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Call for Applications for Waterford Artist-in-Residence

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Article by Derek Flynn © 6 January 2015.
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Are you an artist? Includes writers! Waterford Healing Arts Trust say:

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) invites artists to of all arts disciplines to apply for its 2015 Artist-in-Residence programme. WHAT has been running an Artist in Residence programme since 1994. This year, the focus of this residency will be the artist’s engagement of patients in University Hospital Waterford in participatory / collaborative arts experiences.

WHAT invites artists of all arts disciplines with a commitment to participatory and collaborative practice to apply for its 2015 Artist-in-Residence programme. The successful artist will devise ways for engaging patients in participatory and / or collaborative arts experiences at the bedside, in the main hospital building and / or in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health in the grounds of the hospital. This engagement may result in the public presentation of work, but not necessarily.

The artist will be given:

  • Studio space for a six month period with access to a digital darkroom, arts and health library, dance floor in the multi-use studio space, internet and administrative support as requested
  • A fee of €3500
  • €500 for materials and / or production costs.
  • Mentoring support from WHAT staff

The artist will:

  • Engage part of the patient population of the hospital in participatory and / or collaborative arts experiences
  • Host an open day in his/ her studio space
  • Meet the management committee of WHAT
  • Produce a short report at the end of the residency

We are interested in hearing from artists whose practice fits with or can be adapted to the acute hospital environment.

The artist will be selected through a process of open competition. Criteria for selection will be:

  • Quality of the artist’s participatory / collaborative practice
  • The ‘fit’ between the artists’ practice and the hospital environment
  • Level of relevant experience
  • Commitment to the role of the arts in a healthcare context
  • The responsiveness of the practice to the context
  • The innovation of the artist’s proposal / ideas.
  • Benefit to the artist of the residency at this stage of his / her career
  • Availability of the artist

The closing date for applications is Friday, 27th February at 2pm.

Interested applicants are invited to attend a briefing session in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health on 4th February 2015 at 1pm. Please phone 051 842664 or e-mail WHAT@hse.ie no later than 2nd February to book your place

This residency is funded by the Arts Council.

For further details and application requirements please download here.

Please do not apply without reading this briefing document.”


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Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie's SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in 'Surge', an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03