The Ark residency will host 4 artists from 5 - 19 January 2020 who, following the Failure Lab in Belgium, want to develop their Lab ideas towards a future production in a more intimate and intense context. The residency will take place in The Ark’s award-winning building in the heart of Dublin and off-site in Annamakerrig, an artists’ retreat in rural County Monaghan. This dual location will allow the artists to focus on the development of the work in a residential setting in the first week where they will be hosted and catered for. This week will facilitate both solitary and group work practices. The second week in Dublin will make available all of the technical resources of the theatre, gallery and workshop space at The Ark. Artists will be supported by The Ark production team to try out performance ideas in a safe space. The Ark Children’s Council, an advisory group of 30 children who participate in all Ark programmes, will engage with the artists as their work evolves, ensuring that children are at the heart of the artistic process. The Ark will use its large network to connect the visiting artists with local artists and collaborators (through meetings and show attendances) to enhance their investigation of the topic of failure.
The four artists taking part in the Residency will be announced in late November 2019.