Feature Article
Welcome to the June edition of our newsletter

In a recent poem, Vona Groarke sounds an optimistic note:

 

I am out in the world

And the world is happening

 

 

Following last week’s announcement, our world is poised to open up again and that is very welcome news indeed. 

 

Gaining renewed access to the collective space of imagination is exhilarating.  Our upcoming season of events Brightening Air is set to provide abundant colour and texture and meaning for audiences right across the country.  Crucially too, it will provide much needed employment and the opportunity for some of our finest artists across several art forms to reach their public. 

 

A recent survey recorded 61 percent of people saying that the arts are essential for their wellbeing and we know that there is an enormous pent up thirst for the live, in person experience.  The expertise and adherence to standards in health and safety that arts practitioners have in abundance means that the profession is uniquely well placed to begin again and to rebuild trust with the public. 

 

Last week, Culture Works presented webinars for us as part of our new digital toolbox.  We were thrilled to have a very strong attendance and high quality presentations were heard from a wide number of artists and organisations.  These demonstrated profoundly imaginative approaches to making and presenting work.    The signature notes that stayed with me were the profound isolation that artists have felt through the pandemic period and the urgent need to ensure that artists and organisations are not disadvantaged by lack of access to digital tools in our changed environment.  We must make sure that this will be a level playing field and that new ways of working do not become the province of those who are better resourced.  The sessions were recorded and will be available on our website shortly, along with a range of other useful resources. 

 

 

In this newsletter, you’ll find information about the second round of the Agility Award.  We introduced this award in response to Covid 19 and we particularly encourage new applicants to consider applying.  We are acutely aware that many people have been deterred from applying to us in the past as they may have found the process overly complex and forbidding.  We are determined to simplify our processes and this agility award is the first of a number of stepping stones towards opening our doors more widely.  An arts landscape that is vastly more reflective of life as we live it in 2021 is an energizing prospect and we look forward to working with you to achieve this. 

 

 

 

Maureen Kennelly

Director

 

 

 

 


News this month
Festival and Events Adviser to the Arts Council: Request for Tender

The Arts Council has a strategic responsibility for developing arts festivals in Ireland. Festivals are key producers and presenters of the arts and are critical to engaging large and diverse audiences.


The Arts Council has a strategic responsibility for developing arts festivals in Ireland. Festivals are key producers and presenters of the arts and are critical to engaging large and diverse audiences. The Arts Council provides financial supports and developmental initiatives to a number of single artform and multidisciplinary arts festivals. In its role as the development agency for the arts the Arts Council provides developmental supports and initiatives for festivals.

The Arts Council now wishes to appoint a Festivals and Events Adviser who will meet the needs of the organisation both from a quality and service delivery perspective. The advice sought is primarily to:

 

  1. appraise and assess funding applications
  2. provide critical advice on work
  3. assist in considering the scope of the specified funding application assessment work,
  4. provide professional advice to the Head of Festivals and Events, including on the ongoing development of Arts Council policy and support related implementation strategies.

 

Further information can be found at: https://www.etenders.gov.ie/

ilDÁNA 2021 / 2022

TG4 and the Arts Council are delighted to announce a new season of ilDÁNA 2021/2022.


ilDÁNA is designed to enhance the TG4 schedule by supporting the making of ambitious and cinematic long-form documentaries on the arts in Irish.

This year we wish to fund the making of two feature-length landmark documentary films, each with a budget of up to €120,000. It is our intention that one of the two documentaries will give expression to inclusivity and diversity in the arts and actively involve new and under-represented voices.

We welcome proposals exploring any art form area.*

Applications must be made to using the TG4 online application system no later than 17:00 on Friday, 25 June 2021. 

See here for further details:  https://www.tg4.ie/en/commissioning/commissioning/

Enquiries to: maire.ui.choisdealbha@tg4.ie , proinsias.ni.ghrainne@tg4.ie

 

Please note that an online information session on ilDÁNA will be held at 2pm on Tuesday 8June.  To register please email claruildana@tg4.ie

*The Arts Council supports architecture, circus, dance, film, literature, music, opera, street art and spectacle, theatre, traditional arts and visual arts. 

