The Arts Council announced today that it will invest €800,000 in major, once-off projects, in
one or a combination of artforms. Through the Making Great Art Work: Open Call, the Arts Council wishes to invite artists and arts organisations to submit proposals for ambitious artistic projects.
It is envisaged that the projects funded under this
programme will take place within 18 months of the date of award and applicants
can apply for up to €350,000.
“The Arts Council is committed
to supporting artists and arts organisations so that they can realise the full
scale of their artistic ambitions. The open call is open to all artists across artforms and multi-disciplinary arts practice. It is deliberately light
touch, leaving the canvas blank, so that it might be filled by the creativity
of those who respond to this call,” said Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride.
The award is open to
artists and organisations who are resident in the state, although the Arts
Council may accept an application from outside the state in exceptional
circumstances and where the final outcome will be to the benefit of those
living in Ireland.
Starting from today,
there will be an open call for applications, followed by a single assessment
process: shortlisting by an International jury, with shortlisted applications
providing fully developed artistic proposals, project plans, and budgets before
final decision in June 2016.
The international jury
will be made up of two international experts, a national expert and two members
of the Arts Council. It will be chaired by a non-voting member of the Arts
organisations already funded by the Arts Council under its three main grants
programmes will have to show that the project is exceptional and outside the
scope of its normally-funded work
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