reception

General Opening Hours
Fri : 12pm – 6pm
Sat: 1pm – 6pm
Sun: 1pm – 4pm

Artist Talk
Wednesday 19th Sept
7:30pm – 8:30pm

Culture Night
Friday 21st Sept
6pm – 10pm
Drinks Reception

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Applications Now Open for the A4 Artist in Residence Programme 2018!

3(1)Kerry Guinan, Presenting the Cultural Quarter, 2017. Photo Credit: Kate-Bowe O’Brien

 

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE A4 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMME 2018

Applications are now open for our 2018 Artist in Residence Programme! For our full brief and selection process please visit here!


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.


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.

Two residencies are available throughout the year. Applications are now open for 2018.
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st Jan 2017.

  • 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.

A4 will select artists that we feel will benefit from the facilities we offer at our studio and who are also in line 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.
For more information  and to apply please follow this link to our full brief.

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
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