March 4, 2019

Funded Residency | Oileán AiR, Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork

Application deadline: 8 March.

Artist Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin, Comharchumman Chléire, Ealaín na Gaeltactha and Cork County Council Arts Office invite artists to apply for Oileán AiR, a socially engaged artistic research residency programme for artists with an interest in working in or with the Irish language.

‘What would happen if artists, thinkers and other creators could take time to reconsider their practice and its relationship to community and the Irish language in the context of the Gaeltacht?’

The pilot Oileán AiR is a two month long, full time artistic research and residency programme which offers time and space to work in the unique context of the remote island Gaeltacht; Cape Clear. How can your artistic practice meet the local community and topography of our beautiful island? How does the Irish language function in contemporary Irish arts practice?

During the two month residential programme selected artists will be housed at the historic ‘Éirí na Gréine’; house on the island, with access to two shared studio spaces and a plethora of other potential work spaces and contexts. Participating artists will live and work together as peers but there will be no emphasis placed on collaboration or the production of a final artwork instead each artist will be asked to facilitate a meaningful engagement with the local community. The programme will aim to support the artistic process of each participant, encouraging some engagement through practice with the Irish language.

Each artist will be provided with;

  • their own private room at Éirí na Gréine
  • access to shared studio space
  • a bursary of €2000
  • a small travel budget

Oileán will support: Irish and international artists who have a demonstrable interest in the Irish language; no fluency or specific level of spoken Irish is required. The programme has a specific interest in artists working in socially engaged and/or time based disciplines who wish to deepen, reconnect or transform their relationship with the Irish language.

Oileán AiR has been designed and will be facilitated by Ruairí Donovan (director of Oileán Air) and Máirtín Ó Méalóid (Manager of Comharchumman Chléire), and is being supported by the Engaging Communities Grant from Cork County Council Arts Office and Éalaíon Na Gaeltachta.

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Funded Residency | Oileán AiR, Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork