Feature Article
Welcome to the January edition of our Newsletter

‘Life served neat’ is a phrase used by Zadie Smith in a recent essay and it seems an apt way to describe what we have all been through since last March. Life without the scaffolding of normal human interaction has been tough. We miss the energy that we get from human contact and that is especially absent from the world that we are lucky to inhabit. Throughout the months of the pandemic, artists and those who work with them, have shown deep reservoirs of imagination and generosity and empathy.  The arts has shown its relevance for society like never before. 

 

Last year, we received more than 6,500 applications which compares with 3,500 in 2019.  Amongst these, we were delighted to be able to fund 632 artists and 216 organisations for the first time.  This gives some indication of the volume of work and of the accentuated demand for resources.  It has been an immense honour for us to work with you and to support you during these hardest of times.

 

Throughout 2020, the team at the Arts Council attended carefully to the situation. I salute their unstinting dedication and their high levels of professionalism. I am grateful too to the Council Chair and members for their astute guidance and support. 

 

We’ve all gained new insights from looking into each other’s kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms, and it’s helping us to think inside each other’s skins. This new kinship will help us all return to even better selves.

 

Of course, many challenges remain, but the opening up of opportunities in 2021 is a deeply energizing prospect and we are glad to be able to support you with increased funding. We thank sincerely our colleagues in the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for their wonderful support last year.

 

We hope that you have had a safe and well-deserved rest and we look forward to our continued work with you this year.

 

Happy New Year!

 

 

Maureen Kennelly

Director

 


News this month
Tender for Culture Night Coordination Services

The Arts Council is seeking the provision of Coordination Services for Culture Night 2021. Culture Night is an annual, all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.

The Culture Night Coordinator will oversee the national coordination, engagement and communication of Culture Night. They will steer a wide range of stakeholders and be the point of contact for Culture Night activity on a national scale.

The closing date for receipt of tenders is 12 noon 27 January 2021.


The Arts Council is seeking the provision of Coordination Services for Culture Night 2021. Culture Night is an annual, all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.

Since its inception in 2006, Culture Night has grown year on year and in 2020 the event successfully created a hybrid of online events (686) and in person events (322). While the number of overall events understandably reduced (by one third) the audience reach doubled to over 800,000 (compared to 430,000 in 2019). Emphasis was placed on Equality, Human Rights and Diversity and Paying the Artist as key policy priorities of the Arts Council.

The Arts Council is currently undertaking a comprehensive programme of review, research and consultation to help inform the future of Culture Night. This work is intended to be completed in March 2021. The successful tenderer will be appointed before this research is complete and will need to be ready to respond to any potential recommendations on the purpose, vision, values and priorities that may shape the tone of engagement and implementation approach in 2021.

The successful tenderer will encourage and steer the participation of a wide range of stakeholders across the island of Ireland. They will be the regional and international point of contact for participants and organisers and they will develop and deliver a comprehensive communications strategy while managing a (separate) third party budget for PR, Marketing and Communications.

Culture Night takes place each year on the second last Friday in September and is due to take place on Friday 17 September 2021.

The value of the contract is set the range €40,000 to €45,000, exclusive of VAT.

The closing date for receipt of tenders is 12 noon on 27 January 2021.

Details of the tender documents can be viewed here.

Digital Toolbox request for tender

The Arts Council wishes to request tenders from providers of training services, or media companies, to produce a Digital Toolbox for arts professionals, which is free for all to access on the Arts Council’s website and which promotes good practice in digital production and dissemination and acts as a training tool for those with varying levels of experience.


The Arts Council wishes to request tenders from providers of training services, or media companies, to produce a Digital Toolbox for arts professionals, which is free for all to access on the Arts Council’s website and which promotes good practice in digital production and dissemination and acts as a training tool for those with varying levels of experience.

The closing date is 22 January 2021.

Visit eTenders for full details on the request for tender: https://irl.eu-supply.com/ctm/Supplier/PublicPurchase/180113/0/0?returnUrl=ctm/Supplier/publictenders&b=ETENDERS_SIMPLE

Tadhg O’Sullivan appointed as Film Artist in Residence at UCC

The Arts Council and University College Cork are delighted to announce the appointment of Tadhg O’Sullivan as Film Artist in Residence for 2021.


The Arts Council and University College Cork are delighted to announce the appointment of Tadhg O’Sullivan as Film Artist in Residence for 2021.

