Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on contemporary collaborative arts projects. The scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts. The deadlines for 2013 are 14 March 2013 and 24 June 2013.
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 including arts and health; arts in prisons; arts and older people; arts and cultural diversity.
The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. It is essential that consultation take place between the artist and the community group, so that both parties are involved in deciding on the nature of the project realisation. Group ownership of the art should be maintained at every stage. The Project Realisation may result in a variety of outcomes.
There are two phases to the Scheme:
Phase One, Research & Development, is open to artists who wish to research and develop a project in a community context. Maximum time frame is three months. The maximum amount awarded in Phase One is €1,000.
Research & Development/Mentoring is open to artists who wish to develop a community based project and who have identified an artist mentor they want to work with during the research and development phase. The maximum award is €1,500, which includes €500 fee payable to the mentor.
Phase Two, Project Realisation, is open to communities of interest or place (or their representative organisations), planning a project of between six weeks and five months duration with a maximum award of €5,000, and those who are planning a project of between six months and nine months with a maximum award of €10,000.
For further information on application criteria and assessment, or to book an advisory session about the Scheme, contact Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development, 01-4736600 or email support(at)create-ireland.ie.