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Fire Station Artists’ Studios and Facebook Art Department New Technology Award

Fire Station Artists’ Studios and Facebook Art Department New Technology Award

Today Facebook, in partnership with Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS), launches a new award for Irish artists who embrace emerging technology in their work. Through the programme, Facebook and FSAS will provide artists with technical resources and expertise to imagine new fields of artistic production including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 3D digital fabrication.

Artists worldwide embrace technology as a tool to expand the boundaries of visual imagery. Fields such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality have opened new avenues for imagination and innovation, and new technologies offer promise for the continued reimagining of creative experiences.

Speaking about the award, Josephine Kelliher, title said;“As a company dedicated to bringing people closer together, Facebook recognises that creativity is essential to our collective wellbeing. Within our walls and around the globe, our Arts Department cultivates creative engagements that offer new ways of thinking about ourselves, our communities, and the world at large. We’re excited to see how Irish artists will use technology to advance their practices and create inventive new works.”

For FSAS, director Helen Carey says “FSAS is as ever committed to enabling artists to work in all media at the most advanced level. So we are very pleased that this award continues that commitment.”

Facebook is at the leading edge of innovation and technology, expanding people’s experience of the world and bringing people together around shared experiences and conversations. Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) is a network of artists who exhibit worldwide, many of whom use technology in their work.

Facebook and FSAS will provide the awarded artist with  a professional tool kit (see list below) along with support and skills to install the kit into their creative workflow and working space. FSAS will work with the awardee to engage and develop new and dynamic methods of collaboration and experimentation in digital and virtual space through a schedule of remote expertise exchange.


Outline of the award

From a dedicated studio installed at FSAS with the infrastructure, hardware and software, FSAS will engage with the awarded artist remotely and virtually for a three-month period. This award has the potential to connect an artist with a range of expertise and opportunity that will long outlive the immediate value. This immediate value and opportunity is envisaged as:

-      Access to Facebook and FSAS resources and expertise including industry standard hardwareand software and sessions with engineers/technical producers, facilities managers and curators.

-      A fee of €6000 reflecting expected dedication of time to the development of work at a very high level maximising the impact of the award on the artists practice

-      Scheduled support from international contacts, experts and innovators relevant to the project in development

        -      professional tool kit (see list below)


During and/or at the conclusion of the residency and as part of the award; an event or display, such as an artist talk or workshop, will take place. Parameters to be decided with the awarded artist. 


Criteria for eligibility:

It is envisaged that this award will require dedicating considerable time to enable the advance of artistic enquiry, technical production and to develop networks for potential future projects.

Eligible artists include all artists who have been born in Ireland, those who have been resident in Ireland for over 3 years, and those whose professional practice has taken place in Ireland for over 3 years.

Applicants should demonstrate:

-      A substantial track record of exhibitions in new technologies

-      Evidence of competency/skills in new technologies and knowledge of the field of VR and AR

-      A clear vision for the application of technology in projects

-      Benefit this award will have on current and future practice

-      Ability to attend meetings and sessions with FSAS and Facebook over 3 months.


Application Process


The applicant should send a cover letter outlining their suitability for consideration for this award. 

It is intended that this award takes place in early 2021.


Specifically, the cover letter should include but not be limited to:

-              An outline of their practice with a clear indication of experience and interest in advanced technology to date

-              A brief description (max. 500 words) of a project in mind that is suitable for these applications, with an indication of their status and development.

-              An indication of the enquiry at play in work that will advance with the input that this award can offer


In addition to the above, applicants should also provide the following supporting material:

-              Up to date CV.

-              High quality representation of practice through samples of previous work (up to 10 images + max. 3 videos links edited to 3 min. excerpts)

-              Confirmation of availability to commit 3 consecutive months to the award

-              An outline of realistic aims & objectives you would like to achieve in the duration of the award.

Deadline for application: 13 November 2020

Email applications as PDF to


Tool Kit Provided:

The tool kit is a physical package/suite of required hardware, software, and components to install into the awardees current working space. These will include:

  • A mac/pc dual booted desktop with 4K display
  • AV/VR/3D and image-based editing software
  • A webcam
  • A green screen
  • Microphone
  • Audio interface and headphone
  • A VR Oculus headset
  • Bluetooth keyboard & mouse
  • Black Magic Design ATEM mini pro
  • A range of cabling supplied
  • Facebook PORTAL