|Closing date ||17:30, Thursday 23 September 2021|
|Artform and practice(s)||Architecture, Arts Centres, Arts participation, Circus, Dance, Festivals, Film, Literature, Music, Opera, Street arts, Theatre, Traditional arts, Visual arts, YPCE|
|Collaborative application possible?||Yes|
About the Award
Open Call* is a programme for artists and arts organisations to develop and shift their practice and profile work on a national scale, creating high-profile arts central to people’s lives.
The purpose of the award is to support projects which:
Are led by the vision of the artist(s) or develop the ambition of the artist(s)
Are brave in the pursuit of creative risk-taking
Encourage collaboration between artforms and art-practice areas (i.e. cross artform, interdisciplinary or combined-arts practice)
Extend the reach and impact of a project, with a fresh and dynamic approach to public engagement; in this context, public engagement may refer to participants and/or audiences
Demonstrate effective project partnerships, planning and project management.
Demonstrate a commitment to a research-and-development phase in project planning
Encourage and enable diversity and inclusivity in the arts.
Expand new territories of arts practice
Include high-profile international dimensions and collaborators in terms of public visibility and resource-based partnerships
The Open Call application process takes place in three phases. Phase 2* is for those whose proposals have been shortlisted and invited to submit further detail of what they propose for an International Jury. A reduced final shortlist will be selected
by the International Jury for interview for Phase 3.
Those candidates selected for Phase 3 will be asked to attend an interview and make a presentation for the International Jury (the jury will remain the same for phases 2 & 3).
Open Call is for projects commencing in 2022 and completing in 2022, 2023 or 2024
IMPORTANT NOTE: *You may only submit an application for Open Call Phase 2 if you have applied to Open Call 2022 Phase 1 and have been shortlisted and invited to apply to Open Call Phase 2.
Any information supplied in Open Call 2022 Phase 1 will not be considered as part of the assessment in Open Call Phase 2. Therefore, applicants should provide any information they believe relevant to their Open Call Phase 2 application (this may be information
already provided in Open Call 2022 Phase 1 as well as any relevant updates, new information or developments in support of the proposal) along with the mandatory supporting materials required as part of the application.
It is anticipated that the Arts Council will be able to offer between 2-3 awards based on the demand within the scheme; this will depend on the budgetary context.
The Arts Council expects to announce Phase 2 decisions for the Open Call Award in November/December 2021 and Phase 3 decisions in December 2021/January 2022.
The application window for the next round of Open Call (Phase 2) will open on 29 June 2021. The deadline for this Scheme is 5.30pm on Thursday, 23 September 2021. Applications will be accepted through the Arts Council’s Online Services Website.
Full details of the application process will be provided in the scheme guidelines. The fund guidelines can be downloaded here.
How do I apply for this?
- Download and read the guidelines available at the top right-hand corner of this page.
- Check if there is any mandatory supporting material that must accompany your application. We may provide a template for the supporting material. If so, you can download it from the supporting materials section at the top right-hand corner of this page.
- All applications must be made through the online services website. You will be able to upload a wide range of support materials in electronic format along with your application form.
- You must be registered with the online services website to make an application. If you are not already registered, we recommend you register for online services as far in advance of the deadline as possible, as it may take five days for your online services registration to be processed.
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