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Welcome to the September edition of our Newsletter

Dear colleagues and friends,

 

The advent of September brings with it new challenges.  The back to school experience is especially freighted this year with new complexities.  Good luck to everyone who is dealing with so many new issues and I hope that your concerns are not overwhelming for you. 

 

Derek Mahon has a fine new poem ‘Quarantine’ in the latest issue of Poetry Ireland Review in which we find the poet ‘in seclusion, writing verse and reconciled to an indefinite wait’. 

 

It is so hard to reconcile ourselves to this ongoing uncertainty and I know that for many artists it is proving impossible to create work at such an ‘in between’ time.  For arts organisations too, the sense of vaulting from one unknowable to the next is exhausting, nerve spending and desperately frustrating at times.  We often speak of arts managers as excellent plate spinners, juggling any number of tasks adeptly and with élan, but this scenario sees people stretched beyond all previous limits. 

 

We intend to provide you with as much certainty and clarity as we can in the months ahead. In the coming weeks, several schemes across all disciplines are open for application, with varying deadlines.  Please do acquaint yourselves well with those deadlines and familiarize yourselves with the guidelines well in advance of submitting any application. 

As something of a last minute merchant myself, I recall only too well the adrenalin rush of those last, nerve-wracking hours before you pushed the button!  And please be sure to ask for our advice along the way. 

 

Friday 18 September will see the presentation of a very different Culture Night but one still very much dedicated to bringing the highest quality of arts to a public who crave it now more than ever.  Congratulations to everyone who has worked miracles in crafting appealing and ingenious progammes.  For our part, we are especially excited to work with partner organisations to ensure that new and diverse audiences will come to experience Culture Night for the very first time. Best of luck to everyone who is presenting events and be sure to let us know how you get on. 

 

For the last few days, I’ve had words from Dr Ronan Glynn ringing in my ears.   At a meeting last week, he appealed to ourselves and to the National Campaign for the Arts to make sure that artists keep creating, in recognition that, now more than ever, their work plays a crucial part for the public.  We acknowledge your ongoing great work at this time and we pledge to do all that we can to support you through this pandemic. 

 

We hope you all stay safe and well. 


News this month
Culture Night, Friday 18 September, 2020 Connecting through Culture

This year, for the first time, the Arts Council takes on the stewardship of Culture Night, now in its 15th year. The programme is a mixture of online, broadcast and in person events and experiences taking place right across the country created with the support of local authorities, arts organisations and artists.


This year, for the first time, the Arts Council takes on the stewardship of Culture Night, now in its 15th year. The programme is a mixture of online, broadcast and in person events and experiences taking place right across the country created with the support of local authorities, arts organisations and artists.

 

In a year full of extraordinary challenges, particularly for the arts sector, the Culture Night experience in 2020 will highlight the value of our artists, cultural organisations and community participation in the arts around the county, who are all working hard to bring cultural experiences to audiences in new ways.

 

For 2020, the Arts Council has invested into broadening and diversifying audiences and participation in Culture Night further underpinning its Equality, Human Rights and Diversity policy launched last year.

 

As part of the Arts Council’s offering for Culture Night and in partnership with Children’s Books Ireland's Books Make it Better campaign, we have prepared a special project to promote the joy of opening and reading a book right across the country.

 

Artists need our support more than ever and the Pay the Artist Policy is to the fore of artists’ participation in Culture Night. On Culture Night, audiences can also see a video of recent artists added to the Arts Council collection who will reflect on diversity within contemporary Ireland.

 

We look forward to sharing more upcoming highlights in the lead up to Culture Night and you can plan your Culture Night experience here

Wintering Out

The Arts Council invites tenders from interested parties to project manage Wintering Out, a national programme to support the reintroduction and reimagining of live arts events as we move through the current pandemic.


The Arts Council invites tenders from interested parties to project manage Wintering Out, a national programme to support the reintroduction and reimagining of live arts events as we move through the current pandemic.

 

“If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere”. —Seamus Heaney

 

The Adapt, Survive, Renew report of the Expert Advisory Group which was adopted in June 2020 sets out a recommendation that the Arts Council facilitate a new initiative in live arts events before the end of 2020.

 

Wintering Out is intended to be a sector-led programme, drawing from organisations who had work at an advanced stage of preparation before the onset of Covid-19.  The project manager will work with organisations and individuals to come forward with proposals to devise and present events in a nationwide week-long celebration of the live arts events in Spring 2021 (subject to public health guidelines).

 

For more details, please see the press release here and the tender can be accessed on etenders here  Closing date for submissions is 11 Sept, 2020. The value of the tender is €100,000 to €110,00 excluding VAT.

Arts Centre Funding 2021 – Information Sessions

Arts Centre Funding 2021 opened for applications on the 25th of August. The Arts Centre Funding Programme is open only to building-based, professionally managed, multidisciplinary arts organisations that are open to the public all year round. The purpose of Arts Centre Funding is to invest in and support the infrastructure of arts centres required to sustain and develop the arts in Ireland.


Arts Centre Funding 2021 opened for applications on the 25th of August. The Arts Centre Funding Programme is open only to building-based, professionally managed, multidisciplinary arts organisations that are open to the public all year round. The purpose of Arts Centre Funding is to invest in and support the infrastructure of arts centres required to sustain and develop the arts in Ireland. For more information, please visit: http://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Arts-Centre-Funding/

 

An online information session for Arts Centre Funding 2021 will take place on the following date:

•              1 October, 2020, Time TBC

 

During this session, we will go through the application form and guidelines for this year’s funding round and answer any questions you may have.

