CREATE: News & Opportunities – January 2023

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News from Create

A message from our Director 

Firstly, I want to warmly welcome you all to this, the first edition of our eBulletin for 2023, and wish you all the best for the coming year.

None of you will need me to inform you of the challenges and changes in the wider world that we have become accustomed to dealing with in recent times. However, since I joined Create in the latter part of 2022, I can say that I have been deeply impressed and hugely enthused by the dedication and ingenuity of our small team and the artists and communities we support all across the country.

Our recent networking event, held in Tuam in November, was a joyous return to in-person gatherings and focused on the ideas of care and networks of solidarity – concepts that I am sure we will all continue to draw on as we collectively navigate whatever the future holds.

This year marks the 40th year of operations for Create and, while we’re not planning a big cake or party right now, I can say that we are tremendously excited about our plans to expand and improve on the programme of support and opportunities we provide to artists and communities engaged in collaborative arts practice during 2023.

Thanks to the continued support of our key funders and partners, we are embarking on several new initiatives and continuing to pursue the goals set out in our 2020-2025 strategy, Connect Create Change. Alongside various collaborators, we aim to further our work addressing some of the key issues of our time, such as climate justice and working towards a more equitable and inclusive sector. Keep an eye on our social media and this eBulletin for updates on our wide-ranging programme and activities in 2023.

It’s been a genuine pleasure to welcome visitors back into our office on Curved Street in recent times but, whether it’s in person or digitally, we look forward to connecting with you all through the coming year.

All the best,
Damien McGlynn, Director


Taking Root Fund, Creative Places Tuam

Deadline: 9 February, 5pm
Web: https://creativeplacestuam.ie/projectsubpage/creative-places-tuam-taking-root-community-fund/

To further support the vital and valuable work that is happening in communities all over Tuam and its Hinterlands, Creative Places Tuam are offering a Taking Root Community Fund that can offer financial and mentoring support for “Good Ideas” that are taking root.  This fund is to create opportunities for civic, social and community groups and individuals to take ideas further, grow resources and connect to communities further.

This fund, with support from Galway County Council Arts Office is now open, with a total sum of €20,000 available.  Applications can be submitted for the minimum amount of €250 to the maximum amount of €2,000 as dependent on your needs and ambitions for the work.


Artist in the Community Scheme 2023

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/artist-in-the-community-scheme-closing-dates-announced/

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

The 2023 Deadlines for the AIC Scheme are 5pm Monday 27 March (Round One) and Monday 25 September (Round Two). Application forms will be available in early February 2023 for Round One. This Round includes:

  • Research and Development Award (without mentoring)
  • Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)
  • Recent Graduate Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)
  • Project Realisation Award

Full details of the awards, and how to apply, is available at the awards page.


New AIC Scheme Case Study: The Freebirds M.C.C. Project

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/new-aic-scheme-case-study-the-freebirds-m-c-c-project/

We are pleased to share a case study written by artist Brigid Mulligan about her Arists in the Community Scheme funded project with The Freebirds Motorcycle Club.

The Freebirds M.C.C. project is a year-long project by artist Brigid Mulligan and twelve members of Freebirds Motorcycle club from county Longford. The project crossed various artforms including film, archiving and sculptural installation. The project focused on taking time to look back at the motorcycle club’s shared histories and the significant loss of three of the club members due to road traffic accidents.

Read the full case study here.




Director, Dance Limerick

Deadline: 23 January, 5pm
Web: https://dancelimerick.ie
Email: Michael.finneran@mic.ul.ie

Dance Limerick is seeking to appoint a Director to lead the company into its next phase of contemporary dance development and presentation in Limerick, Ireland.

Recruitment Pack


Marketing Manager, Belfast International Arts Festival, NI

Deadline: 26 January, 5pm
Web: https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com
Email: recruitment@belfastinternationalartsfestival.com

Belfast International Arts Festival invite applications for the post of Marketing Manager. They are seeking a driven and experienced Marketing Manager to join our small, high-performing team in this integral role within the organisation.

Job Information


Fundraising Development Officer, The Playhouse, NI 

Deadline: 27 January, 5pm
Web: www.derryplayhouse.co.uk
Email: shauna@derryplayhouse.com

The Playhouse Derry-Londonderry is seeking a Fundraising Development Officer. The Fundraising Development Officer will work with the Head of Development to help gather resources and investment for the company’s ideas and projects that nurture people and communities.

Recruitment Pack


Executive Director at Solas Nua, US

Deadline: 31 January, 5pm (EST)
Web: www.solasnua.org
Email: EDSearch@solasnua.org

Solas Nua is a leading multi-disciplinary arts organization that is dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts. Based in Washington, D.C., their mission is to bring the best of contemporary Irish arts to the U.S

They are seeking an ambitious new Executive Director to lead the organization into its third decade. This position is a senior management role for an accomplished, charismatic leader, with extensive experience in both arts management and multi-disciplinary programming and production.