 

The Film Artist in Residence role is jointly funded by the Arts Council and UCC. It is designed to provide a film artist of distinction with a unique opportunity to develop his/her practice in a university environment, while offering students and staff the opportunity to engage with a practising artist in a meaningful way during the course of their studies and wider cultural involvement in campus life.

 

Tadhg O’Sullivan is the seventh film artist to be appointed to the role and follows Carmel Winters, Gerry Stembridge, Hugh Travers, Mark O’Halloran, Pat Murphy and Alan Gilsenan who enjoyed successful residencies at UCC since 2014.

Speaking of the appointment Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film and Architecture at the Arts Council, said:The Arts Council is delighted that Tadhg O’Sullivan will be the next Film Artist in Residence at UCC. The residency comes at a significant point in Tadhg’s career when his singular feature To the Moon has been critically acclaimed internationally.  We hope the residency will provide him with the time and space to further develop his film practice within the supportive and stimulating environment of UCC.’

Jools Gilson, Professor of Creative Practice and Head of the School of Film, Music and Theatre added:  'We are delighted and honoured to appoint Tadhg O'Sullivan as the UCC Film Artist in Residence for 2021 - an artist who works through a distinctive and compelling entanglement of documentary, literary and contemporary moments.'

 

Tadhg O’Sullivan  Film-maker Biog

Tadhg O’Sullivan is an artist and film-maker working primarily in non-fiction cinema. Often working with literary sources and cinematic archive, his films seek to evoke the timelessness of human experience, and to illuminate the present moment through ideas from the distant past. His most recent feature film To the Moon had its world premiere recently at Venice Days and was selected for Telluride Film Festival 2020. Previous films Yximalloo (with Feargal Ward, 2014) and The Great Wall (2015) have screened at numerous major film festivals including FiD Marseille, MOMA Doc Fortnight, CPH:DOX, Dokufest Kosovo and been broadcast internationally.

A new feature film is in pre-production and will be completed in 2022.

The Grand Stretch

The Grand Stretch / Coiscéim Coiligh is a unique artistic response to a unique chapter in Ireland's history. This season of arts events, ambitious in purpose, scale and scope will be brought to life by artists and cultural organisations across Ireland in June 2021.


The Grand Stretch

A Nationwide Season of Arts Events Sharing The Resilience, Creativity And Connection At The Heart Of The Arts.

 

The Grand Stretch / Coiscéim Coiligh is a unique artistic response to a unique chapter in Ireland's history. This season of arts events, ambitious in purpose, scale and scope will be brought to life by artists and cultural organisations across Ireland in June 2021.

 

Brought to you by The Arts Council as a way to share our resilience, creativity and connection through the arts following a recommendation by the report ‘Survive, Adapt, Renew’, The Grand Stretch is an open call for ambitious and excellent arts-led projects to be considered for programming as part of a nationwide season over 10 days in June 2021. Artists, producers, technicians, audiences and communities will come together for a programme diverse in form, perspective and location.

 

Conceived and designed to bolster ambition in and for the arts, the programme will re-invigorate us across the country as we emerge from the impact of COVID-19.

 

The Grand Stretch / Coiscéim Coiligh aims to:

 

  1. Spark ambition in the arts, and for the arts, to show that the arts can respond and lead the way with confidence.
  2. Expand understanding by showing who we are as a nation and presenting art and arts experiences that reflect modern Ireland, our diversity of identities, perspectives, artforms, approaches and locations.
  3. Embrace adaptability by responding to the challenges of the moment to deliver, reinvent, reimagine and collaborate regardless of disruptions.
  4. Encourage participation by committing to ensuring the work and projects are seen and experienced by diverse audiences, participants and onlookers, whether in real life or through digital channels.

 

Curated via an Open Call process, the programme will encourage applicants and participants to be ambitious in how they create their ideas and work; and invite the public to experience excellent art in unique locations across Ireland.

 

Selected arts-led projects will be programmed into an ambitious season which will take place in locations across Ireland over 10 days in June 2021.

 

The Open Call application form, along with guidelines on how to apply, selection criteria, assessment information and FAQs, will be accessible from www.thegrandstretch.com from  10am Monday 11 January 2021 until 12noon on Monday 8 February 2021.

 

The Grand Stretch

Brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

11 - 20 June 2021

www.thegrandstretch.com

 

Grants and Awards
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced for 2021

Following the cancellation of the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme in 2020 the Arts council is pleased to announce a new closing date for individuals and organisations who wish to tour between May and December 2021. This scheme is designed to support touring and dissemination of work across a range of art forms and arts practices.


