ACW research and teaching residency in collaboration with The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

“New Geographies of Contemporary Art”

MA/MFA Art in the Contemporary World, National College of Art & Design, Dublin in collaboration with IMMA, is now inviting applications for its autumn (2017) research and teaching residency.

This residency is open to writers, artists, curators, educators and other practitioners who have published writings in the field of contemporary art. It will begin around October 2017, and have a duration of up to five weeks.

The successful applicant is hosted at the Irish Museum of Modern Art; a stipend is provided. During this time they will be expected to deliver presentations on their own research interests in the context of the Art in the Contemporary World Master’s programme, as well as lead a number of seminars and conversations relating to the research residency’s theme. This year the theme will be “New Geographies of Contemporary Art”: and so we invite applications that might consider a wide array of possible topics—political, cultural, environmental—that will seek to explore new thinking on art’s relation to location.

During the residency IMMA will welcome dialogues with the selected candidate which highlight new perspectives and responses to its programming arising out of the candidate’s research interests or related to the selected theme.

Previous NCAD/IMMA resident critics and curators have been: Dr. Nuit Banai (Artforum contributor; Professor at the University of Vienna); Morgan Quaintance (curator and writer for Frieze, Art Monthly; contributor to BBC’s Culture Show); Dr. Martin Waldmeier (curator and researcher; PhD on The Art as Translator, Dept. of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College).

Time: 3 weeks (min) 5 weeks (max) starting in October 2017

Application procedure

The following should be sent as a .pdf to

  • (i) a one page letter of intent;
  • (ii) a 250 word description of how you will address the research theme;
  • (iii) a one page CV

Use “ACW Residency” as the subject title

Deadline May 31st, 2017

* NB. the stipend is to cover travel and living expenses. However, we have good relationships with several cultural organizations in Ireland and are happy to work with the successful candidate to apply for possible additional funding to cover travel

For more details on the programme visit the course blog ( or contact Francis Halsall, Declan Long or Sarah Pierce.

Main course team:

Francis Halsall, MA PhD
Francis Halsall is a lecturer in the history and theory of modern and contemporary art. He’s also visiting research fellow in Art History at University of the Free State, Bloemfontaine, South Africa. His research covers three main areas: (i) The history, theory and practice of modern and contemporary art; (ii) Philosophical aesthetics; (iii) The cultural reception of Systems Theory. Francis has lectured and published extensively in all these areas in academic and non-academic contexts. More details

Sarah Pierce, MFA, PhD
Sarah Pierce is an artist, researcher and academic whose trans disciplinary practice takes place across a range of contexts, from exhibition-making and performance, writing and publishing, research and pedagogy. Her methods often highlight a continual renegotiation of the terms for making art and the potential for dissent and self-determination. Sarah’s work has appeared in major biennials and institutions internationally, and she is a published writer and contributor to several anthologies on art and curating. Research Interests: student culture; rebellion and archives; radical pedagogies; instituent practices; dispersive and asocial communities; knowledge, gesture and the curatorial. More details

Declan Long, MA, PhD
Declan Long lectures on contemporary art theory and practice. He is a regular contributor to Artforum, Frieze and Source Photographic Review and is a board member of the Douglas Hyde Gallery, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art venues. In 2013 he was a member of the judging panel for the Turner Prize. His book Ghost-Haunted Land: Contemporary Art and Post-Troubles Northern Ireland (Manchester University Press) will be published in July 2017. Research interests include: art criticism; contemporary art and location; crossovers between contemporary art and literature. More details