CREATE: Opportunities & News – February 2022

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News from Create

After 7 years of leadership Ailbhe Murphy has indicated her intention to depart from her position as Director of Create in the Autumn of this year.

Since 2015, Ailbhe’s diligent and meticulous work has positioned Create as a renewed, forward-looking resource organisation and a leading advocate for collaborative arts nationally and internationally. Her work included helming the EU-funded Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), a four-year, nine-partner Creative Europe project, as well as securing Create as the manager of the Arts Council’s three-year pilot Creative Places project in Tuam and as provider of the Network Services for the national Creative Places programme (2021-2024). Ailbhe led the development of our current strategy Connect Create Change, Leading Collaborative Arts in Ireland 2020-2025, which provides the bedrock for Create’s work. Community is central to Create, and Ailbhe has led a highly skilled team imbued with a truly collaborative work ethos. Partnership is our cornerstone, evinced by the increase in meaningful partnerships during Ailbhe’s tenure as Director.

Ailbhe will be leaving Create in September 2022, affording the organisation the opportunity for a well-planned recruitment process and a smooth handover to a new Director. Details of the recruitment process will be announced in the coming weeks.

Speaking about Ailbhe’s departure the Chair of the board, Clodagh Kenny, said
“As Director, Ailbhe has combined her ambition for Create with compassionate leadership and strong business management. We wish to thank her for her steady and inspirational stewardship. She has continually highlighted the importance of the intersectionality of the practice and in our partnerships, leading Create to be a more inclusive, informed and outward looking organisation. She has truly practiced the art of collaboration in all her partnerships, both externally and in her dealings with the board and team – Create is a dynamic and healthy organisation thanks to her.

We are midway in our current Strategy Connect Create Change (2020 – 2025) providing the incoming Director both with a strong foundation as well as scope to evolve the work of the organisation in the coming years. Ailbhe’s effectiveness as a leader and advocate for both Create and collaborative arts practice, ensures a fantastic opportunity for the next Director of the organisation to continue and expand upon this work.”


Creative Places Tuam team are back onsite

Web: https://creativeplacestuam.ie
Email: creativeplacestuam@create-ireland.ie

The Creative Places Tuam team and Create are delighted to be back onsite to work with the community of Tuam and continue our journey on the Creative Places Pilot together.

Social Evening | Date & Time: 15 March, 6:30pm
We are excited to host our first in person Social Evening on Tuesday March 15th at 6:30pm to celebrate being onsite in Tuam once more and launching some of our 2022 initiatives.

Stay tuned to hear more about our “Taking Root” community funding, upcoming community consultations with artist Isabel Lima, the next series of professional development workshops, artist talks, Ory’Sta’s and community projects and calls!

Please feel free to contact Carolann Courtney, Creative Place Tuam Programme Coordinator, at creativeplacestuam@create-ireland.ie.


AIC Scheme Pilot Mentoring Award: Recipients

Web: https://www.create-ireland.ie/pilot-mentoring-award-recipients/

Create is delighted to welcome the recipients of the Pilot Mentor Panel Award – Tara Carroll, Niamh Gibbons, Kasia Kaminska, Yasmin Mello and Brigid Mulligan. These artists will be mentored on a one-to-one basis by Aisling Byrne, Ruairí O’Donnabháin, Deirdre O’Mahony, Feidlim Cannon, and Jijo Sebastian respectively.

This new award sits within a suite of offerings under the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme. It aims to offer capacity building and arts practice development for collaborative socially engaged artists, and artists who are transitioning into this field.

Create pairs experienced artist mentors with awardees, to act as a critical friend/guide as mentees develop their projects. Over a three-month period, awardees will engage in dialogue with their mentors towards building key capacities, while interrogating and consolidating their collaborative socially engaged practice.

All mentors and mentees will explore central elements of collaborative socially engaged practice, including collaborative methodologies, outreach, sustaining relationships with communities, evaluation, and more. Create’s Pilot Mentoring Award is funded through the Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC), managed by Create on a devolved basis for the Arts Council.


Multi-Story – Creative Engagement for Housing Change

Web: https://www.create-ireland.ie/programme/multi-story/

Multi-Story is a Create commission with artists Fiona Whelan and Feidlim Cannon alongside Housing Action Now (HAN) that sets out to engage housing activists in a unique online collaborative arts process, which explores their direct experience of the housing crisis through visual and performative story-telling.

Housing Action Now is a collective of community workers, researchers, activists and artists concerned with the growing housing crisis in Ireland. HAN works with representatives from renters unions, those working with asylum seekers, refugees, disabled people, Traveller organisations, housing and homelessness and those in the student accommodation housing sectors.

