Informed by key goals contained within the Arts Council strategy and theatre policy Making Great Art Work and following a process of consultation, we are delighted to invite applications for proposals to develop innovative and art-led supports for the creation of excellent work in the independent theatre sector. We will be accepting applications from the 10th March, with a closing date of 9th April 2020.
We understand that the skills needed to create excellent theatre are many and varied, and while led by a creative vision, achieving excellence requires sustained, collaborative support. This pilot project seeks a fresh and dynamic approach to developing and creating the context for relevant and excellent work to thrive. As a pilot project the successful applicant(s) will be asked to work alongside the Arts Council in creating and evaluating a collaborative infrastructure, which optimises existing resources and promotes best-practice in the development, production and dissemination of the independent theatre sector across Ireland.
Applications will be considered from professional theatre artists* and/or collaborative entities that can demonstrate a proven track-record in theatre production and demonstrate partnerships of expertise with at least one organisation in receipt of Arts Council Strategic, Partnership or Arts Centre funding with a significant track record in the production and presentation of theatre to audiences e.g. production companies, festivals, Arts Centres.
Please note: Organisations in receipt of Strategic, Partnership or Arts Centre funding may not be the lead applicant. However, to be eligible, applications under this programme must be supported by at least one organisation in receipt of such Arts Council funding.
*Definitions for the purposes of this scheme
Professional theatre artist: any individual who works as a professional artist in a creative capacity in a theatre context, and are recognised as such by their peers. This could be a director, theatre maker, actor, playwright, designer, creative producer or a producing entity that is not in receipt of Strategic, Arts Centre or Partnership Funding.
Decisions will be made in two phases. Phase 1 will be the assessment and evaluation of applications. Based on the outcome of this phase, shortlisted applicants will be invited to make a presentation on their proposal. We expect this second phase to take place in June 2020.
Proposals can be made for funding up to a maximum of €250,000 per year over two years. Applications can only be accepted from individuals or collaborative entities or organisations not in receipt of Arts Council Strategic, Partnership or Art Centre funding. Guidelines will be available on the Available Funding page of our website in early March 2020 http://www.artscouncil.ie/available-funding/.
An information clinic will be held in the Arts Council on the 4th March 2020, please register your interest by emailing Elaine.Connolly@artscouncil.ie