The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, together with Dublin City Council Culture Company, has announced visual artist Jesse Jones as the recipient of the inaugural Creative Residency Award.
The six-month Creative Residency commences on September 1, and will support Jesse to explore her practice and the theme of art and law.
It will also enable her to develop a new work, with reference to King’s Inns and the historic environment of Henrietta Street, where both organisations are based.
Iseult Byrne, chief executive of Dublin City Council Culture Company, said: “We are delighted to provide a mechanism, support and space through this partnership for an artist of Jesse’s calibre, to develop her work as part of this inaugural residency.
“It has been a pleasure to begin this partnership with King’s Inns and we look forward to working closely with Jesse and the advisory group for this residency in the coming months.
“This residency is a unique opportunity for us to help develop and strengthen cultural impact through collaboration, by providing essential resources and support directly to artists working in Dublin.”
Jesse’s work has a strong connection to law and activism, such as seen in Tremble Tremble, her representation for Ireland at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
In continuation of this interest for the Creative Residency, she plans to collaborate with legal advisors, key workers and activists to create a new work.
Jesse said: “I am deeply honoured to take part in this new and exciting collaboration between The Honorable Society of King’s Inns and Dublin City Council Culture Company.
“The law has always been an important touchstone in my practice, from a feminist perspective, in relation to justice and our collective values as a society.
“I hope this residency will allow me to explore this further in my practice.
“It is a unique opportunity to access to the inner workings of the King’s Inns as a site of learning, archiving of the law and in a community context in and of itself, which is richly connected to the history and practice of the law in Ireland.”