CREATE: News & Opportunities – April 2024

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News from Create  

Eascair: Celebrating the Afro-Irish Community

Date: 19 April
Time: 12 noon – 8pm
Venue: Dance Ireland, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Web: www.create-ireland.ie
Admission: Free, booking required
To book: www.danceireland.ie

‘Eascair’ is a cultural event celebrating the contribution of Afro-Irish artists to Ireland’s rich cultural scene, with a focus on people of the African diaspora in the arts, led by dance artists Karen Aguiar (Project Manager/Event Producer) and Tobi Balogun (Artistic Director/Curator).

This event will showcase contemporary work in dance, featuring film screenings, exhibition, and food sharing as well as in-depth conversations focusing on collaborations and how traditions are carried through the community and into new contemporary forms and spaces.

Panelled artists include Amanda Ade, Tobi Bello, PIUS Ojo, Alessandra Azeviche, Fortune. Also an exhibition featuring work by Craig Chiko, Tobi Bello and Pati Guimarães supported by visual artist Alice Rekab, who is also providing mentoring and production support to these artists.

Event schedule is available here.   

AIC Artist Mentoring Award 2024

Deadline: 13 May, 5pm
Web: www.create-ireland.ie

The Artist Mentoring Award sits within a suite of offerings under the Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC). It aims to offer capacity building and arts practice development for collaborative socially engaged artists. Through the Artist Mentoring Award, artists from the Artist Mentor Panel will be available as mentors to emerging practitioners, artists with a strong interested in/transitioning into collaborative socially engaged arts, artists who find themselves on the margins and feel they are underrepresented in the field of collaborative socially engaged arts, for example due to displacement or migration, and artists facing particular challenges in developing their collaborative socially engaged arts practice. There will be five artist mentors and five artist mentees.

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.  

Making Odd-Kin with LennonTaylor

Deadline for applications: 14 May, 4pm
Workshop date & time: 7 June, 11am – 5pm
Location: EcoLab, Tramore Valley Park, Cork City
Web: www.create-ireland.ie
Admission: Free, application is essential
Lunch: Lunch will be provided at a cost of €15, due to the location of the workshop and logistical restraints
Email: producer@create-ireland.ie

Climate change is a systemic set of predicaments, which call on all disciplines, forms of knowledge and bearers of knowledge to work together.

How do we, as Donna Haraway suggests, “stay with the trouble” when doing so requires us to engage in unexpected collaborations and combinations, to make “odd-kin”, to become “with each other or not at all”? What shape is this kinship, where and whom do its lines connect and disconnect, and so what?

Create are delighted to announce ‘Making Odd-Kin’ a one day workshop with artists LennonTaylor, hosted by the KinShip project in Tramore Valley Park, Cork. This workshop will act as an exchange of thoughts, ideas and actions, for socially engaged artists and those from other related sectors who are interested in the call for creative social interactions. 

There is a limited number of places for this workshop.  To apply, please submit a statement of interest as to why you wish to participate (150 words max) plus a short biography (150 words max) to Vance Lau at producer@create-ireland.ie with the subject line “Making Odd-Kin Expression of Interest”.  We accept written formats, but also voice notes and videos. 

This workshop is offered free of charge. Lunch will be provided at a cost of €15 to the attendees, due to the location of the workshop and logistical restraints. 

Please indicate in your email if you have any access requirements.  

AIC Case Study – Cocooning: Catch a Breath

Web: www.create-ireland.ie

Check out our latest AIC Scheme Case Study written by Catarina Araújo on her experience working with mental health professionals on “Cocooning – Catch a Breath”.

The project aimed to understand the impacts of Covid-19 on the professional’s lives. The project evolved through an ethos of trust, addressing overlooked needs and fostering a sense of community, connection, and solidarity from a humanistic perspective.  

Create News 35: Art and Social Action International education in collaborative and socially engaged art

Web: www.create-ireland.ie

Create’s role as a national resource organisation for collaborative arts has naturally led to a long history of engagement with third level arts education in Ireland. Our organisation has developed alongside the offer of third level institutions and the practice of those working in the sector over the past forty years.

This issue of Create News features some select reflections on the state of socially engaged art education, from our colleagues from SPCUNY (Social Practice, City University New York), who we invited to contribute to this publication alongside those involved in the new MA/MFA Art and Social Action at NCAD, in which Create is a partner.    


