Feature Article
Welcome to the September edition of our Newsletter

The month of September usually summons up a sense of renewal, signalling a restart after a period of respite and pause.  Given our current way of life, last week’s announcement from government about reopening is truly momentous and heralds the long awaited resumption of activity after an unprecedented cessation.  The easing and lifting of restrictions is most welcome news and the return to activity for children and young people will be especially joyous and imbued with optimism. 

 

Of course, the unwinding of measures brings its own complexities. Guided by our public health advisors, we will continue our work with Fáilte Ireland and Theatre Forum and others to help us all chart a safe path to full reopening.    The tilt back towards higher capacities brings particular pressure to bear on box office, marketing and production teams.  There is much to consider and so many perspectives to hear and heed.  We hope that our support will make these attendant pressures manageable and that you will find much energy and support from the reunion with your audience and with your colleagues. 

 

 

In the coming months, we will be casting aside some of the lexicon that we have come to know over the past extraordinary year and a half.  But what will not be lost will be the remarkable wells of empathy and kindness that have been a signature of our lives in recent times.  Like never before, the arts community has shown that it occupies a vital place in Irish society and that message will be central to all our discussions in the run up to this year’s budget.

 

 

These next days will see many people in the thick of preparing their plans for Culture Night.   We are grateful to so many artists and organisations for their imaginative approach to their programmes.   We wish everyone a safe and smooth period of adjustment and we look forward to seeing you soon in a gallery or foyer or at a Culture Night event. 

 

Maureen Kennelly

Director


News this month
Culture Night 2021 - Friday 17 September

Culture Night 2021 is nearly upon us; we invite everyone everywhere, on one joyful night, to discover and celebrate all that our culture is today. There is a wonderful programme of events taking place right across Ireland, happening both in person, online and on RTÉ.


Culture Night 2021 is nearly upon us; we invite everyone everywhere, on one joyful night, to discover and celebrate all that our culture is today. There is a wonderful programme of events taking place right across Ireland, happening both in person, online and on RTÉ.

Alongside the vast array of projects happening up and down the country and accessible at home, the Arts Council will continue its proud tradition of showcasing works recently added to its extensive Visual Art Collection. We also have very special online Draw Along event for children with Laureate na nÓg, Áine Ní Ghlinn and illustrator Tarsila Krüse that will be available from the morning of Culture Night through the weekend.

#CultureNight #OícheChultúir #ComeTogetherAgain

 

 

Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is brought to you by the Arts Council; it is a national moment, celebrating all that makes up the richness and diversity of culture in Ireland today, connecting people to cultural activities locally and nationally and aims to open up pathways to ongoing engagement. For Culture Night, the Arts Council is delighted to present:

 

Draw Along with Laureate na nÓg (Bilingual Irish/English language event, with subtitles)

The Arts Council and Laureate na nÓg, Áine Ní Ghlinn in partnership with Children’s Books Ireland present a very special online Draw Along event for Culture Night, Friday 17 September.

Reading from her story Boscadán, Áine will be joined by illustrator Tarsila Krüse who will draw along while children can listen to the story and design their own robot. Boscadán is an Irish language novel for children about Aoife who builds a cardboard robot. When the robot takes on a life of its own, that's when the real fun starts! The video can be used in the classroom on Culture Night and at home, and will be available for 72 hours from Friday morning 17 September (Culture Night). Full details are available on www.culturenight.ie

Suitable for primary school children.

 

Arts Council Collection showcase

For Culture Night 2021 the Arts Council will continue its proud tradition of showcasing a selection of works recently added to its extensive Visual Art Collection. The Arts Council Collection established in 1962 and comprising over 1,230 works of modern and contemporary Irish art.

The works on show from the Collection showcase the Arts Councils ongoing commitment to purchasing excellent and ambitious works of art which reflect the amazing standard of contemporary Irish visual arts practice and which both engage with and represent Ireland today.

As this year it will not be possible to welcome audiences to share these works in person at the Arts Council’s buildings in Dublin as we usually would, we have instead invited a few of the Collection’s most recently acquired artists to give some insight on their works and practice.

While the Arts Council itself is currently closed to visitors works from the Collection can be seen throughout the country as part of exhibitions and on long term display in public buildings such as hospitals, universities and schools.

Details of exhibitions including work from the Arts Council currently open to the public can be found below and please visit our website to learn more about the Arts Council Collection and to view the works online.

 

If you are planning to head out an about for Culture Night, please visit www.culturenight.ie where you can plan your trail or sit back at home for a rich variety of online and TV broadcasts.

