CREATE: Opportunities & News – February 2024

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OPPORTUNITIES & NEWS – February 2024

Image by Kate O’ Shea and Mpho Mokotso.
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News from Create  

Planning, Printmaking and Publishing for the People with Mpho Mokotso and Kate O’ Shea

Deadline for applications: 19 March, 4pm
Workshop date & time: 3 April, 10am – 4pm
Location: Dublin City Centre
Web: www.create-ireland.ie
Admission: Free but application is essential
Email: producer@create-ireland.ie

Exploring the creative intersection between socially engaged planning, print and publishing with activist Mpho Mokotso and artist Kate O’ Shea. Gender-based violence activist Mpho Mokotso and socially engaged artist Kate O’ Shea will jointly deliver a multi-disciplinary workshop drawing on core philosophies of planning, printmaking, and publishing for the people. Drawing on Mpho’s experience in activist practices, town and regional planning, and development studies and Kate’s heart-led practice of collectively seizing the means of production and strengthening networks of solidarity, this workshop will explore the creative potential that lies at the intersection of grassroots urban planning, social space building and DIY publishing practices. This session will introduce people to key art and activist projects by both practitioners and will involve and hands-on workshop which will weave socially engaged planning, print and publishing together. 

There is a limited number of places for this workshop. To apply, please email Vance Lau at producer@create-ireland.ie with 100-200 words on what is of interest for you in attending this workshop and your latest biography/ an additional 1-3 lines about your professional background. We accept written formats, but also voice notes and videos. Please indicate in your email if you have any access requirements.  

AIC Scheme 2024 (Round One) open for applications

Deadline: 25 March, 5pm
Web: www.create-ireland.ie

The 2024 Deadlines for the AIC Scheme are 5pm Monday 25th March (Round One) and Monday 30th September (Round Two). Applications are now OPEN for Round One. This includes the following awards: Research and Development Award (without mentoring) Research and Development Award (with Mentoring) Recent Graduate Research and Development Award (with Mentoring) Project Realisation Award Application forms for each award are available on the AIC Scheme Awards Page. Please choose which award you wish to apply for, and follow the instructions found on that page.

In 2024, we are proud to introduce audio guidelines for the first time. These can be used in conjunction with the written text, or to assist those with additional access needs. These guidelines can be accessed alongside the written guidelines on the relevant application page.  

AIC Scheme Info Sessions

Date: 27 February and 6 March
Time: 2-4pm
Web: www.create-ireland.ie
Admission: Free

Create is pleased to announce two online information sessions on applying to the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme, with Aine Crowley, Programme Manager Arts and Engagement and previous AIC Scheme recipients.

The information session is about answering any questions you might have about making an application to the Scheme. It’s also about sharing experience of developing and delivering a collaborative project through the Scheme. If you are an artist or a community organisation interested in the Artist in the Community Scheme but don’t know where to start, come talk to us. If you are an artist interested in developing a collaborative project with a community organisation or in a community situation this event is for you. If you are an artist who has applied before and would like to access further detail on the application process, please join us.  

Catalyst Residency with Create & Fire Station Artists’ Studios

Deadline: 8 April, 5pm
Web: www.create-ireland.ie

The Catalyst Residency, offered in partnership between Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS), offers a socially engaged artist from an under-represented ethnic background a one-month residency in Dublin 1 during June 2024. The residency is intended as an artist-led incubation period which allows them to develop their practice and their networks with targeted support from the residency partners.

Guidelines (pdf)
Guidelines (audio)    


Programme Officer, Dance Ireland

Deadline: 21 February, 12 noon
Web: www.danceireland.ie
Email: louise.costelloe@danceireland.ie

Dance Ireland is seeking a friendly and experienced individual for the role of Programme Officer.

Job Description

Various roles, Promenade

Deadline: 26 February, midday
Web: www.promenade.ie
Email: contact@promenade.ie

Cork based arts organisation Promenade provides support to artists and producers working in the areas of circus, street arts, spectacle, participatory arts & multi-disciplinary arts including those from underrepresented backgrounds. They are now recruiting for 3 individuals to join their team.

Producer / Project Manager
To work closely with them and associate partners in managing a portfolio of producing and development projects.

