Feature Article
Welcome to the November edition of our newsletter

 ‘Confusion is not an ignoble condition’ is a well-known line from Brian Friel’s powerful play Translations.  It could serve as a fitting refrain for the strange and complex times we’re in.

 

Nobility abounds in the work that you continue to plan and make. In recent performances by Music from Galway and Tradition Now, we witnessed some of the world’s finest musicians performing for us in most unusual and trying circumstances.  Often masked, and distanced from each other, with no audience present to encourage them along, they performed into an applause-less void.  A palpable sense of nobility and humanity radiated from these performances. 

 

Minister Catherine Martin’s cultural recovery taskforce concluded its meetings last week.  Striking about this engagement has been the sense of a shared common purpose and a spirit of collaboration.  The report will be published in the coming days and it is freighted with a clear understanding of the vital place of the arts and events landscape.  It proposes practical measures to meet the particular challenges facing the profession. 

 

The historic budget uplift offers reassurance for next year and will help us to sustain you through the coming months.  In response to some recent bursary decisions, recipients mentioned the crucial lifeline that it provides for them.   We look forward to providing as many of these life-changing supports as we can. 

While many deadlines have now closed, it is still possible to apply for professional development funding and for the capacity building support scheme.  Our team will be delighted to answer any queries that you will have about these. 

 

 We know that concern for the public remains uppermost in your mind.  The lifeline you have provided to them is frequently referenced and we hope to find new ways to enable your work to reach the public in coming months.

 

We hope that you and your families stay safe and well. 

 

Maureen Kennelly
Director


News this month
Aosdána elects 12 new members

Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland, has elected 12 new members. The 12 newly elected members are: Kevin Barry (Literature); Gerard Byrne (Visual Art); Pat Collins (Visual Art); Jim Doherty (Music); Margo Harkin (Visual Art); Martin Lynch (Literature); Gina Moxley (Literature); Valerie Mulvin (Architecture); Mairead O’hEocha (Visual Art); Arthur Riordan (Literature); Liz Roche (Choreography); Jennifer Walshe (Music). This brings the membership to 249 members.


Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland, has elected 12 new members. The 12 newly elected members are: Kevin Barry (Literature); Gerard Byrne (Visual Art); Pat Collins (Visual Art); Jim Doherty (Music); Margo Harkin (Visual Art); Martin Lynch (Literature); Gina Moxley (Literature); Valerie Mulvin (Architecture); Mairead O’hEocha (Visual Art); Arthur Riordan (Literature); Liz Roche (Choreography); Jennifer Walshe (Music). This brings the membership to 249 members.

There was a tie between candidates for the last available place, a postal ballot will decide the outcome for the final place.

We take this opportunity to remember the thirteen members who have passed away since last year’s General Assembly: Micky Donnelly; Ciaran Carson; Ulick O’Connor; Tom MacIntyre; Sonja Landweer; Veronica Bolay; Joe Steve O’Neachtain; Janet Mullarney; Tim Robinson; Michael Cullen; Eric Sweeney; Eugene McCabe; Derek Mahon.

Further details on the new members can be found here.

Platform 31

A nationwide artist development scheme led by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices with the Arts Council opens for applications on November 9th.


A nationwide artist development scheme led by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices with the Arts Council opens for applications on November 9th.



Local Authority Arts Offices in collaboration with the Arts Council, present PLATFORM 31 - a national opportunity for artists to develop their practice and test new ideas of collaboration, research, audience development, place-making and sharing their work. 



Designed to support and offer career development for 31 emerging or mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in an advisory and developmental framework and a national peer network.



Applications open from November 9th - 30th. For more information email localartsireland@gmail.com or see www.localartsireland.ie

 

Creative Places Tuam Seeding Funds announced

Creative Places Tuam, the Arts Council’s pilot Creative Places | Cumas Ceantar programme, managed by Create has found new ways to build and connect with the community of Tuam over the past few months.


Creative Places Tuam, the Arts Council’s pilot Creative Places | Cumas Ceantar programme, managed by Create has found new ways to build and connect with the community of Tuam over the past few months.

 

The Creative Places Tuam Seeding Fund was established in order to respond to the challenge posed by COVID-19 to artists and communities alike. The Seeding Fund enables individuals and groups to fund research or projects that will happen in and benefit the people of Tuam, supporting new thinking, new events or activities. It will create opportunities for civic, social and community groups and individuals to grow new ideas and resource themselves to stay active, engaged and connected.

 

Community is at the heart of Creative Places, so all successful projects will involve local people’s input. Along with additional financial support from Galway County Council, twenty awards were funded, more details can be seen here.

