The Norman Houston Multi-disciplinary Commissioning Award

The Norman Houston Multi-disciplinary Commissioning Award

Tuesday, 4 January 2022, 5.00pm

The Norman Houston Project is a new project initiated by Solas Nua in Washington D.C., dedicated to the memory of Norman Houston, the former Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau (NIB), in the United States.

The Norman Houston Multi-disciplinary Commissioning Award:

This Award is a bi-annual commission for a new work. This exciting opportunity is now open to artists working in any discipline on the island of Ireland. Individuals or small collectives are both eligible.The commission will comprise of a six-week research and development residency in Washington D.C. on agreed dates between 01st April and 30th June 2022 with a studio at STABLE Arts, travel and private accommodation provided (in year one), followed by a presentation of the new work produced for the commission (in year two). A presentation may include an exhibition, a performance, a staged reading, or a partial or full production. Expenses covered by the commission in year two will include production costs of up to $20,000, artists fees, travel, accommodation and shipping. Artists in residence may invite partners / families to visit for short periods of time, at their own expense.

Context for the award:

As an unwavering advocate for the arts in his beloved Northern Ireland and Ireland as a whole, Norman Houston, through his life and career, demonstrated his understanding that the artists who call Ireland home express the imagination, creativity, resilience and voice of the people of the island; beyond borders and across communities. Norman believed that it is through the arts that we see a reflection of our own lives in the lives of others, and that by engaging with the arts, we will build bridges of empathy and appreciation and hope for the future. He spent a significant part of his extraordinary life and career in promoting the importance and vitality that the role of the arts can play in all of our lives. He mentored young people from across the island of Ireland and always strived for inclusivity in his tireless efforts to promote peace in his hometown of Belfast.

This award seeks to honor Norman and to ensure that his life, legacy, and love of the arts are remembered.

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