Live Free or Die - Summer School with Emily Jacir

With a special focus on migration and citizenship laws that regulate settlement and movement, 2019 artist Emily Jacir and invited guest lecturers will form a school for artists, filmmakers, curators, writers, musicians, dancers and academics over four days in July 2019.

- Applications Now Open-

The school will examine contemporary arts practices in regard to the mechanics of the state, and will critically address perceptions of territories, borders, citizenship and systems of governance in relation to land and communities. The school will look at social justice, resistance, theories of emplacement and the potential creative acts have to effect social, political, local and international change. At the heart of this school, we will look at contemporary Ireland which is possibly the only bastion of free-speech left in “Europe”.

As poetic as it is political and biographical, Jacir’s work investigates histories of colonization, exchange, translation, transformation, resistance, and movement. Jacir has built a complex and compelling oeuvre through a diverse range of media and methodologies that include unearthing historical material, performative gestures, and in-depth research. She has been actively involved in education in Palestine since 2000 and deeply invested in creating alternative spaces of knowledge production internationally. She is the Founding Director of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research and was recently the curator the Young Artist of the Year Award 2018 at the A. M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah. Jacir is the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); a Prince Claus Award (2007); the Hugo Boss Prize (2008); and the Herb Alpert Award (2011). Jacir’s recent solo exhibitions include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Darat il Funun, Amman (2014-2015); Beirut Art Center (2010); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009). She currently lives around the Mediterranean.

Course Requirements

Participants should come with a project that they would like to share with the group (i.e. formally present, interpret and disseminate). It can be anything from an artwork, an idea, a socio-cultural or political event, an action, an intervention, an exhibition. What is important is that each participant will have something to test out in the critical practice sessions.

Application procedure

This programme is open to artists, curators, filmmakers, writers, activists, landscape artists, musicians, dancers, and academics.

To apply for a place please submit:

  • a short statement or cover letter specifying what you wish to gain from the Summer School
  • a current CV / short biography
  • up to five images of your work (if relevant)
  • Applicants must also include a suggested text, reading or film related to the Summer School theme this year.

Materials can be sent in a single email or online transfer by 5pm June 16 to

Please note this four day course has a limit on places and is competitive.

For more information, please contact Jennie Guy at /