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Architecture at the Edge Design Lab Bursaries: Open Call for Applications 2024

Architecture at the Edge, in partnership with Galway Culture Company, are delighted to announce an open call for three bursary awards to support creative practitioners with an interest in championing young people and their ideas and help them realise the potential for a better designed built environment.

Applications are open to individual practitioners and/or collectives living in or from Galway City or County, including but not limited to artists, architects, makers, designers, film producers and creatives from all disciplines.

This is an opportunity designed to support practitioners with an interest in co-designing projects with young people and consider the consequential aspects of making across craft, construction, architecture and design.

In addition to any specific areas that applicants would like to develop, possible lines of enquiry include:

Architecture which demonstrates the inseparability of design from planetary resources
The aesthetic and construction methods found in the wider landscape of the west of Ireland resulting from the scarcity of available material.
How architecture design process’ and making can respond to environmental challenges, to support restorative and sustainable futures.
There are three bursary awards of €3,000 each.

The Project

Since Design Lab began in 2021, we have always sought to train and skill up others with the knowledge, experience and confidence to develop their own build projects with young people related to play, architecture and young people’s/children’s use of space.

Design Lab invites young people to be part of a creative design process that results in a real design for a space or place to build. We aim to bring together disciplines that perhaps do not always intersect: artists, architects, and other makers to enable more young people to be confident about influencing and shaping their built environment.

The bursary will support individuals to work with young people aged between 14 – 22 years old to develop projects which are tangible demonstrations of how our young people can make a positive contribution to shaping better places in Galway City and County, and to demonstrate first-hand how young people can directly shape their world.

The bursary award will consist of:

A grant of €3000 to cover all associated project expenses
Mentoring, advice and contacts from Architecture at the Edge and partnering schools and/or organisations

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for these bursaries, you must be either living in or from Galway City or County.

The recipients of the award will be invited to undertake the following work:

To conceptualise, programme and produce new cultural work for the Design Lab program
To coordinate and project manage that work
To manage monies effectively and within budget for that work
To undertake appropriate event management and logistics work
Document observations to be published via the Architecture at the Edge social media channels
Provide a final report outlining main learning outcomes from the project
Participate in a public event at the Architecture at the Edge Festival 2024 where the project will be presented

How to Apply

To apply for the Design Lab bursary, please submit the following;

A selection of your recent work, demonstrating your creative practice (jpeg/ pdf /word doc files only please)
A proposal for the project that you would potentially like to produce through working with young people on the Design Lab program (max 300 words)
Statement that outlines your ambitions and use of the award and how it will benefit your creative practice (max 200 words)
A plan to document the project, e.g. film, sketchbook, audio or video recordings (max 200 words)
Provide an outlined budget which must include any technical equipment that you might need, including quotes (where applicable) to support your budget
We also welcome video submissions addressing the sections above. Any video should be no longer than 5 minutes, clearly structured according to the headings above, and accompanied by a written CV.

Submissions should not exceed 5MB in size and should be emailed to learning@architectureattheedge.com with the subject line ‘Design Lab/Galway Culture Company Bursary Award’ by 16:00 (GMT) on Thursday 16 May 2024.

Architecture at the Edge Design Lab Bursaries: Open Call for Applications
Image: ‘Forth Bridge Construction’, possibly Evelyn George Carey, 1885, Crown copyright. National Records of Scotland, BR/FOR/4/34/161

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Architecture at the Edge

About Architecture at the Edge (AATE) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. Established in Galway in 2017, it invites everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment. We aim to demonstrate how design enhances everyday life and to inspire new ways of thinking about architecture.
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