Exhibitions showcasing the Arts Council Collection taking place this Summer 2021

The Arts Council is delighted to highlight the following exhibitions taking place across Ireland this June showcasing artworks from the Arts Council’s outstanding Collection of over1,200 works of modern and contemporary Irish art.


Woman in the machine – Visual, Carlow. From June 4th

Woman in the Machine, co-created by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival, will unfold through film, exhibitions, sound works, light installations, digital native events, a 360 virtual exhibition space, performances, talks and community engagement projects created in response to Carlow’s landmark former Braun site, and inspired by the film about female pioneers in sound Sisters With Transistors by Lisa Rovner and women working at the intersections of art, science and digital media.

Woman in the Machine is part of Carlow Arts Festival 2021, VISUAL’s Summer Programme and presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

Featuring works from the Arts Council Collection by Lucy Andrews / Rhona Byrne / Maria Farrington / Niamh McCann / Maria McKinney / Helen McMahon / Margaret O'Brien / Fiona Reilly / Lorraine Tuck

Sculptors at Work - F.E.McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge. Open May

When Anne-Katrin Purkiss photographed F.E. McWilliam in London in 1989, neither could have envisaged that, more than 30 years later, the image would hang in a museum dedicated to the sculptor in his birthplace, Banbridge, County Down. In the years since that serendipitous meeting, Anne-Katrin Purkiss has photographed dozens of sculptors, often in their studios. Sculptors at Work includes a selection of 40 of these portraits. Some, like Elisabeth Frink, are engaged in the physical act of making. Others, including Irish artist Eva Rothschild, appear to wait patiently for the process to be over so that they can get back to work. The artists included represent the diversity of contemporary sculpture, which is no longer limited by materials, permanence, gender or ethnicity.  A selection of work by artists including Elizabeth Frink, Kenneth Armitage, Tim Shaw, Eva Rothschild, Geoffrey Clarke and Rana Begum, loaned by public and private collections, will be exhibited alongside the portraits reminding us that the origins of these images are in the act of making.

Featuring the artwork Trophy by Eva Rothschild from the Arts Council Collection.

Agitation Co-op – Temple Bar Gallery & Studio                                     11 May – 10 July 2021

Agitation Co-op is an exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios that investigates the subject of landscape from a range of vantage points; not only social and political ideologies but also, mapping and topography. The exhibition includes artworks by Michele Horrigan, Catriona Leahy, Laurie Robins, and Libita Sibungu. It is accompanied by an online screening programme highlighting films by Forensic Architecture, Melanie Smith, and Eva Richardson McCrea, Frank Sweeney and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society.

Featuring artwork Made Ground from the Arts Council Collection by Eva Richardson McCrea, Frank Sweeney and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society.

 

These exhibitions represent one of the Arts Council’s key priorities of supporting public engagement with the arts set out in its 10 year strategy Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts.

Over the coming years, the Arts Council Collection is committed to further expanding its programme of exhibitions, loans and partnerships aimed at facilitating the public across the country to experience and engage with the works first hand.

 

 

New Arts Council Collection acquisitions – 2021

The Arts Council continues to celebrate and support the excellence of contemporary Visual art practice through its acquisitions and we will shortly be announcing confirmation of the latest works to be added to the Collection via our website and social media.

 

 

Grants and Awards
Agility Award 2021, Round 2

Deadline for all applications: 5.30pm Thursday 8 July 2021

For individual freelance artists and art workers at any stage of their careers

Funding of €1,500 – €5,000


We are delighted to announce the opening of round 2 of the Agility Award 2021.

The Agility Award for individual freelance artists and arts workers at any stage of their careers. It is available across all art forms and arts practice areas that we support.

This award was developed to support people following the Covid-19 crisis and is open to all.

We particularly welcome new applicants and encourage applications from all areas of the community regardless of your gender, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller Community, or socio-economic background.

 

What is the purpose of the Agility Award?

This award will help you to do one or more of the following:

  • Develop your practice
  • Develop your skills
  • Develop your work
  • Create new work
  • Present new work

 

Access supports

If you have a disability and would like help to apply, contact our Access Officer Adrienne Martin three weeks before the deadline, or as soon as you can. You can also apply for additional costs to meet access needs you may have as part of your proposal.

