Feature Article
Welcome to the February edition of our Newsletter

A couple of things claimed my attention in recent days as prospects for the year ahead began to take some hopeful, if at times faltering,  shape.

In an interview, actor Cathy Belton quoted Tom Murphy’s lines from The Gigli Concert – ‘to be alive in the same time’ to describe her excitement about  performing live once again in Mark O’Rowe’s play The Approach.    The warm response to Landmark’s livestream of the play attests to a deep desire amongst the public to be in some sort of ‘live’ space with great art and great artists.  Recent times also saw people the world over clinging to the performed words of Amanda Gorman as a great reservoir of hope – her exceptional contribution demonstrated clearly that art does in fact help change the travel of things.  As lockdown sees us tilt from one indistinguishable week to the next, it was a pleasure to reflect on just what set recent weeks apart for many of us.

The past 10 months have demanded much of the arts profession and it has responded with imagination, nobility and generosity.  The solidarity and empathy of those who work within it continues to amaze.  It is evidenced in concerts outside care homes, in singing lessons for older people across zoom, and in poets and actors phoning people to sweeten and shorten their days with fine words.  The ether is charged with many other examples.

The Arts Council continues in its efforts to meet your needs as you step confidently towards a sometimes illusory horizon. A few days ago we announced opening and closing windows for a wide range of funding schemes.  Some of these are new and are designed to meet the particular challenges presented by the pandemic.  We want to help people as much as possible through this next difficult period.   We have been listening to your feedback and in response are introducing a new award – the Agility award - which takes a flexible approach in response to the current situation.  It is designed to enable artists to develop a new piece of work for public dissemination if they choose, or alternatively, for artists or arts workers to spend some time working on and developing an aspect of their work. 

With increased investment from government, we will support the widest range and number of individuals and organisations that this country has ever had the opportunity to encourage.  Truly, this is an energising prospect for us all.  We will continue to work with you to ensure that we create the most exciting arts landscape possible for our times and for our people. 

We hope you all stay safe and well. 

Maureen Kennelly

Director


News this month
RAISE Phase 3 - Call for Expressions of Interest

Having delivered the first two phases of the RAISE programme with our programme delivery partners O'Kennedy Consulting, we are delighted to confirm the launch of RAISE Phase 3 and to invite organisations to submit an expression of interest to participate in this RAISE Programme.


Having delivered the first two phases of the RAISE programme with our programme delivery partners O'Kennedy Consulting, we are delighted to confirm the launch of RAISE Phase 3 and to invite organisations to submit an expression of interest to participate in this RAISE Programme. You can review all aspects of Phase 3 on  the Arts Council website -  http://www.artscouncil.ie/RAISE/  .   RAISE Phase 3 will continue and deepen the engagement with existing Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 & RAISE Up Fund organisations through a newly developed, tiered suite of opportunities:

- RAISE Academy
- RAISE Accelerate
- RAISE Advance  

 

Martin O'Sullivan,

Deputy Director, Arts Council 

Theatre Funding Clinics

The Theatre Team is holding a series of funding clinics for theatre artists to give an overview of upcoming funding opportunities and discuss how the Arts Council funding process operates followed by a Q&A session. Rachel West, Head of Theatre, will be running these clinics with the assistance of Hannah Gordis, Theatre Assistant, and Elaine Connolly, Theatre Officer.


The Theatre Team is holding a series of funding clinics for theatre artists to give an overview of upcoming funding opportunities and discuss how the Arts Council funding process operates followed by a Q&A session. Rachel West, Head of Theatre, will be running these clinics with the assistance of Hannah Gordis, Theatre Assistant, and Elaine Connolly, Theatre Officer. The dates and times of the available clinics are:

February 25th at 11:00am

March 25th at 11:00am

 

Further dates will be announced down the line. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP to Hannah at hannah.gordis@artscouncil.ie with the date they are available. The clinics will take place over Zoom and run for about an hour. Should you have any queries or need any assistance, please email Hannah at the above address.

 

 

The Arts Council announces successful recipients of Authored Works and Reel Art awards

The Arts Council is pleased to announce the successful recipients of its 2020 Authored Works and Reel Art Awards. Tadhg O’Sullivan (Inland Films) has been selected for the Authored Works award, while Alan Gilsenan (Yellow Asylum Films) and Luke McManus are the latest recipients of Reel Art awards.


