CREATE: news & opportunities – December 2020

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OPPORTUNITIES & NEWS – December 2020

2020 – A Year Like No Other

As 2020 draws to a close, we take this moment to reflect on this year like no other. To all our colleagues – artists, community activists, key stakeholders and project partners we say a sincere thank you for your work with us this year. Despite such challenging times, which saw many projects interrupted, plans halted, and many personal and professional hurdles to overcome, we were heartened daily by the imagination, determination and collegiality of the artists, arts organisations and community members and networks to connect, to create and to make change. The restrictions and changed working practices brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic, meant that 2020 has been a very busy year, full of steep learning curves and realigned plans for Create and our partners, funded artists and wider community. We are thankful for the work done by committed, enthusiastic socially engaged and collaborative artists and community members, who we are proud to support. We saw how collaborative and socially engaged arts practitioners oriented themselves to work in creative solidarity with social movements and agents of change to imagine alternative formulations and ways through and beyond the crisis. As we reached the end of this extraordinary year it felt very important to connect and exchange with colleagues and peers and we were delighted to welcome so many of you to our Networking Day on Dec 9th and 10th.

Read our selected highlights from 2020 here.


Create Networking Day 2020 / Resource Pack

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/activity/create-networking-day-2020/

We were delighted by the interest in our Networking Day, and to have welcomed close to 200 of you on day one and 150 on day two. It was a really rich couple of days of sharing practice and exchanging in the context of the unique challenges this year has presented for individual practitioners, collectives and for the arts sector more generally. Sincere thanks to all of our speakers and breakout session moderators for making the event so compelling. Thanks also to our partners Heart of Glass, Creative Places Tuam and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre.

We are very pleased to share more widely the Collaborative Arts Resource Pack that we worked on together during our “Connect” session and which is co-produced by Create and Heart of Glass. This is intended to be a trustworthy “go-to” when feeling in need of stimulation/ support/ comfort etc; talks, books, projects, conferences, that have inspired you and your peers and kept you going during a year like no other. We hope that it will be a useful resource for you and your collaborators, friends and colleagues as we close out 2020.


Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2020: Collaborative Arts and Human Rights

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/aic-scheme-bursary-tobi-balogun/

Create and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties are pleased to announce Tobi Balogun as the recipient of the Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2020: Collaborative Arts and Human Rights.

Tobi is an artist based in Dublin and Carlow, working across Dance, Theatre, Fashion and Design. He intends to use the bursary as a time for research and critical reflection into delivering high quality arts engagement to Black-Irish communities and in expanding points of access for young adults who do not identify as professional artists, but have expressed a strong desire to engage with the sector; to examine the barriers for Black communities in establishing meaningful and ongoing engagement with the arts. This will be informed by best practice in Ireland and the UK, as well as a period of discussion with artists and the communities they work with.


New Create Board Members

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/aboutus/governance/

We are delighted to welcome new members Dr. Helen Burke, Seanie Lambe, Hassina Kiboua, and Dr. Muiris Ó Céidigh to our Board of Trustees.

Dr. Helen Burke has over 20 years’ experience in research & organisational management and strategy implementation across industry and academia, and is currently Senior Research Officer in Dublin City University. Seanie Lambe has been active in community campaigns and projects in North inner-city Dublin since the 1970s, and is passionate about seeing State funding used as a mechanism to unleash creativity and enact change. Hassina Kiboua currently works as Refugee Resettlement Officer with the Irish Refugee Council, she is a solicitor with a Masters’ degree in International Law and an M-Phil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Dr Muiris Ó Céidigh is the Chair of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties as well as CEO of the National Milk Agency. With a Doctorate in Governance, he is a former winner of the Ledwidge International Poetry Prize. Read more about board members at our Governance page.  Each brings a wealth of experience and expertise, and we look forward to working closely with them.

We are very pleased to announce Clodagh Kenny as the newly elected chair of the board. Former Director of Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Clodagh brings over twenty-five years experience as an independent Art Advisor and as well as board expertise at both arts and corporate level to the role. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our outgoing chair, Deirdre Figueiredo, MBE, Director of Craftspace, an arts charity based in Birmingham, who has steered the board so skilfully since 2015.



Finance & Administration Officer, Music Generation

Category: Part-time
Deadline: 18 December, 5pm
Web: www.musicgeneration.ie
Email: recruit@pinpoint.ie

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme which helps children and young people access performance music education in their local area. To support the work of its National Development Office, Music Generation is now seeking to appoint a Finance and Administration Officer. This part-time role will provide detailed administrative and project support in the areas of finance and office management across a range of activities.

For a job description and details of the application process, please contact John Deely at Pinpoint at recruit@pinpoint.ie.


Marketing and Communications Manager, Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Category: Part-time
Deadline: 18 December, 5pm
Web: www.cuirt.ie
Email: info@cuirt.ie

Cúirt International Festival of Literature is an annual festival of words and ideas, bringing together best in Irish and international contemporary writing. They are seeking to appoint a Marketing and Communications Manager to support the delivery of the 2021 festival.

Job Description


Various Roles, University of Atypical (UofA), NI

Category: Part-time
Deadline: 18 December
Web: https://universityofatypical.org
Email: amy@universityofatypical.org

The University of Atypical (UofA) is a disabled-led development charity working towards cultural equity for disabled/D/deaf people. It is a catalyst for the empowerment of disabled/deaf people in the arts. Working across the whole spectrum of disability.

Creative Programmes and Participation Lead
They are seeking a creative Programmes and Participation Lead to manage their creative programmes including, the Atypical Gallery, annual Bounce Arts Festival, Art and Biscuits, their education and Outreach programme and oversee their EU partnership projects. This role will hold responsibility for commissioning new work, recruiting artist and workshop leaders, planning annual arts activities and budget management. More info

Equality and Access Lead Post
They are seeking a Equality and Access Lead to oversee the redesign and relaunch of the equality Charter scheme, to manage the IDA awards programme for D/deaf and Disabled Artists, their research hub, and coordinate their service user forum and newsletter. More info


Community Producer, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, UK

Category: Part-time
Deadline: 4 January 2021, 1pm
Web: www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
Email: julia.layland@birmingham-rep.co.uk

This is an exciting and unique role, with the successful candidate joining The REP at a turning point in its history. This part-time role will stretch across Creative Learning and the Artistic team to consolidate The REP’s community partnerships and will explore new areas for development and manage community projects taking place in the run up to and duration of Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival in 2022.

Job Description



Arts Act Grant and Artists Bursaries 2021, Kerry County Council

Category: Awards
Deadline: 17 December, 1pm
Web: www.kerrycoco.ie/arts

Kerry County Council Arts Act Grant and Artists Bursaries 2021 are open for application:

  • Artists in Schools Bursary 2021
  • Deontas 2021 Arts Act Grant
  • Bursary to Attend an Artist Retreat in Ireland 2021
  • Creative Work Development Bursary 2021
  • Further Arts Education Bursary 2021
  • Eamon Kelly Bursary 2021

Visit above weblink for guidelines and application forms.


Artist Residency and Creative Enquiry: Traveller children (and families) Engagement Project, Cork Midsummer Festival and Springboard

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 22 December, 4pm
Web: www.corkmidsummer.com
Email: kath@corkmidsummer.com

Cork Midsummer Festival and Springboard, a community based family support project that strives to ensure positive outcomes for children, are collaborating to deliver an Artist in Residency and Creative Enquiry with young Traveller children and their families, exploring the relationship between cultural identity and cultural engagement.

They are delighted to invite applications from experienced participatory artists with a focus on user-led methods or a rights-based approach to their practice, and particularly welcome applications from artists from black or ethnic minorities, including artists from a Traveller background.

The successful artist will receive a fee of €10,000 plus expenses, and will be available to carry out their Artist in Residency and Creative Enquiry between February until July 2021, involving a series of regular workshops taking place in Cork city and a public event as part of Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2021.


Participatory Artists’ Residency: Connecting Communities, Gasworks, UK

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 4 January 2021, 10am
Web: www.gasworks.org.uk
Email: info@gasworks.org.uk

Gasworks’ Participation Programme aims to widen access to contemporary art for local communities through collaborative projects such as workshops, residencies, commissions and events. They are seeking to appoint an artist whose practice is concerned with the advancement of participation within a contemporary art environment. The candidate must be committed to engaging with the local migrant community around the Lambeth and Southwark areas, while addressing the issues of mental health and wellbeing affecting them. The candidate will deliver a diverse range of regular participatory activities in a creative and enjoyable way throughout the 8 months of the residency.

This residency is part of a two year programme, Participatory Artist Residency: Connecting Communities, supported by the City Bridge Trust.

Info Pack


Various Calls, Dublin Circus Project and Dance Ireland

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 4 January 2021, 5pm
Web: https://dublincircusproject.com

Dublin Circus Project and Dance Ireland, with the support of the Arts Council, will be offering 4 residency opportunities in 2021 for up to 6 artists.

IGNITION 2021: Development of Artist
For emerging or mid-career circus and multidisciplinary artists (solo or duo) to develop new skills. Guidelines

CATALYST 2021: Development of Work
For mid-career or established circus and multidisciplinary artists (solo or duo) to develop new work. Guidelines


Commemoration Bursaries, Abbey Theatre

Category: Bursaries
Deadline: 8 January 2021
Web: www.abbeytheatre.ie

The Abbey Theatre Amharclann Na Mainistreach has created fourteen bursaries for theatre artists to spend time thinking, questioning and developing a piece of work provoked by the War of Independence and Civil War period, from 1919-1923, artistically and culturally engaging with this period to create new pieces of performance which also speak to now. Each bursary is named in honour of one of the fourteen people killed in the Croke Park Massacre on 21st November 1920.

These bursaries will each cover an artist’s stipend of €7,000, a research budget of €1,000 and a €2,000 budget for some development time on the first draft of a new piece of work. The successful artists will have access to support from the Abbey Theatre’s New Work Department and wider artistic team as they develop this work. At least two of the bursaries have been ringfenced for work developed, intended to be presented in, or engaging on a fundamental level with the Irish Language.

