OPEN CALL: Shared Histories, Diverse Views – Artist Commission

Wednesday November 29, 2023

Are you a photographic artist experienced in working with community groups? 

Shared Histories – Diverse Views project is commissioning a photographic artist to work in a socially engaged process with communities and organisations in Donegal/Derry~Londonderry and Armagh/Louth to work with local communities to explore representations of the borderlands through photography. The project aims to forge connections across borders through creative engagement, challenge stereotypes and share authentic representations of the borderlands through a public programme of co-curated public events. 

This exciting cross-border initiative is brought to you by Donegal County Council, Photo Museum Ireland, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, the Nerve Centre in Derry~Londonderry, and the National Library of Ireland. This project is supported by Creative Communities on a Shared Island initiative.

The project will have three key elements:

Photo Museum Ireland will work with the Regional Cultural Centre, Nerve Centre and the National Library of Ireland to deliver phases 1 & 2 of the project: the archival research and digital archiving of historical perspectives.

The commissioned artist will lead phase 3 exploring and recording contemporary perspectives on the borderlands. The partner organisations will provide technical, organisational, curatorial, marketing and PR support for the project.

  1. Archival Perspectives: the partner organisations will work with local communities to explore representations of the borderlands held in the National Library of Ireland’s expansive photographic archive.
  2. Local Perspectives: Photo Museum Ireland’s Photo Album archive team will work with participants to research and digitise local histories reflected in family photo albums.
  3. Contemporary Perspectives Artist-led phase: The commissioned artist will work with participants to explore contemporary representations of the borderlands and inspire participants to record their own experiences of life in the area through photography. 

Artist Fee: €7,000 + additional allowance for travel

Timescale for artist-led phase: Feb – May 2024

Deadline: 12 December 2023

How to apply: Artists are asked to apply by email to attaching a CV outlining their experience to date.

Proposals should include the following:

  • Details of work to date including experience of working with communities on photography projects and experienced working on issues of cultural identity.
  • Artist Biography

Successful Candidates will also have to submit the following on acceptance of the offer: signed contract and bank details.

Selection process: A selection panel will invite a shortlist of candidates to online interviews which will take place on 15 December 2023. 

Criteria: The commission will be based on the artist’s experience of working in community contexts and on education initiatives such as artists’ workshops or talks.

  • Applicants must be Irish citizens or normally resident on the island of Ireland, with professional involvement in creative practice.
  • Artists must be available to work in the borderlands.

Project Schedule: Artist’s project element February to May 2024