Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects. The Artist in the Community Scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. The deadlines for 2016 are Monday 14 March (Round 1) and Monday 27 June (Round 2). 

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, e.g. 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.

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.

Phase Two 

Project Realisation is open to communities of interest or place (or their representative organisations) with an artist.

Further information

Visit the Artist in the Community Scheme section at for further details.

For information on the scheme and how to apply contact Katherine Atkinson, or phone 01-4736600


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