Traveller Arts and Culture Worker, Pavee Point

Deadline: 19 April, 5pm
Web: www.paveepoint.ie

This job offers an opportunity to engage with arts and culture organisations and with Travellers and Traveller organisations working in arts and culture – across a broad range of creative activities such as music, film, drama, poetry, visual arts and other. It also aims to promote Traveller inclusion in mainstream arts organisations as well as developing targeted initiatives. 

Job Description  

Artists Care Exchange Facilitator, Age & Opportunity

Deadline: 19 April, 5pm
Web: https://bealtaine.ie
Email: arts@ageandopportunity.ie

Age & Opportunity is seeking tenders from key individuals with an interest and background in the arts and older people in a care context, to act as facilitator for the third iteration of, the Artists Care Exchange (ACE), an Age & Opportunity Arts initiative. They wish to appoint a facilitator from September to December 2024, with some additional work in the recruitment of participants in June/July. 

The purpose of the facilitator is to work with the Age & Opportunity team to plan, manage, and host the seven facilitated sessions and devise mentoring sessions for a group of artists between October and December 2024 as part of this new initiative. 


Artistic Director/ CEO, Project Arts Centre

Deadline: 22 April
Web: https://projectartscentre.ie
Email: recruitment@projectartscentre.ie

Project Arts Centre is on the lookout for their new artistic leader, an inspirational Artistic Director and CEO who will maintain Project’s position as Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centre. This is an opportunity to build and shape the programme at their purpose-built home in Dublin’s Temple Bar, and on tour in Ireland and across the world. 

Application Pack  

Creative Engagement Coordinator, Dublin City Council Culture Company

Deadline: 22 April
Web: www.dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie
Email: recruitment@dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie

Dublin City Council Culture Company is seeking a Creative Engagement Coordinator to help achieve their ambitious aims to connect the people of Dublin through culture and conversation.

Role Specification  

Education Coordinator, Photo Museum Ireland

Deadline: 25 April, midnight
Web: https://photomuseumireland.ie
Email: recruitment@photomuseumireland.ie

Photo Museum Ireland is hiring an Education Coordinator to work as part of a dynamic team providing essential administrative & promotional support to deliver Photo Museum Ireland’s new education programme. 

Full details are available at the weblink above.   

Development & Advocacy Manager, The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre

Deadline: 29 April
Web: https://ark.ie

The Ark is seeking a Development & Advocacy Manager to deliver their fundraising and advocacy strategy to achieve their strategic commitment to delivering transformation in their engagement with children.

Job Description  

Director, Live Art Development Agency, UK

Deadline: 30 April, 12 midday
Web: www.thisisliveart.co.uk
Email: info@thisisliveart.co.uk

Live Art Development Agency (LADA) is seeking new leadership to build on its 25-year history and powerful legacy. 

They are seeking proposals from those with a clear artistic vision to drive the future of Live Art alongside executive experience and organisational skills to give LADA stability and generate growth. 

Job Pack  

Engagement and Placemaking Manager, Irish Architecture Foundation

Deadline: 3 May, 1pm
Web: https://architecturefoundation.ie
Email: vacancies@architecturefoundation.ie

Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) is seeking an individual with passion, commitment and imagination to continue and further develop the IAF Place/Reimagine programmes.

Information Pack    


Funding from The Arts Council of Ireland

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Agility Award | Deadline: 25 April, 5:30pm
The Agility Award supports individual professional artists, freelance artists and arts practitioners.

Creative Schools Initiative | Deadline: 2 May, 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.

Touring of Work Scheme | Deadline: 9 May, 5:30pm
The Touring of Work Scheme 2025 – Round 1 invites applications for proposals seeking funding to support the touring of work across all artform and arts practice areas for tours taking place in the Republic of Ireland starting from January to December 2025.

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

EDI Artists Bursary, Kilkenny Arts Office

Category: Bursary
Deadline: 30 April, 4pm
Web: https://kilkennyartsoffice.ie
Email: diane.seale@kilkennycoco.ie

Kilkenny County Council Arts Office is delighted to announce a new bursary supported by The Arts Council offering financial support of €5,000 for artists across all artforms.