The Arts Council is pleased to announce the successful recipients of its 2020 Authored Works and Reel Art Awards. Tadhg O’Sullivan (Inland Films) has been selected for the Authored Works award, while Alan Gilsenan (Yellow Asylum Films) and Luke McManus are the latest recipients of Reel Art awards.

 

 

AuthoredWorks is designed to provide film artists with the creative and editorial freedom to make a long-form authored film. The successful film will premiere at the IFI in 2022.

 

Reel Art is the Arts Council's long-running arts documentary scheme. The two successful films will premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival in February 2022.

 

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

 

Authored Works Award

 

The Waves, the sea

Director: Tadhg O’Sullivan

 

In a small house by the sea, a woman begins a letter to an unknown correspondent. Surrounded by the books and ephemera of a long life, her home exposed to the waves of a rising ocean, she writes about the history of lost art. Prompted by a small personal loss, she is moved to think of paintings and manuscripts, buildings and photographs which have been destroyed or ruined, whether by accident, neglect or wilful intention. Pausing periodically to carry out the small tasks of a quiet life, her thoughts unfurl as a compelling meditation on memory, monuments, and on art's aspiration to immortality. 

 

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 The Great Wall (2015) and Yximalloo (with Feargal Ward, 2014) have screened at numerous major film festivals including FiD Marseille, MOMA Doc Fortnight, CPH:DOX, Dokufest Kosovo and been broadcast internationally.

 

Reel Art Awards

 

Baggotonia

Director: Alan Gilsenan

Producer: Martin Mahon

 

A cinematic evocation of a lost time and an under-appreciated counter-cultural movement - known as Baggotonia - that emerged in the late Forties within a 2km radius of Baggot Street bridge. Shot in monochrome, it is also a personal hymn to the area where film artist Alan Gilsenan grew up.

 

Writer and director Alan Gilsenan is a highly experienced film artist who has worked across a very broad range of film-making.  Alongside a varied range of work that embraces both creative documentary and drama, a core aspect of Gilsenan’s work is challenging, provocative and experimental film-making that includes recent productions such as Ulysses | Film (on permanent display at MOLI, Museum of Literature Ireland),  A Vision:  A Life of WB Yeats, Meetings with Ivor and The Meeting.

 

North Circular

Director: Luke McManus

 

A documentary exploring Dublin's North Circular Road using the songs of the North Inner City as a map of its culture, history and contemporary streetscape.

 

Luke McManus is an award-winning writer, director and producer of documentary films. In recent years Luke has focused in particular on creative documentary, winning three IFTAs, a Celtic Media Award and a Radharc Award among others. Recent work includes The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (Dublin Critic's Circle Best Irish Film, producer) Circular Line (director/editor), Dublin Easter 2020 (co-director/editor) and Making A Museum (director/editor).

Young Ensembles Scheme 2021

The deadline for the Young Ensembles Scheme is Thursday 15 April 2021 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 actively 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 actively engage with ambitious and original work 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 read some tips about preparing an application and watch a video featuring previous recipients here.

 

Applications will be accepted online from Tuesday 16 March 2021 and full Guidelines will be available in advance.

 

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

 

Writer-in-Residence/Fellowship appointments for 2021

The Arts Council is pleased to announce Writer-in-Residence/Fellowship appointments for 2021.


The Arts Council has a long-standing partnership with a number of Irish universities offering Writer-in-Residence/Fellowship positions to provide university students of Creative Writing MA and MFA programmes with an opportunity to work with and learn from a professional author of distinction, and to enable writers to develop their work while in a position of relative financial stability.

 

The Arts Council is pleased to announce the following Writer-in-Residence/Fellowship appointments for 2021.

 

Niamh Campbell has been appointed as Writer in Residence at University College Dublin.

 

Niamh Campbell's debut novel This Happy was published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in June 2020, and she won the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Competition for 'Love Many' in July 2020. She is also the author of Sacred Weather, a monograph on the writer John McGahern (Cork UP, 2019), and a former Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at Maynooth University. Her short work can be found the Dublin Review, gorse, Granta, The Stinging Fly, Five Dials, Banshee, and Tangerine. She is based in Dublin. 

