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Welcome the November edition of our Newsletter

What a treat it is to be experiencing events in person again!  Last month I attended Branar Theatre’s delightful production of Rothar as part of the Baboró Festival in Galway.  The sound of children’s laughter was glorious and touching.  If ever we needed to be reminded of the power of live performance, it was all there.    A colleague told me of surprising herself by spontaneously bursting into tears during the scene with five young dancers in United Fall’s electrifying Night Dances.  Observing these fantastic young performers, she couldn’t stop thinking about the hardships they had particularly faced over the last 20 months.

 

That production was one of a welter of very fine shows in the recent Dublin Theatre Festival. Like so many of the other good festivals that we are privileged to support, the programme shows us how places can be transformed through culture.  To be in Dublin Port and to cast your mind forward to how this part of the city could be an engine for change through culture was truly exhilarating.  In a similar vein, our programme Faoin Spéir / In the Open features the groundbreaking artist Nigel Rolfe perform in Lough Boora Parkland.  Lough Boora is a brilliant example of how art can transform the landscape and create a powerful bond between people and place.

 

The Irish Theatre Institute’s comprehensive report into workplace behaviour in the arts makes for sobering reading.  The findings tell us that significant reform is required in order to ensure people can enjoy safe and fulfilling work experiences.  Inextricably connected to this is the quest to make circumstances better for everyone working in the arts.   Research into pay and conditions has been completed by Theatre Forum, Words Ireland and a number of other organisations and this work greatly supports our Paying the Artist policy. The aspiration of dignity for everyone in all parts of the profession must be universally held.  The announcement of a maintained level of funding for the Arts Council is very welcome and it will allow this work to happen in an accelerated fashion.  The value of the arts in our lives is now better understood and this instills confidence that we can make transformative changes to the arts landscape in years to come.

 

As we all edge our way back to physical connection, we hope that you are finding much energy and encouragement from your renewed engagement with your colleagues and with your audiences. 

 

 

 

Maureen Kennelly

Director


News this month
2022 Visual Artists Workspace scheme recipients

The Arts Council is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2022 Visual Artists Workspace scheme.


The Arts Council is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2022 Visual Artists Workspace scheme.

This scheme offers grants up to a maximum of €40,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. It aims to support artists’ workspaces throughout the country to provide the best possible working environment for visual artists and, where feasible, to enable a level of subsidy for the artists working in these spaces.

Next year studios in Cork, Clare, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Tipperary, Waterford and Wicklow will receive grants totalling €455,000 to maintain vital facilities and provisions for Visual artists.

In total, 26 studios/workspaces (an increase from 19 in 2021) will be awarded funding for 2022, supporting facilities for 825 individual practicing Visual artists across Ireland.

 

2022 Visual Artists Workspace scheme Awards

126 Artist-Run Gallery

Galway

€8,132

A4 SOUNDS

Dublin

€40,000

An Táin Arts Centre

Louth

€5,000

Artspace Studios Ltd

Galway

€26,000

Backwater Artists Group

Cork

€40,000

Bkb Visual Arts Studio

Dublin

€6,000

BLOCK T

Dublin

€40,000

Bridge Street Studios

Louth

€5,000

Complex Productions Ltd

Dublin

€20,000

Cork Artists' Collective Ltd

Cork

€15,368

Courthouse Studios and Gallery

Clare

€6,000

Creative Spark

Louth

€23,000

Custom House Studios Ltd

Mayo

€17,000

Engage Art Studios

Galway

€35,000

Goma Gallery Of Modern Art

Waterford

€19,500

Interface

Galway

€17,000

Live Art Ireland

Tipperary

€5,000

Monaghan Artist Collective

Monaghan

€10,000

Ormond Studios

Dublin

€10,000

Over The Line Studios

Cork

€8,000

Sample Studios

Cork

€40,000

Signal Arts Centre

Wicklow

€10,000

Spacecraft

Limerick

€6,000

The Darkroom

Dublin

€32,000

The Rogue Gallery And Studios

Waterford

€6,000

Working Artist Studios

Cork

€5,000

 

Dance Funding for 2022 Information Clinic - Thursday 25th Nov at 11am - online

This information session is aimed at dance practitioners and producers planning to apply for awards over the course of 2022.  It will also cover general information relating to making an application for dance funding from the Arts Council.    


This information session is aimed at dance practitioners and producers planning to apply for awards over the course of 2022.  It will also cover general information relating to making an application for dance funding from the Arts Council.    

 

If you wish to attend please register with suzanne.ring@artscouncil.ie no later than Tuesday 23rd November.

Informing the Future of Culture Night

The Arts Council is pleased to publish Informing the Future of Culture Night the evidence review, research and consultation report by Janice McAdam, Annette Nugent and Heather Maitland. Culture Night is the annual all-island event which celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.


