CREATE: New & Opportunities – December 2021

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2021 in Review

In 2021, Create reaffirmed our commitment to connecting artists, communities, arts and civil society organisations in our belief 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.

Our work would not be possible without the support of our funders, the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. We also wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all partners who have worked with us during the year, as well, of course, as the committed, enthusiastic socially engaged and collaborative artists and community members, who we are proud to support and work with on a daily basis. We look forward to working with you all again in 2022.

Read a roundup of our year at our website.


Arist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2021 Recipient (Collaborative Arts and Community Development): Kate O’Shea

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/aic-scheme-bursary-award-2021-recipient-collaborative-arts-and-community-development-kate-oshea/

Create and Irish Local Development Network are delighted to announce Kate O’Shea as the recipient of the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme Bursary Award 2021: Collaborative Arts and Community Development.

Kate is a multi-disciplinary social practice artist working across printmaking, large-scale installation, performance and publishing. Her collaborative practice builds spaces of solidarity to explore alternative modes of community and dialogue.

Kate intends to use the time afforded by the bursary award for self-reflection and evaluation focusing on her 12 years’ experience of socially engaged practice.

This bursary is offered in partnership with the Irish Local Development Network, funded through the Arts Council Ireland’s Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create.


Open Call: Pilot AIC Scheme Mentoring Award

Deadline: 17 January 2022
Web: www.create-ireland.ie/pilot-create-artist-mentor-panel-mentoring-award/
Email: gracewilentz@create-ireland.ie

Create invites expressions of interest from collaborative socially engaged artists, or artists interested in/transitioning into collaborative socially engaged arts, who wish to avail of a focused period of mentorship to develop and consolidate their practice.

The Pilot Artist Mentor Panel is funded through the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme, managed by Create on a devolved basis for the Arts Council. The AIC Scheme is a primary vehicle for collaborative socially engaged arts practice in Ireland.

The Artist Mentor Panel sits within a suite of offerings under the Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC). It aims to offer capacity building and arts practice development for collaborative socially engaged artists. Artist mentors will be available to emerging practitioners, ethnic minority artists, artists with first-hand experience of displacement and/or who are shaped by histories of intergenerational migration, as well as to other artists, including those seeking to engage with the AIC scheme.


Creative Places Tuam: welcoming our Creative Team

Web: https://creativeplacestuam.ie/new-creative-team/

We are delighted to welcome some new faces to the Creative Places Tuam programme, with the creation of our Tuam-based Creative Team.

Rachel Varden is an artist living and working in Tuam, and she will be leading out on social media for the programme. Rachel will be sharing the work undertaken by Creative Places Tuam and creating a space for the amazing work of local groups, artists and organisations to be platformed by us too.

Jennifer Cunningham is a visual artist now living in Tuam who will create sketches and artistic interpretations of the town of Tuam. She will capture the moments of connection between the programme and the community.

David McDonagh and James Ryan are locals who will join us to document our work and through video and photo. Both have strong creative practices and are deeply rooted in making work that reflects modern Tuam.

The larger Create and Creative Places Tuam teams look forward to working with, supporting and learning from the Creative Team. We are excited to see how both their arts practice and experiences of Tuam help us tell the story of Creative Places Tuam in the year to come.




Public Engagement Co-Ordinator, Westmeath County Council Arts Office

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 23 December 2021, 4pm
Web: www.westmeathcoco.ie

Westmeath County Council Arts Office is looking for a self-motivated and collaborative individual to take forward the Public Engagement programme Coordinator role, with focus on Public Art Development in the county.

Information Booklet
Application Form


Public Engagement Coordinator, The Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 3 January 2022, 12 midnight
Web: www.huntmuseum.com
Email: info@huntmuseum.com

The Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art are looking for a self-motivated, collaborative and efficient individual to take on the role of Public Engagement Coordinator for the ‘The Three Muses’ Joint Education programme.

Job Description


Communications & Development Manager, Carlow Arts Festival

Category: Maternity Cover
Deadline: 12 January 2022, 12 noon
Web: https://carlowartsfestival.com
Email: director@carlowartsfestival.com

Carlow Arts Festival is seeking an experienced, energetic and creative Communications and Development Manager to undertake the delivery of their ambitious communications and development strategy on a part-time maternity cover basis.

For more information, visit above weblink.


Various Roles, Arts Council Ireland

Category: Tenders

Research in Production Capacity in Visual Arts | Deadline: 13 January 2022, 12 noon
Web: https://irl.eu-supply.com/ctm/Supplier/PublicPurchase/203283/0/0

The Arts Council is seeking a tenderer to conduct research into the production capacity in visual arts in Ireland, resulting in a set of strategic options that will be considered as a basis for future policy.

Facilitation and Insight Consultancy Services i| Deadline: 14 January 2022, 12 noon
Web: https://irl.eu-supply.com/ctm/Supplier/PublicPurchase/203513/0/0

The Arts Council wishes to procure facilitation and insight consultation services to support the development of their new three-year plan (2023–2025) between February 2022 and October 2022 with internal and external stakeholders.


Production Manager, THISISPOPBABY

Category: Part-time
Deadline: 15 January 2022
Web: https://thisispopbaby.com

THISISPOPBABY is inviting applications for the role of Production Manager (part-time) to work across an array of exciting theatre projects in 2022.

