Open Call for Artists for 3rd PUSH Residential Lab

We are looking for two Ireland-based artists for the third PUSH international residential lab for Artists taking place in Dublin in February 2018.

Open Call for an Ireland-based Artist for Lab 2

This application is for the Migration Lab which will take place in Dublin between 20 February - 1 March 2018. The Ark are selecting two artists to attend this Lab. All artists will be paid a fee of €800 and €320 in per diems for the 8 days plus return travel to the Lab and self-catering accommodation in Dublin which will be arranged for you.

We are looking for artists involved in making theatre and dance, ideally you will have made work for young audiences before (or can show us a strong interest). While we would like to assemble group of artists at different stages of their career, due to the complexity of an international residency it’s unlikely to be suitable for artists still studying or who have very recently graduated. See the Information & Guidelines link below for more information.

Each PUSH partner will select its own artists participating in the LAB. The Ark’s selection panel will include an Ark representative and one external party and will select two artists based in Ireland to take part in this Lab. All applicants will hear if they have been selected by 10 November 2017.

How to Apply

If you are an artist working in these fields, then find out more about this lab and the application guidelines here: Migration LAB Information & Guidelines

To apply, complete our online application form or download a Word version to complete and email back.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 25 October

Here's what our previous PUSH lab artists have said about the experience:

Shane O'Reilly
"As artists we create work within the limitations of our own artistic imagination and biases, PUSH is a unique space within which to challenge and broaden those perspectives and thus enhance an artists creative potential. Being part of a PUSH Lab means taking a risk, making yourself vulnerable, being hungry for challenges, being open to fail, forming new opinions and deconstructing old ones, listening carefully, speaking freely and at the end of it all being utterly changed and refreshed as an artist."

Anna Newell
"The PUSH artist lab was a unique opportunity to meet and work with a really diverse group of artists to talk, think and play. It's stayed with me and strongly informed my thinking ever since."

Information about PUSH

PUSH is a Creative Europe-funded project led by Imaginate (Scotland) alongside Cultuurcentrum Hasselt (Belgium), The Ark (Ireland), Aabendans (Denmark) and Scenekunstbruket (Norway). Over two years, we will explore three topics within theatre and dance for young audiences. Artists from all partner countries will be invited to apply to participate in these Labs:

  • Gender and sexual identity Lab in Scotland
  • (over) protection Lab in Belgium
  • Migration Lab in Ireland

You can read more about the full project at