CREATE: News & Opportunities – November 2023

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Create News 34 – Evaluate This! Thinking out loud on process-based evaluation

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/publication/create-news-34/

Evaluating socially engaged arts practice can be a sensitive issue. This wide-ranging term describes a variety of artworks and projects, and so, how best to evaluate socially engaged practice evokes competing opinions about its character and value. In March 2023, Create invited Dr Gráinne Coughlan, postdoctoral researcher at TU Dublin, to unpick some of the assumptions around evaluation in conversation with artist Dr. Susanne Bosch. This public event, entitled “Evaluate This!” directly informs the current issue of Create News, in which we invited Gráinne and Susanne to expand on topics discussed during this public event, and to share some modes of thinking about evaluation for socially engaged practice.

Read the full issue on our website.   

Creative Places Tuam supporting Per Cent for Art Scheme artwork in Tuam

Web: https://creativeplacestuam.ie/new-mural-for-tuam-town/

The Office of Public Works in partnership with Galway County Arts Office has commissioned artist Shane O’Malley to create a new public mural on the recently restored old Tuam Library building. The mural is commissioned under the Per Cent for Art scheme on behalf of The Department of Social Protection, the new building occupants. A youth advisory group made up of young people from Youthreach Tuam engaged in a consultation process led by local artist Joanna McGlynn. This process placed the young people at the heart of decision making in their community, co-creating an artist brief and participating in the selection panel.

Creative Places Tuam also nominated a local artist to sit on the selection panel to be involved in the decision making process, and is currently supporting the selected artist Shane O’Malley, providing a space for him in Tuam Town Hall, while he completes the mural. Shane will also continue to work with Youthreach Tuam in 2024 to design and create a mural for the centre.    


Marketing Executive, Music Network

Deadline: 20 November
Web: www.musicnetwork.ie
Email: operations@musicnetwork.ie

Music Network are looking for a full-time Marketing Executive to help them make high quality live music accessible to communities throughout Ireland.

Job Description  

Various Roles, Business to Arts

Deadline: 23 November
Web: www.businesstoarts.ie

Business to Arts are looking for an Arts Portfolio Manager and a Membership, Events & Projects Executive to join their high-performing team in varied roles connecting the corporate and cultural communities, and fundamental to the success of Business to Arts. 

Arts Portfolio Manager
The Arts Portfolio role is a multi-functional role that leads, develops, and delivers Business to Arts’ Arts Membership programme. Job Description

Membership, Events & Projects Executive
The Membership, Events & Projects Executive stewards Business to Arts’ Membership programme and supports the development and delivery of flagship events. Job Description  

Executive Director, Dublin Fringe Festival

Deadline: 1 December, 12pm
Web: www.fringefest.com
Email: recruit@fringefest.com

Dublin Fringe Festival is thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and forward-thinking individual to join their team as the Executive Director. This is a new and pivotal role within the organisation, and they are seeking a creative powerhouse to shape the future of one of Ireland’s most vibrant and cutting-edge multidisciplinary arts festivals.

Job Pack  

Maritime Events Manager, Ocean to City & Cork Harbour Festival

Deadline: 7 December
Web: https://oceantocity.com
Email: recruitment@meithealmara.ie

Meitheal Mara, Cork’s community boatyard and maritime training centre, wishes to recruit an experienced events manager for the annual Ocean to City An Ras Mór and Cork Harbour Festival. 

Visit above weblink for full details.   

Studios and Gallery Manager, Custom House Studios, Co. Mayo

Deadline: 15 December, 5pm
Web: www.customhousestudios.ie
Email: chairperson@customhousestudios.ie

The Board of the Custom House Studios Ltd invites applications from exceptional candidates with a proven track record in cultural management for the position of Manager.

Job Description    


Various Opportunities, Age & Opportunity

Deadline: 20 November, 5pm
Web: https://bealtaine.ie
Email: arts@ageandopportunity.ie

Bealtaine Flagship Choir 2024
Age & Opportunity’s Arts Programme invites applications from choirs to fill the role of Bealtaine Festival Flagship Choir for the Dawn/ Dusk Chorus events in 2024. Guidelines

Bealtaine Touring Award 2024
Age & Opportunity’s Arts Programme invites applications from performing artists and producers for an award for work, which will tour, during May 2024, as part of the Bealtaine Festival. They are eager to engage with artists in a new way by making them aware that the festival is open to new collaborations. Guidelines  

2024 Photographer in Residence, Environmental Protection Agency and National Library of Ireland

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 22 November, 5pm
Web: www.nli.ie
Email: exhibitions@nli.ie

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the EPA has sponsored the National Library of Ireland (NLI) to create a residency for a photographer to creatively engage with, and produce original digital work which will become part of the photographic collections in the National Library of Ireland.

More information can be found from the weblink above.   

Fundraising Fellowship Ireland 2024, Business to Arts

Category: Fellowship
Deadline: 22 November
Web: www.businesstoarts.ie

Business to Arts is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Fundraising Fellowship Ireland programme 2024, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The programme provides two cultural organisations with 50% part-funding to hire a Fundraising or Fundraising & Marketing Fellow, as well as engage in a structured professional development programme delivered by Business to Arts. 

Guidelines and Criteria  

Funding from The Arts Council of Ireland

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Festivals Investment Scheme | Deadline: 23 November, 5:30pm
The festival Investment scheme is open to multi-disciplinary festivals and single artform festivals taking place between July and December 2024.