The Arts Council is pleased to publish Informing the Future of Culture Night the evidence review, research and consultation report by Janice McAdam, Annette Nugent and Heather Maitland. Culture Night is the annual all-island event which celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. The report is the culmination of an extensive national research programme, which uses data up to 2020 to chart the evolution of Culture Night, understand Culture Night’s current and potential public value and provide a benchmark and recommendations on its future evaluation, vision and delivery.

Download the report here (PDF, 6 MB)

https://www.artscouncil.ie/culture-night/

In the Open / Faoin Spéir November programme

In the Open | Faoin Spéir , the Arts Council funded programme which was developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis for 2021 continues to bring a variety of outdoor arts events that take place in public spaces around Ireland.


In the Open | Faoin Spéir , the Arts Council funded programme which was developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis for 2021 continues to bring a variety of outdoor arts events that take place in public spaces around Ireland.

Offaly County Council & Birr Theatre & Arts Centre present - Spectacular Vernacular - Making the Ordinary Extraordinary, a series ofoutdoor events, workshops, performances, and happenings that focus on developing new creative networks and unique opportunities for artists to engage within the community.

 

As winter draws in and with it the darkness, The Dock, Carrick on Shannon have a very special treat for fans of classic horror. A screening the classic 1922 film Nosferatu over two nights with a live original score performed by local alt-folk band GreenBird.

GreenBird use piano, fiddle and voice along with some flute, looped percussion, and sound effects that they create in real-time. The eerie atmosphere of this movie inspired Mark, Cliodhna, and Mandi to create music that can at times be a bit scary, but the result is beautiful, accessible, and great fun!

 

 

Main Text

 

Offaly County Council & Birr Theatre & Arts Centre present -

Spectacular Vernacular - Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

 

Taking place between the towns of Birr, Tullamore, and Lough Boora Parklands Spectacular

Vernacular is a series of outdoor events, workshops, performances, and happenings that focus on

developing new creative networks and unique opportunities for artists to engage with our community. Spectacular Vernacular is bred from the black earth of the bog and celebrates the local, the ordinary and the mysteries of the colloquial. Much like vernacular architecture depends on utilising the phenomenon in its environs, Spectacular Vernacular emerges from the foundations of artistic cultures that already exist between our towns and in the County of Offaly.

Spectacular Vernacular examines the traditions of Offaly and its rural arcadia through the lens of the

contemporary practitioners who live there or artists and culturalists whose practice may be historically associated with the locale.

 

This unique project is a collaboration between the Museum of Everyone | Birr Festivals Collective |

Offaly County Council | Birr Theatre & Arts Centre | Tullamore Arts Centre & Lough Boora Parklands.

Spectacular Vernacular Launch - Nov 12th with a screening of Nigel Rolfe’s performance at

Lough Boora Bog in Birr Theatre & Art Centre from 2 pm with artists talk at 7 pm.

 

To launch Spectacular Vernacular renowned performance artist Nigel Rolfe will return to perform at

Lough Boora Parklands 10 years after his first residency in the boglands. Nigel Rolfe has been performing as a live artist for the last 4 decades. He has also worked extensively as an artist, curator and lecturer. Since 2008 performance has become his primary form of artistic expression. Major retrospectives of his work have been held at the Irish Museum Of Modern Art in Dublin and at the Musee D’Art Moderne de la Ville De Paris. He has exhibited in Dublin, Paris, São Paulo, Busan, Kwangju, and Venice Biennales and presented in numerous international art fairs. He is Performance Pathway Program Leader and Professor Of Performance at the Royal College of Art in London. Rolfe is concerned with art being a live and vital engagement. His performances are bodily acts and reminders of our presence in the here and now.

 

For full details of all upcoming workshops, projects and events visit - https://intheopenoffaly.ie/

If you would like to get involved or volunteer have any questions regarding this project email

us at mailto:museumofeveryone@gmail.com

 

 

 

What’s on in Carrick-on-Shannon

At The Dock

Film:

An outdoor screening of the 1922 classic silent horror film Nosferatu with live score by Alt Folk band Greenbird.

Friday 12th and Saturday 13th November at 6.30pm. Free admission. Tickets must be booked in advance on 0719650828 or online at https://www.thedock.ie/whats-on/nosferatu

 

 

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 Programme Digital Innovations - staying ahead of the curve

At the start of Covid, the RAISE team created and shared ‘The Top Ten Things Arts Organisations Can Do for their Stakeholders during the Covid-19 Crisis’ from creating online content to communicating in new ways through digital platforms. The RAISE organisations did not disappoint. 


