CREATE: Arts sector news & updates – May 2023

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Communications and Social Media Support, Creative Places Tuam

Deadline: 19 June, 5pm
Web: www.create-ireland.ie
Email: recruitment@create-ireland.ie

Create seeks freelance Communications and Social Media Support, to develop Creative Places Tuam’s website and social media channels, disseminating the programme across a diverse target group and realising significant audience development. In order to ensure optimal visibility for the programme of activities and projects delivered, the role will involve content creation as well as sharing and ensuring visibility of existing resources.

Role Specification


We Only Want the Earth 2023, A4 Sounds, Create and Transgender Equality Network Ireland

Deadline: 21 May, 5pm

A4 Sounds in partnership with and Create: National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts and Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) invite applications from artists who are trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming, for two awards as part of the We Only Want the Earth 2023 programme.

Residency Award
Web: www.create-ireland.ie
The purpose of the award is to support the research and development of new, ambitious, and critical work that resonates with the themes of the We Only Want the Earth Programme.

Exhibition Award
Web: www.create-ireland.ie
The purpose of the award is to support the dissemination of new, ambitious, and critical works that resonate with the themes of the We Only Want the Earth Programme. This award will support an artist who is trans, nonbinary, and/or gender nonconforming to exhibit a body of work in the A4 Sounds Gallery to help them further develop their artistic practice.


Create and National Women’s Council Artist Residency Award Recipient: Grace Dyas

Web: www.create-ireland.ie

Create and The National Women’s Council (NWC) are delighted to announce artist and activist Grace Dyas as the recipient of an Artist Residency Award.

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of NWC, this anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements for women and women’s rights in Ireland and recognise the important, often invisible, contribution of women’s organisations and activists in bringing about this positive change. NWC are setting out to achieve this through a combination of creative approaches and engagements, discussion and debates as well as celebratory events and moments throughout the year. The Artist Residency Award is a key artistic strand of these activities. The residency is supported by funding from The Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon.

Grace Dyas is an established artist and activist with nearly twenty years of experience making socially engaged art. She often engages with people who have survived trauma, making work collaboratively about social justice issues. Grace employs the mediums of live performance (theatre), film, installation and conceptual art, over the past decade creating landmark works of art which raise provocative questions about power, ethics, morality, class and social justice.

Click here to read more about Grace and this residency.


MA Art and Social Action, National College of Art & Design

Email: ncad@creativefutures.ie

Create is pleased to collaborate with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) on the delivery of the newly-established MA Art and Social Action. This course is now enrolling for the first time, offering both part- and full-time learning opportunities.

Building on NCAD’s long history of socially engaged pedagogical programmes and projects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this MA is offered to practitioners and researchers whose practices respond creatively to social issues, spatial injustices and civic life through community collaboration, public intervention or collective action.

The Art and Social Action MA places a strong emphasis on artistic and creative practice, taking an expanded view of that field and welcomes applications from all arts practitioners as well as curators, writers, designers, architects and others who wish to explore creative forms of public engagement (including applicants with a background in community work, education, youth work, activism).

Full time
Part time




Head of Development, Belfast Photo Festival, NI

Deadline: 16 May, midnight
Web: www.belfastphotofestival.com
Email: info@belfastphotofestival.com

Belfast Photo Festival is a pioneering organization, bringing the largest annual festival of photography to the UK / Ireland. They are seeking a Head of Development who will have an important voice on organizational strategy and business development, funding partnerships and financial planning on local and international projects.

Job Description & Person Specification


Various Roles, The Arts Council

Deadline: 19 May, 12 noon
Web: www.artscouncil.ie/jobs/

The Arts Council is the government agency for developing the arts in Ireland. They work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life. They have current vacancies:

Access Officer
Role Profile
Candidate Information Booklet

Measurement and Evaluation Officer
Role Profile
Candidate Information Booklet

Research Officer
Role Profile
Candidate Information Booklet


Marketing and Community Manager, Crash Ensemble

Deadline: 19 May, 5pm
Web: www.crashensemble.com
Email: sian@crashensemble.com

The Marketing & Community Manager role will play a vital role in supporting and promoting Crash Ensemble’s artistic ambitions and developing new audiences across an exciting programme of work which includes commissioning, performing and collaborating.