Co-funding Award | Deadline: 7 December, 5:30pm
The Co-funding Award 2024 is subdivided by strands. Strand 1: Co-funding Award for Creative Europe Cooperation Projects commencing in 2024. Strand 2: Co-funding Award for Partner Meetings in preparation for Creative Europe Cooperation Project applications.

ilDÁNA | Deadline: 11 December, 5:30pm
ilDÁNA is designed to enhance the TG4 schedule by supporting the making of ambitious and cinematic long-form documentaries on the arts in Irish.  

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

Call for Artists, BluePrint, NI

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 24 November, 5pm
Web: www.derryplayhouse.co.uk
Email: shauna@derryplayhouse.com

Artists and creative practitioners working in any discipline are invited to apply to become an artist within the BluePrint project team.  They are seeking to work with a suitably experienced artist in order to design and facilitate art-based transformative engagement process and co-creative activities with flood-effected communities. They are seeking to exchange learning, generate new artistic work and develop a ‘creative co-creation’ toolkit targeting local governments working with communities around climate risk and resilience.

Artist’s Brief  

FUEL, Druid, Co. Galway

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 24 November, 5pm
Web: www.druid.ie
Email: fuel@druid.ie

FUEL is a nine-month artist residency programme run by Druid, based in The Mick Lally Theatre, Galway. The programme is open to theatre-makers based in the West of Ireland, with an original idea that is ready to be developed.

For more information, visit the weblink above.   

Call for Artists, European Digital Deal, EU

Category: Residencies
Deadline: 30 November, 11:59pm (CET)
Web: https://ars.electronica.art

European Digital Deal calls on artists interested in exploring the deep entanglement between new technologies and democracy to apply for one of 12 residencies. 

Artists are invited to investigate a range of topics, from the notion of truth in the information age shaped by algorithms, biases in AI, techno-anxiety, and the digital divides arising as a result of digitalisation to new forms of surveillance, intelligence, living, citizenship, or work.  


Regular Funding, Culture Ireland

Category: Grants
Deadline: 1 December
Web: www.cultureireland.ie

Culture Ireland offers support to Irish professional artists, arts organisations and international presenters to present work by Irish artists at significant international venues and festivals.

The next deadline for receipt of grant applications is midnight, 1st December 2023. Applications for funding to present work internationally from 15th February 2024 onwards must be submitted by this date.  

Step Up Dance Project 2024, Dance Limerick

Category: Open Calls
Deadline: 12 December
Web: https://dancelimerick.ie
Email: stepupdanceproject@gmail.com

Step Up Dance Project is a programme of professional development for recent dance graduates or equivalent early-career dance professionals in partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and Dance Ireland.

Step Up is looking for five dancers born or resident in Ireland who are interested in being part of a paid professional development programme.

Terms & Conditions    


The High Risk Club, Chronic Collective X A4 Sounds

Date: 17 November
Time: 7-11pm
Venue: A4 Sounds Gallery (Address: St Joseph’s Parade, Dublin 1)
Web: https://a4sounds.org
Admission: Free/ €15

The High Risk Club is back for its second instalment which will be joined by Hog and Dice, Aoife Wolf and Anna Roberts Gevalt for a night of storytelling and music. It is an event night hosted by Chronic Collective for folks who are high risk and their friends. If you have missed dancing and having a laugh at gigs, come join the club.    Global Desires, Outlandish Theatre Platform

Date: 17-19 November
Venue: The Digital Hub, Dublin 8 and Online
Web: www.outlandishtheatre.com
Admission: Free/ €10-15
To book: www.eventbrite.com/cc/global-desires-a-performanceexperiment

Global Desires, by Outlandish Theatre Platform, offers audiences the opportunity to explore complex realities through a trio of events – performances, performance conversation and workshop. In Global Desires, performers address questions of desire essential to them – the desire to seduce, the desire to know more, the desire to not know any more, the desire for an end to corruption in government, the desire to play without considering the consequences and the desire for autonomy and basic human rights whilst living in Direct Provision. Visit their website to read more. 

Performance Conversation on 18 and 19 November
This conversation offers an opportunity to delve into the Science of Desire with neuroscientist Paul Dockree and botanist Dr. Michael Williams, in conversation with Joan Somers Donnelly, artist, organiser and Open Theatre Practice performer.  

Arts for Social Change Showcase, Collective Encounters, UK

Date: 23 November
Time: 7:30-9:30pm (GMT)
Venue: Online
Web: https://collective-encounters.org.uk
Admission: £5
To book: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/arts-for-social-change-showcase

Collective Encounters is delighted to be programming another fascinating night of presentations exploring participatory arts projects, practice and passions.

The event is an evening of quick-fire presentations by people passionate about using the arts for social change. The showcase is a great way to grow your ideas, share and celebrate your achievements, rage about something or highlight something that needs to change.    


I Love Museums but they Don’t Love Me: Age and Disability Arts Access Info Sheet

Web: www.artsandhealth.ie

This resource has been developed by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation working to enable the best quality of life for us all as we age, and Arts & Disability Ireland, the national development and resource organisation for arts and disability. The two organisations have an interest in improving access to the arts and serve a shared intersection of older people and people with disabilities.

The information sheet presents the opinions of arts venues and older people, including those who also identify as people with disabilities, in how to better engage with older audiences.       

Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts  

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