In 2022, as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) partnered to offer a Remote Artist Residency Award, inviting expressions of interest from collaborative socially engaged artists from a minority ethnic background, who have first-hand experience of displacement and/or are shaped by histories of intergenerational migration. For this residency, applications were welcomed and encouraged from candidates who self-identified as Traveller, Roma, refugee, migrant or otherwise through lived experience and/or second generational memories.
The Create and FSAS Residency offers a focused professional development opportunity that supports and nurtures the arts practice of a professional artist who is interested in developing or consolidating their collaborative/ socially engaged arts practice. In 2022, the Residency was designed to take place remotely over four weeks between September and October 2022, with some key meetings held in person.
In June 2022, Nasrin Golden was announced as the recipient of the award. Golden is an Iranian/Irish Visual Artist who attempts to convey the healing and reconciliation of conflict inherent to the human condition. As a migrant living in Ireland since 2012, her work transcends cultural barriers as she aims to convey the commonalities underlying shared lived experiences. Through different mediums (photography, painting, video art) Nasrin’s work frequently contrasts opposites through variations of light and colour. She frequently explores women’s issues, especially repressed femininity, notions of self and its manifestations.
This residency award allows Nasrin time to develop and integrate her creative practice collaboratively, developing a network of other collaborative artists for peer support, work with experts in the field and learn how the community may benefit from her practice as well as identifying their needs.
The residency is funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create, and the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, which is funded through the Visual Arts Department of the Arts Council of Ireland. The award is delivered through a partnership between Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios.