CREATE: News & Opportunities – January 2021

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News from Create

A message from our Director

2020 was a year full of steep learning curves and realigned plans for Create and our partners, funded artists and wider community. However, seeing how collaborative and socially engaged arts practitioners oriented themselves to work in creative solidarity with each other and social movements, to imagine new ways through and beyond the crisis, means we face into 2021 with a renewed sense of purpose.

Challenges of growing inequality, climate change, and increasing polarisation have been further highlighted by Covid 19. However, we firmly believe that by working together, artists and communities can purposefully explore how collaborative arts engage in distinct, relevant and powerful ways with the urgent social, cultural and political issues of our times. How we work together has changed for now; but we continue to be inspired by the imagination, determination and collegiality of artists, arts organisations and community members and networks to connect, to create and to make change.

We look forward to connecting and working with you in 2021 whether through our Professional Development workshops, Creative Places Tuam, the Artist in the Community Scheme, major conferencing events, developments in A New Imaginary, our library and archive project, our Beyond the Now project with international partners, as well as through our ongoing support programmes for artists and communities to work together.

Throughout the coming year our work practices will be shaped according to governmental health and safety guidelines. The Create team continue to work remotely, but can be contacted as usual on email and via our phone line (01 473 66 00). We will send out an issue of this eBulletin each month, with news and opportunities from Create and the wider field of practice, and keep an eye on our website for new publications, news, events and more. Stay in touch!

Looking forward to working with you in 2021.


Ory’Sta: Talking on Tuam, Creative Places Tuam

Web: https://creativeplacestuam.ie/coming-soon-ory-sta-talking-on-tuam/

Join Creative Places Tuam for a series of discussion events with artists, residents, community groups, and business people from Tuam and beyond.

Our Ory’Sta: Talking on Tuam Series will be the space where Tuam and Create get to know one another.  For the voices of Tuam to take centre stage and introductions to strategic allies and partners to happen. This is a space for real conversation and listening to take place that can and will directly impact and inform our programme of work.

The first conversation, held virtually due to Covid 19 restrictions, will be released on the 21st of January on Creative Places Tuam’s website. For now, get cosy around our virtual fireplace.

Check out the teaser here.


Create News 29: Land Walks – A Conversation on Identity, Belonging and the Irish Landscape

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/publication/create-news-29-land-walks-a-conversation-on-identity-belonging-and-the-irish-landscape/

Land Walks is a collaborative sound and visual art project by artist William Bock and residents of West Cork, that maps experiences of belonging and uprooting in the West Cork landscape through walking, storytelling and collaborative field recording.

This issue of Create News is based on a conversation between William Bock, Zoë O’Reilly, researcher and author of recent book ‘The In-Between Spaces of Asylum and Migration’, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, artist and creator of Asylum Archive, Donna Treya from West Cork Development Partnership and project participants Lora Mildred, Mariama Bah and Khanyo Dlamini.

Read Create news issue #29 here.


Artist in the Community Scheme Case Study: Otolith

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/projectsubpage/aic-case-studies/arts-and-communities/otolith/

Otolith is the second in a series of works instigated by artist Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin under the title ‘Archipelagic Thinking’. The performance event and resulting sculpture is a collaboration between Ó’Donnabháin, composer Seán Ó’Dálaigh, goldsmith Helle Helsner, Comharchumann Chléire and the community of Cape Clear Island. Otolith engages the casting of a pair of cod otolith bones in 18 carat gold by and with the community as the beginning of a time based contract between language and place. Rooted in the economic and social history of the community and its relationship with the Atlantic as primary source of connectivity, commerce and communication.

Read the full case study on our website.



Digital Marketing Executive, Pavilion Theatre

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 20 January, 5pm
Web: www.paviliontheatre.ie
Email: hugh@paviliontheatre.ie

Pavilion Theatre, the Municipal Theatre for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, is now seeking applicants to join their team as Digital Marketing Executive (Full-time). They are looking for a driven digital marketer to lead Pavilion Theatre’s digital communications and contribute to the development and execution of the overall marketing activities.