This opportunity is specific to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, including those based on age, civil or family status, disability, gender, membership of the Traveller Community, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Applications are accepted from Kilkenny based artists only. 


Designer in Residency, Center Rog, Slovenia

Category: Residency
Deadline: 30 April
Web: www.center-rog.si

Center Rog Creative Hub is delighted to announce the Designer in Residency Programme 2024. They call for designers from diverse backgrounds to embark on a transformative three-month-long journey exploring ancestral knowledge that offers lessons in resilience which can inform contemporary design responses to environmental, social, and cultural challenges. 

Open Call  

Emerging Visual Artist Award, Cork County Council

Category: Award
Deadline: 3 May
Web: www.corkcoco.ie
Email: arts@corkcoco.ie

Cork County Council Arts Office has announced a new award for emerging visual artists. The Emerging Visual Artist Award 2024 will provide an artist with a financial bursary and the opportunity for a solo exhibition at the Cork County Council LHQ Gallery. 

For full guidelines and application form please contact arts@corkcoco.ie.  

Moving to Change, Corte Ospitale, Italy

Category: Residency
Deadline: 5 May
Web: https://corteospitale.org
Email: movingtochange2024@gmail.com

Corte Ospitale has announced an open call for three artists and two culture professionals from the performing arts for their residency programme in Rubiera, Italy from 24 September to 24 October 2024.

“Moving to change” (MTC) stems from Corte Ospitale’s experience in developing innovative processes in the relationship between artists and communities. As a residency center, they believe that art residencies can be places for innovation, spaces where, through the creative process, it’s possible to cross territories and create generative change. 

Open Call  

Arts and Disability Connect, Arts & Disability Ireland

Category: Award
Deadline: 7 May, 4pm
Web: https://adiarts.ie
Email: connect@adiarts.ie

Arts and Disability Connect includes Mentoring, Training, New Work, and Research and Reflection awards which is designed to support artists with disabilities to be ambitious, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in the Republic of Ireland. 

Application forms, guidelines and other resources can be found from the weblink above.   

Open Call, Learning, Interacting and Networking in Architecture, EU

Category: Open Call
Deadline: 13 May, 11:59pm (CET)
Web: https://lina.community

Learning, Interacting and Networking in Architecture (LINA) is a European platform: a network of 34 institutions working at the intersection of architecture and other fields related to spatial culture. They are seeking emerging spatial practitioners, thinkers, and creatives to become LINA fellows.

Apply with your radical idea, practical solution, theoretical insight, or thought-provoking practice addressing the environmental crisis. 

Only residents of the 40 Creative Europe countries can apply. Read more here.  

Artist Commissions, Creative Places: Edenderry

Category: Commission
Deadline: 15 May, 5pm
Web: www.creative-lives.org
Email: info@creativeplacesedenderry.ie

Creative Places: Edenderry is a community-based programme to connect, create, and develop cultural activities to enhance community engagement and spirit, led by Creative Lives. 

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

Information Sessions
There will be an in-person information session about the commissions at Edenderry Library on Wednesday 17 April, 12-2pm, and an online Zoom information session on Tuesday 23 April, 4-5pm. 

Artist Commission Guidance  

Individual Mobility Action 2, Culture Moves Europe, EU

Category: Award
Deadline: 31 May
Web: https://culture.ec.europa.eu

Culture Moves Europe’s second call for individual mobility targets artists and cultural professionals working in the following sectors: music, literature, architecture, cultural heritage, design and fashion design, visual arts and performing arts.

The Individual Mobility Action supports artists and cultural professionals to carry out a project with a partner of their choice in another Creative Europe country. The grant contributes to travel and subsistence costs, and offers additional top-ups based on grantees’ individual situation.

The mobility project can take place any time in the 12 months after the signature of the grant agreement. However, they recommend submitting applications at least four months before the start of the mobility.  

Various Opportunities, Creative Places West Cork Islands

Deadline: ongoing, with assessment taking place on a quarterly basis
Email: arts@CorkCoCo.ie

Creative Places West Cork Islands (CPWCI) is a project focused on collaborative approaches to cultural production. It is rooted in socially engaged arts practice and community-development principles. Its focal points are the seven inhabited islands of West Cork and the coastal communities with connections to those islands.