Diverse perspectives have been documented, collated, and shared. Multi-Story: Act One, brought together diverse experiences of Ireland’s housing crisis as one compelling narrative, The Apology. It culminated in a performative online event on 22 February 2022, attended by over 250 activists, artists, housing advocates and community workers from around the country.

The Apology publicly acknowledges the failures of the Irish State with regards to housing policy and provision in this country. Please watch and share The Apology by following this link.


Artist in the Community Scheme – Deadlines 2022

Web: https://www.create-ireland.ie/projectsubpage/aic-awards/

We are pleased to announce the 2022 closing dates for application to the Artist in the Community Scheme:

  • Round 1: 28 March, 5pm
  • Round 2: 26 September, 5pm

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 Scheme (AIC) 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 at www.create-ireland.ie for further details. For information on the Scheme and how to apply contact support@create-ireland.ie or phone 01 473 6600.


Professional Development Opportunities in 2022

In the coming months, we look forward to offering a number of  professional development opportunities through workshops and masterclasses. These will include sessions examining the ethical framework in performance-based collaborations with artists that include Cathy Coughlan, Tobi Omoteso and Aisling Byrne in partnership with Dance Ireland and Dublin Fringe; politics and negotiation in collective and durational forms of practice with artist Dawn Weleski; an exploration of the creative and collaborative potential of the digital sphere with Studio We & Us; and investigating new modes of organisational governance and situated knowledge in the collaborative arts sector with Counterpoints Arts.

Keep an eye on our website for latest updates.




Communications & Development Manager, Dance Ireland 

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 25 February, 10am
Web: www.danceireland.ie

Dance Ireland is seeking a dynamic and experienced communications and development professional for this newly evolved role, who can lead on communications and marketing, and develop new relationships and opportunities in support of their strategic ambitions and fundraising needs.

Job Pack


Project Coordinator, Creative Places: West Cork Islands Programme, Cork County Council

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 25 February, 4pm
Web: www.corkcoco.ie

Cork County Council has been awarded a Cumas Ceantar / Creative Places Award from the Arts Council for a three-year developmental arts project in the West Cork Islands 2022-2024. They are seeking a Project Coordinator for this an exciting 3 year arts development and community engagement programme.

Role Specification


Managing Director, Dublin International Film Festival

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 28 February, 9am
Web: www.diff.ie
Email: recruitment@cciexecutivesearch.ie

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) is Ireland’s premier film event and has built a formidable reputation for delivering the very best in international film and film talent to Irish and International audiences each year.

An exceptional opportunity has arisen for an experienced and motivated Managing Director to lead and shape the future of this iconic Festival.

Visit above weblink for more information.


Outreach Projects Manager, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 28 February, 5pm
Web: www.baboro.ie
Email: admin@baboro.ie

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children seeks a creative and enthusiastic person to join their ambitious team in Galway. This is a new, exciting role that is key to the realisation of Baboró’s ongoing mission to improve the accessibility of their annual festival and year round programmes.

Job Description


National Programme Co-Ordinator, Youth Theatre Ireland

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 7 March, 5pm
Web: www.youththeatre.ie

Youth Theatre Ireland is the national development organisation for youth theatre. They are now seeking an experienced and effective arts leader to join the Youth Theatre Ireland team as their National Programme Co-Ordinator.

Job Specification 
Application Form


Assistant Arts Officer – Community Arts, Cork City Council

Category: Jobs
Deadline: 11 March, 4pm
Web: www.corkcity.ie
Email: recruitment@corkcity.ie

Cork City Council invites applications, on the official application form, from suitably qualified persons, who wish to be considered for inclusion on a panel from which temporary and permanent vacancies for Assistant Arts Officer – Community Arts (Grade V) may be filled.

Information Booklet


Development Manager, Helium Arts

Category: Part-time
Deadline: 11 March
Web: https://helium.ie
Email: amy.ennis@2into3.com

Helium Arts are currently seeking an experienced Development Manager who will support Helium’s capabilities by developing and implementing a fundraising strategy (2023-2025) in line with their five-year development strategy (2023-2027).


Awards & Calls


Portal Documentation Award 2022, Arts in Education Portal

Category: Awards
Deadline: 26 February, 5pm
Web: https://artsineducation.ie
Email: editor@artsineducation.ie

The Arts in Education Portal editorial team are pleased to invite applications for a documentation award. The purpose of the award is to support the development of documented outcomes from Arts in Education initiatives in Ireland, which can be shared with the arts in education community and give insights into different processes of engagement. This is part of the Arts in Education Portal Editorial Committee’s commitment to supporting and recognising the value of documentation and reflection as a key component within arts in education initiatives.

More information is available from above weblink.