Project Co-ordinator
To provide financial administration, administrative and project co-ordination supports to enable the smooth and efficient running of activities for artists and producers. 

To carry out an independent external evaluation in the context of their activities for Artists and Producers which will be carried out with a range of arts partners. 

Full job descriptions / person specifications and application forms are available to download. 

Director of Programming, Cork International Film Festival

Deadline: 26 February, 5pm
Web: https://corkfilmfest.org
Email: jobs@corkfilmfest.org

Cork International Film Festival is seeking to recruit a dynamic, experienced, and highly motivated professional who is passionate about film, to fulfil a new full-time three-year contract role as Director of Programming, commencing April 2024. 

Recruitment Pack

Administrator / Office Manager, Fire Station Artists’ Studios

Deadline: 1 March, 5pm
Web: www.firestation.ie
Email: apply@firestation.ie

Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) is looking for a full time Administrator / Office Manager that involves general administration, finance, systems development & management, governance and data & project management in day-to-day running of the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, reporting to the Director, in a dynamic and energetic environment.

Job Description is available from the weblink above. 

Operations & Programme Coordinator, Irish Theatre Institute

Deadline: 7 March, 12 noon
Web: www.irishtheatreinstitute.ie
Email: recruitment@irishtheatreinstitute.ie

Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) wishes to appoint an Operations & Programme Coordinator on a one year fixed-term contract to work on a busy programme of events, artist services and supports and information provision. 

Job Specification


Funding from The Arts Council of Ireland

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Commissions Award | Deadline: 22 February, 5:30pm
The purpose of the Commissions Award is to enable the commissioning of new work from freelance artists.

Dance Artist Residency Scheme | Deadline: 22 February, 5:30pm
The objective of the Dance Artist Residency Scheme is to stabilise and support a network of dance artists in residence across the country. The scheme is specifically aimed at dance artists working in collaboration with an arts centre or an organisation or a festival and/or a local authority. 

Young Ensembles Scheme | Deadline: 29 February, 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. Groups/ensembles must be made up of three or more members. 

Arts Grant Funding | Deadline: 14 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. 

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

Embedded Artist, Creative Coastal Resilience

Category: Open Call
Deadline: 25 February 
Web: https://dinglehub.com
Email: zoe@dinglehub.com

Creative Coastal Resilience invites socially engaged artists from all disciplines to apply for the opportunity to become an embedded artist within the unique community and ecosystems of the Maharees on the west coast of Ireland. This creative climate project calls for an artist(s) whose practice centres deep listening and co-creation, as we navigate the complexities of imagining and creating new perspectives and behaviours with which to relate to our changing world. 

Artist’s Brief

Arts Impact Award, Creative Places Athy

Category: Award
Deadline: 28 February, 12 noon
Web: https://kildarecocoarts.submit.com/show/282

Creative Places Athy is seeking proposals from local, national/international professional artists/creatives or arts organisations/collectives that wish to collaborate artistically with individuals or groups in Athy on creative projects that will create an artistic impact for the people and place of the area. 

This award is open to any artform, and the proposal must be artist/creative led. The maximum amount which can be applied for is €15,000. 

Creative Communities Grant Scheme 2024, Cork City Council

Category: Grant
Deadline: 28 February, 12pm
Web: www.corkcity.ie
Email: louise_tangney@corkcity.ie

Cork City Council is now inviting applications to the second year of a grant scheme for communities working with arts and creative practitioners to enable creativity in every community. The Creative Communities Grant Scheme aims to support ambitious and innovative projects which grow the capacity of individuals and communities and use creativity to create positive social and economic impacts.

Guidance Notes

Portal Documentation Award 2024, Arts in Education

Category: Award
Deadline: 1 March, 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.

Collective Futures, Common Ground

Category: Residency
Deadline: 11 March
Web: www.commonground.ie
Email: info@commonground.ie

In 2024 Collective Futures offers a collaborative or socially engaged artist / arts collective / community of practice an opportunity of an 8 month residency in studio 468, a community based workspace setting with multiple supports.


