Ireland is on the eve of a great anniversary; the centenary of the proclamation of the republic. The Arts Council, through support from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is charged with remembering, celebrating and interrogating the Centenary of the Easter Rising 1916 in art and ideas. In the century since, artists have been the chief signifiers of our nation. Their work, created in hope, has been the enduring imaginative life of what Ireland can become.
The Arts Councils programme as part of Ireland 2016 will take place across the full year. The ‘open call’ we announce today as part of our programme represents a unique opportunity for artists and arts organisations to invigorate the Irish imagination. We will invest €1 million in major commissions as part of Ireland 2016. The work will be presented to the public in 2016 and will represent a key response by our contemporary artists to the centenary of the Easter Rising.
This is a very exciting moment for us. We are hoping for work so innovative and special, that it will inspire the people of Ireland for the next hundred years. The Arts Council is signalling to artists to share their ambition and vision with us, to allow others see as they do. This is an open call to the Irish imagination. Its response will be shared with the world.
The ‘Open Call’ for national projects is open to all individuals and organisations who are resident in the state, although the Arts Council may accept an application from outside Ireland in exceptional circumstances and where the final outcome will benefit the arts in the state. Projects will be selected by a Jury made up of two international experts, a national expert and two members of the Arts Council. It will be chaired by the Chair of the Arts Council, Sheila Pratschke.
In recognising the part played by artists in the events of 1916, and in recognising the role of the artist in contemporary Ireland, a series of special bursaries for emerging artists will also be funded. These Bursaries will enable a new generation of artists to develop their practice and provide them with the opportunity to reflect on the role of artists in Irish society in 2016.
Also this month, we announce a range of closing dates this month which include Arts and Disability Connect, Deis Recording & Publication Award, Touring and Dissemination of Work scheme and we have a reminder about our Young Ensembles Scheme.
Arts Audience have a webinar about Mapping your audience, pre Touring and Dissemination application workshops and productions that begin following their audience development programme.
And we finish off with news from the Creative Europe Desk.
This month the Culture Office reminds Irish arts and culture organisations that we speak at various events across the country and can be invited to speak meetings, conferences and workshops. We also congratulate recent applicants to Creative Europe and give notice about the European Day of Artistic Creativity.