Borrowed Ground – Droichead Arts Centre | Call for Expressions of Interest
Borrowed Ground is an experimental exhibition, borne from a need for dedicated artist studio space in Drogheda. Over the past 18 months, five local artists with the support of Droichead Arts Centre have met with landlords and property owners in the Drogheda region. They have visited various sites from old townhouses to warehouse attics, to investigate the possibilities of finding safe, affordable studio spaces with some level of security of tenure.
By undertaking this project, the group intend to further highlight the need for dedicated studio space to the public, make visible their own studio practice, work with other artists from their community to share skills, ideas, resources and events in the spirit of adventure and a good coffee machine.
As the project is designed for flexibility of use, with 8-10 individual spaces, and a shared open floor for communal interaction, which will take place in the Droichead Arts Centre Gallery space, there are some considerations to taken into account due to continuous use of the Theatre, staffing and public and child access. (These would mainly be around noise levels, dust pollution, chemical use and images of adult content, etc. all of which can be negotiated.)
This project aims to provide:
- The opportunity to work with other artists in a studio setting for a duration of 12 weeks
- Access to studio space (apart from Sundays)
- Free rent, light, heat and wifi connectivity.
- Access to library resources onsite
- Tea and Coffee facilities
- Opportunity to share work and practice with general public, patrons, curators and develop practice in the company of peers
- Be a major contributor to a highly unique, interesting collaborative experiment
- Opportunity for the public, possible contributors or philanthropists to engage with various artistic processes and idea
- Showcase the wealth of ideas and skills in the region
- Encourage critical thinking
- Encourage next generation to pursue career in art and arts production.
Not unlike a residency, there would be a requirement on all participants in the project to be available in person for a designated minimum amount of hours per week, as yet to be agreed, but the intention would be to have at least 3 artists in the space at any one time, particularly during public access times.
To apply to participate in this project:
- An artist statement outlining your current art practice, and what you would hope to achieve during the project.
- A CV
- 8 samples of work
Please email in one pdf document to email@example.com .
Deadline for receipt of application is Friday 18 January. There will be a short list of applicants who will be invited to meet with a panel before final selection is made.