AIC Residencies

Create & Fire Station Artists’ Studios Residency Award 2023

Create & Fire Station Artists’ Studios Residency Award 2023
Detail of work by Hina Kahn, recipient of the Create and Fire Station Artists Studios Artist Residency, 2018. Photo: John Beattie

The Create and FSAS Artist Residency 2023 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.

Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios invite expressions of interest from collaborative socially engaged artists who are from a minority ethnic background, have first-hand experience of displacement and/or are shaped by histories of intergenerational migration.  For this residency, candidates may self-identify as Traveller, Roma, refugee, migrant or otherwise through lived experience and/or second generational memories. The Residency will run during the month of June, 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 managed by Create, and the Fire Station Artists’ Studios funded through the Visual Arts Department of the Arts Council of Ireland.  The award is delivered through a Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios partnership. The Deadline for Expressions of Interest is the 17th April, 5pm.


What can the artist expect from this award?

This award focuses on capacity building and artistic practice development. The residency operates as an experimental incubator, providing opportunity for the awarded artist to explore and develop their collaborative /socially engaged practice via discussion, networking, learning/unlearning and research to generate new ideas and perspectives. Being based in FSAS, it offers the awardee the opportunity to connect with Dublin’s vibrant art scene as well as time and space to reflect on next steps and areas of artistic enquiry.

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.

The residency provides the selected artist with time and resources to work with Create and FSAS via mentoring to focus on areas of their practice that requires heightened reflection and focused critical, rigorous discussion and feedback. 

It is aimed at an artist whose work lies in the field of the visual arts & collaborative /socially engaged arts practice, and will:

  • provide opportunity 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 /socially engaged arts
  • offer an opportunity to engage with Dublin’s vibrant art scene
  • offer a space for reflection and planning, for getting to know Dublin’s inner city
  • introduce the selected artist to the range of resources on offer, as well as the staff in FSAS and further afield, which may make further work possible in the future


What the award offers

  • This award offers support with navigating Irish arts funding networks, building a confident approach to living and working as an artist in Ireland, and curatorial advice and recommendations. It is a supportive future-looking opportunity to engage with Irish visual arts worlds, and to progress techniques and methodologies in collaborative/ socially engaged practice.
  • In 2023, the Residency will take place over four weeks in June, based in Dublin’s FSAS, one of Ireland’s key residency and resource centres for Visual Arts. This residency will reinstate its residential element, offering time and space to the selected artist. The allocated space is not suitable for more than 1 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.

Please see the “About FSAS” document, linked on this page, for additional information on the residency space including accessibility, facilities and appliances

  • A stipend of €1,200 is offered with an additional budget for agreed expenses associated with the residency, for example equipment, materials, travel to and from Residency.
  • The successful applicant will meet both Create and FSAS ahead of the residency in an initial development phase over 1-2 days to discuss in more detail how the opportunity can be best tailored to the artist’s needs and to consider the supports and logistics on offer.


Making an Expression of Interest

The Deadline for this Residency is the 17th April, 5pm. Please see the Guidelines Document, linked on this page, for further details of the application process. All applications must be made using the online form.


How can we support you?

We aim to make the application process accessible to all. We provide supports to remove barriers for artist applicants to this Residency. These may include translation from other languages or transcription of audio and video files. We will use all reasonable endeavours to assist applicants eligible under the conditions of the Residency. To find out more, please contact Create (info[at] at least 2 weeks in advance of the closing date. If you feel your needs are not outlined here, please contact us and we will do our best to support you.

related programme
Artist in the Community Scheme