Feature Article
Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working to refocus plans to take account of the new reality we all face.  The lateness of communicating the decision to cancel some schemes has caused understandable distress and confusion.  We’re truly sorry for this and acknowledge that people had put a great deal of work into preparing these applications.  The decision to cancel was made so that money can be reallocated into schemes like bursaries and commissions, which we believe are of greater practical help for artists, given the ongoing uncertainty and continuing restrictions.  We want to be sure that the funding we offer will enable artists to readily utilize financial support this year without having to consider other factors over which they have no control.  We continue to encourage funded organisations to prioritise artists in their revised planning and we hope that artists will be able to work with funded organisations in new and rewarding ways.  It’s crucial that all disbursed and available funds reach artists this year. 

 

We can assure you that Next Generation, Bursaries and Commission Schemes will go ahead as planned, and with expanded budgets. The bursary scheme is open to applicants to the Theatre and Dance Residency schemes and our team will be in touch with those applicants directly about this.   We are extending the deadline for the Next Generation programme by one week to May 21st.  Soon we’ll be announcing details of an expanded professional development programme. 

 

These are troubling times when we collectively face the greatest level of uncertainty in living memory, and confront previously unimaginable challenges and fears.  In all our individual designated bubbles, it can be hard to maintain an equilibrium.  In public discourse, we often hear about the need to move away from ‘thinking in silos’.  Now we’ll have to make sure that we can move safely outside of our bubbles and be sure to ban ourselves from thinking in silos.  Now, more than ever, is the time for joined up thinking.  To be human is to connect and we know that the arts are often the most effective way that we make that connection with each other.   Recently, several Aosdána members broke into people’s bubbles by reading them beautiful poems for Poetry Day, showing yet again what good art can do in dark times. 

 

We’re grateful to you all for your dedication to completing surveys and keeping in touch with us.  For keeping everything in check and for keeping going, and for planning as far as you can for the future. 

 

We promise to keep in touch with you about future developments in the best and most timely fashion and we hope you stay safe and well.

 

Best regards,

Maureen Kennelly

Director

 


News this month
Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the awarded artists of the 2020 Arts and Disability Connect scheme

Arts and Disability Connect is a scheme designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work.

2020 marks the 7th year of this Arts Council scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. €39,350, an increase of €10,000, has been awarded to 14 artists through New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.


Arts and Disability Connect is a scheme designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work.

2020 marks the 7th year of this Arts Council scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. €39,350, an increase of €10,000, has been awarded to 14 artists through New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.

“When public health advice relating to Covid-19 led to the near closure of the country, except for essential services, we were delighted to proceed with the panel meeting by video conference. During the coming year these 14 successful artists will be able to move forward in their careers. With the support of this scheme they are on an ambitious and innovative journey." Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland.

Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce the 14 successful artists.

New Work awards give artists the resources and time to develop new and ambitious work. Artists work with an arts partner to support them to get this new work seen by audiences. This year 3 artists received New Work awards.

Emilie Conway is a musician and performer based in Dublin. In partnership with the Improvised Music Company (IMC) and with the support of Darn Skippy Productions and Dublin City Council Culture Company, Emilie will develop, compose, write and perform a new jazz and theatre performance based on her experiences as an artist with a visual impairment.

John Kelly is a Wicklow based filmmaker and founder of Clap ‘n Load Studios. In partnership with The Whale Theatre John will develop and produce a science fiction short film. This short film will be screened at The Whale Theatre towards the end of March 2021.

Vukašin Nedeljković is a visual artist based in Dublin. In partnership with the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and with the support of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI), Vukašin will develop a new body of photography documenting Emergency Accommodation Centres in Ireland. This new work will be exhibited in the RHA Ashford Gallery in early 2021.

Mentoring awards give artists the resources to develop a mentoring relationship with a more established arts professional. Over 6 months, artists work on an element of their practice with their mentor. This year, 6 artists received Mentoring awards.

Ailbhe Barrett is a Cork based visual artist and Crawford Supported Studio member who will work with visual artist Kevin Mooney while she works towards including animation in her practice. 

David Joyce, a playwright from Galway will work with dramaturg Pamela McQueen while he develops a new script.

Karen Breen is a Galway musician and member of Electric Dreams who will work with composer and musician Anna Mullarkey while she begins to create her own compositions.  

Mairéad Folan, the Galway based Artistic Director of NoRopes Theatre Company will work with theatre maker Little John Nee while she develops a new script.

Martin Sharry, a theatre maker and writer based in Galway will work with writer Jessica Traynor as he transitions from theatre to poetry and develops new work towards publishing his first poetry collection.

Suzanne Walsh, a writer, visual artist and musician based in Dublin will work with writer Christodoulos Makris while she focuses on her poetry practice and explores publication possibilities.

Training awards give artists the resources to learn skills through courses, workshops and masterclasses facilitated by arts organisations, artists and arts professionals. This year 5 artists received Training awards.

