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.

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!

Call for Applications | A4 Artist in Residence Programme 2017

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A4 are delighted to announce that applications for this years Artist in Residence Programme are now open!

About the Residency Programme

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.

Three residencies are available throughout the year:

  • Residency 1 : 1st March – 31st May 2017 (3 months)
  • Residency 2 : 1st June – 31st Aug 2017 (3 months)
  • Residency 3 : 1st Sept – 30th November 2017 (3 months)

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.

Previous Recipients

2016 // 2017

Closing date for applications is Tues 31st January  2017.

To apply to the programme please visit our application page for more information, criteria and selection process.