Brief for Artist in Residence - Exploring a Shared Past
Wexford County Council (WCC) under the Per Cent for Art Scheme and Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) Wales, invite submissions for two Artists in Residence to work in Wexford and Wales, on the theme 'Exploring a Shared Past' as part of the 'Ancient Connections' cross-border arts, heritage and tourism project linking North Wexford with North Pembrokeshire. Each artist residency is valued at €22,000 in total to include artist's fees, materials, and final public art outcomes.
This Artist in Residence Programme is being awarded under a Two Stage Open Competition. The residency will run from May 2020 - April 2022.
Deadline Stage One - Expressions of Interest - Monday 2 March 2020.
Outline of Ancient Connections and background context for the Residency
Ancient Connections is an exciting three-year arts, heritage and tourism project linking North Pembrokeshire and North Wexford funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales co-operation programme, led by Pembrokeshire County Council, together with partners Wexford County Council, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Visit Wexford. The project runs from May 2020 - April 2022.
The project's aim is to motivate the communities of North Pembrokeshire and North Wexford to rediscover their shared heritage through research, archaeological activity, creative arts, and storytelling and to be mentors for one another; sharing knowledge, experience and skills to create a stronger sense of identity and place that will continue to flourish in years to come.
One section of the project is called Exploring a Shared Past and has a number of distinct components that will be delivered by different teams of researchers and other specialists.
- Researching and disseminating the core stories of connection
- Geophysical Survey/Excavation of key sites in Wales and Ireland
- Archaeological excavations at St. Patrick's Chapel, Whitesands, Pembrokeshire
- Establishment of Archaeological Field School (Ferns)
- Historical and Folklore Surveys and training
Academic research around the stories of connection, community folklore gathering and a storyteller training scheme are key elements of this project. Story searches are already underway in the communities of North Pembrokeshire and North Wexford led by Abarta Heritage and Angharad Wynne.
At Whitesands, the foundations of a stone-built chapel lie just beneath the surface of the turf. The 2014-16 excavations showed that this stone-built chapel overlies a cemetery dating from the 8th century to the 12th century, which is of great historical and archaeological importance. Phase one of the new excavations has already taken place in September 2019, with a report outlining the findings. Geographical surveys are planned on a number of sites in the St. David's area, possibly including St. David's Cathedral, St. Non's, the environs of Mathry Church, the environs of Llanrhian Church, Waum y Beddau cemetery, Capel yr Hen Fynwent, the environs of St. Justinian's Chapel.
In Ireland, geophysical survey will concentrate around the monastic remains in the heart of Ferns itself. In June 2020 the Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS) will launch a major archaeological research project at the site of St. Aidan's Monastery, Ferns, Co. Wexford. The project, established as a partnership between IAFS, Ancient Connections (via Wexford County Council) and the local community, aims to assess one of the most historically significant, but hitherto relatively unassessed, Early Medieval sites in southeast Ireland. The site is a multi-period complex, originally founded by St. Aidan at the turn of the 7th century, which also contains Early Medieval crosses and cross slabs, a twelfth century Augustinian Abbey (founded by the King of Leinster, Diamuid McMurrough), and thirteenth century medieval cathedral (Edan's Cathedral) within its wider confines. The St. Aidan's Monastery project is centred on a major research excavation of both the 7th century monastery and a latter 12th centuery Augustinian Abbey, which hopes to draw the site into the town of Ferns as a 'key heritage attraction', in the process providing added economic and amenity value to the local community.
Ancient Connections propose to work with two artists-in-residence, one based in Pembrokeshire and one based in Wexford. The Wexford based Artist in Residence will be managed and supported by Wexford County Council Arts office, through the Percent for Art Scheme, the Artist in Residence in Pembrokeshire will be managed by Pembrokeshire County Council. The two artists will be expected to meet, communicate, and share knowledge and plans as they develop creative ideas during the course of each residency. There is an additional travel budget of €2,000 per artist to facilitate exchange and travel between the Wexford and Wales residency artists, which will be administered by each local authority. Artists will be encouraged to take part in workshops, talks or other public engagements in relation to the Ancient Connections programme as they arise.
Artistic collaboration between the two artists is not obligatory, but would be welcomed if it develops organically. The selected artists would work closely with some of the emerging findings by other specialists working on the project in the areas of archaeological excavations, geophysical surveys, historical research, folklore and/or story gathering. At the end of their residencies each artist would produce new art works as a response to this period of research and engagement. The artwork will be publicly presented in Pembrokeshire and in Wexford.
The artists can work in any art form or combination of art forms i.e. visual art, film, writing, theatre, music, sound, traditional arts and must involve a public artistic output at the end. These outputs could be an exhibition, film screening, reading, sculptural installation, performance etc. where members of the public and local communities can be involved and/or attend. The proposal can be submitted from artists working in a single art form or across disciplines or art-forms or as an artistic collaboration.
The focus of the commission is on the creation of new and original artwork(s) and must involve place-base enquiry, engagement with other contractors within ‘Exploring a Shared Past’ and meaningful collaboration with local communities of place or interest. Experimental ways of working with communities of place or interest is encouraged as is innovation and excellence in artistic practice.
Artists who live in Pembrokeshire or Wexford or can show a demonstrable link to either region are particularly encouraged to apply.
- Deadline Stage One - Monday 2nd March 2020. All artists notified by 9th March 2020.
- Deadline Stage Two Proposals - Monday 20th April 2020. All artists notified by 30th April 2020.
- Residencies and public art outcomes - Mid May 2020 - April 2022
Stage One - An Open Call: Expression of interest is invited from artists, including artists groups.
Stage One requires the following:
- Completed application form and checklist
- CV (Max 3 pages)
- An Expression of Interest, i.e. initial thoughts on how you would approach the residency from an artistic and community engagement point of view. This is not a proposal. (500 words maximum)
- Examples of previous art work, 8-10 relevant examples of your previous work with one separate page clearly listing the medium, context, year, etc.
Selection Criteria for Stage One
• Quality of the artists previous work and track record or demonstration of artistic potential - 35%
• Demonstrated ability to work with communities or potential - 35%
• Innovation and new ways of thinking and engaging with the residency, context and communities - 30%
Closing date for submission Stage One Monday 2nd March 2020
Online applications only.
For Wexford applications email: email@example.com Enquiries Tel 00 353 9196369
For Wales application email: firstname.lastname@example.org Enquiries Tel: 0044 (0) 1347 770141 / 00 44 (0) 7798 925695
All four documents must be collated into one PDF document (Max size 10 MB)
Stage Two - Detailed Proposal
- There is an additional travel budget of €2,000 per artist to facilitate exchange and travel between the Wexford and Wales residency artists, which will be administered by each local authority.
- Each artist will be paid €500 on completion and submission of proposal.
- To assist the artists’ research in developing these proposals the project partners will host information meetings for the shortlisted artists in Wexford and Pembrokeshire providing an overview of the local context with introductions and/ or links to key stakeholders and communities of interest as outlined in the brief.
- A further Artists Brief will be issued to short-listed candidates at Stage 2 with guidance on the assessment criterion of Stage two assessments.
A selection panel will include project managers from Wexford and Pembrokeshire County Council, Ancient Connections representative, artists/ public art curators and community representatives.