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Open Call: Artists and the City Masterclass with Jeanne Van Heeswijk
Jeanne Van Heeswijk, keynote speaker at Practice and Power, June 2018. Photo: Joseph Carr

Open Call: Artists and the City Masterclass with Jeanne Van Heeswijk

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Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) Artists and the City programme strand is concerned with collaborative practice and the city. Questions being explored through the programme include how do artists engage with the city, and what role does collaborative socially engaged arts play in animating greater engagement with key issues of sustainable development, accessible public spaces, equitable housing policies, playful spaces and spatial justice?

As part of the Artists and the City programme, we are delighted to announce a masterclass with artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, a leading practitioner in the field of collaborative and socially engaged arts. Jeanne’s work operates at the intersection of critical arts practice and spatial politics. Her work explores how we might collectively shape the places we live in and also engage in deep cultural exchanges among different communities. How might we influence the processes of design, regulations, policy making and take responsibility? This masterclass will act as a significant opportunity for socially engaged artists and those from other related sectors such as architecture, geography, and planning to engage in an in-depth exploration and learning environment about art, artists and the city and how socially engaged arts practice can make the conditions for change to happen. The masterclass will be open to 12 artists and creative/cultural practitioners.

How to apply

Submit a statement of interest as to why you wish to participate (200 words max) plus a biography (200 words max) to artadmin[at]firestation.ie with the subject line “Artists and the City Masterclass for the attention of Rachel”.  The deadline for applications is 22 November, 4pm.

Masterclass details

Date: 9-10 December 2019
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-12 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1
Cost: €35 (lunches and refreshments included)

Please note you must be available to participate for the duration of the 2 days.


Jeanne van Heeswijk is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local.” Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organizing and pedagogy in order to assist communities to take control of their own futures.

Recent Projects include Philadelphia Assembled (2014 – 2017), a collaborative endeavour with The Philadelphia Museum of Art and collaborators across the city, and Trainings for the Not-Yet (2018 – 2020); an exhibition as a series of trainings in in civic engagement, radical collectivity, and active empowerment, the project brings together collaborators from various fields and communities to create and practice alternative imaginings of being together in the face of the pressing emergencies that shape the world today. Other notable projects include The Blue House (2005-2010) and Homebaked (2010 – ongoing) commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial. Awards include The inaugural Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College in 2014 and the Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, 2011.

Jeanne Van Heeswijk website