May 15, 2018

Open Call | ‘Bring Your Own Chair’ Residency Opportunity

Closing date: 25 May

Workhouse Union are delighted to announce details of our upcoming ‘Bring Your Own Chair’ Craft/Designer Residency and Host opportunities in the South East in partnership with Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.

Bring Your Own Chair is an art project taking place in rural towns and villages across counties Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford throughout the spring and summer of 2018. As part of the programme three craft makers and/or designers will undertake two week-residencies in July 2018 within the specific context of a rural town, engaging with the vernacular craft and design history of the locale. Workhouse Union are seeking proposals from designers/craft makers who wish to explore the possibilities of socially engaged practice within the context of Bring Your Own Chair. We are particularly interested in potential of co-operation, craft and industry to sustain rural economies.

The selected designers/craft makers will spend 5 nights with a host craftsperson/designer in a rural town and another 9 days in Callan at Workhouse Union. During the first 5 days support will be provided to engage with local craft traditions and contemporary makers and designers. The second week will give the three residency participants an opportunity to engage with the project team and each other. The participants will have access to local facilities as well as a research studio and library at Workhouse Union.

Residency/Host Opportunity: 13–29 July 2018

Workhouse Union invite applications from craftspeople, designers and makers to encourage cross-disciplinary activity between Europe and Ireland.

The residency opportunity will include:

  • Craft maker/Designer fee of €1,000
  • Subsistence allowance of €300
  • Return travel costs to a maximum value of €300
  • Support and facilitation to engage with locally based makers, artists and various community networks

For more information and application details:

The project is produced by Workhouse Union with residencies in partnership with Design and Craft Council of Ireland. Bring Your Own Chair is funded by the Arts Council Ireland Making Great Art Work – Open Call Award and with further support from Create Ireland/Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Waterford Council, Kilkenny Arts Office, County Wexford and Kilkenny LEADER Partnership and Waterford Úradás na Gaeltachta.

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Open Call | ‘Bring Your Own Chair’ Residency Opportunity