We Only Want The Earth Residency 1

We Only Want the Earth Artist Residency 1 Award

A4 Sounds in partnership with Create: National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and gender.RIP invite applications from trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming artists for a four-month residency award as part of the We Only Want the Earth 2020 programme. The residency will run from January to April 2020. The residency opportunity aims to support an artist based in Ireland to develop their arts practice.

Applications now closed.

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 a trans, nonbinary, and/or gender nonconforming artist 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 gender identity.

What the award involves

The award includes free 24-hour access to studio space at A4 Sounds, a stipend and artist fees of €2690, and access to a range of professional development and technical supports. The award also allows the artist access to the facilities at A4 Sounds, including sculpture workshop, photography darkroom, and printing suite.

Throughout the residency, advice and mentorship will be provided by A4 Sounds technicians and curators, a dedicated community engagement worker, and representatives from gender.RIP, Create (the national development agency for collaborative arts), and Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI).

Gallery space and a materials/exhibition budget of up to €1,000 will be provided to support an exhibition or series of events during the last month of the residency.

Please note: this residency does not include accommodation as part of the award. We envisage that the award would be best suited to an artist who is based (or has access to accommodation) in or near to Dublin. However, all applications will be considered.

Aims & Expectations of the Residency

What A4 expects from artists:

  1. To be available to work from the studio for the duration of the residency.
  2. To participate in studio life and take full advantage of resources and learning opportunities availble.
  3. To disseminate their work in at least 2 ways. Examples of this could be:
    • Exhibition in the A4 Gallery
    • 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 a monthly stipend towards materials and residency costs
  2. To be provided with artist fees for exhibiting a body of work and artist talks
  3. To be provided an additional exhibition budget to cover some or all of dissemination costs
  4. Ongoing support throughout the residency from the a4 team and partner organisations
  5. To be provided with 24/7 access to the studio including shared workspaces, facilities and equipment.
  6. To be provided with a personal workspace for the duration of the residency
  7. To be given suitable storage for works and project material.
  8. Training and support where needed on available equipment and facilities.
  9. Free participation in all our public workshops and courses for the duration of the residency.
  10. Access to gallery space or other areas for dissemination of work


Unfortunately, the A4 Sounds studio building is not fully accessible. The studio space and bathrooms are accessed via a flight of stairs 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.

How to apply [CLOSED]

To apply please:
1. Read in full about our programme here.
2. Complete the application form here.

Selection process

Selection will be made by a panel that includes representatives from A4 Sounds, Create, gender.RIP, and TENI. The open call will be advertised through usual visual arts channels as well as other networks such as through agencies who support trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people in Ireland.

Time Frame
9th Sep- 31st Oct 2019: Applications open, applications will be acknowledged by email.
31st Oct 2019: Applications Close.
1st Nov 2019: Applications checked for eligibility, (does the application respond to the theme We Only Want the Earth?) Eligible applications are circulated to the selection panel.
3rd Nov – 8th Nov 2019: Applications will be reviewed by the selection panel.
We endevour to inform applicants of the outcomes within two weeks of the selection panel. Decisions will be sent by email.
When all applicants have been informed and the award is accepted, we will announce the recipient on our website.
Applicants may seek feedback on their applications for two weeks after recieving the panels’ decision. Feedback will be given by email only.

About A4 Sounds & Our Partners

A4 Sounds

Sounds is a non-profit artist-run workspace and gallery in north-inner-city Dublin. It is one of the biggest artist-led spaces in Ireland, currently providing facilities and professional development supports to 80 artists. Its 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. Guided by feminist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, and LGBT-inclusive politics, A4 Sounds supports artists and activists who fight for change.

Create: National Development Agency for Collaborative Art

Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts. Create supports artists across all artforms who work collaboratively with communities in different social and community contexts, be they communities of place or those brought together by interest. They seek to foster current and future potential for collaboration between artists and communities, encouraging art projects that reflect the exciting ways in which collaborative arts represent a complex range of ideas and approaches. Create offers a range of services for artists and arts organisations which include Professional Development and Advisory Sessions, Learning Development and Create engages in partnerships on initiatives that support and develop collaborative arts practice across all artforms.

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)

TENI is a non-profit organisation supporting the trans community in Ireland. TENI seeks to improve the situation and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families. Their vision is an Ireland where trans people are understood, accepted and respected, and can participate fully in all aspects of Irish society. Ireland remains a place where it can be difficult for trans people to lead safe, healthy and full lives. TENI is dedicated to ending transphobia, including stigma, discrimination and inequality and continues in the struggle for social, political and legal recognition of trans people in Ireland.


gender.RIP art collectiveis a loose association of trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender curious/questioning artists ready to kill gender. They are inclusive of people who self-describe as marginalized genders, gender minorities, genderqueer, gender fluid, a-gender, non-western genders and indigenous genders, including, but not limited to: Hijra, Two-Spirit, Third gender etc.

gender.RIP is open to people who describe themselves as trans, not trans but not cis, not cis, people who identify as cis but are maybe questioning/exploring their gender, people who identify as cis in addition to identifying as or having experiences self described as gender fluid, gender non-conforming, a-gender, non-binary, genderqueer, etc, and people who reject the colonial cis/trans binary.

Data Protection
A4 Sounds acknowledges its responsibilty to safeguard the personal data of applicants to and beneficiaries of the residency award. Privacy and data protection rights are important to us and we are committed to protecting the privacy of individuals in relation to processing of personal data that we may seek, collect, and use or disclose. A4 Sounds will treat all personal information volunteered or sought with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with data protection law and regulation and best practice approaches.

Data Management
A4 Sounds may seek, collect, and use or disclose personal information as part of its management of the We Only Want the Earth Awards. Information collected through the application process is used soley for the purpose of the management of the awards. Personal data will not be disclosed to any external third party, without consent, except where it is necessary to comply with statutory requirements. Application forms and supporting materials will be deleted after the selection process is complete.

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