Following the cancellation of the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme in 2020 the Arts council is pleased to announce a new closing date for individuals and organisations who wish to tour between May and December 2021. This scheme is designed to support touring and dissemination of work across a range of art forms and arts practices.

 

The closing date for tours starting from May to December 2021 will be Thursday, 11th February 2021.

 

Application forms will be available through online services from the 12th January 2021.

 

The scheme is open to individuals and organisations who wish to tour between May and December 2020, and who are resident or based in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

 

Please read the guidelines carefully for updated criteria in relation to Covid 19.

 

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.

 

 

News from the community
Music Generation Development Officer

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) invites applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer, five-year, fixed-term contract.


Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) invites applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer, five-year, fixed-term contract.

 

 

A Music Generation Development Officer will be appointed by CMETB and will be responsible for managing an extensive performance music education programme on behalf of the Local Music Education Partnership across the Cavan Monaghan region.

 

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, which is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Local Music Education Partnerships.

 

Application form, job description and person specification available online at www.etbjobs.ie

 

Closing time/date is 12 noon, Wednesday, 6th January 2021

Late applications and CVs will not be accepted.

 

Based on the volume of applications anticipated, shortlisting may apply. Shortlisting will take place on the basis of the information provided in the application form. Depending on the qualifications and experience of applicants, short-listing thresholds may be significantly higher than the minimum standards set out.

 

Cavan and Monaghan ETB is an equal opportunities employer.

Open Call for Island Connect Residencies

ISLAND CONNECT is a collaborative program between five performing arts organisations, working with residencies located on (or associated with) European islands of different countries. In 2021, Irish-based performing artists can apply to do a funded residency in Croatia or Denmark, with a matching residency in the Irish Aerial Creation Centre in Limerick. The application deadline is 11th January 2021. For more information and to apply visit https://islandconnect.eu 


ISLAND CONNECT is a collaborative program between five performing arts organisations, working with residencies located on (or associated with) European islands of different countries. United in the project by a common interest in contributing to the creation and consolidation of performing arts, the network partners of the international exchange residency program, wish to address an important ambition to support the artists and arts companies in their personal and professional development within the project’s framework, therefore are launching this call for projects.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11th January, 2021 (23:59, Central European Time)

  • The residencies will take place in the five islands (Denmark, Croatia, Ireland, Greece or Spain – the Balearic Islands) at different times throughout 2021.
  • The length of the residencies will be 2 weeks with a work-in-progress presentation at the end of the term.
  • The residencies provide and ensure both working and living conditions which include: working venue / space and basic technical conditions at a selected island community, paid pre-arranged accommodation (twin rooms), local and international travel expenses to residency and capacity building locations, travel expenses to the residency, per diems, fee up to 2,400.00 EUR per company (1,200.00 per 2 week residency).
  • Presentations of finished works of selected artistic companies will be organized by local partners of the Island Connect network.

 

The Island Connect program will be complemented in 2021 by a 5-day SpringLab in Limerick/Ireland, from March 23rd to 27th 2021. A person responsible for artistic direction from each selected company will be invited to join the workshop with the aim to provide the companies tools for development, creativity and sustainability of their artistic projects. The workshop has two parts; one on project development and dramaturgy, one on personal leadership. There will also be a workshop on feedback processes with Rivca Rubin and a seminar on Islander identity. 

 

Application Requirements 

  • Be a performing artist based in Denmark, Croatia, Ireland, Greece or the Balearic Islands.
  • Artists and/ or Artistic Companies may have maximum 3 people per company.
  • The country that you are based in will determine which residencies you can apply for

OBLIGATIONS: Artist(s) / Company(s):

  • Must be available for the whole duration of both residencies (local and international)
  • Must be willing & able to send a member of the company to the SpringLab / Capacity Building Workshop;
  • Shall hold a presentation of their work developed at the end of each residency;
  • Shall be encouraged to participate in the life of the specific site/ locality, and take photos and videos of their residency to be shared publicly,
  • Shall be available for potential requests for interviews by the press regarding this programme.  

Island Connect aims to be an inclusive project, open to participants of all ages, abilities, genders, sexualities, and national origins. Not all of our venues are completely accessible, but we will endeavour to meet peoples’ needs wherever we can.

Visit https://islandconnect.eu