FSAS Summer Studio 2024: Taking Care with Siobhán Forshaw

18 April, 2024

Summer Studio 2023

Calling artists, curators, writers & thinkers interested in ‘care’ and artistic practice.   

Increasingly palpable, need for care, provision of care, exploration of what care means in work, at home and in society seems to come to everyone.  What are the strategies, the practices, the implications around Care in the context of art practice that can be articulated and applied? 

For Summer Studio 2024, Fire Station Artists’ Studios presents: 

Taking Care, a three-day summer studio devised and hosted by London based curator Siobhán Forshaw and guest contributors Siobhán Geoghegan, Jacob V Joyce and Liam Oragh.

  • Common Ground Director, Siobhán Geoghegan will explore and discuss labours of love, care and solidarity, looking at how Common Ground’s practice has evolved within local community frameworks, and how the organisation considers ‘care’ in its approach and practice. 
  • UK-based multidisciplinary artist, Jacob V Joyce will invite participants to map and share strategies for resisting alienation in their work and in their personal practices of care.
  • Sound Therapist Liam Oragh will facilitate a sound bath session, a sound meditation enabling deep relaxation and emotional release, transporting the participants to the heart of a vibrant soundscape where body, mind and soul can relax, rejoice and heal. 

Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) invite expressions of interest for Summer Studio 2024, Taking Care, to take place in FSAS on 10, 11 & 12 July. 

Details of the Summer Studio
Dates:              10 – 12 July 2024
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. 

The Summer Studio will focus on ‘Care’ with participants exploring the different ways care can manifest in their practices as artists, cultural workers and organisations.  

As well as using this time to connect, listen and reflect, participants will use Summer Studio time to embody ideas and strategies around Care, from the programme contributors.  

The questions that guide the FSAS Summer Studio 2024 are: 

  • What do we need from our work structures to nourish our practice, to stay connected, to remain sustainable as artists and cultural workers? 
  • How can we root principles of care in work with communities and artists? 
  • How do we safeguard our spaces and practices from burnout and exhaustion?  What role does resistance and refusal have in this? 
  • How can organisations remain open to the challenges of conflict and criticism, avoiding fragility and defensiveness? 

About Siobhán Forshaw: 

Siobhán Forshaw is a curator and researcher. Her interests include contested cultural memory and identity, the relationships between care and labour, human and non-human community systems, and in power devolution and access in the art world, particularly concerning class and disability.  Siobhan has participated in the International Curators Programme at FSAS.  

We want our event to be accessible to anyone who is interested in attending. If you have access related questions, please contact Julia at 

  • This event will take place in person at Fire Station Artists’ Studios (Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-11 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1) – bus stop ‘Portland Row’ on Amiens Street. The closest wheelchair-accessible station is Connolly Station. To the best of our knowledge, there are no planned disruptions to local transport on the date of this event. 
  • FSAS can facilitate wheelchair users. Please be aware the courtyard is made partly of cobblestones. Weather permitting, we will hold parts of this event outside. 
  • Lunch will be provided each day which will include GF, Vegan and Vegetarian options. Please get in touch with any additional dietary requirements. 
  • Covid/masking: we will not require guests or speakers to wear masks for this event, however we will provide masks.
  • With 3 weeks’ notice, we can provide ISL interpretation for this event. If you require ISL interpretation, please get in touch as soon as possible to allow us enough time to book an interpreter.  

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 Taking Care 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 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  Thursday, 13 June at 12pm. 

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