 

A new website for the project www.creativeplacestuam.ie will go live in November and the project can be followed on Facebook and Instagram

 

Grants and Awards
Deadline: Bursary Awards, Thursday, 28 January, 2021

The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council's Bursary Awards is Thursday, 28 January 2020 at 5.30pm

The window for making an application opens on Tuesday, 15 December, 2020.


The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council's Bursary Awards is Thursday, 28 January 2020 at 5.30pm

The window for making an application opens on Tuesday, 15 December, 2020.

The Arts Council provides Bursary Awards in order to assist individual artists in the development of their art practice. The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development that is derived from a focused period of engagement with their practice.

The upcoming round of the Bursary Award is available in the following artform areas:

  • Architecture
  • Arts Participation
  • Circus
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Literature (English Language)
  • Literature (Irish Language)
  • Music
  • Opera
  • Street Arts & Spectacle
  • Theatre
  • Traditional Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Young People, Children, and Education

Guidelines for each award will be published on the available fundingsection on our website in early December

Please note

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website. Applicants who have not previously used this system must register in advance of making an application. It is recommended that applicants allow five working days for registration prior to making an application.

Festival Investment Scheme 2021 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 2021.


The Arts Council announces the second of two rounds of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place between July and December 2021.

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 2021.

Applications open:                        October 14th 2020

Applications closing date:           November 12th 2020 at 5.30pm

Decisions announced:                  February 2021

 

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

The Arts Council and the National Concert Hall announce a call for interest in The Liam O’Flynn Award 2021

The Liam O’Flynn Award is a joint initiative of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the National Concert Hall/An Ceoláras Náisiúnta as part of its partnership for the promotion, appreciation and enjoyment of traditional arts, which includes the Tradition Now festival of traditional music.


The Liam O’Flynn Award is a joint initiative of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the National Concert Hall/An Ceoláras Náisiúnta as part of its partnership for the promotion, appreciation and enjoyment of traditional arts, which includes the Tradition Now festival of traditional music.

 

Liam O’Flynn was a virtuoso piper of international renown who brought uilleann piping and Irish music to the world stage.  He had many important artistic relationships in his life, including master pipers who had gone before him, such as Willie Clancy, Séamus Ennis and Leo Rowsome, and he played a crucial role in safeguarding and promoting traditional music. As a member of Planxty, which he co-founded in 1972 and also as a solo artist, he had a huge influence on the artistic life of Ireland.

 

In memory of Liam O’Flynn, the Liam O’Flynn Award celebrates the role of the individual creative traditional artist in the creation of new works, the inception of unique artistic collaborations and innovations, and in the transmission of traditional arts for future generations to enjoy and practice. 

 

The purpose of the Liam O’Flynn Award is to provide a traditional artist with a period of artistic reflection, inspiration and creation in residence in the National Concert Hall and to enhance appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of the traditional arts across the rich milieu of the National Concert Hall.

 

For the Liam O’Flynn Award recipients, it will provide career-changing artistic opportunities, including the chance to work with a wide range of artistic collaborators in a supportive and professional environment where they will be positioned alongside high-performing artists from other genres and where there is high expectation of creative outputs.

 

 

 

 

 

NCH and Arts Council Liam O’Flynn Award

  •        An award of 15,000 Euro will be offered to one artist to create new   work at NCH
  •       The work(s) will be performed as part of Tradition Now
  •        The award will support new ways of conceiving music
  •        The successful artist will be located at the NCH and the award will support collaborations with the other resident musicians at NCH (e.g. Crash Ensemble, RTÉ NSO, Chamber Choir Ireland)

 

 

The deadline for applications for the first Liam O’Flynn Award will be 5.30pm, Thursday 19 January 2021.

 

Information and guidance notes on the award will soon be available on www.artscouncil.ie

 

 

 

Creative Schools
Creative Schools TV Spotlight and 163 new schools

Creative Schools TV returns with a new spotlight series as our Creative Associates share behind-the-scenes insights into organisations who work with Creative Schools. This series will spotlight Ceol Connected, Barnstorm Theatre Company, Galway Arts Centre, Bare Cheek Theatre Company and Irish National Opera.


Creative Schools TV – Spotlight

Creative Schools TV returns with a new spotlight series as our Creative Associates share behind-the-scenes insights into organisations who work with Creative Schools. This series will spotlight Ceol Connected, Barnstorm Theatre Company, Galway Arts Centre, Bare Cheek Theatre Company and Irish National Opera.

Spotlight is a new online strand of the Creative Schools initiative designed for our young learners to engage with arts and cultural organisations in a fun and creative way. The programme takes the form of a series of pre-recorded broadcast, shared weekly across Arts Council online platforms.