 

You can contact Adrienne by:

 

When can I register to make an application?

Now! If you do not have an online services account, register now. It can take up to five days for us to process your registration and send you your log-in details and ARN number.

 

When can I apply?

Once you register on our online services, you can apply from Tuesday 8 June, 2021.

Apply as early as you can

If you apply early it means:

  • you have time to ask us more questions and receive technical support
  • you’ll avoid any possible slower upload times on the deadline date in July

How do I apply?

To apply, you first need to read three guideline documents we have prepared. They are newly updated and they talk you through what you need to do. They are worth reading carefully so build that time into your planning.

After this, download the application form from your online services account, complete the form, and prepare your supporting material (such as CVs).

What now?

We wish you the very best with your application.

 

Festival Investment Scheme 2022 Round 1

The Arts Council announces the first of two rounds of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place between January and June 2022.


The Arts Council announces the first of two rounds of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place between January and June 2022.

The Arts Council’s role is to advocate for a diverse and varied arts festival ecology and to provide a chain of funding supports that encourage: models of national and international significance and best practice, models that increase opportunities for public engagement or develop the work of an artist/artform, festival programmes engaged with, and relevant to the local community.

The purpose of the Festival Investment Scheme is to provide festivals with the appropriate supports to deliver quality arts experiences for audiences, to contribute to the development of artform practices, to creatively and imaginatively engage audience, and to increase opportunities for public engagement through their festival activity. The scheme is open to multi-disciplinary festivals and single artform festivals.  

Please Note

  • that linked events, such as quarterly music recitals or monthly literature platforms will NOT be prioritsed for funding)
  • All applications should prepare Covid contingencies and proposals should be  based on the best public-health advice and guidance available at the time of making your application
  • All applications are required to provide contingency plans in relation to their festival planning.

There are three bands of funding available:

  • Band A: Up to €7,000  
  • Band B: Between €7,001 and €20,000
  • Band C: Between €20,001 and €35,000

The Festivals Investment Scheme Round 1 is open to organisations promoting festivals with a clear artistic purpose and which will take place between January and June 2022.

Applications open:                        22 June 2021

Applications closing date:           22 July 2021 at 5.30pm

 

The Festivals Investment Scheme is a competitive scheme that offers funding to support the staging of festivals on a non-recurring basis.

All applications must be made through the Arts Council Online Services site here.

 

For further information please view the FIS Frequently Asked Questions Section hereor contact the festivals team at the Arts Council:

Regina O’Shea: regina.oshea@artscouncil.ie, 01 6180260

Adrian Colwell: adrian.colwell@artscouncil.ie, 01 6180284

Creative Schools
Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools 2021

Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for schools/centres to apply to participate in the initiative. Schools/centres may apply now, and the deadline is 17:30, Thursday 10 June 2021.  


Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for schools/centres to apply to participate in the initiative. Schools/centres may apply now, and the deadline is 17:30, Thursday 10 June 2021.  

Applications must be submitted online and schools are encouraged to register well in advance of the deadline. Q&A on the Creative Schools application process can viewed here.

The Creative Schools initiative supports schools/centres to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. This initiative provides opportunities for children and young people to build their artistic and creative skills; to communicate, collaborate, stimulate their imaginations, be inventive, and to harness their curiosity. It will empower children and young people to develop, implement and evaluate arts and creative activity throughout their schools/centres and stimulate additional ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on children and young people’s learning, development and well-being.

Participating schools/centres will be provided with a package of supports that includes working with a Creative Associate, training and networking to support them to create their Creative School Plan, as well as seed funding to begin to implement their Plan.

Creative Associates will respond to each school/centre’s development priorities and needs in order to support them to deepen the arts and creative opportunities for children and young people. They will use their practical experience, to develop partnerships and mechanisms that enable sustained relationships between schools/centres and the arts and cultural sectors.

All Department of Education and Skills-recognised primary and post-primary schools and Youthreach centres who have not already participated in a previous round of Creative Schools are eligible to apply.