Job Description
Info Pack


Various Roles, Gate Theatre

Web: www.gatetheatre.ie
Email: HR@gate-theatre.ie

The Head of Finance | Deadline: 24 May, 5pm
The Head of Finance is responsible and accountable for all finance and ancillary activities and, as a member of the Senior Management Team, will work with the Board’s Audit and Governance Committees. Recruitment Notification

Audience and Media Marketing Assistant | Deadline: 2 June
The Audience and Media Marketing Assistant is an important role within the Audience and Media department, providing key support to both the Head of Audience and Media and the Audience and Media Marketing Manager. Recruitment Notification


Various Roles, Réalta

Deadline: 25 May
Web: https://realta.ie
Email: wha@hse.ie

Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland, seeks Communications Manager and Music Co-ordinator to join their team.

Communications Manager 
The new role of Communications Manager will see the successful candidate taking responsibility for communicating Réalta’s work to its target audiences to support its vision and mission. Position Summary

Music Co-ordinator 
The Music Co-ordinator is an essential member of the Waterford Healing Arts team and will have responsibility for the delivery of the Healing Sounds live music programme in healthcare and community contexts in Waterford, in addition to contributing to the future development of the music and health programme at Waterford Healing Arts. Position Summary


Irish Language Officer, Children’s Books Ireland

Deadline: 26 May, 4pm
Web: https://childrensbooksireland.ie
Email: recruit@childrensbooksireland.ie

Children’s Books Ireland is seeking an Irish Language Officer to work two days per week, promoting the Irish language internally and overseeing the provision of the organisation’s services through the medium of Irish.

Find out more from the weblink above.


Various Roles, Dublin Theatre Festival

Web: https://dublintheatrefestival.ie
Email: recruitment@dublintheatrefestival.ie

Office Assistant | Deadline: 31 May, 12pm
They are seeking an Office Assistant to actively coordinate the daily running of the festival reception and front office during the festival period. Job Description

Box Office Assistant Manager | Deadline: 9 June, 12pm
They are seeking a Box Office Assistant Manager to actively participate in managing relationships with its current partners and customers and to assist the Audience Development & Sales Manager in implementing sales initiatives and audience development strategies. Job Description

Box Office Administrator | Deadline: 13 June, 12pm
They are seeking two Box Office Administrators to contribute to the smooth and effective running of the Box Office, with special attention to the ticketing system (Spektrix). Job Description


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Various Opportunities, Creative Places Athy

Woodstock Residency | Deadline: 19 May, 12 noon
Web: https://kildarecoco.submit.com/show/219
Email: elangton@kildarecoco.ie

Creative Places Athy is delighted to announce a new residency opportunity for collaborative and socially engaged artists and/or arts collectives, working at the intersection of art, theory/research and place-based co-creation. They are seeking expressions of interest for a 10-month residency engaging with and responding to a residential community: Woodstock, comprising of four housing estates in Athy in south County Kildare. It is envisaged that the residency runs from July 2023 to May 2024.

Athy Access Commission Opportunity | Deadline: 23 May, 12 noon
Web: https://kildarecoco.submit.com/show/218
Email: elangton@kildarecoco.ie

Working with the Athy Access Group, Irish Wheelchair Association and KARE Services, Creative Places Athy is seeking an artist/collective to create work which challenges us all to think, act and develop creative and innovative solutions for people with disabilities who experience barriers to access in Athy town. This commission aims to produce work that addresses accessibility, awareness raising and supports the removal of physical, attitudinal & communication barriers for all. This body of work is expected to be delivered in time for International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, 2023.


Transversal Aesthetics / In The Air, IDENSITAT and Centro Huarte, Spain

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 19 May
Web: www.idensitat.net/en/

Transversal Aesthetics is a programme for research and experimentation on the intersection between art, mediation and social space. IDENSITAT and Centro Huarte are initiating this programme. This will develop two research and production projects within the local contexts of Huarte and Barcelona, based upon the concept of the hybrid residency and aiming to work with the specific nature of these local contexts using social space activation processes. The hybrid residency will combine an on-site temporary presence along with previous and subsequent work to be carried out remotely.

Click here for more information.


Various Opportunities, Creative Places Tipperary Town

Creative Places Tipperary Town is a three-year developmental arts programme aimed at supporting those who live and work in Tipperary Town to collaborate with artists and creative practitioners. They are seeking two artists:

Visual Artist in residency | Deadline: 31 May, 4pm
Web: https://tipptownrevitalisation.ie
Email: creative.places@youthworktipperary.ie

This opportunity is suitable for a socially engaged visual artist with experience of working with young people to develop and deliver a summer programme of creative activities both for and with young people aged 13-18 years and youth workers who are part of Youth Work Ireland Tipperary in Tipperary Town.