Job Description


Development Manager, Irish Architecture Foundation

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 21 January, 12 noon
Web: https://architecturefoundation.ie

The Irish Architecture Foundation is seeking to recruit a dynamic, experienced, and highly motivated professional to fulfil a new full-time role of Development Manager.

Visit above weblink for more information.


Curator of Visual Arts, Project Arts Centre

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 25 January
Web: https://projectartscentre.ie
Email: cian@projectartscentre.ie

Project Arts Centre is beginning the search for a new Curator for their Visual Arts Programme. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and highly-skilled individual to join the team at one of Ireland’s leading cultural organisations.

Job Description


Deputy Director, Irish Writers Centre

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 1 February, 5pm
Web: https://irishwriterscentre.ie
Email: director@writerscentre.ie

The Irish Writers Centre is looking for a Deputy Director. 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.

For more information, visit the weblink above.


Digital Evaluator, Axisweb, UK

Category: Part-time
Web: www.axisweb.org
Email: rm@axisweb.org

Axis are looking to commission a Digital Evaluator to support evaluation of the Social ARTery, their new interactive online exchange platform to facilitate remote collaboration and creative making.

Conceived in response to the growth of community-centred art making and the current need for better digital solutions to support participatory work as a result of Covid-19, the platform aims to become an alternative to mainstream social media sites, to create and present participatory art innovatively, run workshops, host peer-to-peer meetups and archive the learnings for the benefit of the wider artistic community.

Contact R.M. Sánchez-Camus at rm@axisweb.org for more information.



Arts Funding 2021, Cork County Council

Category: Awards
Deadline: 22 January
Web: www.yourcouncil.ie/en/
Email: arts@corkcoco.ie

Cork County Council now invites applications for arts projects and activities that may be eligible for funding under the following grant assistance schemes in 2021.

  • Arts Grant Scheme
  • Artists in Schools Scheme
  • Tionscadail Ealaíon nó Imeachtaí a úsáideann an Ghaeilge

The following grants are open to practising Artists only:

  • Ballinglen Arts Foundation Bursary
  • Creative Artists Bursary
  • International Touring and Exhibition Bursary
  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary

The guidelines are available from the weblink above.


MediaFutures – Arts and Technology Programmes, S+T+ARTS

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 28 January, 12 noon (CET)
Web: https://mediafutures.eu
Email: opencall@mediafutures.eu

The MediaFutures support programme is looking for artists and startups eager to reshape the media value chain through innovative, inclusive and participatory applications of data and user-generated content.

The MediaFutures consortium will provide participants of the Open Call with (i) basic training sessions on data management technologies, (ii) a first level of technical support for orienting them within existing databases and tools. Technical developments dedicated to the projects shall be foreseen in their workplans and budgets.

All the information you need about the Open Call, evaluation process and residency process are in the guidelines for applicants and the FAQs which are part of the Application Kit.

MediaFutures is part of the S+T+ARTS (Science + Technology + Arts) ecosystem which is launched by the European Commission.


Arts Council Funding

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Bursary Awards | Deadline: 28 January, 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.


Seed Grants, Irish Hospice Foundation

Category: Awards
Deadline: 29 January, 5pm
Web: https://hospicefoundation.ie
Email: dominic.campbell@hospicefoundation.ie

Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has announced its new IHF Seed Grant Scheme to inspire and support creative responses to the themes of dying, death and bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In partnership with the Creative Ireland programme, the aim of IHF Seed Grants is to support groups, organisations and individuals in exploring creative initiatives and approaches to reflect and remember.

Application form and more details are available from the weblink above.


Arts Act Grant Scheme, Clare County Council

Category: Awards
Deadline: 29 January
Web: www.clarecoco.ie
Email: css@clarecoco.ie

The Assistance under the Arts Act Grant Scheme is coordinated by the Rural Development Directorate through the Community Supports Scheme. Under the scheme assistance is given to arts activities that stimulate public interest in the arts; provide knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts; and improve the standard of the arts in Clare.

There are 3 categories of support:

  • Artist Support – Support for individual artists / artists projects
  • Organisational Support / Events & Projects Assistance – Support for arts organisations general activities and for once off or key events in the county
  • Traditional Arts – Support specifically relating to the traditional arts e.g. music & dance

All enquiries to css@clarecoco.ie. In 2021 applications are only being accepted online.


