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:
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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)
- 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).
7th October 11 am – 1 pm; for the location of briefing event and more information please register via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.