 

If you plan on attending this session or for more information, please email adrian.colwell@artscouncil.ie.

 

If you are already in receipt of Arts Council Arts Centre Funding we will send you an invitation to this session.

Grants and Awards
Deadline: Arts and Disability Connect scheme round two 2020

The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce that a second round of funding will be available through the Arts and Disability Connect scheme in 2020.

Designed to support individual artists with disabilities, the Arts and Disability Connect scheme includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.

Arts and Disability Connect deadline: Monday 19 October 2020 at 4pm.


The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce that a second round of funding will be available through the Arts and Disability Connect scheme in 2020.

Designed to support individual artists with disabilities, the Arts and Disability Connect scheme includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.

“The Arts Council’s commitment of additional funding for individual artists with disabilities is a huge endorsement as well as deserved recognition of their contribution to the creative voice of Ireland in a time of tremendous change.  In real terms, this additional funding represents a doubling of opportunities for artists to undertake training, mentoring and new work in 2020, through the Arts and Disability Connect funding scheme which Arts & Disability Ireland manages on behalf of the Arts Council,” said Arts & Disability Ireland Executive Director, Pádraig Naughton.

Application forms and guidelines for round two of Arts and Disability Connect 2020 will be available to download from Monday 07 September at www.adiarts.ie/connect.

 

Arts and Disability Connect deadline: Monday 19 October 2020 at 4pm.

Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary

The Arts Council will offer a second Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award in 2020

The purpose of the annual Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice. It is specifically aimed at an artist who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect on practice. More particularly, the Bursary allows the artist to consider key questions associated with their practice using collaborative methodologies.


The Arts Council will offer a second Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award in 2020

The purpose of the annual Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice. It is specifically aimed at an artist who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect on practice. More particularly, the Bursary allows the artist to consider key questions associated with their practice using collaborative methodologies.

It is expected that the recipient of each bursary share the learning arising from the Bursary with the wider community and collaborative arts sector. The Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award is an initiative of the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create.

2020 marks ten years since the Artist in the Community Scheme where the Bursary award was inaugurated. We are pleased to announce that an additional Artist in the Community Scheme bursary award will be offered in 2020.

The focus of this second bursary will be Collaborative Arts and Human Rights. Full details and closing date for this bursary will be published later this month.

For more information please log on to https://www.create-ireland.ie/projectsubpage/aic-bursary/

New funding opportunity through the Young People Children and Education Project Award

The deadline for the Young People Children and Education Project Award is Thursday 10 September 2020 at 5:30pm. The purpose of the YPCE Project Award is to support artists to develop and deliver ambitious and original projects with and for children and young people. Projects may be interdisciplinary or focused on a specific artform.  The maximum award is €85,000. This award has four strands. 

 


The purpose of the YPCE Project Award is to support artists to develop and deliver ambitious and original projects with and for children and young people. Projects may be interdisciplinary or focused on a specific artform.  The award has four strands. You should choose the strand that is most suitable for your project proposal. You may only apply to one strand.

Strand 1: Early Childhood Project Award Ambitious and original projects that engage children aged 0–6 in the arts.

Strand 2: Childhood Project Award Ambitious and original projects that engage children aged 7–12 in the arts.

Strand 3: Transitions Project Award Ambitious and original projects that enable children and young people at a key transition stage in their lives to engage in the arts. This may involve transitioning into or out of secondary education, between Junior and Senior Cycle (Transition Year), or into further education or the field of work.

Strand 4: Connections Project Award Projects that connect young artists and recent graduates aged 18+ with established arts organisations and arts infrastructure in Ireland. This may include paid opportunities for young artists and arts workers, in particular those that have recently completed their second- or third-level education to develop their professional engagement with the arts by working on a project with mentorship supports.

Strategic priority across all strands will be given to:

· Proposals that enable artists and arts workers from diverse communities to play a central role in the development and delivery of projects

· Proposals that enable children and young people from diverse backgrounds to engage in exciting, dynamic artistic projects

· Proposals that enable children and young people to have a voice in the development, delivery and evaluation of projects

· Proposals that demonstrate (through examples of work, and CVs or biographies outlining relevant experience) that the individuals and partners involved have the capacity to deliver a high-quality artistic project that will be relevant and engaging for the target age group.

If you are interested in applying, please download and read the guidelines here: http://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Young-People,-Children-and-Education-Project-Award/

The deadline for the Young People Children and Education Project Award is Thursday 10 September 2020 at 5:30pm.

Planning and providing for children and young people’s engagement with the arts is part of the Arts Council strategy Making Great Art Work 2016-2025

News from the community
Arts and Disability Connect: Online information sessions

Join Amie Lawless as she shares insights about the New Work, Mentoring and Training awards available through the Arts and Disability Connect scheme.


Join Amie Lawless as she shares insights about the New Work, Mentoring and Training awards available through the Arts and Disability Connect scheme. There will be Q&A’s and we’ll leave plenty of time for people to ask questions. For the information sessions focusing on one award type, artists who were successful in round one will share their experiences with us.

15 September - New Work, Mentoring and Training 
17 September - New Work with Emilie Conway
22 September - Mentoring with Suzanne Walsh
24 September - Training with Áine O’Hara

All of the information sessions will be between 11.00-12.00

The Arts and Disability Connect information sessions are for artists with disabilities who are applying for funding in round two and for people who are supporting them to apply.

Access: Speech to text will be provided using Streamtext. Irish Sign Language interpretation will be provided on the 15th and by request for the other dates. If you have other access requirements to participate in these information sessions and would like to chat to Amie please email amie@adiarts.ie.