Feature Article
Welcome to the June edition of our newsletter

In his introduction to The Art of Reading book club, Laureate for Irish Fiction  Colm Tóibín says ‘Reading as much as writing is an art.  It requires a creative response to the text.  No book matters unless someone is reading it’. 

 

In every part of the country, this vital connection between artist and audience member is being renewed day after day, evening after evening. 

 

From Darndale to Dingle, people are returning in their droves to artistic events of the highest quality. 

 

As I attend festivals and events throughout the country, I am more and more struck by the dedication to delivery of the highest quality performances for the widest possible public.  This commitment to standards of excellence makes for energizing encounters and it fills us with optimism for the recovery road ahead. 

 

Since the last newsletter, we’ve published our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion   (EDI) toolkit and you’ll find more details about it within this newsletter. Please use this toolkit as a starting point.  It will necessarily evolve as we all grow our work in this area.  Many wonderful projects have been initiated in response to our EDI policy, and with your support and collaboration, we know that we can build in earnest on this progress in future years.

 

We know that the achievement of a more equitable, diverse and inclusive arts landscape is entirely possible.  We look forward to working with you to make this happen.

 

 

Maureen Kennelly

Director


News this month
Arts Council Climate Action Policy and Implementation Plan

The climate crisis is unfolding rapidly and action at scale and speed is required from all of us. The Arts Council has embarked on a new project to understand what we can do to support the arts community to take action and get to grips with climate action ourselves.


The climate crisis is unfolding rapidly and action at scale and speed is required from all of us. The Arts Council has embarked on a new project to understand what we can do to support the arts community to take action and get to grips with climate action ourselves. We are delighted to announce that we are doing this in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle EU, a team which brings a wealth of experience from home and abroad – from Julie’s Bicycle’s experience with international cultural policy-making and 10 years as partner for Arts Council England’s environmental programme, to the pioneering work of Native Events and the Green Arts Initiative in Ireland to bring sustainable practices to Irish events and green Irish arts venues.

The Arts Council’s Climate Action Policy and Implementation plan is being developed in consultation with Arts Council staff, artists, arts organisations, and other key stakeholders. As part of this consultation process we are undertaking a survey of the arts sector – artists, arts organisations and independent arts workers - and would greatly value your input. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes and is available here. It closes 6pm, June 17th.

 

 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

We are delighted to share our newly published Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit.


The Arts Council’s Equality, Human Rights and Diversity (EHRD) Policy and Strategy sets out our commitment to taking actions to actively deepen our understanding of inequalities in the arts and develop substantive ways to address them. The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Toolkit gathers examples of good practice in order to support arts organisations on the journey to promoting EDI. This requires all of us to play a role in making change happen.

This toolkit is intended to support organisations in implementing positive policy measures to promote equality of opportunity, access and outcomes for everyone living in Ireland regardless of their age, civil or family status, disability, gender, membership of the Traveller community, race, religion or sexual orientation. These are the nine protected characteristics under the Equal Status Acts 2000–2018, and the Arts Council furthermore notes the ground of socio-economic background as a further basis for which equality of opportunity, access and outcomes must be guaranteed.

This toolkit has been produced to support arts organisations to prepare and produce their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Action Plans, and it is intended to help organisations to embed EDI as values that underpin their actions.

Download the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Open / Faoin Spéir June programme

An Táin Arts Centre’s Louth Culture Quest is a futuristic, app based, county-wide, arts and heritage treasure hunt, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland | In the Open / Faoin Spéir and delivered in partnership with Louth County Council that runs from April – December 2022.


An Táin Arts Centre’s Louth Culture Quest is a futuristic, app based, county-wide, arts and heritage treasure hunt, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland | In the Open / Faoin Spéir and delivered in partnership with Louth County Council that runs from April – December 2022.

