Catalyst Residency with Create & Fire Station Artists’ Studios – Apply Now

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 2024, the Catalyst Residency will offer artists the opportunity to be mentored by a range of practitioners (see below); it is designed to enable 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.

We invite 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*.
  • 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.
  • A 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

Who is eligible?

  • Artists with a track record of collaborative, engaged art practice**, in the area of the Visual Arts***
    • **Collaborative arts involve artists and communities (non-arts professionals) working together, often over extended periods, to make art. By facilitating wider participation, collaborative arts expand and diversify public engagement with the arts, enriching its contribution to society. A full definition can be found on Create’s website.
    • ***Visual arts include a range of media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, live art / performance, film, video or other digital imaging media.[1]
  • Any artist based in the Republic of Ireland, who comes from an under-represented ethnic background.
  • The residential element is an essential part of this award, the awarded artist must be available to stay in the provided Studio in some capacity and find benefit in the offered accommodation.

See here full full residency information and details on how to apply. Deadline: Monday, 8 April.


International Curator Residency Award 2024 – Closed

The FSAS International Curator Residencies programme provides contemporary international curators with accommodation and a stipend to live, work and network in Dublin, for a duration of 3-4 weeks. Residencies are programmed to begin in late January/early February 2024. FSAS will further develop the programme for return visits where appropriate in 2024.

Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday, 15 November 2023

Who is the residency for?

  • Curators who are working independently or with institutions.
  • Curators who can spend time in Dublin for up to four weeks and no less than three weeks.
  • Curators with a strong track record and over five years of experience in the field.
  • Curators developing curatorial research/practice relationships in Dublin/Ireland.

About the Residency

Through these residencies, FSAS provides the armature to build links/fosters collaborations between international artists, curators, art institutions & their Irish counterparts. This residency programme provides opportunities for international curators to:

  • connect in person with the Irish visual art scene.
  • undertake research, studio visits and participate in Dublin & Ireland’s dynamic visual arts sector.
  • make connections, explore international exhibition opportunities with Irish artists, with introductions facilitated, where possible, by FSAS staff.

Resources and Support

  • Free accommodation in a live/work studio located in Dublin’s historic north inner-city centre. Studio images are here.
  • Successful applicants will receive a stipend of €300 to support their stay in FSAS
  • Access to facilities: digital media resource, AV equipment, meeting room, reading area. Full list of facilities here.
  • International curators create their own timetable of studio visits with FSAS resident artists and other cultural practitioners to suit their own work patterns, which can be done in advance. Where needed or desired, FSAS can help, such as in introductions to artists, art institutions, curators, galleries in Dublin city and nationwide.

Previous International Curator Residents:
2023: Erin Joyce, Harriet Cooper, Maria Kuzmina, Catriona Whiteford, Viviana Checchia, Darren Pottie.
2022: Jone Alaitz Uriarte, Siobhán Forshaw, Lucija Šutej, Tsione Wolde-Michael, Dr Linzi Stauvers, Kari Conte, Terhi Tuomi, Lea Vene.
2020: Anneka French, Angels Miralda, Lea Vene, Marten Esko, Meghana Karnik, Stanislaw Welbel.
2019: Vanina Saracino, Canan Batur, Hana Ostan Ozbolt, Lucy A. Sames, Amy L. Powell, Alfredo Aracil, Sabine Schmid, Patrice Sharkey.
2018: Marek Wolynski, Allison Peters Quinn, Herb Shellenberger, Anneka French, Kris Dittel, Ana García Alarcón, Jade French, Kirsty White, Behzad Nejadghanbar, Denis Maksimov, Carolina Lio, Emma Brasó.

About Fire Station Artist Studios
Located in Dublin’s northeast city centre, Fire Station Artists’ Studios was established in 1993 to support professional visual artists. It provides ten subsidised combined living and working studios for Irish and international artists as well as large scale sculpture workshop facilities for day hire. In addition, FSAS provides digital media facilities and equipment, a project/meeting room space, as well as training opportunities for artists, combining the practical with the conceptual. A key policy of Fire Station is to support socially engaged arts practice and critique through art commissions, talks and publications.

As part of its programme, international curators visit and stay in FSAS, developing connections with FSAS artists, with institutions and key people in Dublin and across Ireland. With its established reputation and active staff, FSAS supports visiting curators to connect and further their projects and networks. Through this programme, Fire Station promotes and supports the creation of international opportunities for Irish artists.

I loved my time at Fire Station and can’t thank the team enough for their care, insight and generosity during my stay in Dublin. They went out of their way to help me navigate the city’s arts ecology and make the most of my residency, which was a rewarding and generative few weeks.

Siobhán Forshaw, International Curator Residency Awardee, July 2022

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