At the start of Covid, the RAISE team created and shared ‘The Top Ten Things Arts Organisations Can Do for their Stakeholders during the Covid-19 Crisis’ from creating online content to communicating in new ways through digital platforms. The RAISE organisations did not disappoint. The RAISE organisations became creative in creating content online and engaging with audiences and supporters in a virtual world, in addition to moving their Festivals, Programmes and fundraising activities online. See the RAISE section of the Arts Council website or click here - Digital Innovations - Staying ahead of the curve, to see a small sample of some of the wonderful digital and online innovations that occurred in terms of online content creation and fundraising over the last year. The RAISE programme will continue to support excellence in the application of digital and online solutions to help organisations stay ahead of the curve.

The Arts Council announces successful recipients of Reel Art awards in 2021

The Arts Council is pleased to announce that Cara Holmes and Michael John Whelan are the successful recipients of its 2021 Reel Art Awards. 


The Arts Council is pleased to announce that Cara Holmes and Michael John Whelan are the successful recipients of its 2021 Reel Art Awards. 

Reel Art is the Arts Council's long-running creative arts documentary scheme. The two successful films will premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival in February 2023.

The Arts Council wishes to congratulate both artists on their awards and we look forward to seeing the films reaching Irish and international audiences on their completion.

Further details about the artists and their films can be found here.

Theatre Funding Clinic

The Theatre Team is holding a theatre funding clinic on Friday 26th November at 11:am over Zoom.


 

The Theatre Team is holding a theatre funding clinic on Friday 26th November at 11:am over Zoom. We will be covering some of the awards coming up in the new year including Bursaries, Agility, Touring, Artist Residencies and Resource Sharing & Development. Please RSVP to Hannah at hannah.gordis@artscouncil.ie and please send on any questions you may have in advance.

Grants and Awards
Festival Investment Scheme 2022 Round 2

The Arts Council announces the second of two rounds of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place between July and December 2022.


The Arts Council announces the second of two rounds of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place between July and December 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 support for small festivals to deliver 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 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 2 is open to organisations promoting festivals with a clear artistic purpose and which will take place between July and December 2022.

Applications open:                          October 19th 2021

Applications closing date:             November 18th 2021 at 5.30pm (Ireland time)

Decisions announced:                    February 2022

 

The Festivals Investment Scheme is a non-recurring competitive scheme.

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

 

For further information please view the FIS Frequently Asked Questions Section here

or 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

 

New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced

The closing date for tours starting from July to December 2022 and for Advance Planning 2023 will be January 13th, 2022.

 

Please note that the application period has been extended and applications forms will now be available through online services from 30th November 2021.


The closing date for tours starting from July to December 2022 and for Advance Planning 2023 will be January 13th, 2022.

 

Please note that the application period has been extended and applications forms will now be available through online services from 30th November 2021.

 

Unsuccessful applicants to Strategic/Arts Centre/Partnership Funding may apply to the Touring Scheme Round 2 2022.

 

The Advance Planning scheme is open to all individuals and organisations who wish to tour productions in 2023.

 

Since its introduction in 2010 the Touring schemes have been based on the principle of collaboration between those who produce and those who present work to audiences.

                                                    

For details on the scheme, please contact Val Ballance or Regina O'Shea. If you have questions specifically related to art forms, then email the relevant team. All contact details are on the Arts Council's website Contacts page.

Creative Schools
Opportunities for Regional Coordinator and Creative Associates

Opportunities for Regional Coordinator and Creative Associates services will be announced shortly for Creative Schools. Further details will be available on Arts Councils social media accounts in the coming weeks.


Opportunities for Regional Coordinator and Creative Associates services will be announced shortly for Creative Schools. Further details will be available on Arts Councils social media accounts in the coming weeks.

News from the community
EUROPEAN FESTIVALS SUMMIT GALWAY 22-24 NOVEMBER 2021

The European Festival Association Arts Festival Summit is an annual European gathering for festival makers connecting festivals from around the globe in one city.


The European Festival Association Arts Festival Summit is an annual European gathering for festival makers connecting festivals from around the globe in one city.

The 3-day programme which takes place this year in Ireland, brings together festivals of various arts disciplines as part of an exchange with international speakers and opinion makers about the place of arts festivals and their role in society today.

Policy makers from the European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe, Chambers of Commerce, National tourism boards will be in attendance as part of the conference programme.

 

The EFA Arts Festivals Summit takes place in Galway from 22 to 24 November and is hosted by the Association Of Irish Festivals & Events.

 

Please contact Colm Croffy, AOIFE. colm@aoifeonline.com  or Kathrin Deventer, EFA. kathrin@efa-aef.eu  for more information and event registration.