Audiences must purchase the Louth Culture Quest app to embark on this futuristic treasure hunt exploring County Louth, from the Cooley Peninsula to the coastal town of Baltray, tread the towns of Dundalk and Drogheda on foot, armed with their mobile device and guided by the custodian from the future named Lugh, performed by Father Teds Joe Rooney. Audiences will take a journey through time, exploring the heritage sites of County Louth, engaging with newly commissioned pieces of art and changing the course of history.

The County has been split into 4 zones, North Louth, Dundalk, South Louth and Drogheda. 20 new artworks by 4 visual artists have been created specifically for the quest, with five artworks in each zone. On completion of the quest audiences can contact An Táin Arts Centre to claim their LCQ Limited Edition reward pin. The commissioned artists include David Callan, a mixed media artist who works with found mate, Grainne Murphy, an image maker and printmaker..

At each artwork audiences can unlock a short film via the LCQ app, where a custodian of art from the future tells them about the artwork and what happens to this part of Co. Louth 30 years from now. The story was written by Louth based author Nicola Cassidy.

The films were shot and edited by filmmaker Steven Larkin with original music composed by James Mackin. The app was developed by Drogheda based developer Nebula Innovations with branding and design by Dundalk based Grandson Design Studio. In total 14 creative practitioners all from, or living in Co. Louth contributed to the project.

Download the app for €4.99 from Google Play or the App Store.  

 

More information on all In the Open / Faoin Spéir programmes can be found here:

https://www.artscouncil.ie/InTheOpen/

Follow #InTheOpenFaoinSpeir on social media for regular updates.

 

 

 

Artform Support Services Procurement

In June 2022 the Arts Council will be launching a new approach to the procurement of artform support services such as Advisory, Assessment and Research services. We will be transitioning to a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) approach that has been designed in response to a rigorous internal consultation and feedback process identifying opportunities for improvement.


In June 2022 the Arts Council will be launching a new approach to the procurement of artform support services such as Advisory, Assessment and Research services. We will be transitioning to a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) approach that has been designed in response to a rigorous internal consultation and feedback process identifying opportunities for improvement.

Overall this new process seeks to increase accessibility and transparency around how the Arts Council procures these services and ultimately allow for a greater diversity of voices as we work to support and develop the arts in Ireland.

We are hosting an information session on this on June 20th at 3pm. If you would like to attend please register by emailing ArtsDPS@artscouncil.ie.

This will be available to view on eTenders during June and more information can be found here

Grants and Awards
Deadline: Project Awards, Round 1, 2023

The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council's Project Awards is 5.30pm Thursday, 28 July 2022

The window for making an application opens on Tuesday, 21 June 2022


The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council's Project Awards is 5.30pm Thursday, 28 July 2022

The window for making an application opens on Tuesday, 21 June 2022

The Arts Council will offer Project awards in the following:

  • Architecture
  • Arts Participation
  • Circus
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Street Arts & Spectacle
  • Theatre
  • Traditional Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • YPCE

 

The Arts Council's Project awards support specific project activities under each of the above artform/arts practice areas. The award guidelines for each award can be downloaded from the available funding section of the Arts Council's website in early June

Who can apply:

The award is open to individuals and organisations.

Who cannot apply:

  • Organisations currently in receipt of funding under the following Arts Council programmes: Strategic Funding, Arts Centre Funding, Partnership Funding – though the involvement of such organisations as partners is welcome
  • Organisations or individuals that have already submitted an application for 2023 Arts Grant Funding
  • Individuals who work on an ongoing basis with organisations funded through any of the above programmes
  • Members of the Council of National Cultural Institutions directly funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
  • Individuals or organisations who do not have a demonstrable track record as professional artists or organisations
  • Individuals currently in undergraduate education (including those undertaking foundation courses) or who will be during the period for which this award is offered
  • Individuals seeking support towards fees for postgraduate (including unaccredited)/higher education or study
  • Note: you cannot apply for the award both as an individual and as part of an organisation – e.g. you cannot apply as artistic director of a company and also apply separately under your own name

 

Access Supports

If you have a disability and would like help to apply, please contact the Arts Council’s Access Officer, by phone (01 618 0200/01 618 0243) or by email (access@artscouncil.ie) as early as possible before the deadline.