Áine O'Hara is a Dublin based theatre designer. To support Áine to transition from working in theatre to film she will attend Annie Atkins’ two-day workshop on Graphic Design for Filmmaking.

Ayelet Lalor, a visual artist based in Dublin will avail of the Open Access programme at Graphic Studio Dublin to develop and improve her printmaking skills.

Cecilia Bullo, a Dublin based visual artist, will attend Fire Station Artists’ Studios two-day Welding Fabrication workshop delivered by Mick O’Hara.

Conor Rennick, a writer based in Dublin will work with writer Yvonne Cullen through bespoke one-on-one writers’ training as he completes a first draft of a new novel.

Mary Crossin is a harp player based in Co Donegal who will attend a weeklong harp workshop delivered by Irish harp performer, composer and teacher Dr Janet Harbison.

For more information about the Arts and Disability Connect scheme see www.adiarts.ie/connect

Grants and Awards
John Broderick – a writer’s gift to Athlone

Writers are invited to apply for the next John Broderick residency for 2020 / 2021.

 

The residencies are in partnership with Westmeath County Council and are based in Athlone. Outgoing writer in residence Martin Dyar said, The John Broderick residency is a doorway into a beautiful county, and into an uncannily vibrant artistic community. The presiding spirit, John Broderick himself, is a great and nourishing subject, and Athlone’s superb Aidan Heavey Library is a beautifully hospitable setting in which to explore it.”


The late John Broderick bequeathed monies to the Arts Council with the intention they would be for; '...the benefit and assistance and advancement of the arts in Athlone'. He had 12 novels published in London, the best known being The Pilgrimage (1961). His bestseller was An Apology for Roses (1973), which sold 30,000 copies in the first week of its publication in 1973. Both these novels, along with The Fugitives and The Flood are all set with Athlone as a backdrop.

 

The residencies are in partnership with Westmeath County Council and are based in Athlone. Outgoing writer in residence Martin Dyar said, The John Broderick residency is a doorway into a beautiful county, and into an uncannily vibrant artistic community. The presiding spirit, John Broderick himself, is a great and nourishing subject, and Athlone’s superb Aidan Heavey Library is a beautifully hospitable setting in which to explore it.”

 

The successful writer will be supported with time to develop their own work as well as being asked to stimulate greater awareness of the works of John Broderick, the art of creative writing and encouraging more opportunities for people to engage with the work of writers. At this time, public health concerns will be prioritised, therefore an imaginative response is required from writers.

The residency will take place over a 10 week period later in 2020 and into 2021 and the value to the successful writer is €15,000 to include all expenses. Further details here https://www.westmeathcoco.ie/johnbroderickresidency

The residency is being managed by Westmeath County Council and the deadline for applications is Friday 8 May 2020 at 5pm. Further information can be sought from miriam.mulrennan@westmeathcoco.ie

 

 

Creative Schools – Application Deadline Extended

Due to school closures the applications for Creative Schools 2020 will remain open until the new deadline of 17:30, Thursday 25 June 2020.  


Due to school closures the applications for Creative Schools 2020 will remain open until the new deadline of 17:30, Thursday 25 June 2020.  

Further information on the Creative Schools application process is available here. Applications must be submitted online and schools are encouraged to register well in advance of the deadline.

Creative Schools aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives and this year 150 new schools/centres will join the programme. Participating schools will work alongside a Creative Associate who will help them to develop their own Creative Schools plan to understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in their school.  Schools will be awarded a once-off grant of €4,000 (in total) to implement their plans over the two school years 2020–21 and 2021–22.

Creative Schools
CSTV – Creative Schools Supporting Children and Young People’s Creativity Across Ireland

A new series of creative learning experiences will be launched by the Arts Council in May.


A new series of creative learning experiences will be launched by the Arts Council in May. CSTV will see the collective creation of new work by children and young people of all ages to engage with from home.  Keep an eye on http://www.artscouncil.ie/creative-schools/ for updates and weekly broadcasts.

News from the community
Music Network - Taking Charge of your Performance Career 2020

Music Network is presenting Taking Charge of your Performance Career 2020, a free online professional development course for musicians delivered by four leading industry experts. The special series of live online training sessions aims to help musicians from all genres to develop the skills necessary to respond to the music industry’s shifting demands. Streamed Live on Facebook, the presentations will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm from 28 April - 21 May, delivered by Nick Roth, Steve Lindsey, Frances Mitchell and Laoise O’Brien.


Music Network is presenting Taking Charge of your Performance Career 2020, a free online professional development course for musicians delivered by four leading industry experts. The special series of live online training sessions aims to help musicians from all genres to develop the skills necessary to respond to the music industry’s shifting demands. Streamed Live on Facebook, the presentations will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm from 28 April - 21 May, delivered by Nick Roth, Steve Lindsey, Frances Mitchell and Laoise O’Brien.

