CREATE: News & Opportunities – December 2023

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December 2023    
Create National Networking Day 2023. Photo: Brian Cregan.    

News from Create

2023 in Review

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/2023-in-review/

Season’s Greetings from Create! I would like to share with you just some of our highlights of the year – visit our website to read more about our activities and programmes throughout the year. 

In 2023, we facilitated the awarding of over €250,000 in funding via the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme, the largest annual spend on AIC awards since Create began managing the scheme on behalf of the Arts Council in 2001. We awarded 26 Research and Development awards, nine Project realisation awards, five mentorships, two bursaries and one residency in partnership with Fire Station Artists’ Studios, and hosted six information sessions, to hundreds of attendees.  

After four years of developmental work and an investment of about €500,000, we are excited to work with the Arts Council and Galway County Council on the next phase of Creative Places Tuam, the pilot of the nationwide Creative Places scheme. We are also beginning the work of archiving this stage of the project, as a lasting legacy for Tuam and the field of place-based practice.   

As we marked Create’s 40th anniversary this year we also saw development of our reading room and archive project. We have thousands of items of ephemera and photographs in our archive, providing a great resource for any artists, academics, or activists working in the field. Keep an eye out here for further updates in 2024.  

Create processed over 3,000 individual vetting applications this year alone, supporting the provision of arts activities to young and vulnerable people across Ireland. 

We welcomed more than 100 of you to our National Networking Day, held in Project Arts in October on the theme Collaborating on Climate Justice. It was a rich day of sharing, networking, and some hard truths! Check out a short video of the day here

This year, we were also delighted to embark on a new partnership with The Rowan Trust, an independent foundation fighting for social justice with communities who have been pushed to the margins. The funding provided by the Rowan Trust will enable Create to embark on new experimental initiatives with a focus on equality, inclusion, and systemic change. 

The Create office will be closed from the 20th of December 2023 til the 3rd of January 2024. We look forward to coming back to work refreshed and excited for another busy year! 

Wishing you a safe and peaceful festive season, 

Damien McGlynn
Director, Create  

AIC Scheme Bursary Award 2023 Recipients: Evelyn Broderick and Kathryn Maguire

Web: https://www.create-ireland.ie/aic-scheme-bursary-award-2023/

Create is pleased to announce Evelyn Broderick and Kathryn Maguire as the recipients of 2023 Artist in the Community Scheme Bursaries.

The purpose of the bursary award is to support and nurture professional arts practice, for an artist in any artform who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest in the making and interpreting of art. This is a developmental bursary aimed at practitioners who are facing particular barriers and/or challenges in developing their collaborative socially engaged arts practice.

We look forward to working with Evelyn and Kathryn over the coming year! Read more about their planned work on our website.

The Artist in the Community Scheme Bursaries are funded by Arts Council, managed by Create.   

Artist in the Community Scheme 2023 Round Two: Successful Recipients

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/aic-scheme-2023-round-two-successful-recipients/

Congratulations to all successful applicants to the AIC Scheme (Round Two) in 2023, who come from a range of art forms and contexts.

Read more about each recipient, and their planned course of work, here.  

Closure of Vetting Service over festive period 2023

Web: www.create-ireland.ie/supports/vetting-for-the-arts/

Please note that the Vetting service will close in full between the 15th December 2023 and 16th January 2024. Correspondence received during this time will be processed upon the re-opening of the service.  

Collaborative Incubator Toolkit, Beyond the Now

Web: https://culturalfoundation.eu/stories/reframing-migrants-programme-presents-the-collaborative-incubator-toolkit/

We are delighted to launch the Collaborative Incubator Toolkit. As a member of Beyond the Now collective, we have been involved in curating/producing this publication, which is the result of a long-form conversation in which journalists, digital activists and socially-engaged artists draw on their own experiences of migration and forced displacement to inform their criticisms of the way migration is represented by legacy media.

We thank everyone who contributed to the publication and participated in this year-long project, including Isabel Lima who designed the publication and the advisors to the project: Ismail Einashe and Kit Braybrooke.

We also extend a special thanks to our partners from Beyond the Now: Counterpoints Arts, Open University,  Plymouth College of Art, Ettijahat, Coculture, and Mozilla Festival. 

This project is produced as part of Re-Framing Migrants in the European Media, a pilot project, co-funded by the European Union and the European Cultural Foundation.     


