Feature Article
Welcome to the February edition of our Newsletter

I am delighted to tell you that applications to join the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools programme will open this month – this is exciting news for schools right across the country.

The Arts Council started Creative Schools as a pilot project two years ago, in partnership with the Department of Education & Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, with the aim of putting the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives. It is the flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child, and we are already very proud of it.

Participating schools work with a Creative Associate to understand, develop and celebrate their engagement with the arts, empowering them to bring about real change in the way they work – with each school ensuring that children and young people themselves have a central role in this process.

Some 150 new schools will join the project this year. The window for applications by schools opens on 18 February and closes on Thursday 19 March, and you can find out how to apply in the Creative Schools section of this Newsletter.

Also this month, the Arts Council will hold an ‘open day’ in Dublin. We are inviting artists and practitioners, whether currently funded by us or not, to hear our plans for the year and meet the teams dedicated to each artform and area of arts practice. You can find out more about it in the article below, and perhaps book your place. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Best regards,

Orlaith McBride

Director


News this month
Meet the Arts Council

On the 20 February we invite artists and practitioners to come and meet us at the RHRHA in Dublin. 


Thursday 20 Feb 11am – 3.30pm at the Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2

All Welcome

On the 20 February we invite artists and practitioners to come and meet us at the RHARHA in Dublin. This is an opportunity to hear about who we are and what we do, and to meet with representatives from Arts Council staff.

Staff from the Arts Council’s artform/arts practice teams will be available to answer questions about the programmes and supports the Arts Council offers, and to provide advice and information on making an application for funding. 

 

Tickets are free but booking is essential as places are limited. A maximum of two tickets can be allocated to an organisation.

For further details and to book your place, please click here.

Love your festival this February!

As part of its partnership with the MA in Festive Arts (University of Limerick), the Arts Council will be hosting a series of information and advice points at its Change Makers festival conference at the Irish World Academy in Limerick on the 14th February 2020.


As part of its partnership with the MA in Festive Arts (University of Limerick), the Arts Council will be hosting a series of information and advice points at its Change Makers festival conference at the Irish World Academy in Limerick on the 14th February 2020.

 

As part of a programme centered on festival-making, delegates will have the opportunity to meet with a number of organisations providing information to support festivals to build and broaden their knowledge.

 

Creative Europe Desk, Aoife (The Association of Irish Festivals), The Wheel (The association of community & voluntary organisations, charities & social enterprise) will provide pop-up clinics for conference attendees. The 15-minute clinics are devised to provide one to one advice sessions and cover a number of topics ranging from funding opportunities to governance and festival management. In addition, ISACS (the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle network) will be available during the day to provide information about its membership and the services it offers along with University College Dublin Archive team who will provide more information to festivals on how they preserve and record their programmes and history.

 

The day is dedicated to supporting festivals to further develop their knowledge and capacity building. The conference will provide a unique and valuable opportunity for arts festivals to come together to learn from each other and share skills and knowledge.

 

Information on the full day conference programme can be found here. Tickets include a networking lunch and can be purchased from the University Concert Hall, Limerick or by contacting 061 331 549.

 

If you have purchased a conference ticket and wish to attend a pop-up clinic* please contact Adrian Colwell at Adrian.colwell@artscouncil.ie

 

Conference bookings close on Monday 10th February at 12noon and tickets will not be available on the day of the conference.

 

*Please note that pop-up clinics must be booked in advance and are only available to conference ticket holders. Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Early booking is advised.

Deadline for public consultation for a new National Policy on Architecture extended to 13 March 2020

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has extended the deadline for the public consultation phase for a new National Policy on Architecture.


The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has extended the deadline for the public consultation phase for a new National Policy on Architecture.

The proposed new policy will support long–term planning strategies and will assist in addressing key issues including societal well-being, climate change and urban regeneration. A discussion document has been prepared by the Department which outlines the scope and ambitions of the proposed new National Policy on Architecture, provisionally entitled ‘Places for People’, which is based around five key themes:

  • Designing for climate resilience and sustainability
  • Designing quality places for public benefit
  • Respecting our past, shaping our future
  • Leadership, and
  • Knowledge and innovation.

The discussion document Places for People, an online survey as part of the public consultation process, and other relevant material can be found at https://www.chg.gov.ie/heritage/built-heritage/architectural-policy/.