In the Open / Faoin Spéir September programme

In the Open / Faoin Spéir kicked off last month with some great programmes around the country. This month sees the programme expand further with an opportunity for audiences to get directly involved.


In the Open / Faoin Spéir kicked off last month with some great programmes around the country. This month sees the programme expand further with an opportunity for audiences to get directly involved.

 

Later this year two parks in Rathfarnham will play host to a carnival-style performing arts spectacle by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality. A key part of the project is to directly engage the local community through an open call for stories and poems based on the theme ‘people who inspire or have shaped us in some way’. Submit your story or poem here.

 

The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon have an exciting line up of events available to book now for this month and Whistleblast will be performing multiple family concerts in Dublin Parks in September and October.

 

 

 

 

 

Open Call

 

As part of In the Open / Faoin Spéir, two parks in Rathfarnham - Rathfarnham Castle Park and St Enda’s Park - will play host to a carnival-style performing arts spectacle by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality from October 2021 to April 2022.

 

It will feature site-specific outdoor shows of theatre, film, literary pop-up installations and creative conversations, promoting equality, compassion, and human rights in changing times.

 

A key part of the project is to directly engage the local community through an open call for stories and poems based on the theme ‘people who inspire or have shaped us in some way’. 

 

This open call is asking members of the public to tell us who has inspired you, a person from the past or present who has inspired or shaped you in some way and who has promoted equality, compassion and rights in your life and the lives of others.

 

A selection of 100 stories and poems will be displayed in a ‘digital book’ online via the Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality gallery and digital arts platform, set up to promote the arts for equality, human rights and diversity and supported by The Arts Council. 

 

Read more here.

 

How to Submit:

Please submit using the online form.  Submission is free. The submission deadline is Friday 10 September 2021, 5pm.

 

 

 

 

What’s on in Carrick-on-Shannon

 

At The Dock

 

Literature:

The Letters of John McGahern

Presented by Frank Shovlin and in discussion with Orlagh Kelly

10 September 2021

https://www.thedock.ie/whats-on/the-letters-of-john-mcgahern

 

Film:

Kusama: Infinity

15 September 2021

https://www.thedock.ie/whats-on/kusama-infinity

 

Faces Places

22 September 2021

https://www.thedock.ie/whats-on/faces-places

 

Laurie Anderson - Heart of a Dog

29 September 2021

https://www.thedock.ie/whats-on/laurie-anderson-heart-of-a-dog

 

 

What’s on in Dublin City Parks

 

WhistleBlast Proms in the Park 2021

 

Dublin City Council Parks Venues:

 

Merrion Square                             Sunday 5 September 2 and 3pm

St Patrick’s Park                             Sunday 12 September 2 and 3pm

Herbert Park                                  Friday 1 October 3 and 4pm

St. Anne’s Park                              Sunday 3 October 2 and 3pm

Harolds Cross Park                       Friday 8 October 3 and 4pm

Chancery Park                                Sunday 10 October 2 and 3pm

St Auden’s Park                             Wed 27 October 3 and 4pm

Blessington Street Basin              Friday 29 October 3 and 4pm

 

 

More information on all In the Open / Faoin Spéir programmes can be found here:

https://www.artscouncil.ie/InTheOpen/

 

 

Follow #InTheOpenFaoinSpeir on social media for regular updates.

 

RAISE Newsletter

The summer edition of the RAISE newsletter is now available on this link to the Arts Council website.


The summer edition of the RAISE newsletter is now available on this link to the Arts Council website. We have been hugely enthused by the committed engagement of all our 30 participant organisations across our Academy, Accelerate and Advance programmes. Despite the ongoing challenges,  almost €600,000 was raised in Quarter 1 from 1 April - 30 June. In addition, RAISE delivered 18 online events including; 6 Core Workshops, 2 Knowledge Shares, 2 Huddles, 3 RAISE Digital Sessions, 1 Chairs’ Forum, 1 Directors’ Forum, 1 RAISE Up Fund Workshop, 2 RAISE ESG Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion events and our inaugural RAISE Symposium, Turning Point, which proved to be a major success! The expansion of the RAISE + Programme has proven hugely popular with 24 additional organisations participating. We hope that you enjoy catching up with all the RAISE news and success stories

Upcoming Theatre Clinics

The Theatre Team is holding a series of funding clinics directed at individual artists. Hosted by Rachel West and Bea Kelleher, we will cover upcoming funding opportunities along with a guide to the overall funding landscape of the Arts Council and how to apply. The next clinic date is September 23rd at 11:00am and it will take place over Zoom.