 

 

Richie Conroy has been appointed Irish-language Writer-in-Residence at Dublin City University.  The Irish-language Writer-in-Residence will be based in Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge on the DCU All Hallows Campus.

 

 

Richie Conroy is a writer of short stories, a novelist and a scriptwriter. He has produced film and television scripts such as Two by Two: Overboard, Malory Towers, agus Fran: Assistant Manager.

 

Richie’s first novel, Dialann Emily Porter: An Jailtacht, was published by LeabhairCOMHAR in 2018 and the second book in the series, Dialann Emily Porter: thíos seal, thuas seal, was one of the prizewinners in this year’s Oireachtas na Gaeilge Literary Competition. His short stories have been published in the collection, Saibhreas (Mentor Press), and in the literary magazines, Feasta and Comhar.

Twitter: @richieconroy                Instagram: @traonach

 

The University of Limerick Creative Writing Fellowship will be held by Kit de Waal

 

Kit de Waal is an award-winning writer whose novels place ordinary people at the centre of the story. Her debut novel, My Name is Leon (2016), was the winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017 and is being adapted for the BBC.  Before beginning writing professionally, Kit worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law. In 2016 she founded the Kit de Waal scholarship at Birkbeck, providing a fully-funded place for the MA Creative Writing to a talented student who otherwise would not be able to afford to participate. It is now in its fifth year.  Kit’s second novel, The Trick to Time, was longlisted for The Women’s Prize.  She has won numerous awards for her short stories and flash fiction and has written for performance for BBC Radio 4, The Old Vic, The Abbey Theatre, and co-wrote The Third Day for SKY/HBO.  Her latest book, a collection of short stories called Supporting Cast was published in 2020.

 

The NUI Galway Writer in Residence position will be held by Tanya Farrelly.

Tanya Farrelly is the author of three books: a short fiction collection When Black Dogs Sing (Arlen House), which was longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and named winner of the Kate O’ Brien Award 2017, and two novels: The Girl Behind the Lens and When Your Eyes Close (Harper Collins), both Amazon bestsellers. She holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from Bangor University, Wales, and teaches at numerous institutions, including the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin, and the People’s College. She is also the founder and director of Bray Literary Festival. Her second short story collection Nobody Needs to Know is forthcoming from Arlen House in 2021, and she is currently working on a historical fiction novel.

 

 

Caoilinn Hughes has been appointed as Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.

Caoilinn Hughes' most recent novel, THE WILD LAUGHTER, was shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards' Novel of the Year and the RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners' Choice Award. Her first novel, ORCHID & THE WASP (2018), won the Collyer Bristow Prize 2019 and was shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Awards, the Butler Literary Award and was longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and the International DUBLIN Literary Award. Her poetry collection, GATHERING EVIDENCE (Carcanet 2014), won the Irish Times Strong/Shine Award. Her short fiction has been awarded the Moth Short Story Prize 2018, an O.Henry Prize in 2019 and the An Post Book Awards writing.ie Story of the Year 2020.

 

 

 

Eimear Ryan has been appointed as Writer in Residence at University College Cork. The Writer in Residence will be situated in the School of English in University College Cork, with the opportunity to engage with the wider campus.

 

Eimear Ryan's debut novel, Holding Her Breath, will be published by Penguin Sandycove in June. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, The Dublin Review and The Stinging Fly. She is a co-founder of the literary journal Banshee and its publishing imprint, Banshee Press. From Co. Tipperary, Eimear now lives in Cork city.

Invitation to Collaboration | In the Open | Faoin Spéir

The Arts Council is pleased to announce In the Open | Faoin Spéir, a special purpose funding scheme in 2021, developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The purpose is to generate a sustained and curated programme of multidisciplinary, inclusive arts activity in public or open spaces in towns and communities around Ireland between July 2021 and April 2022.

Webinar for applicants: 18 February 2021, 2pm – 3:30pm

Deadline for applications: 22 April 2021, 5:30pm


Our recent surveys with Behaviours and Attitudes show us that there is greater public confidence in attending events outdoors. As we expectantly emerge from the pandemic in the second half of 2021 and into 2022, In the Open | Faoin Spéir will help to bring a renewed spirit of optimism and confidence in a fulsome return to the arts.