Job Specification


Director/ Curator, Timespan, UK

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 17 January 2022, 12 midday
Web: https://timespan.org.uk
Email: board@timespan.org.uk

Timespan, a cultural organisation on the East Sutherland coast, is seeking a Director/ Curator to run this innovative, award-winning centre. They are looking for a person to continue their research and civic driven programme integrating heritage and contemporary art.

Information Pack


Creative Engagement Programme Manager, Dublin City Council Culture Company

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 19 January 2022
Web: www.dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie/news/recruitment-call-programme-manager

The Dublin City Council Culture Company are seeking to recruit a Programme Manager to support the work of the Creative Engagement Department at managerial level.

Role Specification


Project Support Officer, Nano Nagel Place

Category: Part-time
Web: https://nanonagleplace.ie
Email: info@nanonagleplace.ie

Nano Nagle Place are seeking a Project Support Officer to provide provide administrative and practical support to work of the NNP Community Outreach Hub located in the Ministry Building, Nano Nagle Place in Cork City.




Artist Residency Programme, SCOOP Foundation

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 20 December 2021, 5pm
Web: https://scoopfoundation.org

SCOOP Foundation are looking for an aspiring artist who has experience of living in Direct Provision, for their Artist Residency Programme in 2022. They have teamed up with artists and award winning Irish brand Jill & Gill for this Residency programme which will take place at their Studios in Dublin 8.

Artists must be based in the Greater Dublin Area, to be eligible for this opportunity. More information can be found from the weblink above.


Residency Program 2022, Island Connect, EU

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 20 December 2021, 23:59 (in any timezone)
Web: www.islandconnect.eu

Island Connect is a collaborative program between five performing arts organisations, working with residencies located on (or associated with) European islands of different countries. They invite application for a programme of residencies and capacity building workshops for artists based in Denmark, Ireland, Croatia, Greece & the Balearic Islands.

The objective is to provide the artists with a much needed space for research and free experimentation, time for reflecting and posing questions. Also, specific activities are intended to encourage artists’ interaction with the island area and community.

Full details are available from the above weblink.


Public Art Commission: Irishtown, Mayo County Council

Category: Commissions
Deadline: 10 January 2022
Web: www.mayo.ie
Email: aotoole@mayococo.ie

Mayo County Council in collaboration with Irishtown Community Council invite artist(s) to submit proposals for a public art commission for the community of Irishtown in County Mayo. This commission is an exciting opportunity for an artist(s) to work in a historic village with a strong community spirit. Proposals are welcome from both individuals and collaborative artistic teams. The budget for this commission is €14000.

Artist Brief


Tomi Ungerer Residency for Socially-Engaged Artists, Centre Culturel Irlandais, France

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 12 January 2022, 5pm
Web: www.centreculturelirlandais.com/en/

This newly inaugurated 1 to 2-month residency supports artists with a socially-engaged practice based in Ireland or of Irish nationality. It enables a short introduction to the work of world-renowned artist Tomi Ungerer through consultation of his archives in France together with time spent at CCI Paris to further develop their practice.

This international residency also supports a French or France-based artist with a socially-engaged practice for a 1-month residency in Ireland.

Supported by the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Tomi Ungerer Estate, Irish Embassy of France (Paris), Permanent Representation of Ireland to the Council of Europe, Musée Tomi Ungerer, Mairie de Strasbourg (Strasbourg), French Embassy of Ireland, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Create – National development agency for collaborative arts (Dublin), University College Cork, The Guest House Project (Cork City), West Cork Arts Centre (Co. Cork).


Arts Council Funding

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme | Deadline: 13 January 2022, 5:30pm
Applications are invited for proposals seeking funding to support touring and dissemination of work across a range of artforms and art practices. This scheme is designed to support the touring and dissemination of work starting between July 2022 and December 2022.

Touring and dissemination of work scheme – advance planning | Deadline: 13 January 2022, 5:30pm
This scheme is designed to support the touring and dissemination of work in certain arts disciplines for tours taking place in 2023, and is open to applicants who are resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Tours may travel to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Liam O’Flynn Award | Deadline: 20 January 2022, 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.

Agility Award* | Deadline: 3 February 2022, 5:30pm
The Agility Award aims to support individual professional freelance artists and arts workers at any stage in their careers. *Applications open 21 December 2021

Bursary Awards* | Deadline: 3 February 2022, 5:30pm
These awards support individual professional artists at any stage of their career in the development of their arts practice.  *Applications open 21 December 2021

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


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.


Emerging Curator Development Programme 2022, Kilkenny County Council Arts Office

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 31 January 2022, 4pm
Web: http://kilkennyartsoffice.ie

Kilkenny County Council Arts Office invites applications from Emerging Curators for their 2022 Emerging Curator Development Programme (ECDP). The Arts Office initiated this programme in 2019, to support emerging curators in developing and progressing their skills, experience and ultimately their careers.

Final Brief




Training Opportunities, Mother Tongues

Dates: January 2022
Web: https://mothertongues.ie

Bridging Language Barriers and Building Connection
In this interactive online course, participants will learn about linguistically and culturally responsive strategies that will help them to bridge language barriers and build connections in their work with participants, artists and audiences. More information and Booking

Tools of Engagement: exploring identity, difference, conflict and possibility [bursaries available]
PeoplesLab offers a unique curriculum – Tools of Engagement – to engage the complexity of identity, difference and conflict with a vision towards transformational social change. More information and Booking



We wish everyone a restful Christmas and look forward to working together in what we all hope will be a safer 2022.


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