A4 DIT Graduate Award
The A4 DIT Graduate Award was established in 2016 to support the practice and professional development of an outstanding emerging artist. Each June the award will be given to a graduate from the Dublin School of Creative Arts and Media based on their work displayed in the graduate show. The award is open to all visual creative disciplines, including Fine Art, Visual Communications, Photography and Design.
A4 Sounds aims to embed itself in the social and cultural fabric of the north inner city area, with a specific focus on Dorset Street and its surrounding areas. With this in mind we decided to focus our graduate award on Dublin Institute of Technology as their new campus, located in Grangegorman, is a 15-minute walk from our studios.
Each June, the A4 Arts Studio Management team will form a selection panel and visit the end of year show. There must be between five and seven persons on the panel. Each person must nominate four artists for selection. The panel will discuss all nominees and then vote, selecting four artists in order of preference. All votes are counted using The Edgar-Holland Method, (a ranked voting system).
We do not ask students to apply for the award in advance as we feel this would interfere with their workload at a stressful time of year and those under a lot of pressure to complete complicated works would not have time to complete applications.
The main criterion for the award is that the recipient must be graduating from DIT in the year of the award. Beyond this, the judging process is more subjective. Panel members are free to choose candidates they feel are of merit of the award, and who will benefit from the support and facilities that A4 Arts Studio can provide. Candidates can be chosen from any of the fields exhibited at the Grangegorman Grad Show.
The award comprises of:
- An exhibition in the A4 Sounds Gallery, with support for the installation and duration;
- Three months’ free membership of the studio, availing of the studio’s shared workspaces, facilities, equipment and training to use as required or for preparation of an exhibition;
- One free course or workshop of the recipient’s choice from our educational programme; and
- A mentor assigned to them for feedback, advice and queries throughout their time in A4 Arts Studio