Info Pack


Awards & Calls:


Evaluation services for the Arts & Creative Charter for Older People Pilot project, Age & Opportunity

Category: Tenders
Deadline: 20 January, 5pm
Web: https://bealtaine.ie
Email: eva.griffin@ageandopportunity.ie

Age & Opportunity is seeking tenders from qualified individuals or organisations to evaluate the Arts & Creative Charter for Older People Pilot 2022/2023.

The pilot aims to test the practicality and efficacy of implementing the Arts & Creative Charter for Older People in arts venues and the response from the older public who engage with it. It would also aim to identify any challenges that exist in relation to its implementation, and to make recommendations on implementation processes for review.



International Residency Exchange, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and Helsinki International Artist Programme

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 20 January, 5pm
Web: www.templebargallery.com
Email: apply@templebargallery.com

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) in partnership with HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme invites applications from Irish artists and artists based in Ireland for the sixteenth annual residency exchange between Ireland and Finland in 2023.

The TBG+S/HIAP International Residency Exchange 2023 will support an Irish artist or artist based in Ireland to spend three months in residency at HIAP, Helsinki, from 17 April – 17 July 2023. TBG+S will provide a stipend of €5,000 to contribute to the artist’s living and working expenses and travel to and from Helsinki.

Application Form


Professional and Emerging ArtLinks Bursaries 2023, ArtLinks

Category: Bursaries
Deadline: 20 February
Web: https://kilkennyartsoffice.ie
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 2023.



Ireland at Venice 2024, Culture Ireland

Category: Tenders
Deadline: 31 January
Web: www.cultureireland.ie
Email: info@cultureireland.gov.ie

Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council is committed to supporting Ireland’s representation at La Biennale di Venezia. The aim of supporting Ireland’s representation at this event is to raise the profile of Irish artists and increase their international opportunities. Expressions of interest are invited from individuals, collectives or organisations to commission the Irish representation at the 60th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia 2024.

Open Call


SAC International Curatorial Residency Program 2023, Spain

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 1 February, midnight
Web: http://santandreucontemporani.org

SAC International Curatorial Residency Program 2023 is the residency program at Barcelona’s Sant Andreu Contemporani.  They are announcing an open call for proposals to choose an international curator who will be part of the Miquel Casablancas Prize for the Visual Arts’ jury in 2023, and will later develop a curatorial project with a selection of catalan artists chosen from applicants to the prize. The project must be presented at the country of residence of the curator or in another international venue that she/he decides.

The purpose of the open call is to offer the curator personal knowledge of the art context through involvement in the jury of the Miquel Casablancas Prize, and to foster, in the context of young art talent, future collaborations between local and foreign cultural actors.

Info Pack


Dún Laoghaire Baths Public Art Commission, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office 

Category: Commissions
Deadline: 3 February, 12pm
Web: www.dlrcoco.ie
Email: arts@dlrcoco.ie

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office seeks to support a contemporary visual artist with a one-year commission at Dún Laoghaire Baths starting in April 2023. The artist is invited to submit proposals in response to the theme of Home. This award is intended to increase production capacity through studio space for artists wishing to undertake public art commissions.

Click here for more information.


Spaces and Connections Research , Southside Partnership DLR

Category: Tenders
Deadline: 3 February, 5pm
Web: www.activelink.ie/vacancies/tenders/96868-southside-partnership-dlr-spaces-and-connections-research-opportunity
Email: sandra.king@sspship.ie

In 2022, Southside Partnership secured funding for a research and development award, Spaces and Connections, as part of the Arts Council Creative Places initiative. Southside Partnership invites proposals / applications from suitably experienced researchers from the following sectors cultural, social policy sociology or geographical to work alongside the Creative Places initiative mapping and investigating the impact of the Creative Places award has in the communities of Loughlinstown and Ballybrack.

For more information, visit the weblink above.


Practice Awards 2023, Fire Station Artists’ Studios

Category: Awards
Deadline: 6 February, 5pm
Web: www.firestation.ie
Email: apply@firestation.ie

Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) is delighted to announce an Open Call for its 2023 FSAS Practice Awards for Sculpture and for Digital Media.

FSAS aims to support artists at a critical point in their professional development. By providing relaxed access to space, equipment, technical support, curatorial advice, potluck communal lunches, international curator talks, vibrant courses, an annual summer seminar and much more, FSAS aims to support the practical and conceptual development of professional visual artists.

More details can be found from the above weblink.


ReCast Film, British Ceramics Biennial, UK

Category: Commissions
Deadline: 8 February, 12 noon
Web: www.britishceramicsbiennial.com
Email: jo@britishceramicsbiennial.com

The British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) is seeking to commission a filmmaker/video artist to produce a 7–10 minute documentary film about the ReCast programme. ReCast is a creative and social programme between BCB and Stoke Recovery Service.



