April 18, 2019

Commission | Aistriú Project, Galway 2020

Application deadline: Sunday 30 June.

Galway 2020, in association with the Aistriú project team at NUI Galway and Ealaín na Gaeltachta, is inviting expressions of interest from an artist or artists to create work(s) in response to all or a selection of texts within the Aistriú project.

The responses will form part of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme in 2020. This invitation is open to artists of all disciplines including: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (all languages), music, opera, theatre, traditional arts and visual arts. Multidisciplinary expressions and those in mixed/digital media are welcome.

The artistic responses will be audience and public focused and interested artists are asked to consider mediation and public engagement with the work either during the process of making or post completion.

The overall budget for the commission is €50,000 – this may be awarded as one artist/practice or to a number of artists/practices depending on the number and quality of expressions of interest received.

Artist Brief: Aistriú commission (English)

Artists’ Eligibility
• Artists expressing interest in Aistriú will be required to demonstrate a track record of commitment to the Irish language in/through their previous work.
• International applications are welcome.
• Artists may make a joint application in partnership with others.

On Wednesday 1 May, interested artists are invited to attend a half-day workshop on the NUI Galway campus with members of the Aistriú project team, who are renowned academics working in the fields of Irish language, Irish literature and performing arts, and Irish Studies. During this workshop, attendees will discover more about the aims of the Aistriú project, and about the chosen texts, including the authors’ backgrounds, the historical contexts in which they were set/written, and the language style in which they were written. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the commission at this session.
The workshop will take place from 10am-1pm on Wednesday, 1 May in Room 104, Áras na Gaeilge, NUI Galway South Campus. Nearby pay-and-display parking at the Quadrangle or on University Road.

The following website contains more information on the Aistriú project, as well as copies of the Aistriú texts in Irish and English:

Further Information
For further information please email or contact Liz Kelly at Galway 2020 on
Telephone: John Caulfield (091) 494315

Commission | Aistriú Project, Galway 2020