Schemes and initiatives

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, managed by Create, the development agency in Ireland for the participative arts, offers opportunities for artists and communities to work together.

Currently, the Arts Education Research Group in Trinity College Dublin, in partnership with the Arts Council and Create, are seeking an experienced candidate to undertake a literature review of Evaluation of Participative and Collaborative Arts in Social and Community Contexts. The literature review will provide a comprehensive overview of documents that describe methodologies and practices in the evaluation of participatory and collaborative arts in social and community contexts. The deadline is Friday October 5. For further details see: http://www.tcd.ie/Education/research/groups/arts/Literature-Review.pdf

The Visual Artists in Prisons Scheme, managed jointly by the Irish Prison Service through its Education Department and the Arts Council, offers opportunities for artists, art teachers and art students in the prison communities to work together.

The Writers in Prisons Scheme, managed jointly by the Irish Prison Service through its Education Department and the Arts Council, offers opportunities writers, librarians and writing students in the prison communities to work together.

The Arts Council also recognises the additional barriers which artists who have disabilities may face. While such artists are, of course, eligible to apply for funding though our other funding streams, a scheme is in place specifically for artists with disabilities. The Arts and Disability Awards Ireland, managed by the Arts and Disability Forum, Belfast, on behalf of the two Arts Councils on the island of Ireland offers bursaries to individual artists.

 
The Artist in the Community Scheme

Through this scheme the Arts Council 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.

Projects funded during 2011 included

  • Visual artist Sean Taylor worked collaboratively with Glenstal Abbey beekeepers to explore the possibility of creating a soundscape inspired by the actual sound of bees and to interrogate effects of climate change
  • Theatre artist Shane O’Reilly, (working with mentor, Gavin Quinn of Pan Pan), and the Irish Deaf Society researched and developed new ways of expression as theatre artists and explored ways of incorporating Sign into performance in collaboration with Irish deaf groups.
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The Visual Artists in Prisons Scheme

Through this scheme the Arts Council offers opportunities to visual artists to work with groups of students in Irish prisons. It is managed jointly by the Irish Prison Service (through its Education Department) and the Arts Council.

The Visual Artists in Prisons Scheme provides selected visual artists the opportunity to work with students in the prison schools and their art teachers. The artists carry out a series of workshops with interested students. The workshops in the past have included sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, mosaics and other visual media.

Visual Artist in Prison scheme, 2011. Artist Anonymous, workshop facilitator Des MacMahon, photographer Paula Rafferty

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 co-ordinator:

Veronica Hoen, Art Development Worker, Prison Education Service,
Phone: 087 954 8178,
Email: vmhoen@ipsedu.ie

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The Writers in Prisons Scheme

Through this scheme the Arts Council aims to offer opportunities for writers to work with groups of students in Irish prisons. This scheme is managed jointly by the Irish Prison Service (through its Education Department) and the Arts Council.

The scheme provides selected writers the opportunity to work with students in the prison schools. 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 co-ordinator:

Veronica Hoen, Art Development Worker, Prison Education Service,
Phone: 087 954 8178,
Email: vmhoen@ipsedu.ie

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Arts & Disability Awards Ireland

Through this scheme the Arts Council offers individual artists with disabilities the opportunity to apply for funding to produce new work in any art form. This is an all-island scheme, and it is managed by the Arts and Disability Forum on behalf of the joint funders - the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealàion and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The ADAI scheme is open to artists with disabilities 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. Disability access requirements that are linked to artistic activity will also be considered. Information on the grant scheme can be made available in alternative formats.

Armorial, from Bodyworks exhibition by Lois Davies, digital print on handmade paper, 2011. Photo: the artist

This is a developmental scheme with support right through the process, so the panel considers applications from emergent talent as well as from artists who already have an intensive level of contemporary arts experience. The scheme’s purpose is to identify, encourage and nurture individual talent amongst arts practitioners with disabilities. Individuals can apply for a bursary of up to £5,000 (or Euro equivalent). Criteria include artistic excellence, evidence of artistic talent; the originality of the ideas; the quality of project planning evidence; and how realistic and achievable the aims are.

People from across the disability spectrum are welcome to apply, including people with hidden impairments like epilepsy and dyslexia if you're not sure whether you are eligible just call the ADF and staff will advise.

For further information on closing dates, guidelines, criteria and an application form see http://www.adf.ie/?page_id=785.

Please note that artists with disabilities are, of course, also eligible to apply under any relevant Arts Council funding stream.

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Film still from Henry and Sunny. Two people holding balloons.
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A still from Henry and Sunny, a film produced by Orla Russell-Conway as part of an Arts and Disability Award, 2009

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