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Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios Artist Residency Award 2020
Hina Khan, 2018 Residency recipient, in Fire Station Artists' Studios. Photo: John Beattie

Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios Artist Residency Award 2020

News, Opportunities


Update 30th March 2020:
Due to COVID-19, it is not possible to co-host the Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios Artist Residency Award in June as planned and therefore we are necessarily exploring alternative dates. We will post an update when normal working frameworks have been re-established.

Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios Artist Residency Award

Open Call 

Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios invite expressions of interest from collaborative artists with migrant and minority ethnic backgrounds that are based in the Republic of Ireland, for a four week residency award at Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS), situated in Dublin’s City Centre.

The Residency will run during the month of June (2 – 26 June), incorporating International Refugee week (17 – 23 June 2020), offering opportunities for development of practice, discussion, networking, and learning.

The residency is funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create. This residency opportunity is offered through a partnership between Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios. It aims to support an artist from a migrant and minority ethnic background to develop their collaborative and socially engaged arts practice.


About the award

This award seeks to support cultural diversity in collaborative artistic practice in Ireland in the Visual Arts*. It seeks to:

  • provide a platform for the selected artist to develop and/or consolidate their collaborative arts practice
  • support the selected artist to network and engage with the wider field of collaborative and socially engaged arts

*See guidelines for definition of visual arts.


What the award offers

The award offers accommodation for artist at FSAS.  The allocated space is not suitable for more than one person as a live/work space.  As a residential provider, accommodation in FSAS is the major part of the award and taking this element up is both a condition of the award and its major advantage.  Accommodation at FSAS includes a studio space with an open plan kitchen/living area, a partitioned off bedroom, and a private bathroom. This is not a wet space but has capacity for desk based work. Access to the facilities at FSAS is possible (subject to availability), this includes sculpture facilities, digital media resources, and curatorial advice or a combination of these elements.

This is not a production residency and while these facilities are available, it is important to see that this is a learning and research opportunity.  Residency at FSAS allows the awardee to connect with Dublin city and other practitioners for dialogue and networking.

A stipend is offered and agreed expenses covered. The successful applicant will meet both Create and FSAS ahead of the residency in an initial development phase over one to two days to discuss in more detail how the opportunity can be best tailored to the artist’s needs, vis a vis space, additional supports and logistics in terms of travel and accommodation.

This is an opportunity to get to know Dublin as a city and to connect with visual artists working and residing there.


Making an Expression of Interest – deadline 6th April 2020

See Guidelines for Create/ FSAS Artist Residency Awards 2020.


About Create and FSAS

Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts. Create supports artists across all artforms who work collaboratively with communities in different social and community contexts, be they communities of place or those brought together by interest. They seek to foster current and future potential for collaboration between artists and communities, encouraging art projects that reflect the exciting ways in which collaborative arts represent a complex range of ideas and approaches.  As a resource organisation we offer supports for artists working in social and community contexts. These include professional development, mentoring, project development support, commissioning and project opportunities as well as research and training. Create believes that by working together, artists and communities can purposefully explore how collaborative arts engage in distinct, relevant and powerful ways with the urgent social, cultural and political issues of our times.

Fire Station Artists‘ Studios: Located in north east inner city area of Dublin in Ireland, FSAS was established in 1993 to provide support for professional visual artists. The main aims of the FSAS’s programmes, resources and facilities are to support artists to diversify, upskill and engage in critical thinking within their practice in a unique and intimate environment outside of the formal education system. FSAS provides subsidised combined live / work studios for Irish and international artists, large scale sculpture workshop facilities and training opportunities for artists to include state of the art digital media and film resources that include 3D Printing and VR technologies.  FSAS hosts international curators and master classes for reflection on Contemporary Art Practice and Curation, most particularly on collaborative and socially engaged work.  Over the years, FSAS has commissioned a significant number of ground-breaking socially engaged and public art projects in partnership with agencies and companies.  International connections are built through all our curated programmes of artistic activity especially through stimulating critique and debate around art practice through publications, talks and seminars. FSAS projects take place in Ireland and internationally including Europe and Ethiopia.  FSAS’s commitment to the area of arts and disability is especially important, as we seek news ways to support the professional development of visual artists with disabilities.


related programme
Artist in the Community Scheme

Fire Station Artists' Studios