Feature Article
Welcome to the February edition of our Newsletter
News this month
RAISE Phase 3 - Call for Expressions of Interest
Theatre Funding Clinics
The Arts Council announces successful recipients of Authored Works and Reel Art awards
Young Ensembles Scheme 2021
Writer-in-Residence/Fellowship appointments for 2021
Invitation to Collaboration | In the Open | Faoin Spéir
Grants and Awards
Deis Recording & Publication Award next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 1 April 2021
Agility Award 2021, Round 1
Arts Grant Funding 2022
Project Awards, Thursday, 15 April 2021
Theatre Project Award - Upcoming deadline
Creative Europe Desk
IN FOCUS Briefing Webinar
News from the community
Live out Loud – celebrating LGBTI+ youth
Job Description for the post of Deputy Director at the Irish Writers Centre
Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory - Irish Choreographers Move to Screen – Call for submissions
You, Fin and the Play Between
From Access to Inclusion, an Arts and Culture Summit
Invitation to Collaboration | In the Open | Faoin Spéir

Our recent surveys with Behaviours and Attitudes show us that there is greater public confidence in attending events outdoors. As we expectantly emerge from the pandemic in the second half of 2021 and into 2022, In the Open | Faoin Spéir will help to bring a renewed spirit of optimism and confidence in a fulsome return to the arts.

It is expected that up 14 places around the country will receive an In the Open | Faoin Spéir award.

The scheme has been developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The purpose is to generate a sustained and curated programme of multidisciplinary, inclusive arts activity in public or open spaces in towns and communities around Ireland between July 2021 and April 2022.


The award will support

  1. local-authority-identified-and-led outdoor programme in partnership with one or more arts centre / arts organisation / arts festival and /or curator or
  2. arts centre / arts organisation / arts festival (currently supported by the Arts Council) identified-and-led public programme in partnership with a local authority.


The scheme is rooted in the policies set out in the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (2016–25), Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland and in A Framework for Collaboration: An Agreement Between the Arts Council and the County and City Management Association (FFC)


It is also responding to Survive Adapt Renew and Life Worth Living, the economic impact andpublic sentiment reports published in 2020. See here for more details on these reports http://www.artscouncil.ie/covid-19/research-and-reports/


Webinar for applicants: 18 February 2021, 2pm – 3:30pm

Deadline for applications: 22 April 2021, 5:30pm


If you are interested in finding out more about applying, please join our webinar on 18th February.

To book your space please email ailve.mccormack@artscouncil.ie