Episodes are available on the Arts Council YouTube page.

 

Creative Schools

Creative Schools announce 163 schools from across Ireland selected to participate in the Creative Schools programme in 2020-21.

News from the community
National Lottery Good Causes Awards

Now in its third year, the National Lottery Good Causes Awards are open to all community and voluntary groups and organisations like yours making an incredible difference in communities with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding.


Now in its third year, the National Lottery Good Causes Awards are open to all community and voluntary groups and organisations like yours making an incredible difference in communities with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding.

 

All Arts organisations and projects who received grants from The Arts Council between 2014-2019 are eligible to apply for this year’s competition under the Arts & Culture category.  Applications for the Awards are now open and you can enter at www.lottery.ie/goodcausesawards.      Here you will also find full details of the competition including the rules and T&C’s.

 

The competition will have two rounds of judging from which a total of 36 organisations will go forward to the national final. This will culminate in an awards luncheon in the Mansion House, Dublin on 27th March 2021 (in strict adherence to Government health guidelines with regard to COVID-19)

The Arts & Culture category winner will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year, which will be one of the seven category winners, will receive an additional €25,000.

 

Closing date for applications is November 27th.

Job Opportunity: Reporting and Analysis Manager

To support the work of its growing Quality, Support & Development team, Music Generation is now recruiting for the new role of Reporting & Analysis Manager.


Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme which helps children and young people access performance music education in their local area.  Music Generation aims to expand its programme nationwide by 2022 and to date, it has been successfully established in 25 cities and counties in Ireland, creating some 67,000 opportunities for children and young people each year.

 

Quality is one of the programme’s key strategic objectives, supported by Quality, Support and Development (QSD) team in Music Generation’s National Development Office.  Music Generation is now expanding this team with the appointment of a Reporting & Analysis Manager. This new role will take ownership for all aspects of analysis and reporting as well as the integration and development of the systems and processes that underpin its activity.

 

Reporting to the Head of QSD, this is a role for a skilled professional with at least three years’ experience focusing on drafting and efficiently delivering formal reports and templates for a variety purposes. The ideal candidate will combine that relevant experience with proven expertise in developing systems for the analysis, collation and reporting of data, and will have experience of working with a quality agenda.   

 

For a job description and details of the application process, please contact John Deely at Pinpoint (Recruit@pinpoint.ie,  (01) 642 5721).  Closing Date: 5pm, Tuesday 3rd November, 2020.

 

Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Job Opportunity: Music Education Partnership Support Manager

Music Generation is now seeking to appoint a new Music Education Partnership Support Manager to join the team at the National Development Office. 


Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme which helps children and young people access performance music education in their local area. It has been successfully established in 25 cities and counties in Ireland, creating some 67,000 opportunities for children and young people to engage in music tuition annually. As it builds towards its aim of nationwide expansion by 2022, Music Generation is now seeking to appoint a new Music Education Partnership Support Manager to join the team at the National Development Office. 

 

This is an exciting role for a skilled professional with expertise in and a demonstrable track record of delivering results and achievement in music, education development and management. Reporting to the Head of Quality, Support and Development, the successful candidate will join a growing team focused on providing strategic support for the development and ongoing quality of its network of Local Music Education Partnerships.

 

For a job description and details of the application process, please contact John Deely at Pinpoint (Recruit@pinpoint.ie,  (01) 642 5721).  Closing Date: 5pm, Tuesday 3rd November 2020.

 

Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Creative Europe Desk
Co-funding Award 2021 Creative Europe Co-operation Projects

The deadline for applications for the Co-funding Award 2021 Creative Europe Co-operation Projects is 17:30 on Thursday 10 December 2020.


The primary purpose of the award is to enable Irish organisations who have secured funding for artistic activities under the Co-operation Projects strand of the Creative Europe Culture Sub-Programme 2014-2020 to apply for co-funding. Funding will be considered to support those elements of Irish arts activities that align with the objectives and priorities of this award.

This award is only open to Irish arts organisations that have received an offer of funding, either as Lead Co-ordinator or Partner, under the Co-operation Projects strand of the Creative Europe Culture Sub-Programme in 2020. Applications for a Co-funding Award must be made in the same calendar year in which an offer of funding is received from the EACEA.

Guidelines and details of the application process are published on the Arts Council website on the available funding section.  Please note:  Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website. It is recommended that new applicants allow five working days for registration prior to making an application.

An information webinar for applicants will be held on Thursday 19th November 2020 at 11am.  Applicants may register by emailing audrey.keane@artscouncil.ie