Dance Limerick Connects, Dance Limerick

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 1 February, 12 noon
Web: https://dancelimerick.ie

Dance Limerick invites applications for a Dance Artist/Curator to shape and deliver a new pilot programme, Dance Limerick Connects.

In 2021, Dance Limerick wishes to expand its civic role, relevance and reach within Limerick. In support of their new policy around Diversity & Inclusion they are seeking to develop new pathways for the public to connect with dance through participation, discussion and performance.

More details can be found from above weblink.


#DroicheadConnects Artist Bursaries, Droichead Arts Centre

Category: Bursaries
Deadline: 5 February, 5pm
Web: www.droichead.com
Email: rita.mcquillan@droichead.com

Droichead is delighted to announce their first strand of artist bursaries for 2021. Three bursaries of €4,000 each are available for professional artists who are based in Louth and East Meath. Part of their strategy, enabling arts and artists, supporting the work and development of artists in this region.

These bursaries are open to artists working in all disciplines and art forms (including but not limited to music/theatre/dance/film/literature/visual arts etc.) and they welcome applications from all artists in Louth and East Meath. They will also offer support in kind including space and mentoring as required and they will assist with documentation of the project. The bursaries are for three artists to work over a six-month period from March – August 2021.

More information is available from the weblink above.


The Grand Stretch | Coiscéim Coiligh, Arts Council

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 8 February, 12 noon
Web: https://thegrandstretch.com
Email: hello@thegrandstretch.com

The Grand Stretch | Coiscéim Coiligh is a unique artistic response to a unique chapter in our history, sharing the resilience, creativity and connection at the heart of the arts. From 11 – 20 June 2021, a nationwide season of arts events will be brought to life by artists and cultural organisations across Ireland. This is an open call for arts-led projects, ambitious in purpose, scale and scope. Brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

Arts Projects – Guidelines for Applicants

Digitally Native Arts Projects – Guidelines for Applicants


Artist in Residence 2021, Waterford Healing Arts Trust

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 11 February
Web: www.waterfordhealingarts.com
Email: what@hse.ie

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) has issued an open call to artists of all arts disciplines to apply to be Artist in Residence at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) in 2021.

The WHAT Artist in Residence programme is a means of engaging the hospital community in contemporary arts practice and an opportunity for artists to develop their professional practice within an acute hospital context.  While the residency programme usually sees the successful artist collaborating with patients, the focus of the 2021 residency will be on engaging healthcare staff in collaborative/participatory arts experiences, with a view to creating new work. The artist(s) approach must adhere to public health guidelines.

The Artist in Residence scheme is funded by the Arts Council. Further details are available from www.waterfordhealingarts.com.

Briefing Session | 2 February, 2pm
A briefing session for interested artists will take place online on Tuesday 2 February at 2pm. Admission is free, but attendees must register by Thursday 28 January by emailing what@hse.ie.


#ArtsAgainstCovid Awards, Arts in Health International Foundation, Spain

Category: Awards
Deadline: 21 February, 23:59pm
Web: http://artsagainstcovid.org/english
Email: info@artsinhealthfoundation.org

The Arts in Health International Foundation (AiHIF) has as its core mission to “foster cooperation between the cultural, social and health sectors to effectively improve society’s health and well-being”. To foster the potential of Arts in improving the health of both people and societies, AiHIF wishes to announce the #ArtsAgainstCovid Awards.

The Awards aim to acknowledge publicly those initiatives demonstrating the positive effects of Arts for health in cases where the individual and collective health of people have been affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, visit the weblink above.


Dún Laoghaire Street Art Project, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 24 February, 5pm
Web: www.dlrcoco.ie/en/
Email: streetart@dlrcoco.ie

The Dún Laoghaire Street Art Project aims to create a collection of street art pieces in Dún Laoghaire, forming an open-air gallery in the town. The artworks will be located at outdoor sites around the town, and it is anticipated that they will include large scale, high-impact pieces alongside some smaller scale works.

