The Seed Fund

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Butler Gallery is seeking proposals from artists for three paid residencies as part of the Learning and Public Engagement programme.

The Residency

The Seed Fund is intended to support artists to undertake a short residency to develop ideas for new work that engages the public in the Climate Crisis. This residency opportunity is open to visual artists living in Ireland and working in any medium. Proposals from artists with a track record of working with the public and/or community based practices will be welcomed. Proposals should address a specific aspect of the Climate Crisis, for example, biodiversity or species loss, attitudes to climate change, circular economy or plastics and pollution.

The residency will take place for one week at Butler Gallery in Kilkenny on available dates in August, September or October 2020. Residency artists will have full use of the Learning Centre at the new Butler Gallery building in Kilkenny during this week. Artists must arrange ­travel and accommodation in Kilkenny privately, if required.

Artists are to engage with visitors to the Butler Gallery or the local Kilkenny community during the residency. This may be through an artists talk or presentation, physical interventions in the museum or gardens, presentation of artwork at the Butler Gallery Learning Centre, or through a workshop.

*All public presentations must adhere to physical distancing guidelines and restrictions due to Covid-19 as directed by the Government of Ireland at that time.*

The residency will be an opportunity to use the Butler Gallery Learning Centre as a space to develop ideas for new work, to experiment with existing public engagement strategies in a museum context, and to propose larger scale engagement projects. Outcomes of the residency are not limited to collaboration with Butler Gallery. Taking part in this residency is not a guarantee that proposals developed through the residency to work with Butler Gallery will be successful.

The Seed Fund offers artists:

  • One week residency at the Learning Centre at Butler Gallery’s new location Evans’ Home in Kilkenny.
  • €750 fee inclusive of travel and accommodation
  • Access to Butler Gallery Learning and Public Engagement resources
  • Mentoring in public engagement projects in a museum context by the Learning and Public Engagement Curator

Dates Available:

The artist must be available to participate in The Seed Fund through one of the following weeks:

  • 24th-28th August 2020
  • 31st August – 4th September 2020
  • 7th-11th September 2020
  • 14th-18th September 2020
  • 21st-25th September 2020
  • 5-9th October 2020

How to Apply:

The application should be sent via email to the Learning and Public Engagement curator Hollie Kearns at [email protected] no later than 5pm on 3rd July. Applications should include an up-to-date CV, an artists statement, 5-10 images of previous work and a brief synopsis of the ideas to be developed during the residency (no more than 500 words).

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