Celebrating the past, imagining the future
Create and The National Women’s Council (NWC) are delighted to announce this important opportunity for a collaborative socially engaged artist(s) to engage with the membership of the NWC during 2023 via an Artist Residency Award.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of NWC, the largest representative organisation for women and women’s groups in Ireland. Established in 1973 as the Council for the Status of Women, NWC today has over 190 member groups representing women in their diversity from across the island of Ireland and a large and growing community of individual supporters.
This anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements for women and women’s rights in Ireland and recognise the important, often invisible, contribution of women’s organisations and activists in bringing about this positive change. The NWC are setting out to achieve this through a combination of creative approaches and engagements, discussion and debates as well as celebratory events and moments throughout the year. The Artist Residency Award is a key artistic strand of these activities.
About the Residency
Create firmly 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. Create believes that by facilitating wider participation, collaborative arts expands and diversifies public engagement with the arts, enriching its contribution to society.
This Residency is aimed at a professional artist(s) who has a track record and experience of working in the field of collaborative socially engaged arts practice. Applicant artist(s) should demonstrate the ability to connect to and navigate the complexities of working in the areas of equality and social justice. We particularly welcome applications from artists who have experience of working with women’s grassroots organisations, arts and media, academia, health and social justice. Proposals should consider diverse ways to engage with both community and audience.
It is expected that the selected artist will engage with the NWC membership which includes organisations from diverse backgrounds, sectors and locations across the island of Ireland, making use of space and liaison support by NWC. Create and NWC acknowledge that this is a large network, and value will be given to depth of engagement over breadth of engagement. This residency facilitates time for the artist(s) to focus and engage with the membership in depth, as opposed to a large-scale artistic output.
Create and NWC will support the artist(s) by creating an inclusive and intersectional space where art making, co-production, learning and exchange form the basis of relationships built between artist and community.
It is envisaged that the NWC’s feminist gathering in Dublin in November 2023 will present an opportunity to showcase and highlight the Residency. It is anticipated that the artist will oversee (with a group of members) an appropriate preparation and sharing of the work undertaken by the artist and NWC members during the residency with the support of the Residency partners.
The Residency is intended to run from April 2023 for 9 months and has a fixed artist’s fee of €15,000 (inclusive of insurance and VAT). There is an additional budget of approximately €5,000 to cover expenses, travel, materials and production.
NWC will offer desk space, access to meeting spaces and a key liaison person to the artist as well as the facilitation of engagement with its members across the island of Ireland. Create will provide its expert advice and support for the selected artist(s) as guidance in the engagement and presentation of the work undertaken with NWC and its members. Both Create and NWC commit to regular progress meetings with the artist(s), and providing administrative support on finance, communications and production.
The residency is part-funded by The Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon.
Who is Eligible for this Residency?
- Any artist(s) based in the Republic of Ireland.
- Artist(s) must have a track record of working in the field of collaborative socially engaged arts. Create believes that collaborative arts involves professional artists and communities who work together, often over extended periods, to make art.
Submitting an expression of interest
See Guidelines for Create and National Women’s Council Residency Award 2023, linked on this page, which contains detailed information on the application procedure. All applications must be made using the online form. The closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is 5pm, 15th March 2023.
NWC and Create 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]create-ireland.ie) at least 3 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.
Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts. Our work initiates cross-sectoral national and international partnerships which support artists and communities to co-create work of depth, ambition and excellence. Our mission is to lead the development of collaborative arts practice by enabling artists and communities to create exceptional art together. 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.
The National Women’s Council is the leading national representative organisation for women and women’s groups in Ireland, founded in 1973. The NWC has over 190 member groups and a large and growing community of individual supporters. The ambition of the National Women’s Council is an Ireland where every woman enjoys true equality and no woman is left behind. This ambition shapes and informs their work, both nationally and internationally, to protect and advance women’s and girls’ rights.