It is expected that up 14 places around the country will receive an In the Open | Faoin Spéir award.

The scheme has been developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The purpose is to generate a sustained and curated programme of multidisciplinary, inclusive arts activity in public or open spaces in towns and communities around Ireland between July 2021 and April 2022.

 

The award will support

  1. local-authority-identified-and-led outdoor programme in partnership with one or more arts centre / arts organisation / arts festival and /or curator or
  2. arts centre / arts organisation / arts festival (currently supported by the Arts Council) identified-and-led public programme in partnership with a local authority.

 

The scheme is rooted in the policies set out in the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (2016–25), Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland and in A Framework for Collaboration: An Agreement Between the Arts Council and the County and City Management Association (FFC)

 

It is also responding to Survive Adapt Renew and Life Worth Living, the economic impact andpublic sentiment reports published in 2020. See here for more details on these reports http://www.artscouncil.ie/covid-19/research-and-reports/

 

Webinar for applicants: 18 February 2021, 2pm – 3:30pm

Deadline for applications: 22 April 2021, 5:30pm

 

If you are interested in finding out more about applying, please join our webinar on 18th February.

To book your space please email ailve.mccormack@artscouncil.ie

Grants and Awards
Deis Recording & Publication Award next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 1 April 2021

The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council's Deis Recording & Publication Award is Thursday 1 April, 2021 at 5.30pm. The window for making an application opens on Tuesday 5 March 2019.


The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council's Deis Recording & Publication Award is Thursday 1 April, 2021 at 5.30pm. The window for making an application opens on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

The purpose of the Deis Recording and Publication Award is to provide support for traditional arts recording projects, or recording projects involving collaboration between the traditional arts and other artforms and for projects centred on the publication of work, such as tutors, tune collections and critical writing that are in line with the Arts Council’s policy on the traditional arts.

 

Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate:

  • Attention to artistic quality
  • Innovation
  • Significant benefit to the traditional arts community.

 

The award is open to individuals, groups, ensembles or organisations.

Award Guidelines for the Deis Recording & Publication Award will be available soon on the available funding section on our website.

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website. The applicant must be registered with the online services site prior to making an application. It is recommended that applicants allow five working days for registration prior to making an application.

 

Agility Award 2021, Round 1

The window for making an application will open on Tuesday 9 March, 2021.

The Agility Award is open to individual artists and arts professionals, and is available across all art forms and arts practice areas supported by the Arts Council.


Deadline: 5.30pm; Thursday 8 April, 2021

The window for making an application will open on Tuesday 9 March, 2021.

The Agility Award is open to individual artists and arts professionals, and is available across all art forms and arts practice areas supported by the Arts Council.

 

Purpose of this Award

The purpose of the Agility Award is to support practicing artists and arts practitioners to upskill through access to a professional development or training opportunity, and/or to spend a period of time focusing on developing an area of their practice or work.

The award guidelines award can be downloaded from the available funding section of the Arts Council's website the end of February.

 

Who can apply:

The award is open to individuals only.

 

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council's online services website and all supporting material must be submitted online.Applicants who have not previously used the online services site must register in advance of making an application.  It may take up to five working days for your registrations to be confirmed so it is very important that you register as early as possible.

 

We now provide updates and assistance on the use of online services through our Facebook page. Feel free to post or send us a message via the page if you need online services support when making a Capacity Building Support Scheme application: http://www.facebook.com/artscouncilireland

Arts Grant Funding 2022

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5.30pm on Thursday 27 May 2021. The application window will open on Tuesday 13 April 2021.


Deadline for receipt of applications: 5.30pm on Thursday 27 May 2021

The application window will open on Tuesday 13 April 2021.

The purpose of Arts Grants Funding is to ensure that there is a breadth of high-quality arts activity and programmes throughout the country, by offering flexible support to organisations or individuals for a fixed period of time, and in so doing responds to the needs of those who are making, presenting and/or supporting the creation of work.

Guidelines will be published on the available funding section on our website the end of March 2021.

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council's online services website and all supporting material must be submitted online. Applicants who have not previously used the online services site must register in advance of making an application.  It may take up to five working days for your registrations to be confirmed so it is very important that you register as early as possible.

