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Call for applications: Studio Visit programme 2020

Posted: 14 November, 2019

The deadline for Studio Visit programme applications is Monday 16th December 2019 at 4pm.

Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists’ Studios celebrate over 10 years supporting visual artists with disabilities together this year. The partnership has included an exhibition and seminar called ‘A Different Republic’ at The LAB Gallery, 4 Studio Awards, 2 Digital Media Awards, 4 publications, 7 artists and 7 mentors participated in our Mentoring Programme, and a seminar called ‘Pathways to Practice’ at the Glucksman Gallery.

ADI and FSAS have gathered a panel of curators who will participate in studio visits with up to 8 visual artists with disabilities in 2020. The panel of curators will take part in Disability Equality Training and participate in up to two studio visits each.

Our Studio Visit programme curators are:

Miguel Amado – Director and Curator at Cork Printmakers
Jennie Guy – Independent Curator and Programme & Operations Manager at Fire Station Artists’ Studios
Lívia Páldi – Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre
Belinda Quirke – Director at Solstice Arts Centre

What is a studio visit?
The purpose of the studio visit is for artists and curators to have a conversation about the artist’s work and troubleshoot areas of the artist’s practice. This first conversation could lead to building a relationship over time.

Studio visits are intimate meetings between artists and curators that are focused on the artist’s practice, their work and interests. Artists invite curators, programmers or arts managers for a studio visit to discuss their practice. This can happen at the artist’s studio, in a café, meeting space or sometimes by Skype. In advance the curator will research the artist and the artist will choose what artworks they’d like to show the curator and be prepared to discuss their work. All of this preparation is a starting point for a conversation.

During a studio visit the conversation might revolve around the themes of the artist’s work, works that are in progress, potential exhibition opportunities, audiences for future work, introducing work by other artists for reference, professional development opportunities and critical responses.

What to expect from the Studio Visit programme?
Each of the successful artists with disabilities will participate in one studio visit with one of the curators on our panel between January and March 2020. Successful artists will receive a fee of €100. Curators will also receive a fee. After the studio visit each artist and curator will write and submit a one page report on their studio visit experience.

Who is eligible to apply?
Visual artists at all stages of their careers are welcome to apply. To be eligible you must be a visual artist with a disability, who can demonstrate a professional practice and who is living in the Republic of Ireland. All applicants must be over 18.

Deadline: Monday 16th December 2019 at 4pm.

To submit an application email the following to amie@adiarts.ie:

  • A one page letter of interest explaining why you would benefit from the Studio Visit programme- max 500 words (.doc or .pdf)
    • Your CV – max 2 pages (.doc or .pdf)
    • Examples of previous work- max 10 images/works (.jpg, .wav, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .doc)
    • If you have any access requirements to participate in the studio visit please outline these in your email.

Please use the subject line: Studio Visit programme application (insert your name).

If you have any questions about submitting an application contact Amie Lawless, Project Manager, Arts & Disability Ireland by email amie@adiarts.ie or by phone 01 8509006

For curator biographies click Read more

Miguel Amado is a curator, researcher and critic. He is Director of Cork Printmakers, Ireland. Posts, fellowships and residencies include Senior Curator, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England; Curator, Tate St Ives, England; Curator, Abrons Arts Center, New York; Curator, PLMJ Foundation, Lisbon; Curator, Visual Arts Centre, Coimbra, Portugal; Curatorial Fellow, Rhizome at the New Museum, New York; Curatorial Fellow, Independent Curators International; New York; Curator in residence, International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York. Exhibitions, projects and events curated as a freelancer include the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale; ‘Dialogues’, London Art Fair; Foro Arte Cáceres, Spain; apexart, New York; Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon; Frieze Projects, Frieze London; ARCO Madrid/Lisbon. Education includes the MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London.

Jennie Guy is an artist, curator and educator based in Dublin. Her practice embraces visual, textual, performance, and event-based output. Guy’s work interrogates the rituals surrounding artistic production, seeking alternate modes of observation and response. She is the founder and director of Art School, a platform that establishes new interfaces between contemporary art and sites of education. Through Art School, she develops workshop and residency programmes that unite artists, students, and educators in partnership and research exchanges, both nationally and internationally. These projects generate collaborative art-works, exhibitions, screenings and publications, while remaining primarily invested in exploring artistic process and decisive interventions within educational curricula. Building on the momentum developed through Art School, Guy curated the EVA 2018 schools programme. In 2016 Guy launched Artists’ Exercises with Stine Marie Jacobsen, providing an online platform for distributing fragments of artists’ educational strategies featuring contributions from over fifty international artists. Guy is Manager of Programme and Operation of Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin and is currently curating a series of major public art commissions in Dublin and Wicklow. As curator in residence with Rua Red Arts Centre she curated the exhibitions Field Recording (2018) and It’s Very New School (2017). She has been a member of The Enquiry Reading Group, The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) since 2009.

Born in Budapest, Lívia Páldi is the Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre in Dublin. Previously she was director of BAC – Baltic Art Center in Visby between 2012 and 2015 and curator chief curator of the Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest between 2007 and 2011. She has organised talks, discussions, workshops, numerous exhibitions and edited several books and exhibition catalogues. Páldi was one of the curatorial agents of dOCUMENTA (13). During 2016 she was member of the OFF-Biennale Budapest curatorial board. She lives and works in Dublin.

Belinda Quirke is a curator, producer, and inaugural director of award winning Solstice Arts Centre in County Meath. At Solstice, Quirke has instigated a diverse cultural and cross disciplinary programme within the performance and visual spaces, playing an active role in creative development in the northeast of the country. During her directorship, Belinda has particularly advocated working with artists of all disciplines through residency, production and vibrant commissioning programmes; connecting contemporary arts practice to the unique cultural heritage and environs of the Boyne Valley.

Belinda is a trustee of the Golden Fleece Award; an independent artistic prize fund established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell. In 2016, Belinda was part of the winning bid team of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. Previous board memberships include Music Network, Cork, European Capital of Culture, and Create; National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts. A graduate of both Crawford College of Art (Painting) and UCC (Music), Belinda also studied singing at the Cork School of Music and has recently returned to music making.


Artists with Disabilities
Belinda Quirke
Fire Station Artists' Studios
Jennie Guy
Lívia Páldi
Miguel Amado
Studio Visits
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