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We Only Want the Earth 2022: Residency Award

We Only Want the Earth 2022: Residency Award

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A4 Sounds in partnership with Create and Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) invite applications from trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming artists for a six-month residency award as part of the We Only Want the Earth 2022 programme. The residency will run from May to October 2022. The residency opportunity aims to support an artist based in Ireland to develop their arts practice.
Deadline: 5pm, Monday 11th April 2022

About We Only Want the Earth

We are living through a time of sudden and unpredictable social change caused by interlinked issues of global warming, the collapse of the neoliberal order, a resurgence of violent misogyny and nationalism, growing inequality, housing and homelessness crises, and the growth of ecofascism. We Only Want the Earth is a yearly programme of awards, exhibitions, and events that seeks to interrogate the goals and strategies of social change: what kind of society do we want and how should we get there?

About the award

A central aim of the We Only Want the Earth programme is to give material support and a platform to artists who are often ignored, or who are spoken about rather than listened to. As part of meeting this aim, this six-month residency award will support a trans, nonbinary, and/or gender nonconforming artist to develop and exhibit a body of work and will provide the selected artist with an opportunity to make contacts and identify resources that might help them to further develop their artistic practice.

Please note: the artist is free to work on any topic of their choosing; there is no requirement that the work deal with issues of gender identity. Proposals must respond to the theme ‘We Only Want the Earth’.

What the award involves

The award includes
• Free 24-hour access to studio space at A4 Sounds.
• A monthly stipend of €1,500 towards materials and residency costs (Total €9,000).
• Artist fees of €700 for exhibiting a body of work and artist talks
• A dedicated website for outcomes and digital dissemination
• Access to a range of professional development, training and technical supports.
• Access to the facilities at A4 Sounds, including personal and shared workspace, sculpture workshop, photography darkroom, printing suite and equipment.
• Gallery space and a materials/exhibition budget of up to €2000 as needed will be provided to support an exhibition or series of dissemination events during the last month of the residency.
• Access to all A4 Sounds public workshops and courses for the duration of the residency.

Throughout the residency, advice and mentorship will be provided by A4 Sounds and representatives from Create (the national development agency for collaborative arts), Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and our consulting artists gender.RIP & Áine O’Hara.
Please note: this residency does not include accommodation as part of the award.


Read more about the residency, and how to apply, on A4 sound’s website

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We Only Want The Earth

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Transgender Equality Network Ireland: TENI