Creative Communities 2024, Leitrim County Council

Category: Award
Deadline: 17 March, midnight
Web: www.leitrimcoco.ie
Email: alice.dixon@leitrimcoco.ie

A central theme of Creative Ireland is collaboration, in order to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity and to nurture the creative imagination through active engagement with the arts and culture. Any group within the community (or a venue or organisation working with a group) can look to develop a project with professional practitioners in any creative or cultural arena such as visual or performing arts, literature, cultural heritage or any other culture and creativity area. 

It is important to note that while the creative practitioner/s can be from anywhere in Ireland, the community benefiting from the project must be based within County Leitrim.


2024 Sean and Rosemarie Mulcahy Visual Arts Residency Award: for a Socially Engaged Artist, Fire Station Artists’ Studios

Category: Residency
Deadline: 22 March, 5pm
Web: www.firestation.ie

Applications are now open for this fully funded 6-month residency, with a monthly stipend in 2024. Applicants must be full time practising artists with a socially engaged practice, with projects and exhibition profiles. 

Various awards, Age & Opportunity

Deadline: 22 March, 5pm
Web: https://bealtaine.ie

Age & Opportunity’s Arts programme invites applications for three awards intended to support the development of older artists in Ireland and to increase the knowledge around the arts and ageing in general.

Creative Ageing Writing Bursary
Launched in 2021, the Age & Opportunity Creative Ageing Writing Bursary aims to generate discussion, debate and knowledge about the growing arts and ageing sector in Ireland. Guidelines

Professional Development Artist Award
Through this award, older artists are encouraged to seek out further learning, training, research, or other activities that benefit their career and practice. Guidelines

Emerging Artist Award
Through this award Age & Opportunity Arts would like to celebrate an exciting, up-and-coming artist aged 50+ who shows dedication and determination as they embark on a new path to becoming a professional artist. This award can be put towards activities that develop their practice further or the creation of new work. Guidelines


In the Dark by Ciarán Taylor and Sightless Cinema Members

Date & Time: 29 February, 7pm and 1 March, 3pm
Venue: Hugh Lane Gallery
Address: Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, D01 F2X9
Web: https://hughlane.ie/explore_learn/in-the-dark/
Admission: €8

In the Dark brings to life dramatic turning points in the lives of five people who are blind or visually impaired. It’s an immersive surround sound experience where the audience can wear blindfolds, and all the sound effects and music are performed live. They are stories of adversity, adventure and determination.

Should you wish to book a place over the telephone please contact Joseph Shannon, 01 2222260.


Explore Design, Irish Society of Performance Designers

Deadline: 26 February, 3pm
Web: https://ispd.ie
Email: production@ispd.ie

Explore Design is a mentorship programme connecting award-winning designers with seven emerging playwrights and theatre-makers, fostering design thinking and scenography skills in their practice. Curated by Pamela McQueen, with Maree Kearns as lead designer, the programme will introduce the core components of performance design.

Discursive seminar sessions will cover the full breadth of design tools available in performance. To that end, the programme includes designers from all disciplines and aesthetic styles, who will each give a group session. It also includes a session with a production manager and a stage manager to contemplate the practical aspects of implementing design ideas.

Full details can be found at the weblink above. 

Safe to Create Research 2023: Exploring Marginalised Voices in Ireland’s Arts Sector

Deadline: 29 March
Web: www.safetocreate.ie

Safe to Create are undertaking quantitative and qualitative research to gather as much intersecting information as possible about what it’s like to work in the arts/creative sectors if you are disabled, LGBTQIA+, and/or from a minoritised racial or ethnic background. 

If you are part of one or more of these communities, they would like to invite you to participate in this research by completing their online survey now:
English language survey
Irish language survey

To ensure artists/arts workers with an intellectual disability can take part as well, they are asking similar questions, with adapted language and focus, for these participants.  They have developed separate surveys in this regard, which are available on their website

Public Consultation on the new ten-year strategy for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (2024-34)

Deadline: 5 April
Web: https://artscouncil-ni.org

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland welcomes public feedback on the strategy and invites you to respond using the online survey. In addition, they would really appreciate it if you might spread the word and share this public consultation with your audiences or members, colleagues and contacts. 

The Public Consultation will take place from Friday 12th January – Friday 5th April 2024 with the final 10-year strategy due for publication in Spring 2024.

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