Feature Article
Welcome to the December edition of our Newsletter
News this month
European research partnership: The spillover effects of public investment in arts, culture and creative industries
Writer-in-Residence/Fellowship appointments 2015/2016
30 years of local authority arts
Grants and Awards
Bursary Awards next closing date - 5:30 pm, Thursday, 21 Jan 2016
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closes on 3 December 2015
Young Ensembles Scheme 2016
Visual Arts Workspace Grant Awards 2016
News from the community
Date for your diary - Arts and Health Check Up, Check In.
Creative Europe Desk
International News from the Creative Europe Desk – Culture Office
International News from the Creative Europe Desk – Culture Office

Wondering what types of collaborations happen between European cultural organisations?

Or are you wondering how you can connect with potential partners for a European project?  There are a number of sources you can use to access information on the current and/or completed projects (and their partners) that have been successful in accessing funding under Creative Europe programme and its predecessors.

The Creative Europe Project Results Platform is a searchable database containing project descriptions, lists of project partners and budget information.  It also features a ‘success stories’ section with best practice projects and is a useful source of information for keeping up to date on what others are doing across Europe.

Creative Europe Desk UK also has a database of projects involving partners in Britain and Northern Ireland.

Find case studies of projects that have involved Irish partners here and you can also download a pdf of our publication Across Borders Across the Board featuring projects funded under the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013 with Irish partners.

As well as providing inspiration for project ideas these resources can be a useful tool for sourcing European partners.  You can also consult the existing partner search databases and use the many European arts and culture sector networks to connect with potential collaborators.

European Dance Network (EDN) Atelier comes to Dublin


Dance Ireland in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival present the EDN Atelier Who am I? An exploration of how artistic identity is maintained in a nomadic life in Dublin on 11 and 12 December.

The two-day Atelier is open to all, including artists, curators, programmers, academics, cultural theorists and the general public.

The event will explore, from different perspectives how an artist’s identity is constructed and maintained in a climate where mobility is seen as crucial to the creative process and an essential component of professional practice.


The event will have a range of presentations from international cultural practitioners as well as a number of performances.  A pdf version of the programme can be found here.


The cost is €20 per participant and payment can be made by contacting Dance Ireland by phone on +353 1 855 8800. Alternatively you can make an electronic payment by contacting Catherine.finn@danceireland.ie for more details.


Three Irish cities short-listed for European Capital of Culture 2020!

In 2020 Ireland will host the European Capital of Culture for the third time after Dublin in 1991 and Cork in 2005.  The European Capitals of Culture is an initiative of the European Commission that is designed to:

  •        Highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe;
  •        Celebrate the cultural features Europeans share;
  •        Increase European citizens’ sense of belonging to a common cultural area;
  •        Foster the contribution of culture to the development of cities

After a two-day meeting, Galway, Limerick and Waterford (in a joint bid with Kilkenny and Wexford) have been shortlisted in the competition to award the title of European Capital of Culture 2020.

Being shortlisted for the title can result in “significant cultural, economic and social benefits for the cities concerned provided their bid is a part of a longer-term culture-led development strategy.”

The Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Culture Office recognizes the amount of work that went into developing the bid to this point and would like to offer its congratulations to Galway, Limerick and The Three Sisters (Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford).

See the links below to learn more about the Capitals of Culture initiative and the three individual bids:






Invite the Culture Office to speak at your event


Along with organising our own events, the Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Culture Office is regularly invited to speak at events across the country. The Culture Office presents the EU funding opportunities available under the Creative Europe Programme and offers advice on how to build partnerships and develop European projects.


If your organisation is planning a conference, seminar, workshop or partner meeting that would benefit from input or attendance by the Culture Office please contact us on cedculture@artscouncil.ie.


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