For full details, visit the weblink above.


Residency Programme, Centre Culturel Irlandais, France

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 12 January 2021, 5pm (GMT)
Web: www.centreculturelirlandais.com/en/

Centre Culturel Irlandais’ annual residency programme offers great opportunities for artists of all disciplines to tap into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland’s dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage.

Applications are now open for 2021-2022 Artist Residencies. For more information, visit the weblink above.


Arts Council Funding

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Liam O’Flynn Award | Deadline: 14 January 2021, 5.30pm
The Liam O’Flynn Award is a joint initiative of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the National Concert Hall/An Ceoláras Náisiúnta as part of their partnership for the promotion, appreciation and enjoyment of traditional arts, which also includes the Tradition Now festival of traditional music.

Bursary Awards | Deadline: 28 January 2021, 5.30pm
The purpose of the award is to support professional artists at any stage of their career to develop their art practice. It provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their artform.

  • Architecture
  • Arts Participation
  • Circus
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Literature – English Language
  • Litríochta don Ghaeilge
  • Music
  • Opera
  • Street Arts and Spectacle
  • Theatre
  • Traditional Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Young People, Children, and Education

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

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.


Arts Acts Grants 2021, Offaly County Council

Category: Awards
Deadline: 20 January 2021, 3pm
Web: www.offaly.ie/eng
Email: arts@offalycoco.ie

Offaly County Council Arts Office are calling out to communities to make an application to the Arts Acts Grants for 2021. The Arts Acts Grants are an annual funding scheme which provide support to communities wishing to engage in a range of arts activity and projects within the community context such as workshops, projects, presentations or events. The aim of the scheme is to stimulate public interest in the arts, promote the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the art and assist in improving the standards of the arts. The Arts Act 2003, from which this scheme derives, includes in the definition of the “arts”, music, literature, film, video, community arts, drama, dance, visual arts, architecture, applied arts.

Application Form


Moments that Matter, LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice

Category: Commissions
Deadline: 30 January 2021, 5pm
Web: www.dlrcoco.ie/en/

LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, with support from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Arts Office, is delighted to announce an artist’s commission focusing on families that avail of LauraLynns services.

This commission is designed to be responsive to families identified by LauraLynn. The aim is to show the beauty and connection within everyday moments in the lives of the families that attend LauraLynn’s Children’s Hospice Service. They are looking for professional artists/companies that work in one or more of the following areas: Visual Art, Dance, Theatre, Music, Opera, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre, Spoken Word, Creative Writing, Circus Arts or Performance Art. They are particularly interested in practitioners who work in a collaborative manner, are flexible in their approach and responsive to the needs of those involved.

This commission is funded by Creative Ireland and LauraLynn’s Children’s Hospice and supported by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Artists Brief



What Does He Need? by Fiona Whelan

Date: until 31 January 2021
Venue: The LAB, Dublin 1
Web: www.dublincityartsoffice.ie/the-lab/exhibitions/what-does-he-need

What Does He Need? is a long-term collaborative project by artist & writer Fiona Whelan, theatre company Brokentalkers and Rialto Youth Project, exploring how men and boys are shaped by and influence the world they live in.

Responding to the central question What Does He Need?, this iteration of the project takes form as a public poster project, beginning onsite in the windows of The LAB, and later migrating across the city. The posters present a range of contrasting viewpoints on the needs of men and boys in different scenarios and at different stages of life. Presented as a series of bold statements, these texts are taken from conversations during the What Does He Need? immersive workshop with youth workers and community workers, and a dedicated programme for children and young people which began in 2019, taking place in multiple sites in Dublin city.

The public poster project was developed in 2020 by Fiona Whelan and Brokentalkers through a partnership with The LAB gallery, and funding from the Arts Council. The development stage of What Does He Need? was supported via an invited residency for Fiona Whelan at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and a Brokentalkers residency supported through Create/Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) and ‘…the lives we live’ Grangegorman Public Art in 2019, which led to a partnership with the Children and Youth Action Group of the North West Inner City Network. What Does He Need? is a project by Fiona Whelan, Brokentalkers and Rialto Youth Project.




Applications open for MA in Art and Process, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork

Web: https://crawford.cit.ie/courses/art-and-process/
Email: Lucy.Dawe-Lane@cit.ie

MA in Art & Process programme offers engagement & critique of contemporary art practice, individual studio space & support, access to college workshops & facilities, professional experience through collaborative projects, peer to peer exchange and a bespoke visitor lecture series.

MA in Art & Process operates a rolling application process. Late applications will continue to be accepted up until noon on 4 January for course commencing 25 January 2021.

Visit above weblink for more information.



Create would like to thank all the artists, communities, cultural organisations, funders and general supporters who have worked with us in 2020. Keep an eye on our website for a summary of our many activities this year. We look forward to working with you all again in 2021.

We wish everyone a safe and restful Christmas and look forward together to a safer 2021.

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