Arts Council Funding

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Agility Award 2023 | Deadline: 9 February, 5:30pm
The purpose of the award is to support individual freelance artists and arts practitioners at any stage of their careers.

Bursary Awards | Deadline: 9 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

The award guidelines can be downloaded from the available funding section of the Arts Council’s website.


Artists/ Creative Writers-in-residence, Data Stories Project, Maynooth University

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 13 February, 11:30pm
Web: https://datastories.maynoothuniversity.ie

The Data Stories project is seeking three artists and creative writers of established reputation to work on the project for a 12 month period.

All three positions run from August 2023 – July 2024, with duties expected to average 3 days a week working on two case studies, each running for six months. They have a broad view of what constitutes an artist or creative writer and will consider applications from the full spectrum of artists, including performance and installation artists and digital and media artists, craft workers, novelists, short story writers, playwrights, poets, cartoonists, essayists, and film and documentary makers.

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Little Islands Festival 2023: Human Geographies, Greece

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 19 February
Web: https://littleislandsfest.com
Email: littleislandsfestival@gmail.com

The 5th Little Islands Festival, starting from Sikinos, invites new media and performing arts artists to submit proposals that engage with ecology, anthropology, and science in the enduring dialogue about the relationship between humanity and nature.

Visit above weblink for more details.




In Conversation: Inside Creativity, The Coiffured

Date: 18 January
Time: 3-5pm
Venue: Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square E, Dublin 2
Web: www.thecoiffured.com

While the outcomes of creativity are easily observable, understanding how creativity works is much less clear. In this event they draw on the knowledge and experience of a wide variety of experts to explore creativity; how, where, by whom and for what purpose it is employed – not only in areas such as art and science, but how we all use creativity to navigate and interpret our environments.

Guests: Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia, Director Conexiones improbables; Amanda Jane Graham; Damien McGlynn, Director, Create; Professor Kerstin Mey, President, University of Limerick; Dr. Jonathan Price, Lecturer in Creativity and Enterprise, University of Leeds; Dr. Declan Long, NCAD (Chair).


This is Our Place, John McIlduff

Date: 20 January
Time: 10am / 12pm / 2:30pm
Venue: Solstice Arts Centre, Co Meath
Web: https://solsticeartscentre.ie
Admission: Free

‘If We Could See Ourselves As Other See Us’ is a space to come together and reflect on our necessary connectedness. Experience this video & sound installation together with writer and director John McIlduff in the relaxed environment of the gallery. Following the screening, engage in conversation and contemplation with John, exploring the themes of this piece. Over a cup of tea, a symbol synonymous within Irish culture of gatherings and storytelling, create new conversations and exchanges in a space that reflects the experiences of others, yet are familiar, as we rethink our sense of belonging, and importance of place.


The Museum of Birds and Beasts, Tess Leak & Sharon Whooley

Opening: 26 January, 6pm
Exhibition until 24 February
Venue: LHQ Gallery, Cork County Hall, Cork City

The Museum of Birds and Beasts has been co-created by artists Tess Leak and Sharon Whooley with the residents of five community hospitals in West Cork. The artists collaborated with the Museum of Country Life in Mayo and the National Folklore Collection in Dublin, exploring the folklore and artefacts from these remarkable collections to draw on participants’ experiences of working and living in connection with the natural world. The exhibition will be launched by Clodagh Doyle, curator of the Museum of Country Life, Castlebar, Mayo.

The exhibition includes evocative objects from these collections and exquisite handmade nests by master basket maker Joe Hogan; all of these items sparked the resulting collection of stories which form the heart of the Museum of Birds and Beasts.

Read more about the project here.


Housing in Common workshop, Irish Architecture Foundation

Date: 2 February
Time: 2-5pm
Venue: Science Gallery Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Web: https://architecturefoundation.ie
Admission: Free
To book: www.eventbrite.ie/e/housing-in-common

Inspired by the idea that there could one day be a Citizens’ Assembly on Housing in Ireland, this workshop seeks a diverse group of people with different personal experiences of housing, to ask: “What do we have in common on housing?” and “How can housing contribute to our common good?”

A structured workshop, led by Stephen Musiol, an architect who works on housing, will explore these questions and responses to them over the course of an afternoon, with each participant taking away a booklet of ideas and insights that is produced live on the day.




Emerging Curator Development Programme, Kilkenny Arts Office

Deadline: 31 January, 4pm
Web: https://kilkennyartsoffice.ie
Email: deirdre.southey@kilkennyococ.ie

Kilkenny County Council Arts Office invites applications from Emerging Curators for their 2023 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.



Call for Papers, CFP: Experiencing Participation

Deadline: 1 February 2023
Web: https://nordmedianetwork.org

This special issue of ‘Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation’ invites contributions that explore the experiential dimensions of participation as they unfold across social practices, cultural sectors and disciplines.

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