Member Opportunity – Artist Residencies with Workhouse Union

Member Opportunity – Artist Residencies with Workhouse Union

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Workhouse EXCHANGE is a paid active research residency opportunity for two artists from the WWDN (What We Do Now) network in Scotland to explore their creative placemaking* practice within the context of community-led, climate-aware, and creative approaches to heritage regeneration at Workhouse Union’s home and wider site in Callan.

This unique opportunity allows artists to explore their creative placemaking practice without the pressure of delivering multi-stakeholder, community-led, place-based projects. It’s a chance to research and take stock with others within the supportive and well-established context of Workhouse Union’s community-led approach to creative placemaking in Kilkenny, Ireland.

The active research residency programme will include input from the Workhouse Union team, designer Kate Lydon, curator Jessica Bonefant of Greywoods Arts and local rural development and community stakeholders. It will consist of time to share research and practice, place-based workshops, research trips, and dedicated research and reflection time for individual practice. The participating artists are encouraged to produce a reflective output in the form of writing / visuals / video / conversation that will be shared through the WWDN Network and Workhouse Union and will support the burgeoning practice of creative placemaking in Scotland and Ireland.

Workhouse EXCHANGE residency opportunity includes:

  • Fee of €500
  • Travel stipend €300
  • Accommodation self-service with several shared meals
  • Seven-day residential stay in Callan from Monday 12 – Sunday 18 August, 2024
  • Access to Workhouse Union resources (research library, Print Block Callan studio)                                               

Callan is easily accessible from Dublin Airport via a direct bus service. Sail and Rail / Bus from Scotland to Callan is possible and encouraged.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 13 June 2024, at 5 pm.

To apply, submit the following to hello@workhouseunion.com marked ‘Workhouse Exchange Proposal’:

  • A link to you WWDN membership profile
  • Project portfolio containing at least three examples of previous work
  • CV or biography
  • Letter of motivation (1-2 A4 pages). Alternatively, send us a 2-3minute video describing your motivation.
  • Please let us know if you have any specific support and access requirements to assist your experience and stay.

Team members from WWDN, Workhouse Union and a community development stakeholder from Kilkenny will assess applications. Applicants will be notified by 18 June 2024, whether their applications were successful or unsuccessful.

This opportunity is only available to Members of the WWDN Network. For more information on becoming a member, head over to our membership page.


Background Information

Workhouse Union is a community co-design organisation based in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, in south-east Ireland. We support the development of inclusive, meaningful, positive places and communities with a unique approach rooted in care and collaboration. Through long-term community-led engagement, we use creativity to bring people together around complex issues, needs and challenges. Our work grew out of the rich creative ecology of town renewal projects in the town of Callan from 2010 onwards and we work across Ireland.

What We Do Now is a growing network of hubs, practitioners, and partners passionate about the power of creativity in supporting our communities in Dumfries and Galloway to shape their own futures.

The network is co-ordinated by The Stove, an arts and community organisation based in Dumfries, southwest Scotland, using creative activity and community-led programming to bring people together to work for positive change.

Creative Placemaking is a community led approach that uses creative activity to support collective decision-making and positive change for people and the places they live.

Workhouse EXCHANGE is part a year-long programme of activities that opens the Callan Workhouse site to creative exchanges, workshops, and future planning, which includes an organisational exchange with The Stove in Scotland.

Workhouse EXCHANGE is funded through The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon


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