 

You can also apply for additional costs to meet access needs you may have as part of your application.

 

Please note

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website. Applicants who have not previously used the online services site must register in advanceof making an application.  It may take up to five working days for your registrations to be confirmed so it is very important that you register as early as possible.

 

Follow us on our social media channels for updates and assistance:

Twitter: @artscouncil_ie

Facebook: @artscouncilireland

Instagram: @artscouncilireland

 

 

Deadline: Strategic Funding 2023

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5.30pm on Thursday 8 September 2022

The application window will open on 28 June 2022


Deadline for receipt of applications: 5.30pm on Thursday 8 September 2022

The application window will open on 28 June 2022

The purpose of Strategic Funding is to invest in and support the essential infrastructure required to sustain and develop the arts in Ireland.

Recipients of Strategic Funding must play a critical part in delivering the policy priorities of Making Great Art Work, the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy.

In offering Strategic Funding to organisations, the Arts Council wishes to ensure:

  • The delivery of excellent artwork and/or events, activities and services
  • Excellent opportunities for artists and/or arts professionals to develop their practice and/or to create or to be engaged in high-quality work
  • That the diversity of contemporary Ireland is reflected in the work it supports
  • That more people will enjoy high-quality arts experiences
  • Increased depth of engagement by and with the public
  • Standards of excellence in governance and management in the arts.

Strategic Funding is open to organisations only. Organisations can make only one application each year for Strategic Funding.

Guidelines will be published on the available funding section on our website mid-June

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council's online services website and all supporting material must be submitted online.Applicants who have not previously used the online services site must register in advance of making an application. It may take up to five working days for your registrations to be confirmed so it is very important that you register as early as possible.

Follow us on our social media channels for updates and assistance:

Twitter: @artscouncil_ie

Facebook: @artscouncilireland

Instagram: @artscouncilireland

 

New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced

Applications are invited for proposals seeking funding to support touring and dissemination of work across a range of artforms and art practices. This scheme is designed to support the touring and dissemination of work starting from January 2023 to June 2023.


Applications are invited for proposals seeking funding to support touring and dissemination of work across a range of artforms and art practices. This scheme is designed to support the touring and dissemination of work starting from January 2023 to June 2023.

 

Applications forms will be available from 31st May 2022. The closing date for tours starting from January to June 2023 will be Thursday 30th June, 2022 at 5.30pm.

 

The Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme is open to applications from organisations and individuals. Since its introduction in 2010 the Touring schemes have been based on the principle of collaboration between those who produce and those who present work to audiences.

 

For details on the scheme including individual art forms and arts practices priorities, please refer to the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Guidelines for Applicants 2023 on the available funding page of our website.

 

If you have general queries in relation to this scheme please contact suzanne.ring@artscouncil.ie  

If you have questions specifically related to art forms or arts practices, then please email the relevant team. All contact details are on the Arts Council's website Contacts page.

 

Please note, a review of the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme is currently being undertaken and changes may be made in future funding rounds.

 

 

 

ilDÁNA 2022 / 2023

ilDÁNA is designed to enhance the TG4 schedule by supporting the making of ambitious and cinematic long-form documentaries on the arts in Irish.


ilDÁNA is designed to enhance the TG4 schedule by supporting the making of ambitious and cinematic long-form documentaries on the arts in Irish.

This year we wish to fund the making of two feature-length landmark documentary films, each with a budget of up to €120,000. It is our intention that one of the two documentaries will give expression to inclusivity and diversity in the arts and actively involve new and under-represented voices.

While we welcome proposals about any art form or arts practice area, we wish to encourage applications that explore architecture, theatre, street art and other art forms which are not regularly the subject of arts documentaries in Irish.[1]

Applications must be made using the TG4 online application system no later than 17:00 on Friday, 15 2022. 

See here for further details.