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  

Project Manager: Communications, Membership & Events, Theatre Forum

Deadline: 19 December 2023, 5pm
Web: https://theatreforum.ie

In 2024, Theatre Forum will become Ireland’s Performing Arts Forum. Their vision is to be a forum that supports artists, arts workers, and organisations to build a better connected, more diverse, and stronger community.

As part of this evolution, projects to be delivered include a new website, a digital communications strategy, a membership development plan as well as a series of sectoral and member events. To assist in the delivery of this body of work, Theatre Forum wishes to appoint a Project Manager to work with the Interim Director.  

Coordinator of Production and Dynamics, Void Art Centre, NI

Deadline: 20 December 2023, 12pm
Web: www.derryvoid.com
Email: hello@derryvoid.com

Void Art Centre are hiring for a Coordinator of Production and Dynamics, a new position within Void Art Centre’s growing organisational structure which looks to interdependent forms of team-working and artistic and cultural production. The role seeks to promote care principles and empathetic approaches to stakeholder liaison and logistical management of the gallery’s programme and everyday running.  

Administrator, Youth Theatre Ireland

Deadline:  20 December 2023
Web: www.youththeatre.ie
Email: recruitment@youththeatre.ie

Youth Theatre Ireland is the national development organisation for youth theatre. They are now seeking an experienced Administrator to support the delivery of the strategic goals of Youth Theatre Ireland.  

Development Manager (Maternity Cover), Irish Architecture Foundation

Deadline: 5 January 2024, 5pm
Web: https://architecturefoundation.ie
Email: emmett@architecturefoundation.ie

At a time of strategic and spatial development, and with a new Director, the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) is seeking to recruit a dynamic, experienced, and highly motivated professional to fulfil the full-time role of Development Manager (Maternity Cover).

Information Pack  

Administrator (Part-Time), Safe to Create

Deadline: 15 January 2024, 12 noon
Web: www.safetocreate.ie
Email: recruitment@safetocreate.ie

Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated individual to join their team working on the Safe to Create programme.     


Artist in Residencies, Pavilion Studio 2024

Category: Residency
Deadline: 18 December 2023, 11am
Web: www.paviliontheatre.ie
Email: studio@paviliontheatre.ie

Pavilion Theatre is holding a fresh Open Call looking for playwrights, makers in theatre and stage-based performance artists to apply for one-week residencies at Pavilion Studio January to June 2024 to develop existing work or create new work.  

Szombathely Mural Commission 2024, Project Arts Centre

Category: Commission
Deadline: 21 December 2023, 12 noon
Web: https://projectartscentre.ie
Email: submissions@projectartscentre.ie

Bloomsday in Szombathely has an ongoing, annual mural project and will present its new iteration in June 2024. Project Arts Centre are delighted to announce that the third iteration of this project will take place in 2024 and the partners wish to invite applications from artists based in Ireland to take part.

Emma O’Kane Bursary

Category: Bursary
Deadline: 8 January 2024, 12 noon
Web: www.emmaokanebursary.ie
Email: emmaokanebursary@gmail.com

The Emma O’Kane Bursary is an award for independent artists who want to think beyond the boundaries of their art form and practice and to explore dance or a physical language in their work. It honours the exceptional ethos and artistic practice of artist Emma O’Kane who died in 2021.

The Emma O’Kane Bursary is open to artists of all types and talents. Whatever your background, lived experience or artistic practice, if you have the curiosity to explore and integrate dance, movement or other forms of physical language in your work, the courage to push art form boundaries and to challenge norms and the ambition to be the best that you can be as an artist, they would love to hear from you.   

ArtLinks Bursary Award 2024

Category: Bursary
Deadline: 22 January 2024
Web: www.wexfordcoco.ie
Email: artlinks.ie@gmail.com

The ArtLinks partners in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford local authorities are pleased to announce that the Professional and Emerging ArtLinks Bursary Awards 2024 are now open for submissions. 

These Awards are designed to support artists to develop their practice by providing artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art. The Art forms which they support are: Architecture, Circus, Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Opera, Street Arts, Theatre, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts. 


European Cooperation Projects, Creative Europe

Category: Open Call
Deadline: 23 January 2024, 5pm (Brussels time)
Web: https://culture.ec.europa.eu

This call will support projects to carry out a broad spectrum of activities and initiatives involving artists and stakeholders active in different cultural and creative sectors.