Artists Support Scheme 2022, Galway County Council

Category: Awards
Deadline: 28 February, 4pm
Web: www.galway.ie
Email: artsoffice@galwaycoco.ie

The Artists Support Scheme is open to professional artists at various stages of their career, working in any art form and context. Artists may apply for support for the following:

  • Development/research or presentation of new work to be sited/situated in the county which will have a significant impact on an artist’s career development.
  • Short-term mentorship or educational development supports at post-graduate level that will offer a demonstrable benefit to the artists’ practice – includes participation on short-term courses, residencies, specialist workshops, mentorships’ etc. It is not intended to fund undergraduate third level or on-going study.

Visit above weblink for more details.


ArtLinks Bursaries 2022, ArtLinks

Category: Bursaries
Deadline: 28 February, 5pm
Web: https://waterfordarts.com
Email: artlinks.ie@gmail.com

The ArtLinks partners in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford local authorities are pleased to announce that they are currently accepting applications for the Professional and Emerging ArtLinks Bursary Awards 2022.

Application Form


Arts Council Funding

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Open Call | Deadline: 3 March, 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.

Young Ensembles Scheme | Deadline: 3 March, 5:30pm
The primary purpose of the Young Ensembles Scheme is to support groups of young people between the ages of ten and twenty-four to create or critically engage with ambitious and original work together in any artform (e.g. circus, street art, spectacle, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, architecture, or any combination of the above). Groups/ensembles must be made up of three or more members.

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.

Project Awards | Deadline: 24 March, 5:30pm
These Awards support projects in the fields below:

  • Architecture Project Award
  • Arts Participation Project Award
  • Circus Project Award
  • Dance Project Award
  • Film Project Award
  • Street Arts and Spectacle Project Award
  • Theatre Project Award
  • Traditional Arts Project Award
  • Visual Arts Project 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.


Various Awards, Age & Opportunity

Deadline: 4 March, 5pm
Web: https://bealtaine.ie
Email: arts@ageandopportunity.ie

Bealtaine Hero Award 2022
Age & Opportunity invites applications from individuals and/ or organisations who wish to create an exciting new festival event (which may be online, blended or in-person) to be presented during the Bealtaine Festival 2022.  They especially invite members of marginalised or underrepresented groups to apply. Guidelines

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day Award 2022
Age & Opportunity invites applications from care settings who wish to facilitate their residents’ artistic and creative expression by organising interactive and engaging arts workshops, sessions and events. The project will culminate in a festival event to be presented as part of their second ever National Arts in Nursing Homes Day that will take place Friday 20th May during the Bealtaine Festival 2022. Guidelines


Artist Bursary Award, Mayo County Council

Category: Bursaries
Deadline: 16 March, 5pm
Web: www.mayo.ie
Email: mayoarts@mayococo.ie

The Artist Bursary Award aims to support the work of professional artists, working in any artform, at all stages of their career, currently resident in Mayo.

Application Form


Artists Development Programme, European Investment Bank Institute, France 

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 20 March, midnight (GMT+1)
Web: https://institute.eib.org

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute is pleased to announce the 2022 edition of its Artists Development Programme (ADP) in collaboration with Cité internationale des arts (Paris), for which it is looking for one visual artist from an EU Member State to work on the theme “Margins to Centre/Periphery to Core”.

Visit above weblink for full details.


Residency Award 2022, Fingal County Council, Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Bealtaine Festival 

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 25 March, 4pm
Web: http://fingalarts.ie

Fingal County Council, in association with The Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Bealtaine Festival, is pleased to announce two inaugural, month-long, residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre during May 2022. These residences aim to celebrate and support older artists at all stages of their careers working in literature and visual arts.

The residencies will offer a professional visual artist and a professional writer the opportunity to research or develop new work in response to the Bealtaine Festival theme of ‘Interdependence,’ with the potential, if desired, to present work during Bealtaine 2023. The award is open to writers and visual artists working in all disciplines. Fingal Arts Office, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and the Bealtaine Festival welcome and encourage applications from writers and visual artists from diverse cultural or minority backgrounds.

For further information on the award and to apply please click here.




Film Programme, Mother Tongues Festival 2022

Date: 26 February
Time: 11am – 4pm
Venue: The Civic, Tallaght
Web: https://mothertonguesfestival.com/2022-programme/films/

Mother Tongues Festival 2022 will be showing a series of short feature films including documentaries, animated and experimental films.

Colour of My Breath (2021)
Conceived and realised by Jijo Sebastian in collaboration with Amir Abu Alrob, Alessandra Azevedo, Hina Khan, Mark Sebata, Tomasz Madajczak

‘Colour of My Breath’ is a short collaborative documentary featuring 5 immigrant artists living in Ireland, dealing with the subject matter of cultural integration. The short film is supported by the Communities Integration Fund from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. This project is also supported by Create and the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme.

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