Further information at an online information session on ilDÁNA hosted by TG4 and the Arts Council on Thursday, 9th June at 9:30am. 

 

Registration by email to: claruildana@tg4.ie

 



[1] The Arts Council supports architecture, circus, dance, film, literature, music, opera, street art and spectacle, theatre, traditional arts and visual arts: www.artscouncil.ie

 

Creative Schools
Creative Associate Opportunities

Opportunities for Creative Associates to work with the Creative Schools initiative will be announced on Arts Councils social media accounts in the coming weeks.


Opportunities for Creative Associates to work with the Creative Schools initiative will be announced on Arts Councils social media accounts in the coming weeks.

The Arts Council is seeking to engage up to four Creative Associates, with relevant experience, to support the delivery of a pilot project for a cohort of schools in alternative settings from autumn 2022 for up to two years.

The Creative Schools initiative supports schools to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives. This pilot project will focus on schools from particular types of educational contexts that have not yet participated in the Creative Schools initiative.

In the coming months there may be other opportunities for teachers, artists, creative practitioners and individuals working in organisations in the arts and cultural sector to join the Creative Schools initiative as a Creative Associate. So keep an eye on our social media accounts!

Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

 

Scoileanna Ildánacha / Creative Schools 2022 new deadline

Scoileanna Ildánacha / Creative Schools have extended the window for applications to Creative Schools 2022. The new deadline is: Thursday, 16th June, 17:30.

Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools 2022 welcomes applications from schools and Youthreach centres across the country who would like to join the programme in autumn 2022. The application guidelines are published here.


Scoileanna Ildánacha / Creative Schools have extended the window for applications to Creative Schools 2022. The new deadline is: Thursday, 16th June, 17:30.

Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools 2022 welcomes applications from schools and Youthreach centres across the country who would like to join the programme in autumn 2022. The application guidelines are published here.

The purpose of Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools is to support schools and Youthreach centres to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. Participating schools/centres will take part in a guided journey over two years to develop a Creative Schools Plan unique to each school, and begin to implement it. Key supports offered by this award include up to nine days per year of expert support and advice from a Creative Associate assigned to each school/centre, and a €4,000 grant towards activities and projects arising. 

All applications to the Arts Council are made through the Arts Council’s online services system. Schools and Youthreach centres interested in applying to Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools 2022 can register an account on the Arts Council’s online services system here.  

Further information about the programme and how to apply is available here.

 

 

 

 

News from the community
Ealaín na Gaeltachta: Strategy 2023-2027 Survey

Ealaín na Gaeltachta is developing a new strategy for 2023-2027.  This new strategy will be a central element of the national policy framework for arts development, alongside the strategies of Údarás na Gaeltachta and An Comhairle Ealaíon/Arts Council's strategy Making Great Art Work.  


Ealaín na Gaeltachta is developing a new strategy for 2023-2027.  This new strategy will be a central element of the national policy framework for arts development, alongside the strategies of Údarás na Gaeltachta and An Comhairle Ealaíon/Arts Council's strategy Making Great Art Work.  

 

 

As part of our research and planning, we are now seeking feedback, opinions, and suggestions from Gaeltacht communities, and from artists, organisations and individual members of the public, including young people. We have engaged an independent consultant, Dermot McLaughlin to undertake this research, and Dermot will analyse the results of this survey.

 

 

This survey has been designed by Dermot, with input from Ealaín na Gaeltachta staff; the survey is being distributed by Ealaín na Gaeltachta in compliance with GDPR (General Data Protrection Regulation); we are not collecting any personal details (such as name, address).

 

 

*If you wish to complete this survey both as an individual (e.g. as an artist or member of the public) and as a representative of an organisation or group, please feel free to complete two surveys to ensure that both perspectives are represented.

 

 

If you have any questions about the survey, you can contact Dermot directly at d@dermotmclaughlin.ie and on 086 234 9271.

 

Ealaín na Gaeltachta appreciates and thanks you for agreeing to help with this important work - go raibh míle maith agat!