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Open Call: Catalyst Residency with Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios

Posted: 6 March, 2024

The Catalyst Residency, offered in partnership between Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS), offers a socially engaged artist from an under-represented ethnic background a one-month residency in Dublin 1 during June 2024.

The residency is intended as an artist-led incubation period which allows them to develop their practice and their networks with targeted support from the residency partners.

In 2018, Create and the Fire Station Artists’ Studios formed a unique partnership to offer the Catalyst Residency as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create, and the range of residencies offered by FSAS. The Catalyst Residency is aligned with both Create and FSAS’s longstanding commitment to collaborative, socially engaged arts practice; and to supporting communities and artists on the margins of society.

Since 2018, the Catalyst Residency has opened a dedicated space for Create and FSAS to work with and support artists from under-represented ethnic backgrounds. Each year, the Catalyst Residency responds to the specific needs of successful candidates, offering skills and opening relevant networks across the arts sector.

In 2024, the Catalyst Residency will offer artists the opportunity to be mentored by a range of practitioners, and enables the successful candidate to step away from their everyday responsibilities and immerse themselves in a dedicated period of reflection, mentoring, peer-to-peer conversation and strategic networking.

The Catalyst Residency invites expressions of interest from artists with a track record of collaborative socially engaged arts practice.

What the Catalyst Residency offers:

In 2024, the Catalyst Residency is artist-led, and it will offer a residential living space for up to one month in June 2024 at FSAS in Dublin to facilitate the following:

  • an experimental / developmental incubation 1 month period, based in an FSAS studio
  • time to network and engage with the wider field of collaborative socially engaged arts field in Dublin, as identified by the artist
  • time to schedule focused work (meetings, research, events) in Dublin
  • a space for reflection and planning for future project and partnership development
  • an opportunity to engage with Dublin’s vibrant art scene (should the successful candidate live outside Dublin)
  • A place on the Create and Counterpoints Arts Summer School on Collaborative Practice and Social Change from 10 to 15 June (The Summer School residential will include full board, travel and an appropriate participant allowance to cover additional costs incurred.)
  • Support from a dedicated Residency Coordinator who will engage with the successful candidate at critical points throughout the residency period, following a preparatory session with Create and FSAS.
  • stipend of €1,200, with an additional budget for agreed expenses associated with the residency, for example travel to and from Residency or Create Summer School

For full guidelines, eligibility criteria, expectations, and more information about the residency partners and space, visit firestation.ie

The deadline is Monday, 8 April,
all applications must be made using the online form, which you will find on the Create website.

FSAS and Create aim to make the application process accessible to all, providing supports to remove barriers for artist applicants to this residency. These may include translation from other languages or transcription of audio and video files. They will use all reasonable endeavours to assist applicants eligible under the conditions of the residency. To find out more, please contact Create by emailing info@create-ireland.ie at least 2 weeks in advance of the closing date. If you feel your needs are not outlined here, please contact Create and they will do their best to support you.

If you have any questions about the award, contact FSAS by emailing Julia Moustacchi at programme@firestation.ie, or to contact Create email Áine Crowley at support@create-ireland.ie.

Image by Silvina Sisterna, part of the Nos/Otras short-film, courtesy of Create, and Fire Station Artist Studios.


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