FSAS Summer Studio 2023

Calling artists, curators, writers & thinkers interested in our food systems and artistic practice.

In its Summer Studio 2023, Fire Station Artists’ Studios presents:

Eating Fast & Slow, devised and hosted by Genomic Gastronomy with guest lecturers.

Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) are accepting expressions of interests for the Summer Studio 2023, Eating Fast & Slow, which will be hosted by Genomic Gastronomy in FSAS on 26, 27 and 28 July.

There is a mismatch between the speed needed to address the climate emergency, and the patience needed to cultivate adaptive agroecosystems, re-establish healthy soils and rebuild regional food networks. In this 3-day summer session, participants will investigate the topic of artistic practice and food system change. Each day of the workshop will include presentations by practitioners and site visits to sites of food production and consumption. We will discuss and imagine the scale, speed and stakes of engaging with food at the scales of kitchens, farms and even bioregions. The workshop will conclude with a collaborative meal, using ingredients from our site visits that will be presented to a larger public.

This Summer Studio will be of interest to anyone in the creative sector who has an interest in food, farming or environmental health.

About Genomic Gastronomy:

The CENTER FOR GENOMIC GASTRONOMY is an artist-led think tank launched in 2010 by Cathrine Kramer (NO) and Zack Denfeld (US) that studies the organisms and environments manipulated by human food cultures.

Our mission is:

* to map food controversies
* to prototype alternative culinary futures
* to imagine a more just, biodiverse & beautiful food system.

The Center presents its research through public lectures, research publications, meals and exhibitions. Since 2010, the Center has conducted research and exhibited in Europe, Asia and North America. We collaborate with scientists, chefs, hackers and farmers.

Details of the Summer Studio

Dates:              26, 27, 28 July 2023

Time:               10am – 5pm

Venue:             Project Space, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-11 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1

Price:               €150 for the three days, lunch included.

How to apply

Participants will have an active and demonstrable practice in this area.

To apply, please send the following:

1) a selected CV (2 pages maximum)

2) an expression of interest stating how participating to Eating Fast & Slow will benefit your practice and referring to projects that demonstrate the socially engaged or collaborative nature of your practice (1 page max + up to 3 images or audio/video files)

Please send all these documents in 1 PDF file by email to apply@firestation.ie with the subject line Summer Studio.

Please note: selection is competitive as numbers are restricted to 12 and a fee of €150 is payable. The closing date for receipt of completed application is Monday 1 May at 5pm.

For queries, contact programme@firestation.ie.

Mentoring with Melanie Pocock

(Applications closed)

21/23 March 2022
Follow up sessions will place in late summer or early autumn 2022
Please note sessions are one-hour long
Maximum 10 participants, by application
Cost: €60

Melanie Pocock is Curator at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham where she is responsible for exhibitions, off-site projects and publications. Recent exhibitions include THE END OF FUN! (2020) by Krištof Kintera, and Dreamworld (2021), the first solo exhibition in Europe by leading Thai artist Mit Jai Inn. She is currently working on Horror in the Modernist Block (2022–23), a group exhibition which explores the relationship between the aesthetics of architectural modernism and horror. Prior to Ikon, she was Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2014–19), where she organised more than 60 exhibitions with Southeast Asian and international artists. As a writer she regularly contributes to exhibition catalogues and artists’ monographs, and has written essays, articles and reviews for ArtAsiaPacific, Art Monthly, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, LEAP, Ocula, The Financial Times, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Di’van | A Journal of Accounts and Third Text. In 2014, she edited and co-wrote the first monograph on the work of Malaysian artist Shooshie Sulaiman, published by Kerber Verlag.


One-to-one Mentoring is open to curators and artists who wish to develop their understanding of contemporary curatorial methodologies, in relation to their own practice. During two sessions, critical feedback is given on specific projects that are currently in progress. In addition, general guidance, a frame of relevant references, developmental advice and sample approaches to planning will be discussed in detail, to be picked up upon again at a second session with each individual in later in 2022.

One-to-One Mentoring

Each year, we invite a prominent curator to provide one-to-one mentoring and participants are invited to apply.

One-to-one Mentoring is available to curators and artists who wish to develop their understanding of contemporary curatorial methodologies relevant to their practice.

During two sessions, critical feedback is given on specific projects that are currently in progress. In addition, general guidance, a frame of relevant references, developmental advice and sample approaches to planning are discussed in detail and revisited during a follow-up session with each curator.

I have learned that artists living/working in Ireland (especially Dublin) need all the help and support that they can get, otherwise many will leave and this energetic and dynamic range of practices that I have seen and spoken with will diminish.

Huib Haye van der Werf

Curators that we have recently worked with include: Melanie Pocock, Huib Haye Van der Werf, Padraic E. Moore, Kate Strain, Livia Paldi, Linda Shevlin, Val Connor, Aisling Prior, Sarah Searson and Karen Downey.

FSAS Summer School

The Fire Station Artists’ Studios’ annual Summer School provides an international curatorial research and networking conduit to Irish artists and curators with a concentrated four-day programme of lectures, critique and site visits customised to the chosen theme for the year.

A core focus of the summer school is to support the development of a more inclusive professional visual arts sector that includes curators and writers along with artists. Those who participate in the programme are curators, artists and writers who show an interest in exploring together selected themes relevant to their current artistic practice. The application process is competitive, and participants are required to submit short written proposals concerning their desire to participate in the course.

The Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) Summer School is generally a four-day programme in which the lead facilitator – an invited artist or curator – collaborates with a small group of participants to explore methodologies concerning their current research tactics and exhibition strategies. The programme is driven by the instincts and interests of the lead facilitator in collaboration with the FSAS curatorial team.

The curatorial team invites the lead facilitator to define the parameters of this four-day programme to articulate a format that is urgent and challenging and that generates a symbiotic exchange in which participants have space to contribute from the experience of their practices. The lead facilitator is also invited to propose other artists and curators to present shorter sessions regarding the chosen themes.

The programme is currently entering its seventh year. Each year’s theme reflects a different dimension highlighting contemporary curatorial practices. Recent themes have included Performative Curating (2016), Gonzo Curating (2017), Curating in the 21st Century (2018), Live Free or Die, (2019), Productive Work (2020) and Workplaces and Their Future Stories (2021).

Details for the 2022 FSAS Summer school will be released shortly

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