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Open Call for Iranian and Irish Critical Writers

The Critical Writing Exchange Program (Iran Ireland)
2-24 November 2015 Tehran
26 November 12 December Dublin

Application Deadline
31 August 2015

IMMA is delighted to announce an international residency exchange for critics / writers in the area of visual arts. The first part of the residency will be for two Ireland-based critics / writers to go to Kooshk Residency in Tehran, Iran from 2 to 24 November 2015. Reciprocally, IMMA shall support two Iranian critics / writers to undertake the IMMA Residency in Dublin, Ireland from 26 November to 12 December 2015.

The application is open to independent Irish and Iranian critics / writers who are interested in exchanging ideas.

The critics / writers will be provided with a living space. Neither Kooshk Residency nor IMMA will be in a position to cover the expenses for airfare, insurance, medical coverage for the duration of the programme, any visa fee which might be incurred and the living expenses such as travel and food. Where possible both institutions will support applications for third party funding.

Applicants should note that this programme has two parts and successful applicants will be required to have an engagement with the host side of the exchange.

Applicants will be evaluated by a committee chosen by Kooshk and IMMA, based on their communication skills and teamwork abilities, potentials, CV and portfolio qualifications, and will be informed by e-mail within 10 days after the deadline.

How to apply
Artists can apply by filling out the online form at
Hardcopy and email submissions are not accepted.

Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered. Please let us know if you have any health issues or conditions or any kind of allergies to ensure your own comfort.

Additional IMMA Programming Information for Applicants

  • What We Call Love, co-curated by Rachael Thomas and Christine Macel. This major exhibition at IMMA is in association with the Centre Pompidou in Paris. What We Call Love will feature a number of key historical works alongside a cross section of contemporary artworks, and pivots around three moments in recent art history: the Surrealist movement of the 1920s and its aftermath, the art of the 1960s through to the 1980s (with an emphasis on the conceptual and performance art of the era) and ultimately art today. These three phases correspond to three moments of significant sociological and political change.
  • A solo-exhibition by Irish artist Grace Weir featuring new works
  • Chloe Dewe Mathews Shot at Dawn
  • IMMAs Collection will profile the Edward McGuire studio donation and a response to this by recent IMMA resident Nick Miller.
  • Approaches to Paper, explores the practice of celebrated Irish Modernists such as Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett to exemplary contemporary artists such as Antony Gormley, Andrew Folan and Kiki Smith.
  • Remains by Willie Doherty, a recent acquisition to the IMMA Collection, is a powerful fictitious film based on real events.
  • IMMA Residents will include David Beattie, Bharti Parmar, Elise Rasmussen and Fulbright Fellow Laurel Bradley.

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