We now provide updates and assistance on the use of online services through our Facebook page. Feel free to post or send us a message via the page if you need online services support when making a Project Award application: http://www.facebook.com/artscouncilireland

 

 

Project Awards, Thursday, 15 April 2021

The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council's Project Awards is 5.30pm Thursday, 15 April 2021. The window for making an application opens on Tuesday, 16 March, 2021.


The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council's Project Awards is 5.30pm Thursday, 15 April 2021.

The window for making an application opens on Tuesday, 16 March, 2021.

The Arts Council will offer Project awards in the following:

  • Dance
  • Film
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

 

The Arts Council's Project awards support specific project activities under each of the above artform/arts practice areas. The award guidelines for each award can be downloaded from the available funding section of the Arts Council's website in early March.

Who can apply:

The award is open to individuals and organisations.

Who cannot apply:

  • Organisations currently in receipt of funding under the following Arts Council programmes: Strategic Funding, Arts Centre Funding, Partnership Funding – though the support of such partners is welcome.
  • Organisations and/or individuals in receipt of 2021 Arts Grant Funding.
  • Individuals or organisations who do not have a demonstrable track record as professional artists or organisations.
  • Individuals currently in undergraduate or postgraduate education or who will be during the period for which this award is offered.
  • Note: you cannot apply for the award both as an individual and as part of an organisation – e.g. you cannot apply as artistic director of a company and also apply separately under your own name. Applications that do will not be prioritised and may be made ineligible from reapplication.

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council's online services website and all supporting material must be submitted online. Applicants who have not previously used the online services site must register in advance of making an application.  It may take up to five working days for your registrations to be confirmed so it is very important that you register as early as possible.

We now provide updates and assistance on the use of online services through our Facebook page. Feel free to post or send us a message via the page if you need online services support when making a Project Award application: http://www.facebook.com/artscouncilireland

Theatre Project Award - Upcoming deadline

The upcoming Theatre Project Award deadline of the 15 April 2021 will be a development round only with Strand 1 (Play Development) and Strand 2 (Theatre Creation).  


The upcoming Theatre Project Award deadline of the 15 April 2021 will be a development round only with Strand 1 (Play Development) and Strand 2 (Theatre Creation).  

 

The usual larger round offering of all four strands will be take place as normal in the Autumn.  The award is open to artists with a demonstrable track record in professional theatre practice and the upcoming round is designed to support the creation and development of theatre pieces.

 

Strand 1 – Play Development

The objective of the Play Development strand is to enable the development of a new play or text for performance, in which the playwright is central to the creative process. While the emphasis is on the development of the text, the process will provide for excellent mentorship and/or collaboration from any number of artists or practitioners (e.g. director, dramaturg, designer, actor, performer), including the person responsible for overseeing the play or performance-text’s development. Funding may be used to remunerate the playwright for time spent in writing the text and for remuneration of collaborators and mentors. The outcome of the process will be a script for performance. While presentation of the resulting work to an audience is not a requirement for this strand, applicants may seek a contribution towards costs associated with the presentation of a work in progress or staged reading.

 

Strand 2 – Theatre Creation

The objective of the Theatre Creation strand is to enable the development of ideas for new work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary context. The emphasis of the award is on innovation and experimentation. The concept behind a proposal can be non-text-based, or can be based on a piece of new writing for the theatre, a pre-existing dramatic text, an adaptation from another literary form, or a translation or adaptation of a text from another language. The objective of the award is to enable the development of ideas over time through collaboration and mentorship, without the requirement to present to audiences. Funding may be used to remunerate collaborators and mentors for their time and participation. While presentation of the resulting work to an audience is not a requirement for this strand, applicants may use funding to covers costs associated with rehearsal space and presentation of a work in progress. The outcome of the process will be a script/ performance book.

 

The deadline for this award is 15 April at 5.30pm with the window opening for application on the 16th March.

Creative Europe Desk
IN FOCUS Briefing Webinar

The Culture Office of the Creative Europe Desk Ireland is delighted to host a briefing webinar for the new mobility call for Architecture from i-Portunus. This briefing will be specifically about who is eligible and what the funding is for- join us as we take you through the guidelines and the application process on our briefing webinar.


