International Curator Residency Award

Open call – INTERNATIONAL curator residencies PROGRAMME 2023

Deadline: 17:00 pm Monday 5 December 2022

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.

Who is the residency for

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

The Residencies

FSAS invites international curators, working either independently or with institutions, to apply for residencies, to take place from Februray 2023 through the year and will award 4 – 6 residencies.

Through these residencies, FSAS builds 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.

The FSAS Dublin city centre location is within walking distance of all major galleries both public and private and artists’ studios which are located close to Dublin city centre. For national connections, FSAS is located close to national rail and bus transport lines to Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Belfast.

As part of their residency, International Curators are:

  • to give a short public talk here in our Project Space at the beginning of their stay to meet resident & non-resident practitioners from Dublin and beyond, to elaborate their practice.
  • awarded a €300 stipend
  • to take part in studio visits with FSAS artists and attend FSAS events coinciding with their stay.
  • to write a brief report for our own evaluation purposes at the end of their residency to help FSAS continue to refine our awarded residency programme.
  • to bring previous publications or exhibition ephemera relating to their recent work, and where possible, recommend active reading material of current interest for the FSAS library.

FSAS will further develop the programme for return visits where appropriate in 2023.

Resources and supports for the International Visiting Curators

  • Accommodation in a live/work studio located in Dublin’s historic north inner-city centre. The studio can be seen here
  • Successful curators 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.

Application procedure

  • A short curatorial statement specifying (1 page maximum):
  • Why are you interested in the FSAS international curator residency?
  • What do you aim to achieve while here, how does this connect with your curatorial practice & research?
  • Specify 2 preferred timeframes to visit us during 2023 from February onwards. Every effort is made to fit in as closely as possible with curators’ preferred timetables.
  • A current CV (3-page max) making sure to detail specific projects or connections with Irish arts
  • Supporting documentation (one or two recent projects)
  • Please send a short bio (75-100 words max) and a captioned image (300dpi) to use to announce your residency if awarded.

Email a single PDF to include any images with subject line FSAS Curator Residency 2023 to: apply@firestation.ie

Applications are now open and will close at 5PM, Monday 5 December 2022

Please note:

Successful curators will be notified between 12-16 December 2023. As FSAS has a small team and this programme attracts a large number of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.  If you are unsuccessful, this does not preclude you from applying for future awards.

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