08 July 2010: Arts Council announces new funding schemes in Dance and Theatre

The Arts Council today announced the introduction of four new funding schemes on a pilot basis for 2010-2011, one in Dance, and three in Theatre, the application process for which will open next week.

The deadline for the new schemes is 5.30pm on Thursday, 12 August, 2010. Applications will be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website.

The new schemes are:

Dance Artist Residency

The purpose of this scheme is to stabilise and support a network of dance artists in residence across the country.

The aims of this scheme are:

  • to consolidate both professional and community based dance practice in a variety of regional contexts;
  •  to offer opportunities to dance artists around the country to engage in a programme of artistic work relevant to their own practise;
  • to offer opportunities to local authorities and venues to develop dance practise in their area;
  •  to encourage the development of long-term planning and sustainability of independent dance activities.

Theatre Artist Residency

The purpose of this scheme is to offer theatre artists the opportunity to create a year-long work programme in partnership with venues and local authorities. The specific contents of the work programme will be designed by the theatre artist on collaboration with the local authority and/or venue.

The aims of this scheme are:

  • to offer opportunities to theatre artists across the country to engage in a  programme of artistic work relevant to their own practice;
  • to offer opportunities to venues and local authorities to develop theatre practice in their area;
  • to encourage the development of long-term planning and sustainability of independent theatre activities;
  • to encourage a co-ordinated approach between key arts providers at local/ regional level.

Theatre Development Funding

The purpose of this scheme is to offer theatre and other arts organisations the opportunity to offer developmental or training programmes to groups of individual theatre artists in a mentored environment, or to offer opportunities to groups of theatre artists to propose their own developmental ideas to organisations.

The aims of this scheme are as:

  • to offer opportunities to theatre artists to develop their practice in a supported way;
  •  to offer opportunities to organisations who undertake development and/or training initiatives to fund those activities directly;
  •  to encourage the development of long-term planning and sustainability of development and training activities within professional theatre.

Theatre Resource-Sharing Funding

The purpose of this award is to offer organisations the opportunity to share administrative and production resources with a number of individual theatre artists over a specified period of time.

The aims of this scheme are:

  • to offer administrative and/or production assistance to theatre artists  in developing projects and ideas;
  • to offer opportunities to organisations who facilitate and support the development of theatre artists’ projects to fund those activities directly;
  • to encourage the strategic planning and sustainability of resource sharing activities within professional theatre.

Guideline documents offering details on each scheme, and application forms, will be available from early next week.

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Yelemba dance troupe from the Ivory Coast - Clonmel Junction Festival.

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