Feature Article
Welcome to the August edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Arts Council launches €212k local arts collaborative awards
Announcement about the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Round 2 2018 (July to December)
Annual Laureate for Irish Fiction lecture – The Count: what the figures say about being a female Irish writer today
NEW: Festival Investment Scheme - Clinics
Grants and Awards
Deis Award next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 31 August 2017
The Arts Council announces deadline for Reel Art 2017
Visual Arts Curator Residency Scheme
Visual Artists' Workspace Scheme 2018
New round of ilDÁNA announced
Creative Europe Desk
International News from the Creative Europe Desk – Culture Office
International News from the Creative Europe Desk – Culture Office

Save the Date! Creative Europe Festival Networking in Edinburgh

During the Edinburgh Festivals, we will join the CED Culture UK Desk in Edinburgh on Wednesday 23rd of August, 6-8pm, for a celebration of international collaboration and partnerships across art forms. If you are attending any of the Festivals, save the date and come along to meet us.


This will be a free event and a great opportunity to learn more about working collaboratively across Europe. Get inspired, hear success stories, and network with potential partners!






18.30 - 19.00 Arrival and drinks


19.00 - 19.30 Welcome, and short panel discussion on the challenges and rewards of European collaboration


19.30 - 20.30 Networking with the speakers and other arts, creative and cultural professionals interested in European and international collaboration


Confirmed Panel Speakers


Liz Pugh, Walk the Plank, lead partner in outdoor-arts focused Cooperation Project School of Spectacle

Alex Smith, XpoNorth, partner in music industry Cooperation Project EXCITE

Ailbhe Murphy, Create Ireland, lead partner in the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme


Additional speakers to be confirmed soon.


Make connections, meet potential project partners and share your own experiences over a glass of wine and canapés. Eventbrite tickets will go live soon - read more here on Creative Europe Desk UK website.



Irish cities top performers in the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor Report!


Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford are all included in the Monitor which is an

acknowledgement of the importance the cities attach to culture and creativity.


The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor is a new online tool to monitor and assess the performance of European cities compared to their peers using both quantitative and qualitative data. It provides a common evidence base at city level that helps decision makers learn from each other and hopefully inspire policies to boost economic growth and job creation, foster social development and citizens’ well-being, and strengthen resilience.   


The Monitor’s quantitative information is captured in 29 indicators. These are grouped into 9 dimensions reflecting 3 major facets of cities’ cultural, social and economic vitality: ‘Cultural Vibrancy’, ‘Creative Economy’ and ‘Enabling Environment’.


The first editor of the report has been published and covers 168 cities in 30 countries.


Cork takes first place in the ‘Cultural Vibrancy’ category in S-M group of 64 ranked countries. Overall Cork was in the top eight idea cultural and creative cities alongside the likes of Paris and Eindhoven. Dublin achieves third place on ‘Cultural Vibrancy’ in the XL group of 34 ranked cities thanks to its notable performance on Cultural Venues and Facilities (2nd).


This platform allows users to browse the 168 selected cities and the quantitative and qualitative information about their performance in the Countries and Cities page:




You can download the full report here and the Ireland fact sheet here.


Support for European Networks Strand results!


Creative Europe supports European networks to help the cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally and to strengthen their competiveness.


Networks play an important role in bringing together fragmented national players across Europe.


This strand of funding offered financial support to European networks active in the field of the cultural and creative sectors.


Support for European networks is intended to have a structuring effect on players in the cultural and creative sectors.


The European Commission has announced the latest results under the Support for European Networks Strand.


Funding was offered over 4 year (2017 – 2020) and there were 28 European Networks supported. There are 38 Irish members involved in 17 of the selected networks. You can find the full list here.


How can the arts and culture promote intercultural dialogue?


How can culture and the arts promote intercultural dialogue in these times of migratory and refugee crisis?


The European Commission asked experts from all across Europe and you can now read the results of those discussions in their new report here.



Invite the Culture Office to speak at your event


Along with organising our own events, the Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Culture Office is regularly invited to speak at events across the country. The Culture Office presents the EU funding opportunities available under the Creative Europe Programme and offers advice on how to build partnerships and develop European projects.


If your organisation is planning a conference, seminar, workshop or partner meeting that would benefit from input or attendance by the Culture Office please contact us on cedculture@artscouncil.ie