With a budget of around €60 million, the action will foster cooperation between organisations active in the field of culture, to increase the cross-border dimension of creation and circulation of European artistic content. It will also encourage the development, experimentation, dissemination, and application of new and innovative practices.  

SAC International Curatorial Residency Programme 2024, Spain

Category: Residency
Deadline: 1 February 2024
Web: https://santandreucontemporani.org
Email: sac@santandreucontemporani.org

SAC International Curatorial Residency Programme 2024 is the residency programme at Barcelona’s Sant Andreu Contemporani, in collaboration with Fabra i Coats – Fàbrica de Creació and Institut Ramon Llull and open to international curators. As part of the programme, the organisers 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 2024, 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.


Funding from The Arts Council of Ireland

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Bursary Awards* | Deadline: 8 February 2024, 5:30pm
These awards support individual professional artists at any stage of their career in the development of their arts practice. *opens 2 January 2024 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.  

Funding Schemes 2024, Wicklow County Arts Office

Deadline: 16 February 2024, 4pm
Web: www.wicklow.ie
Email: wao@wicklowcoco.ie

Wicklow County Arts Office established its Funding Schemes to support artists, festivals, communities, arts participation and art form development. These initiatives are integral to Wicklow County Council’s broader efforts to encourage excellence in the arts and enhance community involvement in artistic endeavours across the county. This year Wicklow County Council Arts Office will be accepting applications under 3 schemes: Artist Award Artist & Community Collaboration Arts Festival Award.

For the first time, they are offering a new application support service from Wednesday, 10th January to Friday, 9th February 2024. This service offers artists, communities, and festivals the opportunity to engage in a 30-minute consultation, which will enable participants to pose questions and seek advice from a member of the Arts Office team. To avail of this opportunity, simply email me to schedule a suitable date and time.
They will also provide two Funding Clinics in early 2024. For more info and to book a place, click here.  


The Beady Pocket Project Exhibition

Exhibition until 11 January 2024
Venue: Tuam Library, High Street, Tuam, Co. Galway, H54 F627
Admission: Free

The Beady Pocket Project stands as a testament to the harmonious collaboration between two distinct groups: 14 women hailing from both the Traveller community and Tuam town. Their shared goal is to preserve and create traditional Beady Pockets, an emblematic craft deeply rooted in cultural heritage.
The project took place in the new Tuam Arts Academy, Bru Bhride, and was facilitated by artist Martina Passman.     


Survey: Environmental Sustainability Toolkit, Native Events and Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet

Deadline extended
Web: https://k0t80fyepv7.typeform.com/to/EcsBBM8V

Native Events and Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet have launched a survey to collect input on the development of a new practical toolkit for the cultural and creative sectors in Ireland. 

They invite independent artists and organisations of any size to complete the survey that helps share your understanding of climate issues and what you would find most helpful in your own sustainability journey.   

Research 2023: Governance and Dignity at Work in Ireland’s Arts & Creative Sectors, Safe to Create

Deadline: 31 January 2024
Web: www.safetocreate.ie

As part of its significant three-year research strand to continue to examine the prevalence and impact of harmful behaviours in Ireland’s arts/creative sector, Safe to Create is currently undertaking a piece of research asking for the perspective of senior management and board members of arts and creative organisations on the structures in place for mitigating against and dealing with harmful workplace behaviour.

Board members, Directors and Senior Manager in arts/culture organisations are invited to participate in this research by completing this very short (10 mins max) anonymous online survey. Participation by these sectoral leaders is really important: by letting them know the most pressing issues, Safe to Create can then provide the most useful supports.

Link to Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HY8NGYQ  

Reports: Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Web: www.gov.ie

The reports into the arts sector have been compiled from data collected from Basic Income for the Arts (BIA) pilot participants and are available online. “Demographics of the Arts Sector” and “Arts Work Perspectives” form part of a series of papers called A Portrait of the Arts Sector which are being drawn from data collected before payments to BIA recipients began. These papers illustrate conditions for artists before the introduction of the Basic Income.

The first Impact Assessment (6-month) of the Basic Income Pilot Scheme is also published. It outlines changes to date that the BIA recipients have experienced within the first 6 months of receiving the payment. Similar reports will be published tracking the changes throughout the 3-year pilot research scheme. 


Kind regards,

Vance Lau
Producer, Programme and Digital Media
2 Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts  


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