Wexford County Council, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council initiated a research project in 2017 titled 'An Urgent Enquiry' with funding from the Arts Council under the Invitation to Collaboration scheme. Each local authority hosted a Think Tank at which artists, scientists and biodiversity experts presented approaches to Art, Biodiversity and Climate Change. The research project and enquiry has led to the next logical step and we are delighted to announce three significant artist residency commission opportunities in Wexford, Fingal and Dublin City. These commissioning opportunities will include collaboration with UK commissioning agency Invisible Dust, who will select one of the artists for an additional UK based residency in 2020. This international residency will expand upon specific themes relating to An Urgent Enquiry and their Surroundings Commissioning Programme.


An Urgent Enquiry Artists Residency Commission offers artists the opportunity to reside for three months in each county to explore the biodiversity of each area and the effects of climate change, through research, interactions with environmental specialists, scientists and advisors, relating to the artists interest and engaging with local communities with support from the local authority Arts & Biodiversity Offices. There will be three residency commissions, one in Wexford, Dublin and Fingal. The outcome of each residency will result in new work/a public manifestation in autumn 2019.


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Closing date for submissions: Thursday 21 February 2019, 5pm