IN FOCUS

Briefing Webinar

i-Portunus Artist Mobility Award_ Call for Architecture

Thursday 11 February, 2021 at 11am

Please register here

 

The Culture Office of the Creative Europe Desk Ireland is delighted to host a briefing webinar for the new mobility call for Architecture from i-Portunus. This briefing will be specifically about who is eligible and what the funding is for- join us as we take you through the guidelines and the application process on our briefing webinar.

 

This call for applications is open to architects and cultural professionals active in the field of Architecture, aged 18+, of all educational qualifications and levels of experience, legally residing in a Creative Europe country, for individuals or groups up to 5 people. For the purpose of international collaborations, production residencies or professional development in another Creative Europe country or countries.

Submission Deadline: March 14, 2021 18:00 CET

 

Full details on this call are available here

 

 

Summary of the call:

For whom? 

This call for applications is open to architects and cultural professionals active in the field of Architecture aged 18+, of all educational qualifications and levels of experience, legally residing in a Creative Europe country, and open to individuals or groups up to 5 people.

For what?

  • i-Portunus provides financial support to partially fund the cost of travel (transport, accommodation etc.) to another (or several) Creative Europe country(/ies).
  • The duration of the mobility must be between 7 and 60 days and must take place before 30 November 2021.
  • The travel can be continuous or segmented: a continuous mobility means that you have one round-trip travel or one multi-destination trip.
  • a segmented mobility means that you will travel several times to one or several destinations. Each trip must last a minimum of five days, and the total number of days still has to be between 7 and 60 days.

 

Objectives

  • International collaboration: for example in the framework of an international project.
  • Production oriented residencies: for example you will research on the spot and develop new designs in relation to the social and physical environment.
  • Professional development: for example you will take part in network meetings, showcases, workshops, master classes and other types of training outside of formal education, such as creative hubs.

 

Dates to Note:

Notification of Results: 16 April 2021

Earliest date of departure: 16 June 2021

Latest date of Return: 30 November 2021

 

News from the community
Live out Loud – celebrating LGBTI+ youth

Live Out Loud is a national campaign that celebrates LGBTI+ youth and shows how they are visible, valued and included in culture, society and sport. The campaign invites submissions from arts organisations showing how LGBTI+ youth are visible, valued and included in the arts.


Live Out Loud is a national campaign that celebrates LGBTI+ youth and shows how they are visible, valued and included in culture, society and sport. The campaign invites submissions from arts organisations showing how LGBTI+ youth are visible, valued and included in the arts.

The campaign is looking for positive stories that celebrate LGBTI+ young people across all sectors of society.

Submissions are invited

  • from LGBTI+ young people about how arts or cultural groups make them feel safe, supported and included
  • from arts and cultural organisations with examples of projects that show how LGBTI+ youth are visible, valued and included in the arts

The stories will be shared on the gov.ie website, across social media and at a national celebration event in 2021. The plan is to feature all sectors of society that are fulfilling the core objectives of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy in order to create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI+ young people.

Find out how to make a submission here.

Job Description for the post of Deputy Director at the Irish Writers Centre

In this new senior-level managerial role, reporting to the CEO/Director, the post holder will have responsibility for the overall management of the IWC’s operations and its resources and finances, its premises and management of the team in Parnell Square. The Deputy Director will support the CEO/Director in the day to day running of the IWC, overseeing the staff team, business development planning, and operational oversight of the organisation.


Job Description for the post of Deputy Director at the Irish Writers Centre

7 January 2020

ABOUT THE ROLE

JOB TITLE:  Deputy Director

REPORTING TO: CEO/Director

CONTRACT: Full time, permanent for one year, subject to renewal, with six month probation period.

SALARY:   €40K p.a.

LOCATION:  Dublin (ordinarily) Online during Covid-19 restrictions.
Please note the post-holder will need to be Dublin-based to carry out the duties of this position.

 

PURPOSE OF ROLE:

In this new senior-level managerial role, reporting to the CEO/Director, the post holder will have responsibility for the overall management of the IWC’s operations and its resources and finances, its premises and management of the team in Parnell Square. The Deputy Director will support the CEO/Director in the day to day running of the IWC, overseeing the staff team, business development planning, and operational oversight of the organisation.

