CREATE: Opportunities & News – April 2021

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News from Create:

Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios Remote Residency Award

Deadline: 17 May, 5.30pm
Web: www.create-ireland.ie/projectsubpage/residencies/remote-residency-award/

We are delighted to announce a new Remote Residency, in partnership with Fire Station Artists’ Studios, for collaborative socially engaged artists with first-hand experience of displacement and/or histories of intergenerational migration.

For this residency, candidates may or may not self-identify as refugee, migrant or otherwise through lived experience and/or second generational memories.

The residency is funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create. This residency opportunity is offered through a partnership between Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios.  Expressions of Interest must be received by 5.30pm on the 17th May 2021.


Artist in the Community Scheme 2021 Round One

Deadline: 26 April
Web: www.create-ireland.ie/projectsubpage/aic-awards/
Email: support@create-ireland.ie

The Arts Council offers awards through the Artist in the Community Scheme to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme is managed by Create.

The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.

Visit Artist in the Community Scheme section for further details. For information on the Scheme and how to apply contact support@create-ireland.ie or phone 01 473 6600.


Networks of Solidarity: Between Our Minds

Date: 4 May
Time: 10am (IST), 7pm (AEST)
Web: www.create-ireland.ie
Admission: Free, booking essential
To book: www.eventbrite.ie/e/between-our-minds

Networks of Solidarity is a series of four monthly online talks co-organised by artist/organiser Kate O’Shea and writer/researcher Enya Moore from the Just City Collective. This series aims to strengthen transnational networks of solidarity and deepen awareness of place-based struggles that reverberate from Dublin 8 to Gadigal Country (Sydney, Australia).

Between Our Minds, the first Networks of Solidarity event, sets the foundations for the whole series by exploring sustainable practices of collective care in building communities. Recognising burnout within the community organising and resisting contemporary individualistic and commodified versions of self-care, this discussion brings together the experiences and wisdom of four guests who practice care in different ways. How can food, healing and creative practice become mediums in which to embody care? Gadigal, Dharug and Yuin Elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor, a custodian of cultural knowledge on Gadigal Country (present-day Sydney) and her daughter Nadeena Dixon will perform a Welcome to Country, a ritual performed by traditional owners to welcome visitors to their land. Facilitated by Kate O’Shea and John Bisset.

More information including speakers’ biogs can be found here.


Ory’Sta: Talking on Tuam, Creative Places Tuam

Web: https://creativeplacestuam.ie/publication/ory-sta-david-burke-tom-flanagan-keelin-murray/

Welcome to the second in our series of Ory’Sta Talking on Tuam conversations. This time around, we’re delighted to welcome David Burke, editor of the Tuam Herald, and Tom Flanagan, artist, filmmaker and educator based in Galway. Creative Places Tuam is all about the place, the people, and the stories of Tuam and its hinterlands. How do we tell the story of ourselves, of our town, of our history? Both David and Tom have vast experience in telling stories, reporting, and giving voice to the community. We invited them to have a conversation with Keelin Murray, Create’s Communications and Publishing Manager, who herself has a keen interest in these questions.


Create News 30 – Art, Language and Migration

Web: https://www.create-ireland.ie/publication/create-news-30/

Francesca La Morgia, originally from Italy, has been involved in a range of community projects primarily with migrant families in Ireland and in the UK for a number of years. In 2017, she created Mother Tongues, a non-profit organisation that aims to support migrant families in raising children with two or more languages. Francesca is the curator of the Mother Tongues Festival, the only festival in Ireland that focuses on multilingualism. This conversation, with Create’s Cultural Diversity Researcher Evgeny Shtorn, encompasses Francesca’s experience as a migrant, an academic, an artist, and her motivation for establishing the Mother Tongues Festival



Marketing Assistant, Dublin Theatre Festival

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 26 April, 9am
Web: https://dublintheatrefestival.ie
Email: recruitment@dublintheatrefestival.ie

Dublin Theatre Festival seeks a Marketing Assistant to support the wider marketing function and to help achieve the organisation’s goals and objectives. The Marketing Assistant will work closely with other departments of the festival team including development, programming, box office and volunteers as well as with theatre-makers, designers, suppliers, and venue partners.

Job Description


Broadreach Guest Curator | Older People, CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 29 April, 12 noon
Web: https://coisceim.com
Email: info@coisceim.com

CoisCéim are looking for an energetic, distinctive Curator to research, design and deliver a bold and varied programme of creative dance participation activities for older people over six months between August and December 2021. Candidates from everywhere (anywhere) are encouraged to apply as this role can be delivered for the most part remotely.

Job Description


Administrative Officer, Irish Architecture Foundation

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 29 April, 12 noon
Web: https://architecturefoundation.ie
Email: production@architecturefoundation.ie

The Irish Architecture Foundation is seeking a dynamic, experienced and highly motivated Administrative Officer to join their growing team.

This is a new, multi-faceted position within the IAF will provide important administrative duties to ensure the smooth running of the organisation’s funding and project delivery.

Job Description


Arts in the Landscape Cultural Producer, Offaly Country Council 

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 30 April, 4pm
Web: www.offaly.ie

Offaly County Council is seeking to engage the services of a suitably qualified and experienced individual or collaborative team as cultural producer/s of an online seminar on a contract for services basis. The contract is for the research, planning and organisation of a series of events culminating in an online seminar which is innovative, engaging and imaginative in its delivery and use of digital platforms.



Creative Director, Galway Theatre Festival

Category: Part-time
Deadline: 30 April, midnight
Web: https://galwaytheatrefestival.com
Email: BoardGTF@gmail.com

Galway Theatre Festival is seeking an innovative and dynamic Creative Director to lead the Festival through an exciting stage in the organisation’s development.

Full Description


Director, Wysing Arts Centre, UK

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 4 May, 5pm
Web: www.wysingartscentre.org
Email: recruitment@wysingartscentre.org

Following the pioneering 15-year leadership of Wysing Arts Centre by the late Donna Lynas MBE, the Trustees of Wysing are now seeking to appoint a new Director. The new Director will lead the organisational planning for the next period of NPO application and planning responding to the new Arts Council’s ‘Let’s Create’ strategy and new investment principles.

Recruitment pack


Head of Creative Learning and Engagement, Leeds 2023, UK

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 5 May, 5pm
Web: https://leeds2023.co.uk
Email: oliverreeves@leeds2023.co.uk

Leeds 2023 will be a landmark year of culture for the city and region. Their ambitious and ground-breaking programme will transform people’s perceptions of Leeds, confirming it as an international centre of cultural activity and cementing its reputation as a cultural giant in the world.

They are now looking to build their team and are on the look-out for talented people who share their passion, enthusiasm and commitment to delivering a year of extraordinary experiences.

Recruitment Brief


Awards & Calls:

Creative Ideas Lab, Babylon ARTS, UK

Category: Commissions
Deadline: 26 April, 10am
Web: www.babylonarts.org.uk
Email: office@babylonarts.org.uk

Babylon ARTS is pleased to offer nine micro commissions for creative practitioners of any artform. They hope to provide a gentle springboard to work up a new or existing early idea, that is about connecting people in East Cambridgeshire with the arts in some way.

This opportunity is aimed at creative practitioners who have some experience in delivering socially engaged arts activities or projects that make connections with people.

Information Pack


Artlinks Collaboration Bursary Award 2021, Artlinks

Category: Bursaries
Deadline: 26 April, 4pm
Web: www.wexfordcoco.ie

Wexford Arts Office in partnership with their Artlinks partners in Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce that Artlinks is currently accepting applications for the Artlinks Collaboration Bursary Award 2021. The aim of this award is to encourage more collaboration between artists across the Artlinks counties and support artists seeking to expand their practice and networks regionally. The award must involve collaboration between artists from two or more Artlinks counties in the development of new work, to be showcased in two or more Artlinks counties.

Full details are available from the above weblink.


Arts Council Funding

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Commissions Award | Deadline: 29 April, 5.30pm
The purpose of the Commissions Award is to enable the commissioning of new work from freelance artists.

Open Call | Deadline: 29 April, 5.30pm
Open Call is a programme for artists and arts organisations to develop and shift their practice and profile work on a national scale, creating high-profile arts central to people’s lives.

Opera Projects and Production Award | Deadline: 29 April, 5.30pm
The Opera Projects and Production Award is intended to support initiatives by professional practitioners in the development and presentation of opera.

Amateur and Voluntary Practice Pilot Scheme | Deadline: 6 May, 5.30pm
This pilot scheme is offered as a once-off, action-research opportunity, and seeks enhanced engagement, mentorship and advocacy between the amateur and professional theatre, music and musical-theatre sectors.

Next Generation Artists Award | Deadline: 20 May, 5.30pm
The purpose of the Next Generation artists award is to support a group of promising artists across all disciplines at an early but pivotal stage in their career.

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.


Creative Hubs Project Coordination Services, The Ark

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 4 May, 5pm
Web: https://ark.ie

The Ark is now seeking expressions of interest in the provision of Creative Hub project coordination services on a freelance contract basis to coordinate the delivery of their new strand of programming as part of the DCC Children’s Art in Libraries Creative Hubs.

Information Pack


Children’s Art in Libraries: Creative Hubs, Dublin City Council

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 14 May
Web: www.dublincityartsoffice.ie
Email: sinead.connolly@dublincity.ie

Dublin City Council is pleased to invite outline proposals from artists and arts organisations, working across all artistic disciplines, to be part of their Children’s Art in Libraries Creative Hubs Programme July 2021 – April 2022. The current City Arts Plan; their Arts, Education and Learning Policy; and Dublin City’s Culture and Creativity Strategy include among their objectives, increasing access and provision for children and young people to quality arts experiences in local neighbourhoods.

For questions, please contact Sinéad Connolly at sinead.connolly@dublincity.ie.


Reimagine, Irish Architecture Foundation

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 16 May, 5pm
Web: https://architecturefoundation.ie

The Irish Architecture Foundation has launched an open call for communities around Ireland to apply to their Reimagine placemaking programme. It matches architects with local partners and projects, enabling communities to play an active role in the development of their neighbourhoods, streetscapes, parks, villages and towns. It is vital that local insight and tacit knowledge are integral to the final design solutions, fostering a sense of agency, ownership and pride among communities.

Projects may take the form of creative consultations, collaborative research, temporary installations, spatial interventions, tactical urbanism projects, or pilots for ambitious urban realm projects.

Information Pack


Artist Bursary 2021, artsandhealth .ie

Category: Bursaries
Deadline: 27 May, 12pm
Web: www.artsandhealth.ie
Email: info@artsandhealth.ie

The artsandhealth .ie bursary 2021 is being offered to artists working in participatory arts and health contexts to reflect on their practice.

The artist bursary was first introduced in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and curtailment of arts programming in health settings. Over the past year, artists have shown great resolve and imagination in adapting and developing participatory arts experiences for healthcare communities at a time when face-to-face engagement is often not possible. In light of the continued challenges faced by the health and arts sectors, providing artists with the time and headspace to reflect on and interrogate their participatory practice in healthcare contexts remains a priority.

The bursary is open to individual professional artists working in any artform within the field of participatory arts and health practice in the Republic of Ireland.

Information Pack


Small Sparks, Leitrim County Council

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 28 May, midnight
Web: www.leitrimcoco.ie
Email: arts@leitrimcoco.ie

Small Sparks is new part of Leitrim County Council’s Spark programme where artists can work with a Leitrim business of any size and function for three weeks.

While the programme allows for short, complete innovative and creative projects to happen, Small Sparks also acts as a feeder programme for Spark, a 6-month artist-in-residence programme developed by Leitrim County Council’s Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office for companies that are interested in collaborating with artists and promoting creativity within their organisation, and artists that are interested in working in different environments.

Small Sparks is a project of Leitrim County Council’s Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office and is funded by Leitrim County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.

For further information visit the weblink above.


Public Art Commission: Westport Town, Mayo County Council

Category: Commissions
Deadline: 31 May
Web: www.mayo.ie/en-ie/
Email: aotoole@mayococo.ie

Mayo County Council is delighted to announce a public art opportunity in Westport town. This commission is a unique opportunity for a professional artist(s) to collaborate with the local community of Tubber Hill, Westport and the surrounding area on a public art project. Proposals are welcome from both individuals and collaborative artistic teams. This commission is open to all art forms.

They are seeking innovative and imaginative proposals that will involve artist(s) working with the local community to coproduce/ co-design a public artwork / project that will be made available for wider audiences to experience.

Information session for artists on 28th April at 12 noon. Email aotoole@mayococo.ie to register for the information session.

Artist’s Brief



How Are You?, Bealtaine At Home 2021

Date: 1-31 May
Web: https://bealtaine.ie
Artwork: €5

Bealtaine Festival presents How Are You?, a new scent artwork by acclaimed visual artist and vocalist Ceara Conway designed in collaboration with olfactory artist Erin Quinn.

As part of Bealtaine at Home 2021, Age & Opportunity in partnership with Family Carers Ireland, will send a sensory artwork to over 200 family carers caring for older relatives at home. A limited edition of this sensory artwork is also available to the audience. This artwork can be purchased at the weblink above.

Of Scent & Song | Date & Time: 28 May, 3pm
To book: www.eventbrite.ie/e/bealtaine-at-home-of-scent-song.

A companion discussion on the converging worlds of music, scent, art and memory with Ceara Conway visual artist and vocalist, Erin Quinn perfumer and Dr. Caro Verbeek embedded researcher of olfactory heritage at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


The Art of Witness, Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality & Mother Tongues Arts Festival 2021

Date: 14 May
Time: 7.30pm
Web: http://smashingtimes.ie
Admission: €5
To book: www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-art-of-witnessa-creative-exploration-of-language-identity-and-culture

Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, in conjunction with the Annual Mother Tongues Arts Festival 2021 are delighted to host ‘The Art of Witness’, a presentation of creative practice and an online panel discussion exploring themes of language, identity and culture on the island of Ireland.

Artists and panel members are award-winning writer Féilim James whose work in both Irish and English has won several awards including the Arts of Council of Ireland Literature Bursary Award and Professional Development Award and an Arts Bursary from Dublin City Arts Office; Noelle McAlinden, from Northern Ireland who is a visual artist, creative advisor, mental health campaigner, curator and cultural broker; Richard Edgar, Author and Historian and Kwasie Boyce, Artistic Director of M.A.D. Youth Theatre, Dundalk. This event takes place in partnership with Mother Tongues Festival and features discussion with all panel members, moderated by Kwasie Boyce, intercut with poetry readings by Féilim James and visual art offerings by Noelle McAlinden.


Art and Human Rights ​International Conference, ​Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal

Date: 20-21 May
​Venue: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon, Portugal) & Online
Admission: Free, booking essential
Web: https://artandhumanrightsconference.weebly.com/

Within the scope of the current human rights challenges our world is facing, arts have been striving to be recognized as a fundamental place for debate and critical thinking, as well as a catalyst for collective awareness and empathy. Exploring topics that range from climate change to the refugee crisis, from discrimination to authoritarian regimes affirmation, several events are prompting artists, both individually and collectively, to rethink the role of art as an agent for social change.

Keynote speakers include Gregory Sholette, Manfred Nowak, Karima Bennoune and Daniel Gad. Click here for full programme.



Inviting proposals for new leadership, Live Art Development Agency (LADA), UK

Deadline: 26 April, 12 noon
Web: www.thisisliveart.co.uk

For the first time in their 21-year history, LADA is seeking new leadership to build on the legacy of their outgoing Director and Co-Founder, Lois Keidan, and create new, transformative visions for the future of LADA and for Live Art.

They are interested in applications that bring knowledge and expertise from a broad range of artistic disciplines alongside a passion for Live Art. LADA welcomes applications from groups, partnerships, or individuals, including proposals for job shares, collectives, and collaborations between artists and arts workers. They are especially encouraging proposals for new leadership from applicants from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Please read their latest statement on organisational change before considering an application.

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