Creative Europe Desk
i-Portunus Houses Briefing Event

TODAY -Thursday June 3, 3pm- 4pm

Please register for the event here

Please join the Creative Europe Desk Ireland -Culture Office for our briefing event around the new call from the Creative Europe Programme- i-Portunus Houses.  We will go through the application process for this call and how Irish organisations and individual artists can apply for this opportunity.


i-Portunus Houses Briefing Event

TODAY - Thursday June 3, 3pm- 4pm

Please register for the event here

Please join the Creative Europe Desk Ireland -Culture Office for our briefing event around the new call from the Creative Europe Programme- i-Portunus Houses.  We will go through the application process for this call and how Irish organisations and individual artists can apply for this opportunity.

i-Portunus Houses is open to hosts (organisation or established individual artists/cultural professionals) to team up with 2 to 5 artists and/or cultural professionals, legally residing in different Creative Europe countries + UK, with the intention to work together on one or more collaboration projects. The scheme is open for all cultural sectors (except audio-visual sectors), approaches and working modalities

This scheme puts focus on hosts underlining their value in providing efficient and ‘safe’ residencies & working environments for artists/cultural professionals.  i-Portunus Houses provide financial support to the host for sub-granting the cost of mobility (transport, accommodation etc.) to their receiving artists/cultural professionals (team members).

The main objective of your collaboration project has to be one of the following:

  • Create: (co-)creation of artistic work, production, performance
  • Connect: networking, internationalisation
  • Learn: increase competences, professional development
  • Explore: research, future collaborations/projects

 

Deadlines for application:30 June 2021 (24:00 CEST)
Notification of results: 2 August 2021
Earliest date of departure: 30 August 2021 
Latest date of return: 31 May 2022

For more information see here

Creative Europe 2021 – 2027: Spotlight on Cultural Heritage

Tuesday 8 June 11am

Please register here.

The EU is committed to safeguarding and enhancing Europe's cultural heritage through a number of policies and programmes.The preservation of cultural heritage is one of the overarching objectives of the new Creative Europe Programme 2021 – 2027. The cultural heritage sectors across Europe will benefit from a targeted sectoral approach within the Programme with sector specific funding priortities each year.


Creative Europe 2021 – 2027: Spotlight on Cultural Heritage

Tuesday 8 June 11am

Please register here.

The EU is committed to safeguarding and enhancing Europe's cultural heritage through a number of policies and programmes.The preservation of cultural heritage is one of the overarching objectives of the new Creative Europe Programme 2021 – 2027. The cultural heritage sectors across Europe will benefit from a targeted sectoral approach within the Programme with sector specific funding priortities each year.

This seminar will present an overview of the new Creative Europe Programme 2021 - 2027 with a focus on the supports available to the Heritage Sector. The session will highlight best practice examples in the field of cultural heritage at EU and national level.

Our guest will be Anne Grady, National Cultural Heritage Expert in the European Commission who will give a key note presentation. We will also hear from artists Chelsea Canavan and Deirdre Power who will present their i-Portunus project as well as Iseult Byrne (CEO, Dublin City Council Culture Company) and Gemma Sexton (Head of Visitor Experience, 14 Henrietta St) who will talk about the work of the museum and how it has been recognized at EU level.

Creative Europe Focus on Architecture

Thursday June 10, 2021

11 am-12.30pm (GMT)

 

Please register for this event here.

 

Please join us for our upcoming Architecture Event hosted by the Creative Europe Desk Ireland -Culture Office.


Thursday June 10, 2021

11 am-12.30pm (GMT)

 

Please register for this event here.

 

Please join us for our upcoming Architecture Event hosted by the Creative Europe Desk Ireland -Culture Office.

For this event we will be looking at the momentum and focus around architecture and the career of the architect in the new Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027. We will hear from the Policy Officer Hughes Becquart from the Directorate for Culture and Creativity, DG Education and Culture at the European Commission, who will also look at policy developments stemming from the EU Member States’ expert group focusing on High-quality architecture and Built Environment for Everyone.

We will also hear about the New European Bauhaus Movement and how Irish organisations can be involved in this exciting process. We will be looking at Irish architects who have been nominated for the prestigious EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture the Mies van der Rohe Award.