 

The course will offer relevant and up-to-date advice in the areas of sharing music in a digital environment, navigating the music publishing industry, self-management for artists and preparing for an audio recording.

 

Musician and producer Nick Roth will present two sessions addressing the current restructuring of how music is being made and shared (28 & 30 April), while Steve Lindsey, musician and publisher, will cover essential areas of music publishing, including details on copyright ownership, song splits, registrations, Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), income streams, contracts and music usages (5 & 7 May).

 

Innovation and artist management expert Frances Mitchell will speak about how musicians can manage their careers, focusing both on personal presentation skills and on getting the most out of the digital tools available (12 & 14 May) and musician and producer Laoise O’Brien will present on the subject of planning and preparing for a recording, from concept to finished product (19 & 21 May).

 

Viewers are encouraged to post questions for the experts via the live feed on Music Network’s Facebook Page, which will be answered during a 15-minute session at the end of each presentation. The recorded presentations will also be available to view afterwards on Music Network’s YouTube channel. This is just one of a number of ways in which Music Network will support musicians during the current period.

 

For full details see: https://www.musicnetwork.ie/whats-on/workshops
or  https://www.facebook.com/musicnetworkireland

 

Fishamble's #TinyPlayChallenge goes global

Fishamble: The New Play Company wants people to keep their creativity flowing by challenging people, world-wide, to write 600 word Tiny Plays.


For the past 4 weeks, Fishamble set this challenge for residents of Ireland and the Irish abroad, with a weekly prompt. Fishamble is now very pleased to announce that the final iteration of the #TinyPlayChallenge will be open to everyone, of all ages, anywhere in the world. This time Fishamble is asking people to respond to the prompt of CHANGE.

 

Deadline for submissions is Friday 8 May. Fishamble will publish a selection of these plays on the website on Friday 15 May, and send a prize of playscripts to chosen writers. 

 

To read our published Tiny Plays and submit your own, please visit: www.fishamble.com/tinyplaychallenge 

 

Long version

Fishamble invites anyone around the world write their own 600 word Tiny Play responding to the prompt of Change.

 

Would you welcome the challenge of exploring your thoughts and feelings through drama? Do you have a dramatic story that you feel the urge to work out for yourself, and maybe share with your fellow global citizens?

 

Fishamble: The New Play company wants people to keep their creativity flowing by challenging people, world-wide, to write 600 word Tiny Plays.

 

Fishamble, alongside many of its colleagues in the wider Irish artistic community, is working hard to keep imaginations lively, communities engaged and most of all offer people the opportunity of communication through creative expression.

 

For the past 4 weeks, Fishamble set this challenge for residents of Ireland and the Irish abroad, with a weekly prompt. So far hundreds of Tiny Plays have been submitted, responding to the prompts of COMMUNITY, NATURE, TRADE, and ESSENTIAL. Fishamble has published a selection of the Tiny Plays at www.fishamble.com/tinyplaychallenge , and sent a prize of Fishamble playscripts to the chosen writers.

 

Fishamble is now very pleased to announce that the final iteration of the #TinyPlayChallenge will be open to everyone, of all ages, anywhere in the world. This time Fishamble is asking people to respond to the prompt of CHANGE.

 

The submission window will close on Friday 8 May. Fishamble will publish a selection of these plays on the website on Friday 15 May. Fishamble will also be sharing tips on writing Tiny Plays on their social media in the coming weeks.

 

'As we live through these strange times, Fishamble is finding further ways to continue to engage with artists and the public. The Tiny Play Challenge is intended to stimulate people to use their creativity to give shape to new experiences, and we have been thrilled with the response so far.

 

'For the final challenge, we are extending the invitation to submit a play to anyone, of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.

 

'In the end the company believes that the role of drama is to allow people to reflect deeply on and to share the human experience. After all, we are all in this together. We think the world needs to talk to itself.'

- Jim Culleton, Artistic Director, Fishamble.

 

For more information, please visit: www.fishamble.com/tinyplaychallenge

Online Writing Courses at the Irish Writers Centre

The Irish Writers Centre are continuing to offer their services for writers online.


Join in a live classroom on one of the Centre’s remote writing courses. You can now nurture your creative writing at home, from anywhere across Ireland or abroad, while practising safe social distancing. All of the Irish Writers Centre classes take place live, allowing for invaluable face time with a trusted author, along with the opportunity to develop your own virtual literary community with like-minded classmates.

 

Have a look at all of the courses on offer here: https://irishwriterscentre.ie/collections/all-courses

Launch of Novel Fair 2021

Aspiring writers should have their pens at the ready as the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair returns for another year.


Described by The Irish Times as a 'Dragon's Den for writers', the Novel Fair is an Irish Writers Centre initiative which aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents.

 

Find out more about submissions here: https://irishwriterscentre.ie/collections/novel-fair