The Deputy Director will act as line manager to a small but dedicated team focused on delivery of the strategic plan 2022-2026. The role of Deputy Director will be key to supporting the Director at senior level as the IWC transitions to this new strategic planning period shaped by a radically changed operating climate. As this is a newly created role, the Deputy Director will be encouraged to contribute to the ongoing development of the IWC, the new strategic framework and will coordinate and contribute to all full-team planning meetings during the year.

The role will involve maintaining current sources of funding to service the regular programmesas well as assisting the CEO/Director in finding new opportunities for both funding and new programming, within the existing framework. The Deputy Director will maintain relationships with principal funding/stakeholders in the literature community both national and internationally, notably both Arts Councils in Ireland, Dublin City Council, Forasna Gaeilge and others.

 

 

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

The successful candidate will have excellent organisational acumen and administrative skills and preferably will have experience working in artistic and community settings, for arts organisations, venues or festivals. You will have excellent communication, writing and IT skills, and an outstanding command of English. You will have at least five years' experience of working in the arts or wider cultural and heritage sector. You will bring experience of leading, managing, motivating and supporting a staff team.You will have experience in complete project and funding cycles, including grant-writing, budget management and project management. A knowledge and understanding of the arts infrastructure within which the IWC operates is vital. Demonstrable knowledge of governance, compliance and health and safety for a non-profit and/or venue management is desirable.

APPLY:

Applicants must read the full job advertisement prior to application: full details can be found here: https://irishwriterscentre.ie/blogs/news/we-are-looking-for-a-deputy-director-of-the-irish-writers-centre

Applications, by email only, should be submitted to the attention of Valerie Bistany CEO/Director at director@writerscentre.ie with Application for Deputy Director in the subject line. It is essential that both of the above stated documents are collated into a single word or pdf attachment to be eligible.

Deadline for applications is on 1 Monday, February 2021 at 5pm. (Late applications not accepted.)

 

The Irish Writers Centre is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority in the Republic of Ireland. Our Charity Registration number is CHY 19738. Our registered address is: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, D01 E102.

Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory - Irish Choreographers Move to Screen – Call for submissions

Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory (WSL) announces a call to Irish-based choreographers who have been compelled to move their work from live studio or stage to the medium of film/video during the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020.  Up to three choreographers will be chosen to take part in a curated event during WSL festival in April 2021.


29 March – 3 April 2021

 

Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory (WSL) announces a call to Irish-based choreographers who have been compelled to move their work from live studio or stage to the medium of film/video during the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020.  Up to three choreographers will be chosen to take part in a curated event during WSL festival in April 2021.

 

Video file submissions should be made to hannah.slattery31@gmail.com no later than 5 pm on 5 February, 2021.  Submissions should be no longer than 15 minutes and can comprise several short videos, or a longer piece - but should reflect the choreographer’s current working practice. 

 

For full information and details on how to submit, please visit: https://www.screendance.ie/upcoming

You, Fin and the Play Between

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Graffiti Theatre and TYA Ireland are excited to collaborate with International TYA Playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer to host a new playwriting programme for writers and theatre makers in Ireland who are interested in writing plays for young audiences.


A 6-month playwriting programme led by Finegan Kruckemeyer

for established and emerging playwrights interested in writing for young audiences

 

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Graffiti Theatre and TYA Ireland are excited to collaborate with International TYA Playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer to host a new playwriting programme for writers and theatre makers in Ireland who are interested in writing plays for young audiences.

 

At a time when the world and its distances are both larger and smaller than ever before, a collaboration will occur, spanning half a globe, and half a year, and driven by that most exciting of provocations – to forge something from nothing.

 

Beginning with a blank page, eight Irish authors will respond to writing aids and impositions both as they explore theatre for young audiences – what makes a TYA play, and what TYA play they wish to make.

 

But more important than the audience, shall be the idea. And in writing work solemn and silly, foreign and known, as vast as an ocean and as small as a boat which may rock upon it, eight individual voices shall be celebrated, and their plays play out to their ends.

 

Who is this for?

This opportunity is open to both established and emerging playwrights, residing in Ireland, interested in writing plays for young audiences. We encourage applications from artists with a disability, those from minority ethnic communities and those who feel their voices are not commonly represented. There are eight places available on the programme.

