Blank Canvas International Exchange Residencies 2020 (Ireland)


Call for submissions for 2 week choreographic residencies at Firkin Crane open to independent dance artists and companies with a demonstrable track record of professional choreography.

Where: Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork, Ireland
When: Monday 13th to Friday 24th July / Monday 10th to Friday 21st August

Deadline for applications: Monday 24th February 2020

Since 2009, the BLANK CANVAS residency scheme at Firkin Crane has supported dance-artists to develop new ideas and make valuable connections with other dance professionals both locally and internationally (past years). The focus of the residencies is not on creating finished work but on the studio-based research that allows artists to deepen, interrogate or refine their choreographic practice.

However, participants in BLANK CANVAS are expected to share the outcome of their research, in whatever way is appropriate, during the Friday end-of-residency platform that is shared with other BLANK CANVAS residents, and for the engaged local following that BLANK CANVAS sharing’s have built over the years.

In 2020 BLANK CANVAS will take place in July and August. A total of 4 two-week residencies will be awarded over this period:
2 residencies in Phase 1: Monday 13th to Friday 24th July.
2 residencies in Phase 2: Monday 10th to Friday 21st August.
The residencies are open to independent dance artists and companies that have a demonstrable track record of professional choreography. Priority will be given to proposals that explain clearly how the residency would impact on the artist’s/company’s practice.

What Firkin Crane will provide:
• Studio space for two weeks. 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday
• Technical and production advice from Firkin Crane’s resident dance specialists
• 13 nights self catering accommodation for up to 2 members of each project
• €300 per dance artist contribution towards expenses for up to 2 members of each project
• Opportunities to connect with the professional dance community in Cork including collaborators, dancers or an outside eye during your residency.

What Firkin Crane expects of you:
• Present something of what you’ve been working on in an informal sharing at the end of your residency.
• Be willing to lead one week of Tuesday and Thursday professional class at Firkin Crane.

You will need to cover any additional travel and subsistence costs in excess of the Firkin Crane allowance. We are happy to provide letters of support if you are in a position to apply for funds elsewhere to cover these costs.

You are welcome to submit project proposals with more than two members but you will need to be able to cover all costs including accommodation for additional members.

There are two time periods so please indicate which phase you are applying for. Firkin Crane has multiple studios and can accommodate more than one residency at a time, encouraging artists to connect during the residency and to cooperate for the public sharing event on the final Friday.

To apply, please submit a one-page proposal outlining what you’d like to achieve in the residency and why it would be beneficial to your practice right now. In addition, indicate how you expect to fund the extra costs of the residency.
Please also include a CV and links to online examples of your work that are relevant to the residency proposal.

Email your proposal – with BLANK CANVAS in the subject line – to
Only email proposals will be accepted.

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