Artist Commission | Deadline: 8 June, 4pm
Web: https://tipptownrevitalisation.ie
Email: creative.places@youthworktipperary.ie

This commission is an opportunity for an artist or collective of artists, to make new work for the community in Tipperary Town using the Tipperary Town Memories oral history recordings as a starting point and source of inspiration.


The Arts Council Funding

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Festivals Investment Scheme | Deadline: 1 June, 5:30pm
The festival Investment scheme is open to multi-disciplinary festivals and single artform festivals taking place between January and June 2024.

Authored Works | Deadline: 8 June, 5:30pm
The purpose of Authored Works is to provide film artists with the creative and editorial freedom to make a feature-length authored cultural film work from a strong artistic point of view. Films must be artist-led.

Reel Art | Deadline: 8 June, 5:30pm
The purpose of Reel Art is to provide film artists with the opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme for cinema exhibition.

Creative Schools Initiative | Deadline: 15 June, 5:30pm
Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative supports schools/centres to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives.

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


MUSAE Residency, S+T+ARTS, EU

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 5 June, 12:00 (CET)
Web: https://starts.eu/open-call-artists-musae-starts-residencies-2023-1/
Email: info@made-cc.eu

MUSAE is looking for artists who can provide critical reflection, and envision future potential and challenges of the topic of Food as Medicine by producing future scenarios and artworks. The first open call of MUSAE is a unique opportunity for artists to explore the future challenges of food systems of production, supply, and consumption by applying an innovative Design Futures Art-driven (DFA) method to develop future scenarios which will be the starting point for the second MUSAE open call and residency in 2024. Guide of Applicants

Webinars | Dates & Time: 15 and 22 May, 11am (CET)
MUSAE consortium partners have scheduled online webinars to clear doubts and provide live responses to questions regarding the first open call. All webinar sessions will be recorded and subsequently will be available online.


Arts and Disability Connect – Opportunity 1, Arts and Disability Ireland

Category: Awards
Deadline: 7 June, 4pm
Web: http://adiarts.ie
Email: connect@adiarts.ie

Arts and Disability Connect includes Mentoring, Training, New Work, and Research and Development awards for individual artists with disabilities. In 2023 these four awards are split across two opportunities. The first opportunity includes Mentoring or Training awards. The second opportunity, opens in August, includes New Work or Research and Development awards.

Guidelines and Application Forms are available from the weblink above.

Come Ask Questions: Information session | Date & Time: 16 May, 12-1pm
Artists and people supporting them to apply for Arts and Disability Connect can join the ADI team for an online live information session and ask any questions about making an application. This session is specifically for those applying for a Mentoring Award or a Training Award. More information and to book: https://adiarts.ie/event/arts-and-disability-connect-come-ask-questions-3/


Various Bursaries, artsandhealth. ie

Category: Bursaries
Deadline: 9 June, 12pm
Web: www.artsandhealth.ie

Documentation Bursary 2023
Applications are invited from artists working in healthcare settings, healthcare professionals, arts and health organisations/partnerships and others working in the field of arts and health. Application Pack

Emerging Artist Bursary 2023 
Professional artists with an emerging arts and health practice are invited to apply for the artsandhealth. ie artist bursary 2023 to reflect on their practice. The bursary is open to individual early-career artists working in any artform within the field of arts and health practice in the Republic of Ireland. Application Pack




With For About 2023: Care and the Commons, Heart of Glass, UK

Date: 25 May
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Incredible Edible Knowsley, Liverpool, UK
Web: www.heartofglass.org.uk
Admission: £45-65
To book: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/with-for-about-2023-care-and-the-commons

With For About is for artists, activists, educators and anyone involved in socially engaged and collaborative arts practice. Join the sixth edition of With For About with fellow artists, activists and community practitioners for a day of listening, learning and sharing as we reflect on the interconnectedness between humans, nature, place and land within the context of the conflicting crises.

Key speakers include artist and researcher Youngsook Choi with collaborator Wendi Sia; socio-environmental artist Kerry Morrison; and social justice activist, writer and thinker Radha D’Souza. Conversations will be facilitated by local and national artists whose work explores climate crises, local and indigenous ecologies and slow, interspecies practices. They include Sean Roy Parker, Frances Disley, Grace Collins, Liz Posthlethwaite, Lucy Powell and Fiona Whelan.


Made in Darndale 2023, Creative Places Darndale

Date: 26-28 May
Locations: Various, Darndale
Web: https://creativeplacesdarndale.ie
Admission: Free, booking required

Creative Places Darndale is delighted to announce that Made in Darndale, the North Dublin Summer Arts Festival, returns from 26 – 28 May. Made in Darndale is for everyone, from the longest residents to the newest neighbours – this is the moment that the united community spirit of Darndale shines brightly for all to see.

Festival Programme


Everything Else: An introduction to Madrid’s spaces of contemporary creation, Spain

Exhibition until 28 May
Venue: CentroCentro, Madrid, Spain
Web: www.centrocentro.org/en/

Since the seventies, Madrid’s spaces for visual arts have brought cultural activities to the capital and its citizens on a regular basis. Despite the local context being heavily influenced by public cultural institutions, independent spaces have enriched the cultural scene of the city with autonomy and diversity.

‘Everything Else’ emerged when CentroCentro invited four of these spaces to work as a curatorial collective with the aim of shedding light on hybrid organisations. The project is an attempt to answer two questions: What relationship is there between what is generated in an independent space and its subsequent projection within the institutional sphere, and how should these spaces be presented within an institution?

The public programme delivered alongside the exhibition will include around thirty activities, such as workshops, screenings, live performances and music shows, all linked to the processes of creation and research at each of the spaces taking part.

Exhibition brochure




Consultation workshops, Safe to Create

Building on the Speak Up: A Call for Action report, Safe to Create are committed to a programme of research over the next three years to further examine the prevalence and impact of harmful behaviours in the sector. The next phase will be an examination of the intersectionality of ethnicity, disability, sexuality and their influences of harm within and across Ireland’s arts sector.

They are hosting two workshops specifically for artists of ethnically diverse backgrounds living in Ireland. They are seeking advice from artists of ethnically diverse backgrounds on the development of this next research phase.

Consultation workshops with other key groups to inform this vital study will follow in the coming weeks and they plan to undertake the research in June.


Associate Panel, Business to Arts

Deadline: 18 May, 5pm
Web: www.businesstoarts.ie
Email: recruitment@businesstoarts.ie

Business to Arts is looking to create an Associate Panel of qualified freelance candidates to support project work at the intersection of business and culture.

They are looking for talent from a broad range of areas to help them with producing research and data analysis, workshop design and facilitation, ad hoc design projects, support on curatorial projects, art handling and more.


Creativity & Change, MTU Crawford College of Art & Design

Deadline: 31 May
Web: https://www.mtu.ie/courses/cracrch9/
Email: helen.okeeffe@mtu.ie

Creativity & Change is accepting applications for their 2023/’24 course, which begins in September. This part-time, 20 credit certificate at level 9 offers participants the opportunity to explore Global Citizenship Education, immersing themselves in arts-based practices that connect their heads, hearts and hands, to learn about and take action for global justice, while developing skills to nurture fellow changemakers.

Amplifying Voices Scholarships
Creativity & Change is pleased to have support from MTU to offer a number of funded places on the course for those who may not have otherwise been in a position to apply.

More information and apply at www.mtu.ie/courses/cracrch9/ .


Professional Certificate in Art and Ecology, National College of Art & Design and Creative Futures Academy

Deadline: 6 June
Web: https://creativefuturesacademy.ie
Email: osullivans@staff.ncad.ie / clarem@staff.ncad.ie

This module introduces learners to fundamental principles, working methods, skills, and theories relating to the intersections of contemporary art with ecology. A special emphasis is placed on ‘learning through doing’ in a series of workshops and situated environmental learning. The programme works directly with an urban embedded novel ecology of the NCAD FIELD site, which acts as an outdoor classroom, a site for nature connection, commoning, and a testing site for multi-species futures.


Call for Papers, Cultural Policy and Cultural Democracy: A Global Dialogue, Chile

Deadline: 19 June, 11:59pm (CEST)
Email: culturaltrendsjournal@gmail.com

The University of Chile, the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Cultural Trends and the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center announce a call for papers for Cultural Policy and CUltural Democracy: A Global Dialogue in Chile on 28-30 November.

Call for Papers



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