Artists for Aistriú Project

Artists for Aistriú Project

Sunday, 30 June 2019, 5.00pm

Galway 2020 seeks submissions for the Artists for Aistriú Project.

Focusing on the core theme of migration, Aistriú brings to the public and wider European attention a selection of multi-genre Irish language literary texts, from some of our best known writers, including poetry, short stories and passages from novels and autobiographies.

The texts exhibit a range of perspectives on the theme of migration – from Ó Cadhain’s excited young women eagerly awaiting passage to America, to Peig Sayers’ personal account in her autobiography Peig: A Scéal Féin. Contemporary writing in the form of Alan Titley’s Gluaiseacht charts the exploitative relationship between the transporters and transported, while Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s series of poems ‘Na Murúcha a Thriomaigh’ explores the theme of displacement and the challenges faced by marginalised individuals and groups who feel like fish out of water.

The overall budget for the commission is €50,000, which will be awarded to one or more artists to create their artistic response to the texts. This work will form part of the exciting cultural programme for Galway 2020. The invitation is open to artists of all disciplines including architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre, traditional arts and visual arts. Multidisciplinary expressions and those in mixed/digital media are welcome.

Artists expressing interest in Aistriú will be required to demonstrate a track record of commitment to the Irish language in their previous work. Proposals must be publicly engaging and audience-focused. The chosen work will fit with the overall ambition of Galway 2020 to deliver a year of extraordinary creativity that showcases what is most valuable in both Irish and European creative culture.

See link below for further details.


Published on 20 June 2019

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