Words Work: exploring multilingual processes for creating artistic work

Mother Tongues Festival announce Artist Call-Out for participation

The Mother Tongues Festival celebrates multilingualism and multiculturalism through art and marks UNESCO International Mother Language Day in February.

For the 6th edition (16-18 February 2023) the festival will continue to offer workshops, events and engaging activities for families, but also present a new creative development opportunity for artists and writers who are interested in exploring and claiming multilingual processes as part of their artistic work.

‘Words Work’ will explore processes and methods of making multilingual creative work, led by multilingual writer and artist Caroline Bergvall.

Through this opportunity, we aim to provide artists and writers based in Ireland and of mixed cultural and linguistic heritage with the confidence, tools and resources to explore language as an integral part of their work and cultural identity.

‘Words Work’ supports the continued development of Ireland’s valuing of languages, including its own, as part of its contemporary cultural and social identity.


Caroline Bergvall. Photo credit: Christa Holka

Who We’re Calling:

Participants are welcome from diverse disciplines such as Literature, Theatre, Poetry, Music, Visual Art, Film, Performing Artists, Circus Performers, Puppeteers and more. However, we ask that there is some element of writing or language in your practice (and therefore relevant to the topic of multilingualism).
Both Irish-born and international artists living in Ireland are welcome to apply.
10 places are available. All participants need to make themselves available for 4 online sessions and the full-day in-person session in Dublin on Friday 17th February.

What We’re Offering:

The training programme will be open to a small dedicated group of 10 artists/writers, working with Caroline both online and in person. In keeping with the success of her training programme, the training consists of bespoke and flexible practical assignments, individual research, sharing resources, testing ideas and making work.

Participation in this online and in-person series is free for 10 successful applicants.

4 weekly online sessions on Monday evenings (from 6 to 8 pm), beginning on Monday 23rd January, culminating in a full-day workshop session during the festival on Friday 17th February at Rua, Red in Tallaght, Dublin 22.

The training programme will be planned and run by award-winning writer, artist and workshop leader Caroline Bergvall. Her own work as a multilingual lead artist is reputed for the many explorations into languages in context she uses. Of French-Norwegian heritage, Caroline works internationally, and has been involved with various projects and mentoring in Ireland. For the past 3 years, through her own training arts lab, she has been running international masterclasses and workshops as well as individual mentoring for artists and writers. Her focus is always on supporting and training artists and writers to work in cross-cultural, multilingual and collaborative ways.

How to Apply:

Complete and submit the Application Form before 5 pm Monday 9th January.
Successful applicants will be notified by 12th January. If you have any questions, please contact aoife@mothertongues.ie

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