25 October 2019

Opportunity Description

In 2019 Common Ground, an arts organisation based in Inchicore in Dublin’s southwest inner city mark’s its 20th year. We do so at a time when Dublin 8, the area in which we are located, is experiencing multiple changes to its urban and social fabric. In response to the cumulation and proliferation of these changes and their impact across Dublin 8, Common Ground has devised the Counter Narrative Neighbourhood Residency Award. This residency offers a collaborative or socially engaged artist or arts collective (note accommodation constraints) the opportunity to engage across Dublin 8.

This will provide the successful artist(s) the opportunity to interface with sophisticated and experienced community development and activist matrix in the locality. To further support the award and expand its reach both nationally and internationally, Common Ground approached Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts to advise and support them on the development and realisation of the award. In Dublin 8 there are physical, economic and social changes that include the construction of the new children’s hospital (one of the largest in Europe), the changing demographics of the area (please see appendix 2.1 small area population statistics), the erosion of public housing in current regeneration initiatives, a loss of green spaces in conflict with proposed city-wide greening initiatives and an intensive drive towards tourism, business and cultural development in recent planning decisions and proposed planning development. The loss of social housing is attendant with increased student housing and airb&b rentals, increased homelessness, high rent pressure zones and the gentrification of the area.

Central to the development of the award is the prioritisation of the question of spatial justice, in particular, the way in which the urban and social fabric of inner-city Dublin is currently encountering forms of spatial injustice through the acquisition, development and management of neighbourhood housing, private rented accommodation and public space.

Timeline, Fee & Supports.
The Counter Narrative Neighbourhood Residency award is offered in two phases. These are:

Phase One

  • Research – Late 2019 to early 2020.
    Primarily a Research phase, which proposes to locate the selected artist/ arts collective and begin to research and explore local issues collaboratively and facilitate a cross-fertilisation of ideas drawn from this culturally rich and complicated neighbourhood.
    Timeline and Fee; November 2019 – February 2020 with an initial Research fee of €4,000.

Phase Two

  • Development – taking place throughout 2020.
    An in-depth Development phase that supports and allows the selected artist/arts collective the opportunity to expand and engage their practice with the local neighbourhood and spatial justice issues. Timeline and Fee; February – December 2020 – with a Development fee of €18,000. Common Ground will also provide a small budget of €2,500 over the two year period to cover artist travel costs and additional production fees.

Who should apply?

  • We are seeking proposals from a cross-section of socially engaged/collaborative artist and/or art collectives who have worked in similar sited practices and who are interested in engaging with local arts and activist practice. We welcome a cross-fertilisation of ideas and practices. Please bear in mind that the live-work accommodation as described below is suitable for one person or two people (couple) maximum.

Available Supports.

Common Ground will support the selected collaborative artist/arts collective to embed their practice in this distinct, historically and culturally rich part of the city. The Counter Narrative Residency Award also offers the selected artist/arts collective a mentoring process if desired. Running alongside the residency is a distinct shared reflection and evaluation process that captures the learning from the Residency. Common Ground will work with the selected artist/arts collective to present a public event in Spring 2021 with invited international and national artists and guest speakers as a rich reflection on arts and community in situated practice sites. The following In-kind supports are offered alongside the €22,000 artist fee:

  1. A small living space located in the Lodge at Goldenbridge Cemetery in Inchicore (with one double bed). Please be aware that The Lodge is shared with Common Ground and other artists. (Living space is valued in kind over 14 months at €9,800)
  2. Studio 468 – a large 24-hour accessible workspace/studio located in St Andrew’s Community Centre Rialto Dublin 8. (valued in kind over 14 months at €5,600).

Briefing Event
7th October 11 am – 1 pm; for the location of briefing event and more information please register via email to info@commonground.ie

The panel meets in late October/ early November 2019

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview, either in Dublin or by telephone/ Skype in late October/early November 2019. All applicants will be notified following the interview process

For full details, download this PDF.

How to Apply

Please submit a proposal limited to no more than four A4 pages and separate CVs of all involved in the proposal. It should outline and cover:

  • How you would respond to the Counter Narrative Neighbourhood Residency Award in testing, developing, and/or questioning spatial justice issues through socially engaged, artistic and interdisciplinary practices
  • Demonstrate a clear commitment to artistic research/inter-disciplinary outcomes in any art form
  • How you will individually or collectively locate/ develop the practice(s) in the Dublin 8 area and how the location will, in turn, inform your proposed idea /research
  • Ideas/ methods of collaborative art-making that could include, but are not limited to: interdisciplinary practices, project research, workshops, discussions, invited/public events, critical reflection
  • Include a budget breakdown of the €22,000 artist fee
  • Include all relevant CVs or biographies
  • Please provide audiovisual documentation of your relevant practice. Weblinks are desirable. No more than five examples of work/ practice, please. These will not be returned.

Please bear in mind the offer of the award is at the discretion of the selection panel, depending on
quality, number and range of proposals shortlisted. Please note the panel’s decision is final. Common Ground is an equal opportunities arts organisation, while studio 468 is wheelchair accessible, The Lodge due to its conservation status is not.

Proposals accepted via email (preferably) to:
info@commonground.ie or by hard copy to:

  • Counter Narrative Neighbourhood
    Residency research award.
    c/o Common Ground,
    Goldenbridge Integrated Services Centre,
    St Vincent Street West,
    Dublin 8.
  • Phone: 01 7078766
  • email: info@commonground.ie