 

We welcome Irish language writers to participate in this project through the medium of Irish. We will provide support and translation to facilitate a bilingual writing journey with Fin. Samples of writing in Irish can be included in the application.

 

Cuirimid fáilte roimh scríbhneoirí le Gaeilge páirt a ghlacadh sa togra seo as Gaeilge. Cuirfear tacaíocht agus aistriúcháin ar fáil chun an turas scríbhneoireachta dátheangach le Fin a éascú. Is féidir samplaí Gaeilge a bheith mar chuid den iarratas.



Do I need previous writing experience to apply?

No previous play writing experience is necessary but enthusiasm and a passion for theatre for young audiences and a good story is a prerequisite. The eight selected artists that complete the programme will be equipped with the tools to write engaging, innovative and ambitious plays for children.  We hope the participants on this programme will be encouraged to seek funding so that their work will be developed, produced and presented on Irish and International stages.

 

When will the course take place?

The programme will take place during six monthly two hour Zoom workshops between March and September 2021 with an ambition to meet in person at Baboró’s annual festival in Galway in October 2021. There will be an hour-long introductory session in early March so that the participants can meet Finegan and each other. Successful applicants will be required to attend all 7 virtual workshops and to dedicate time to reflecting, reading and writing between the monthly workshops.

 

Workshop dates:

Virtual workshop dates are as follows and subject to change with advance notice:             

 

Intro Session:        Tuesday 9 March, 9am – 10am

 

Workshops:                         Tuesdays 9am – 11am

    23 March, 20 April, 18 May, 22 Jun, 20 July, 14 Sept

 

In Person Encounter:   Between 4 and 17 October 2021 (TBC)

 

Programme cost:

The workshop programme is free of charge to participants thanks to funding from the Arts Council via Baboró and Graffiti. It is presented in association with TYAI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I apply?

To apply you must be:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Based in Ireland
  • Available to attend ALL virtual meetings on the dates below
  • Able to dedicate time to reflect, read and write between monthly meetings. For this reason, full time students are not encouraged to apply

 

Please send to rachel@baboro.ie with ‘You, Fin and the Play Between application’ in the subject line:

  • a short letter (1 page max) or video (2 mins max) to introduce yourself, outlining how this programme will benefit your practice.
  • a short biog (200 words max)
  • a short, written submission (300 words max) based on one of the following provocations:

 

  1. Write about the thing your mother was always scared of.
  2. Write about height, and the things it isn’t.
  3. Write about last words at first light, or first words at last light.
  4. Write of the devils and write of the ghosts. Write of the ones who have loved you the most.

 

The application is open to ambitious writers and theatre makers based in Ireland who are not in full time study.  We will not be in a position to provide in-depth feedback on individual applications.

 

 

Application and selection dates:

Closing date for applications: Monday 8 February at 12pm

Selected candidates will be notified by: Tuesday 23 February

From Access to Inclusion, an Arts and Culture Summit

From Access to Inclusion is an Arts and Culture Summit that gathers the most thought-provoking leaders and advocates from across the globe. This dynamic international Summit is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new and innovative ways to create accessible and inclusive experiences.


From Access to Inclusion is an Arts and Culture Summit that gathers the most thought-provoking leaders and advocates from across the globe. This dynamic international Summit is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new and innovative ways to create accessible and inclusive experiences.

The Summit includes three event strands; a Symposium taking place online over three days: 9th, 16th and 23rd March 2021, online Workshops by leading experts in access and inclusion and a programme of online Evening Events showcasing access in action from a range cultural venues and organisations.

The Summit will be essential for professionals at all levels in the arts and culture sectors such as those working in: venues, festivals, galleries, museums, heritage sites and visitor experiences.

Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to collaborate with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of VSA and Accessibility, Washington, D.C. to deliver this inaugural European Summit. From Access to Inclusion is modelled on The Kennedy Center’s conference, Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®), the largest annual convening of access professionals and advocates in North America.

  • Register forthe Symposium here.
  • Find out more about all Event Strands here.
  • Subscribe to the Summit Newsletter here.

From Access to Inclusion is made possible with the support of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Arts Council, The British Council (Ireland Office) and Creative Europe Desk.