We will also hear from Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film and Architecture at the Arts Council, about the Arts Council’s role in architecture and its supports for the creative practice of architects.

News from the community
Wexford Festival Opera seeks Executive Director

‘The Board of Wexford Festival Opera is seeking an Executive Director for a newly created joint leadership position with the Artistic Director. 


‘The Board of Wexford Festival Opera is seeking an Executive Director for a newly created joint leadership position with the Artistic Director.  The Executive Director and Artistic Director will work collegiately to provide clear and consistent leadership for the organisation, developing and delivering the Strategic Plan and ensuring the Festival fulfils its artistic aims, whilst remaining financially viable and responsive to its audiences. 

 

For information on the Festival and the job and details of how to apply, please download an information pack from http://aeminternational.co.uk/executive-director-wexford-festival-opera/. Deadline for applications: Friday, 25 June.

Artistic Director/ CEO Carlow Arts Festival

Carlow Arts Festival is looking for an ambitious, inspirational and visionary individual to be our next Artistic Director/CEO. Carlow Arts Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival which takes place in Carlow, Ireland every June.  


Full time role

Salary €50-55k

Deadline for applications: 16 June 2021

                                             

Carlow Arts Festival is looking for an ambitious, inspirational and visionary individual to be our next Artistic Director/CEO. Carlow Arts Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival which takes place in Carlow, Ireland every June.  

We are looking for an imaginative cultural leader, who believes in the role of transformative art, diverse perspectives and inclusion, and can seek out virtuosic artists - in Ireland and internationally - who resonate, inspire and can collaborate with the Carlow community. You will be equally at home in coupling audacious artistic vision with strong organisational and entrepreneurial skills. 

Over the past five years the festival has seen a period of growth and consolidation, creating a strong and sustainable position for the festival, including in unexpected times.

We are looking for someone who will build on everything achieved to date, whilst also developing their own distinctive vision and the position for CAF locally, nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of leadership that mobilises small teams, local people and other vital stakeholders behind the vision at the heart of CAF: that exceptional artistic experiences are for everyone. 

The job pack can be found at https://carlowartsfestival.com/recruitment/ or you can contact CAF’s recruitment advisor Naomi Russell naomi@birdbybirdprojects.com + 31 651 61 60 46

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 16 June 2021 at 12.00pm (noon). Two rounds of interviews will be held with the first interviews taking place on Thursday 24 June 2021. We would like the successful candidate to be ready to begin work  in  August 2021.

Irish Aerial Creation Centre seeks Managing Director

As part of a restructuring, the Irish Aerial Creation Centre is now looking to strengthen its capacity by appointing a Managing Director, to lead the team, run the centre, work with our new five year strategic plan and drive forward the company’s Capital Grant project. Deadline 7 June.


As part of a restructuring, the Irish Aerial Creation Centre is now looking to strengthen its capacity by appointing a Director, to lead the team, run the centre, work with our new five-year strategic plan and drive forward the company’s Capital Grant project.

Type of contract:  The contract is offered on an employed basis, full time, for an initial 12-month contract with the option to extend.

Remuneration: €40,000 - €45,000 depending on experience.

Hours of work: Contract is for 40 hours per week, subject to negotiation. There will be a requirement to occasionally work some evenings or weekends and where necessary IACC operates a time off in lieu system. There is no overtime. The classes programme usually runs until 8pm so there could be a need to be available within these hours on some occasions.

Probation: A probation period of six months will apply from the start of the contract.

Place of work: The Director will be based at IACC in Gillogue Office Park, Corbally, Limerick. The role will occasionally require travel around Ireland and internationally to represent the centre. There would be travel expenses and PDs when funding allows.

Application Process:

Applicants are invited to submit:

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae outlining relevant experience.
  • A letter of application indicating why you are interested in the role.

Submissions: Applications should be submitted by email to info@irishaerialcreationcentre.com

Closing Date: The closing date for applications is the 7 June 2021.

Interviews: Interviews will be held online on Tuesday 15 June and second interviews to be arranged.

Confidentiality: IACC acknowledges applicants’ need for privacy and will take all necessary steps to ensure all applications and interviews are handled confidentially.

For full details please visit: https://irishaerialcreationcentre.com/jobs