Grants and Awards
Young Ensembles Scheme 2020

The deadline for the Young Ensembles Scheme is Thursday 13 February 2020 at 5:30pm. The primary purpose of the Young Ensembles Scheme is to support groups of young people between the ages of ten and twenty-four to create or critically engage with ambitious and original work together in any artform. The scheme has two strands.


The primary purpose of the Young Ensembles Scheme is to support groups of young people between the ages of ten and twenty-four to create or critically engage with ambitious and original work together in any artform (e.g. circus, street art, spectacle, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, architecture or any combination of the above). Groups/ensembles must be made up of three or more members.

The Young Ensembles Scheme has two strands. You should choose the strand that is most suitable for your ensemble and for your proposal. You may only apply to one strand. The maximum award under strand 1 is €10,000 and the maximum under strand 2 is €25,000.

 

Strand 1

This strand is for ensembles that wish to undertake a new project or initiative that will develop the practice and experience of the young people involved. You may apply for up to €10,000. Applicants may be new or established ensembles and must demonstrate their potential for developing and delivering a high quality artistic project.

Strand 2

This is for ensembles that wish to undertake a programme of work, or a large-scale project, that develops the work of the ensemble. This strand is for proposals that will cost more than €10,000 and no more than €25,000. Applicants must be established ensembles with a track record of delivering high quality artistic projects or programmes.  For this strand, applicants must make clear why a larger budget than is available under Strand 1 is required.

You can watch a video where previous recipients share tips about making an application to the scheme.

 

If you are interested in applying, please download and read the guidelines here: http://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Young-ensembles-scheme/

 

Applications will be accepted online from Tuesday 14 January 2020.

 

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

 

 

 

Creative Production Supports – A Theatre Resource-Sharing Pilot Scheme

Informed by key goals contained within the Arts Council strategy and theatre policy Making Great Art Work and following a process of consultation, we are delighted to invite applications for proposals to develop innovative and art-led supports for the creation of excellent work in the independent theatre sector.  We will be accepting applications from the 10th March, with a closing date of 9th April 2020.


Informed by key goals contained within the Arts Council strategy and theatre policy Making Great Art Work and following a process of consultation, we are delighted to invite applications for proposals to develop innovative and art-led supports for the creation of excellent work in the independent theatre sector.  We will be accepting applications from the 10th March, with a closing date of 9th April 2020.

 

We understand that the skills needed to create excellent theatre are many and varied, and while led by a creative vision, achieving excellence requires sustained, collaborative support. This pilot project seeks a fresh and dynamic approach to developing and creating the context for relevant and excellent work to thrive. As a pilot project the successful applicant(s) will be asked to work alongside the Arts Council in creating and evaluating a collaborative infrastructure, which optimises existing resources and promotes best-practice in the development, production and dissemination of the independent theatre sector across Ireland.

 

Applications will be considered from professional theatre artists* and/or collaborative entities that can demonstrate a proven track-record in theatre production and demonstrate partnerships of expertise with at least one organisation in receipt of Arts Council Strategic, Partnership or Arts Centre funding with a significant track record in the production and presentation of theatre to audiences e.g. production companies, festivals, Arts Centres.  

 

Please note: Organisations in receipt of Strategic, Partnership or Arts Centre funding may not be the lead applicant. However, to be eligible, applications under this programme must be supported by at least one organisation in receipt of such Arts Council funding.

 

*Definitions for the purposes of this scheme

Professional theatre artist: any individual who works as a professional artist in a creative capacity in a theatre context, and are recognised as such by their peers. This could be a director, theatre maker, actor, playwright, designer, creative producer or a producing entity that is not in receipt of Strategic, Arts Centre or Partnership Funding.

 

Decisions will be made in two phases. Phase 1 will be the assessment and evaluation of applications. Based on the outcome of this phase, shortlisted applicants will be invited to make a presentation on their proposal. We expect this second phase to take place in June 2020.

 

Proposals can be made for funding up to a maximum of €250,000 per year over two years.  Applications can only be accepted from individuals or collaborative entities or organisations not in receipt of Arts Council Strategic, Partnership or Art Centre funding.  Guidelines will be available on the Available Funding page of our website in early March 2020 http://www.artscouncil.ie/available-funding/

 

An information clinic will be held in the Arts Council on the 4th March 2020, please register your interest by emailing Elaine.Connolly@artscouncil.ie

Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2020

Are you an artist or culture professional looking for funding for travel to a festival, workshop, or for training or a research trip?


