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Rising to the Future - Creating a Sustainable Global Society

Open Call for UCD Social Sciences and Law Artist in Residence 2020/21

UCD Social Sciences and Law Artist in Residence

Creating a Sustainable Global Society is one of the four strategic themes underpinning UCD's 2020-2024 Strategy. Responding to the unprecedented loss of Ireland’s biodiversity is critical to this challenge.

The new residency at (opens in a new window)UCD Parity Studios, supported in partnership with UCD Earth Institute and (opens in a new window)Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts County Council aims to contribute to this challenge.

Art practice, as a process of understanding through making, is a unique form of research in the university context. They particularly welcome applications from artists who are interested in situating their practice and contributing additional perspectives within a community of researchers, students and staff.

The principal aims of the scheme are to support mutual exchange between the artist and researchers across UCD College of Social Sciences and Law, to explore areas of research, current and prospective, through the lens of artistic practice.

Research in the College is concerned with overcoming societal challenges by understanding the past, present and future behavior and interactions of individuals in societies, organisations and cultures. The residency will support the artist to create work that explores the social/political/cultural/economic factors influencing sustainable human behaviour.

The College comprises nine Schools of Archaeology, Economics, Education, Geography, Information and Communication Studies, Sutherland School of Law, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, PsychologySociology and the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.

The residency will be split into two phases over the 12 month period;

  1. Research and Development of proposal (3-6 months, duration to be agreed in consultation with the artist)
  2. Delivery of proposal

What's on offer?

  • A stipend of €10,000
  • 24-hour access to studio space at UCD Parity Studios
  • Cross-disciplinary peer support through monthly artists in residence process meetings
  • Access to UCD library, lectures and other university resources
  • Research support through the extensive network of UCD Earth Institute academics and researchers and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. 

What is expected of the artist? 

  • Use the studio space to develop your work on average two days a week, over the course of the year. While formal introductions to relevant researchers are made, many fruitful conversations occur through chance meetings on the corridor or during coffee breaks, so being on campus is an important factor in the process.
  • Initiate meetings with relevant researchers and DLR personnel.
  • Prepare a 30min talk for the purposes of introduction to your work and proposal to interested staff and researchers
  • Make the process of your research visible/known to others through a blog or other online forum
  • Be available for a UCD Open Studio Day when the public and wider UCD community will be invited to visit the studios and talk with you about your work.
  • Contribute to monthly artists in residence process meetings.
  • Deliver a practical workshop related to your work to UCD students.
  • Credit UCD researchers, UCD Parity Studios, UCD Earth Institute and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CC, for work arising from the residency. 

Call for artist in residence for ucd social sciences and law 

To apply: 

Please submit your expression of interest as a single pdf in the following format:

[Your Name] UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Email to (opens in a new window)parity.studios@ucd.ie

Closing date: March 22, 2020

Please include the following information in this order:





5.Website (if you have one)

6. Tell us about yourself

Briefly describe who you are and outline your most recent artistic achievements.

(*Max 100 words) 

7. Your process

Briefly describe the approaches you take in developing your work, what materials you use and how you disseminate your work.

(*Max 200 words)

8. How you intend to use the studio

  • Your primary use of the studio space, for example - a space to physically make work, a research desk, a meeting place, etc.
  • Why do you want to undertake a residency at UCD College of Social Sciences and Law, in particular?
  • Description of your proposed project including the key area of research/practice you’re interested in.
  • How you would make your process visible/known to others.

(*Max 250 words)

9. Existing Commitments

Please specify commitments you have to other work, residencies, exhibitions/performances, conferences, research/education in 2020/2021.

NB: Applications exceeding the character limit will not be submitted for review.

10. Examples of previous work

  • Examples of work - Up to 10 examples of your work with one image per page. Please label each image clearly with title, dimensions, materials, gallery/site of installation /performance, date.
  • List of images/work
  • Links to video/sound pieces 

UCD Parity Studios will confirm receipt of your application by e-mail. The residency will commence in late Spring 2020 in consultation with the artist.

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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