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Welcome to the April edition of our newsletter
News this month
Publication of Diversity and Arts Council Awards 2020 Report
Time, Vocabulary, & Art’s Thoughtful Uses of Feeling?
Save the Date! Online Information Clinic on the Arts Council’s upcoming film awards 2021
Preview of ‘Entanglement’, the 2021 Irish Pavilion exhibition at Venice
Information Session for writers and individuals working in literature: Arts Council Agility Award
Want to apply for a Fulbright Creative Ireland Programme Fellowship?
The Creative Youth Conference 2021
Job Opportunity: Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
Grants and Awards
Next Generation Artists’ Award
Arts Council announces deadline for Open Call 2022
Amateur and Voluntary Practice Scheme
Capacity Building Support Scheme
Young Ensembles Scheme 2021
Upcoming Theatre Schemes Reminder
Deadline: Opera Projects and Production Award
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced for 2022
Creative Schools
Creative Schools 2021
Creative Schools Week
Online information clinics for schools and Youthreach Centres planning to apply to Creative Schools 2021
News from the community
First Fortnight announces the departure of its co-founder and chief executive
Arts Council announces deadline for Open Call 2022

The application window for the next round of Open Call (Phase1) will open on 30 March. The deadline for this Scheme is 5.30pm on Thursday, 29 April, 2021. Applications will be accepted through the Arts Council’s Online Services Website.


About the award

An Open Call to the artists and arts organisations of Ireland to create collaborative ground-breaking public-facing projects of ambition, impact and scale that encourage discourse, provocation or response to place and identity as part of contemporary Ireland.

Open Call is a programme for artists and arts organisations to develop and shift their practice and profile work for the public on a national scale, creating high-profile arts central to people’s lives.

Within the context of this award, collaboration refers to working with other artists or organisations, or may refer to collaboration with communities of place or interest. Projects of ‘scale and ambition’ is understood to mean work that is impossible to achieve in your current practice, significant in vision, irrespective of physical, temporal or quantitative scale.

Projects proposed in response to the Open Call may be in any artform or be cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary.

Closing date

17:30, Thursday 29 April 2021

Maximum awarded


Artform and practice(s)

Architecture, Arts participation, Circus, Dance, Festivals and events, Film, Literature, Local arts, Music, Opera, Street arts, Theatre, Traditional arts, Venues, Visual arts, YPCE

Applicant type


Collaborative application possible?


Application process

Full details of the application process will be provided in the scheme guidelines.


The award is open to individuals and organisations who are resident in (the Republic of) Ireland. There are certain exceptions where the Arts Council may deem eligible applications made by those based outside (the Republic of) Ireland. However, before admitting as eligible any such application, the Arts Council would need to be satisfied that the outcomes of any such proposal would benefit the arts in (the Republic of) Ireland. Proposals received from organisations who are funded by the Arts Council under Strategic, Partnership or Venues Funding must provide evidence that the project is exceptional and outside the remit of their funded activities.