The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) invites eligible arts practitioners from Asia and Europe to apply through an open call for travel taking place between 20th January and 30th November 2020.  The grant is intended to cover international travel and visa costs only.  Travel can take place to any of the ASEM partner countries (Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

International travel support is prioritised for travel to participate in activities that are integral to professional development; that would lead to a multiplier effect to others and benefit society.  Eligible activities are:  workshops/trainings; conferences; festivals, biennales, international exhibitions; residences; partnership building meetings; practice-led research.

There is a rolling deadline and applications are assessed as they are received.  Further details can be found here.

Creative Schools
Creative Schools/Scoileanna Ildánacha – Invite applications from schools across Ireland

Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools are delighted to announce that applications for schools will open 18 February with a deadline of 17:30, Thursday 19 March 2020.  


Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools are delighted to announce that applications for schools will open 18 February with a deadline of 17:30, Thursday 19 March 2020.  

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

The initiative aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives. It will support schools to develop and begin to implement their own Creative School Plan. Participating schools will work with a Creative Associate to understand, develop and celebrate their engagement with the arts, empowering them to bring about real change in the way they work. They will draw on the range of resources within their school and wider community, developing new ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on student learning, development and well-being. Using the Lundy Model as best practice, schools will ensure that children and young people will have a central role in this process.

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.

150 new schools from across Ireland will join the initiative this year.  Participating schools receive a package of support each year including training, up to nine days of support from a Creative Associate and a once-off grant of €4,000 (in total) to implement their plans over the two school years 2020–21 and 2021–22.

Creative Associates Opportunity

The Arts Council will tender for a panel of Creative Associates to support the delivery of Creative Schools/ Scoileanna Ildánacha for the academic year 2020-21 onwards. Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for updates. See here for more information.


The Arts Council will tender for a panel of Creative Associates to support the delivery of Creative Schools/ Scoileanna Ildánacha for the academic year 2020-21 onwards. Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for updates. See here for more information.

 

This is an exciting opportunity for artists, creative practitioners and individuals working in organisations in the arts and cultural sector.

 

Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

News from the community
Job Opportunity at Music Network: Programmes Administrator

Music Network is seeking to appoint a Programmes Administrator to support the effective planning, delivery and management of our programmes.  Details on how to apply, plus a Job Description and Person Specification are available here. The closing date for applications is Friday 7th February 2020 at 12 noon


Music Network is a national music touring and development organisation, passionate about making live music happen. The organisation holds a unique position in the Irish music sector and is seen as a highly valuable resource for the development and presentation of quality live music in Ireland.

 

Music Network is seeking to appoint a Programmes Administrator. The ideal candidate will have experience in delivering music learning and participation programmes, a high standard of administrative skills and the personal impact to ensure strong professional relationships with the various stakeholders engaged and supported by Music Network’s funding schemes and other initiatives.

 

A detailed Job Description and Person Specification is available here: http://bit.ly/2NQbLsP

 

Application Process

 

Interested candidates are invited to apply by providing the following 2 items using the guidelines below: -

 

1. A well-presented CV

2. A covering letter that engages with the opportunity presented by the role

 

Email is the preferred option for applications (operations@musicnetwork.ie) and the closing date is Friday 7th February 2020 at 12 noon.

Artist Studios for Rent

The Arts Services Department of Roscommon County Council is seeking expressions of interest from artists working in all disciplines to rent studio space at Roscommon Arts Centre or the Harrington Studios in the grounds of King House in Boyle.


The Arts Services Department of Roscommon County Council is seeking expressions of interest from artists working in all disciplines to rent studio space at Roscommon Arts Centre or the Harrington Studios in the grounds of King House in Boyle.

Applications are open to Irish and international artists/practitioners working full-time in all disciplines including: theatre, literature, visual art, music, dance, film and to other cultural practitioners. As part of Roscommon County Council’s commitment to supporting professional artists at all stages of their careers, both emerging and established professionals working in any medium are welcome to apply.

Deadline for applications: Friday 14th February 2020

 

Application Guidelines: https://roscommonartscentre.ie/artist-studios/

 

Further information please contact Averyl Dooher: adooher@roscommoncoco.ie

 

Supported by Roscommon County Council