Expression of Interest
They invite artists, creatives, community groups and individuals who are residents of the islands and beyond to express an interest in the project and to propose their own creative projects that align with CPWCI’s priorities and aims. Full Details

Islander Artist/ Maker Scheme
They invite artists, creatives, community groups and individuals who are residents of Oileán Chléire, Sherkin Island, Heir island, Long Island, Whiddy Island, Bere Island and Dursey Island to participate in the Islander Artist Programme. Full Details    


When the Last Drop Saw the Sky by Suaimhneas Clubhouse HSE/EVE, artists Aisling Byrne and Shaun Dunne

Date: 22 April
Time: 12:45 – 2:30pm
Venue: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Web: www.artsandhealth.ie
Admission: Free, registration required
Email: neighbourhood@dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie

When the Last Drop Saw the Sky is a short film about the positive mental health journeys of members of Suaimhneas Clubhouse HSE/EVE in Raheny. The film was created in collaboration with artists Aisling Byrne and Shaun Dunne as part of a three-year cultural participation project led by Dublin City Council Culture Company. 

The film premiere will take place on Monday 22 April at the Irish Film Institute (IFI) followed by a light lunch and celebration with the participants. To attend the event, please register at neighbourhood@dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie. Walk-ups will be welcome on the day subject to availability.  

Emergency Knowledge: The Missing Archives by Vagabond Reviews

Exhibition runs until 11 May
Web: www.dublincityartsoffice.ie
Venue: The LAB Gallery, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Curated by Julia Moustacchi

Ever-increasing numbers of people and populations are experiencing life as an extended state of emergency. In such circumstances, local, regional, national and international responses are often predicated on the notion of a state of exception. What if the state of exception becomes the conditions of life: the refugee camp becomes home for several generations or a 6-month detainment in Direct Provision becomes an entire childhood?

Vagabond Reviews initiated Emergency Knowledge: The Missing Archives as a visual arts project that combines a rigorous examination of notions of emergency with archival practices of recovery and (re)construction. Vagabond Reviews have been working with key individuals / activists, they’ve called them constructivists, in order to produce an assemblage of archival traces of specific, situated emergencies. Over a series of diagnostic conversations, each constructivist was asked to consider their situated emergency through three key registers: the visual, the acoustic and the lexical (words, documents and books). Presented as a series of Archive Pods, photography, sound, text and film have been interlaced in order to create a hybrid space of inquiry at The LAB Gallery.  

Sligo Gathering, Theatre Forum

Date: 28-29 May
Venues: Hawk’s Well Theatre & The Model, Sligo
Web: https://theatreforum.ie
Early Bird (up until 19 April): €100-€280
Admission: €110-€300

Hundreds of artists, arts workers and arts organisations, people from arts centres and production companies, festivals and funders will get together in Sligo for two days of conversation, provocation, and inspiration as well as a specially curated artistic programme. 

Over the two days, you will explore many themes under the concept “Where Connection Creates Change”, including freedom of expression, career viability and sustainability, advocacy, audience research and lots more. Your ticket includes access to both day sessions, the artistic programme, lunch on both days and Tuesday evening dinner.

Bursaries for Independent Artists and Arts Workers | Deadline: 19 April
Theatre Forum is delighted to be working with Local Authority Arts Offices nationwide to offer bursaries for arts practitioners based in Ireland to attend the Theatre Forum Gathering in Sligo on 28 and 29 May 2024. These bursaries are on a first-come-first-served basis and/or by a selection panel. You can find out more here.    


The Close-Up, GORM

Deadline: 24 April
Web: www.gormmedia.com

GORM has announced their latest talent development programme, The Close-Up, as an extension of the Wideshot Programme. It is a targeted media training specifically tailored for early-career, minority, and ethnically diverse content producers/directors in Ireland. 

The focus is upskilling 8 participants through 8 interactive and deep sessions on practical and inspiring multi-platform media production led by industry experts. This will provide them with necessary expert-led training and mentorship on getting their stories on wider national and international screens, and providing avenues for idea story cross pollination. 

Participant Interest Form  

Trustee, Business to Arts

Deadline: 25 April, 5pm
Web: www.businesstoarts.ie
Email: recruitment@businesstoarts.ie

Business to Arts is seeking c-suite and cultural leaders from across Ireland with a strong skill set, life experience, or professional expertise to become their Board Trustees. 

Board Trustee Spec      

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