BLANK CANVAS _ Call for submissions 2016

BLANK CANVAS Intensive 2016

Call for submissions for two-week choreographic residencies at Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork Since 2009, the BLANK CANVAS residency scheme at Firkin Crane has supported dance- artists to develop new ideas. 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, artists participating in BLANK CANVAS are expected to share the outcome of their research in whatever way is appropriate with the engaged following that BLANK CANVAS sharings have built over the years.

In 2016 BLANK CANVAS Intensive will take place in July and August. A total of 6 two-week residencies will be awarded over this period. Phase 1: Mon 18th–Fri 29th July. Phase 2: Mon 8th – Fri 19th August. Phase 3: Mon 22nd – Friday 2nd September.

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 accommodation 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

• Be willing to lead Tuesday and Thursday professional class at Firkin Crane.

You will need to cover your own travel and subsistence costs, though 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 three 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 support one another through the research.


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 to

Only email proposals will be accepted.

Application Deadline: Monday 29th February 2016

Successful artists/companies will be notified week of Monday 21st March 2016..

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