International Exchange

Fire Station is committed to supporting Irish artist’s careers through providing opportunities for international residency exchanges. These exchanges cultivate greater connectivity between Irish artists, curators and arts organisations with our counterparts internationally. Currently we run an annual artists’ exchange with ACME Studios, London and from 2008-2013 we ran a residency exchange with Gertrude Contemporary Art Centre, Melbourne, Australia. We continue to explore other residency opportunities for Irish artists internationally.

ACME exchange:

Fire Station and ACME Studios London initiated and artists’ exchange programme in 2013 where selected artists from each institution swapped their studios for one month.Both locations offer distinct opportunities for the respective artists, including opportunity to work, network and access structured support via introduction to curators, galleries in each city. 

The award includes a free live and work studio for a month, travel costs, a stipend of curatorial support. Award recipients for 2013 were Maria McKinney (Fire Station) who swapped her studio with Sue Corke (ACME London). Bridget O'Gorman (Fire Station) and George Charman (ACME) were selected from both organisations and swapped their studios this July 2014.The award has been extended to 6 weeks in 2015 and the recipients were Caroline Doolin (Fire Station) and Seth Guy (ACME).

Founded in 1972, ACME supports over 600 artists and manages 477 studios in 12 buildings around London. This exchange involves ACME’s own Firestation residency programme in East London which supports 12 artists with subsidised live and work studio for 5 years.

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Gertrude Contemporary exchange:

From 2008-2013 Fire Station Artists’ Studios took part in an exchange with Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne offering both Irish and Australian artists the opportunity to meet and collaborate with their peers and develop their practice in an international context. Every second year an Irish artist was awarded the opportunity to spend 6 weeks in Gertrude and every other year a Gertrude  artist spent 6 weeks in Fire station Dublin. In 2010 Pallas Projects partnered with an exhibition and curatorial support for the visiting Australian artists.

This exchange ran from 2008-2013. Participating artists included Alicia Frankovich (2008), Jesse Jones (2009), Pat Foster & Jen Berean (2010), Rhone Byrne & Mark Garry (2011), Nicki Wynnychuk (2012) and Eleanor Duffin (2013).

Gertrude Contemporary is valued nationally and respected internationally as a dynamic centre for the production and presentation of contemporary art. It presents approximately 20 exhibitions annually and runs a Contemporary Studio Programme, consisting of sixteen non-residential studios, and a residential studio for visiting international artists, curators and writers. 

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