The Theatre Team is holding a series of funding clinics directed at individual artists. Hosted by Rachel West and Bea Kelleher, we will cover upcoming funding opportunities along with a guide to the overall funding landscape of the Arts Council and how to apply. The next clinic date is September 23rd at 11:00am and it will take place over Zoom.

 

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP with your name and email to Hannah Gordis hannah.gordis@artscouncil.ie

Grants and Awards
Authored Works Award – deadline 17:30 Thursday 30 September 2021

Applications for Authored Works Award must be made directly to the Arts Council before 17:30 on Thursday, 30 September 2021. The window for making applications opens on 31 August 2021. Guidelines and details of the application process are published on our website on the available funding section. 


The purpose of Authored Works is to provide film artists with the creative and editorial freedom to make a feature-length authored cultural film work from a strong artistic point of view. Films must be artist-led.  One film will be supported in 2021. A total fund of up to €200,000 will be made available to the successful applicant (to include a production budget of €185,000 and further exhibition support of €15,000). Only films that can be made within this budget will be considered. The film must be completed to premiere at the Irish Film Institute, our exhibition partner, at an agreed date in 2023.

Applications for Authored Works Award must be made directly to the Arts Council before 17:30 on Thursday, 30 September 2021. The window for making applications opens on 31 August 2021. Guidelines and details of the application process are published on our website on the available funding section. 

Please note:  Applications for all awards will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website. It is recommended that new applicants allow five working days for registration before making an application.

International Arts
Call for a new Knowledge and Innovation Community in the Creative and Cultural Sectors and Industries

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will launch a new knowledge and innovation community focusing on the cultural and creative sectors and industries. 


By uniting cultural and creative organisations from business, higher education and research in a pan-European innovation ecosystem, the vision is that this new EIT KIC will deliver innovative solutions to help these sectors and industries become stronger and more resilient. Anyone interested in involving themselves in this project or who wants to hear more about the opportunity can find further information on their website here.

News from the community
Music Network seeks to appoint an Operations Administrator

Music Network is seeking a Communications Manager to manage and develop Music Network’s Communications Strategy, and to play a key role in development and delivery of our Strategic Policy and our Income Diversification Strategy. A detailed Role and Person Specification is available here: https://bit.ly/MNCommsMngr. The closing date for applications is Friday 24th September 4pm.


Music Network is currently seeking a Communications Manager to manage and develop Music Network’s Communications Strategy, and to play a key role in development and delivery of our Strategic Policy and our Income Diversification Strategy.

 

Working as part of a small, close-knit team, this full-time role needs a qualified professional who has gained credible experience of Communications and demonstrated a clear appetite to roll-up their sleeves. The successful candidate will have a keen interest in Irish traditional, jazz and/or classical music (and arts and culture in general) and a strong commitment to increasing public access to live music and to supporting musicians to excel in the performance and creation of music.

 

A detailed Role and Person Specification is available here: https://bit.ly/MNCommsMngr

 

Application Process

 

Interested candidates are invited to apply by providing the following 2 items using the guidelines in the appendix to this information:

 

  1. A CV highlighting your relevant experience for this role
  2. A focused covering letter.

 

Please email your application in strict confidence, with ‘Communications Manager role application’ in the subject header to recruitment@musicnetwork.ie

Music Network seeks to appoint an Communications Manager

Music Network is seeking a Communications Manager to manage and develop Music Network’s Communications Strategy, and to play a key role in development and delivery of our Strategic Policy and our Income Diversification Strategy. A detailed Role and Person Specification is available here: https://bit.ly/MNCommsMngr. The closing date for applications is Friday 24th September 4pm.


Music Network is currently seeking a Communications Manager to manage and develop Music Network’s Communications Strategy, and to play a key role in development and delivery of our Strategic Policy and our Income Diversification Strategy.

 

Working as part of a small, close-knit team, this full-time role needs a qualified professional who has gained credible experience of Communications and demonstrated a clear appetite to roll-up their sleeves. The successful candidate will have a keen interest in Irish traditional, jazz and/or classical music (and arts and culture in general) and a strong commitment to increasing public access to live music and to supporting musicians to excel in the performance and creation of music.

 

A detailed Role and Person Specification is available here: https://bit.ly/MNCommsMngr

 

Application Process

 

Interested candidates are invited to apply by providing the following 2 items using the guidelines in the appendix to this information:

 

  1. A CV highlighting your relevant experience for this role
  2. A focused covering letter.

 

Please email your application in strict confidence, with ‘Communications Manager role application’ in the subject header to recruitment@musicnetwork.ie