CREATE: News & Opportunities – January 2022

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News from Create:

A message from our Communications and Publishing Manager 

Happy New Year to you all from the Create team.

We begin 2022 with a renewed 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. As artists and communities explore new ways to connect, create together and make change, they along with the civil society organisations and arts partners who we work with are a daily inspiration for us.

We look forward to exciting work this year, across our Professional Development and research and learning programmes, major networking events, project and commission opportunities, the Artist in the Community Scheme and Creative Places Tuam and National programmes, amongst other ongoing support and resources for the collaborative arts community.

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!


Development of Create’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/development-of-creates-equality-diversity-and-inclusion-policy/
Email: info@create-ireland.ie

Leading on from our extensive work in the context area of Cultural Diversity, Create is pleased to be working with independent Equality experts, Hassan Mahamdallie (UK) and Francesca La Morgia (Irl) on the development of an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy for the organisation. Create is developing this policy within a broader policy framework which includes the Arts Council’s Equality, Human Rights and Diversity policy (2019), and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Create’s EDI policy will be published in Spring 2022. Hassan and Francesca will be consulting with a number of key stakeholders. If you are interested to engage in this process, we extend an open invitation to any artists, community members and or stakeholders to contribute. Please email info@create-ireland.ie to express your interest.


AIC Scheme Case Study: SEED: objects of wonder

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/new-case-study-seed-collective/

SEED: objects of wonder is a new mixed media journal of art and writing, devised by writers Felicia Olusanya and Grace Wilentz and funded by the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create. Aware of virtual platform fatigue resulting from the pandemic, and a revived interest in receiving beautiful mail, the pair came up with the idea of making a paper ‘cabinet of curiosities’ in which a curated selection of prints, poetry, interviews, film stills, recipes, photographs and crafts can be found.

Read the full case study here.




Programme Manager, Galway Community Circus

Category: Jobs
Deadline:  24 January
Web: www.galwaycommunitycircus.com
Email: jobs@galwaycircus.com

Galway Community Circus is seeking to hire a dynamic, efficient, and considerate Programme Manager to coordinate community classes, projects, events and partnership programmes. They specifically welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds.

Role Description


Participation Manager (Northern Ireland), Green Space Dark Skies, NI

Category: Part-time
Deadline: 24 January
Web: https://walktheplank.co.uk
Email: Kathy@walktheplank.co.uk

Green Space Dark Skies is seeking a Participation Manager whose primary responsibilities are to recruit and manage the volunteer groups and participants for the Northern Ireland components of Green Space Dark Skies in liaison with the Northern Ireland Producers, supporting the delivery of training programmes and rehearsals led by choreographers, musical directors and outdoor activity experts. Participants will be recruited from across Northern Ireland and beyond with a particular emphasis on those who would not usually be found in wild landscapes.

Job Description



Programme Coordinator, European Cultural Foundation

Category: Jobs
Deadline:  26 January
Web: https://culturalfoundation.eu
Email: vacanies@culturalfoundation.eu

European Cultural Foundation is searching for a passionate planner, coordinator, implementer and administrator for European cultural projects co-financed by the EU.

Information Pack


Head of Quality, Support and Development, Music Generation National Development Office

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 28 January, 5pm
Web: www.musicgeneration.ie
Email: mgrecruit@hartyvirtualhr.ie

The National Development Office is now seeking to appoint a Head of Quality, Support and Development (QSD). Over the past decade, the organisation has scaled nationally and is currently preparing an ambitious new five-year strategic plan (2022 – 2026).

The full job description, person specification, and details of the application process can be requested by contacting Conor Harty at mgrecruit@hartyvirtualhr.ie, or you may also contact Conor for an informal discussion at 086-2406651.


Development Manager, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 31 January
Web: https://imma.ie
Email: human.resources@imma.ie

This new role offers candidates the opportunity to join a forward-looking organisation and ambitious Development Department. The Development Manager will play an integral part in enabling IMMA to set new standards in a leading cultural institution that occupies a unique space in Ireland’s public life.