Call for Artist Expressions of Interest


Artist, Community and Education and Curatorial and Research, Singapore Art Museum

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 28 February, 11:59pm (GMT+8)
Web: www.singaporeartmuseum.sg

SAM Residencies is now accepting applications for the 2021 cycle for three residencies – the Artist Residency; Community & Education Residency; and Curatorial & Research Residency. Selected residents will be hosted in Singapore between July 2021 and March 2023, for a period of between one and six months.

Open to both Singapore-based and international practitioners, across all discipline of the arts, the 2021 cycle focuses on processes and practices which engage with:

  • Notions of “intimacy” and/or “infrastructures”
  • Impact on technology on contemporary life – sociability of the internet; connectivity and capacity of networked platforms; agency and empowerment in civic technology; and digital participatory platforms

Artist Residency
6-month programme, open to artists and collectives who are looking to develop artistic practices and emergent modes of artmaking. Application Form

Community & Education Residency
1–3 months programme, open to practitioners who explore the relationship between art practice and forms of education or whose core practice engages with local communities or the public in various ways. Application Form

Curatorial & Research Residency
1–3 months programme, open to curators and researchers who are working on, or interested to explore, new modes of curatorial thinking and research process. Application Form



In Conversation: Tess Leak and Sarah Cairns – New Pathways to Connect, artsandhealth .ie

Date: 26 January
Time: 1-2pm
Location: online
Admission: Free, advance booking is essential
Web: www.artsandhealth.ie/2021/01/06/in-conversation-tess-leak-and-sarah-cairns-new-pathways-to-connect/
To book: www.eventbrite.ie/e/in-conversation-tess-leak-and-sarah-cairns-new-pathways-to-connect

The artsandhealth .ie are delighted to announce a new bi-monthly online conversation series beginning this January. Arts practitioners and healthcare professionals will provide in-depth insights into arts and health projects and discuss hot button topics including the possibilities and challenges of working in a shifting health landscape.

For their first conversation on Tuesday 26 January, artist Tess Leak and Activities Director Sarah Cairns (Bantry General Hospital) will explore the learning from the remote delivery of The Museum of Song Postal Project. This project is part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork and was created and adapted by Tess and artist Sharon Whooley as a response to the isolation of residents in five Community Hospitals in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic.

The conversation will include a Q&A session.


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.


Artist Talk from Aoife Dunne, Visual Artists Ireland

Date: 9 February
Time: 2-3:30pm
Location: online
Web: https://visualartists.ie/advert/vai-online-artist-talk-from-aoife-dunne-9-feb/
Email: info@visualartists.ie

Digital installation artist, Aoife Dunne creates immersive, interactive environments fusing sculpture, video, sound, performance, costume & technology. This webinar aims to explore the unique journey of Aoife’s practice – encapsulating her early career development, right up to her current day motivations & challenges.

Visit above weblink for booking.


New Now Next Talk: Toni L. Griffin, Irish Architecture Foundation

Date: 11 February
Web: https://architecturefoundation.ie/event/new-now-next-talk-toni-l-griffin/

The final talk in New Now Next series, IAF welcomes Toni L. Griffin, planning expert and founder of Just City Lab at Harvard School of Design.

The Just City Lab is an applied research platform that investigates the ways design can have a positive impact on addressing the conditions of injustice in cities. Griffin’s practice designs transformative social and spatial urban revitalisation frameworks, rooted in addressing historic and current disparities involving race, class and generation.

Booking for this free event will open shortly.



Nationwide Studios Interest Survey 2021, MART Studios

Web: https://mart.ie/nationwide/
Email: info@mart.ie

At MART Studios they pride themselves on sustaining a community of studios that offer affordable, cooperative and professional environments for the development of all things cultural. They are one of the largest suppliers of independent space for the arts, cultural and creative community in Ireland, now supporting 150 members in several studio buildings across Dublin.

They are delighted to put a nationwide call for interest to Artists & Creatives, who may be interested in MART opening an Artist Studios / Creative Hub in their local town / city. Complete this 1 minute Nationwide Studios Interest Survey 2021 here.


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