In the context of the Arts Council's strategy of seeking to increase public engagement and participation with the arts, a number of specific schemes and initiatives have been established for the particular support of those working in arts participation.
The Artist in the Community Scheme
This scheme offers funding to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work collaboratively on contemporary arts projects.
The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts. The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts such as arts and disability, arts and health; arts and older people; arts and cultural diversity and arts and communities. Projects have taken place in a variety of locations such as community centres, hospitals, care centres, prisons, parks or public spaces.
The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. This means that the members of the group will have as much influence on the project as the artist. So both parties are involved in deciding on the nature of the end result of the project. Ownership of the art should be negotiated and agreed from the start. The project may result in a variety of outcomes.
This scheme, which has three strands which encompass research, mentoring and project realisation, is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts, on behalf of the Arts Council. There are two closing dates annually. For more information and application details please see the Create website at www.create-ireland.ie.
The Visual Artists in Prisons Scheme
Through this scheme the Arts Council offers opportunities to visual artists to work with groups of students and their art teachers in Irish prisons. It is managed jointly by the Irish Prison Service (through its Education Department) and the Arts Council.
The artists carry out a series of workshops with interested students. Workshops in the past have included sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, mosaics and other visual media. Initially the teacher and artist discuss the type of workshops that are required and when the aims and objectives are clarified and dates agreed, the artist, the art teacher and students all work together.
If you are a visual artist interested in becoming a member of the panel from which artists are selected or are involved in prison education please contact the scheme coordinator: Veronica Hoen, Art Development Worker, Prison Education Service, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Writers in Prisons Scheme
The scheme provides selected writers the opportunity to work with groups of students in Irish prisons. The teachers or librarians from any of the prisons in the Republic of Ireland invite selected writers to visit to carry out a reading, a workshop or a series of workshops with the relevant students. The workshops in the past have included literature, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting.Initially the teacher and/or librarian and artist discuss the reading or type of workshops that are required and when the aims and objectives are clarified and dates agreed, the writer carries out the work with the students.
If you are a writer interested in becoming a member of the panel from which writers are selected or are involved in prison education please contact the scheme coordinator: Veronica Hoen, Art Development Worker, Prison Education Service, Email: email@example.com.
In 2013, the Arts Council, with Arts & Disability Ireland, Mayo County Council, Galway city and county councils and Cork City Council launched IGNITE! a unique and innovative approach to commissioning and touring ambitious new work by artists with disabilities. Ignite will support collaborative commissions to create new work, led by internationally recognised artists with disabilities. The scheme is managed by ADI.