Job Description


Various Roles, The Playhouse, NI

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 3 February, 5pm
Web: www.derryplayhouse.co.uk
Email: shauna@derryplayhouse.com

Head of Development
The Head of Development will help them gather resources and investment for the transformative ideas they have, both big and small, that nurture people and communities. Recruitment Pack

Fundraising Development Officer
The Fundraising Development Officer will work with their Head of Development to help them gather resources and investment for the transformative ideas they have, both big and small, that nurture people and communities. Recruitment Pack

Climate Action Officer
The Climate Action Officer will lead and support the delivery of their Zero Waste to Net Zero climate action project working in partnership with Zero Waste North West, Northern Ireland Resource Network and Queens University Belfast. This role is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. Recruitment Pack


Associate Artist, Dead Centre

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 11 February, 5pm
Web: www.deadcentre.org
Email: info@deadcentre.org

Dead Centre are seeking an Associate Artist to work closely with the company over a variety of activities in 2022. It is a paid position, ideally suited for a theatre maker at the start of their career. It is envisaged to run from March 2022 until the end of the year, but there will be flexibility. As well as helping us to deliver their programme of work, you will be given opportunities to observe the workings of the company, and feed into the strategic decisions made over the year.


Awards & Calls:


2022 Arts Grants Scheme, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office

Category: Grants
Deadline: 28 January
Web: www.dlrcoco.ie
Email: cbrown@dlrcoco.ie

dlr Arts Office runs an annual grant scheme. Grants are available to provide financial assistance to individual artists, arts groups and arts organisations engaged in arts projects or events at local or county level and to support the professional development and arts practice of individual artists, arts groups and organisations. There are also Arts Access Grants available for older persons and Community Arts Grants for small scale community arts events.

General Guidelines


Emerging Curator Development Programme 2022, Kilkenny County Council Arts Office

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 31 January, 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


Arts Council Funding

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

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

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

  • 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


Markievicz Award | Deadline: 10 February, 5:30pm
The Markievicz Award is administered by the Arts Council on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and is open via a public call to artists working in all arts genres supported by the Arts Council.

Deis Recording and Publication Award | Deadline: 17 February, 5:30pm
The purpose of the Deis Recording & Publication Award is to provide support for traditional arts projects, or projects involving collaboration between the traditional arts and other artforms, that focus on the recording or publication of work.

Arts Grant Funding | Deadline: 10 March, 5:30pm
The purpose of Arts Grants Funding is to ensure that there is a breadth of high-quality arts activity and programmes throughout the country. It offers flexible support for a fixed period of time, and in so doing responds to the needs of those who are making, presenting and supporting work.

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.


A Radical Imagination, Common Ground

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 11 February, 5pm
Web: www.commonground.ie
Email: info@commonground.ie

A Radical Imagination is a community based residency award running from April 2022 to December 2022. It offers two collaborative or socially engaged artists / arts collective / community partners an opportunity to be based in Dublin 8 over a two year period between two settings with multiple supports.



Amenity and Arts Grant Schemes 2022, Wexford County Council

Category: Grants
Deadline: 11 February, 5pm
Web: www.wexfordcoco.ie

Wexford County Council may pay voluntary organisations grants to help them finance the carrying out of works of public amenity value, social inclusion, voluntary and other community services or events of an artistic or cultural nature.

Works that will qualify include:

  • Promoting Social Inclusion
  • Small Scale Village Improvements
  • Community Development Initiatives
  • Voluntary Projects & Initiatives.
  • Promoting Local Heritage
  • Planting of trees, shrubs, landscaping
  • Promoting an interest in the Arts, e.g., Stage Productions, Music, Arts & Craft Exhibitions, Public Recitals & Performances, Arts Workshops, Participatory Arts Projects etc.
  • The “Arts” include painting, sculpture, architecture, music, drama, dance, literature, film etc.


Application Form and Explanatory Notes


Call for Proposals, Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, Co. Offaly

Category: Tenders
Deadline: 11 February
Web: www.birrtheatre.com
Email: info@birrtheatre.com

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre (BTAC) is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for a well-qualified business/nonprofit entity, with proven experience in cultural business management, performing arts producing and curation with emphasis on Theatre to conduct a feasibility study for a new Theatre Company in Residence project for 2022.

The appointed organisation will engage with BTAC and local arts community through a clear, process of project-based research. This appointment will be on a contract for services basis.

Briefing Document


Production Assistants, Eco Showboat Project

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 18 February
Web: www.schooloflooking.org
Email: anne@schooloflooking.org

Cleary and Connolly from The School of Looking are currently developing the Eco Showboat project, an ambitious multi annual project to travel on a solar electric boat on the inland waterways to raise awareness of climate change through the arts.

They are now moving into the production stage of the project, and will need to call on people with a variety of practical skills.

For more information, visit above weblink.



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