Ormston House and Limerick Culture and Arts Office, in partnership with Cavan Arts Office, Clare Arts Office and Tipperary Arts Office, are pleased to announce the River Residencies under the Arts Council of Ireland’s An Invitation to Collaboration scheme.

Following an international open call, the River Residencies will bring together artists and rural communities including boat-builders, folklorists, Geopark guides, historians, swimmers, citizen scientists and other catchment custodians, in partnership with four local authorities along the River Shannon.

William Bock has been awarded the Clare residency and will work with local liaison, Trudi van der Elsen, during the research phase in 2021.

William will work primarily with communities along the Shannon Estuary along the north shore of the Shannon Estuary, a Special Area of Conservation and home to various protected species of avian and aquatic life. William is an interdisciplinary artist working in Ireland and the UK exploring the connections between people and the environments they inhabit. Through photography and sound, he will explore connections between the community and the body of water of the River Shannon where they live and work.

“There was great interest in the River Residencies from artists around the world and we received 295 thoughtful proposals exploring the river, its culture and stories. After a lengthy selection process, the partners are delighted to be working with William Bock, boredomresearch, Tania Candiani and Nathan O’Donnell. We look forward to connecting them with our knowledgeable communities in Cavan, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary to co-create a series of collaborative artworks along the River Shannon in 2021 and 2022.” Pippa Little, Limerick City and County Council, lead partner.

The River Residencies are co-funded by the Arts Council’s An Invitation to Collaboration scheme, led by Limerick Culture & Arts Office in partnership with the Arts Offices in Cavan, Clare and Tipperary. The River Residencies are curated by Caimin Walsh and Mary Conlon as part of the Museum of Mythological Water Beasts (2017-), a multi-year project about, along and on the River Shannon.