The Arts Council and Create have announced a second round to the Artist in the Community Scheme 2020 with additional funding from Government. This scheme offers funding to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work collaboratively.
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. The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artforms: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.
The following awards are available:
- Research and Development Award
This award is open to artists to research and develop a project in a community context. The maximum award is €1,500. The maximum time frame is five months.
- Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)
This award is open to artists who wish to develop a community-based project and who have identified an artist mentor to work with. The maximum award is €2,000 which includes €500 fee payable to the mentor. The maximum time frame is five months.
- Recent Graduate Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)
Recent graduate artists are defined as those of any age, who have graduated from an undergraduate degree programme in the arts in the past three years and are interested in developing or exploring, or are establishing a professional career in collaborative arts practice. Applicants cannot be undertaking postgraduate studies at the time of the award. The maximum award is €2,500 of which a maximum of €750 is specifically to cover the cost of engaging a mentor. The maximum time frame is five months.
- Research and Development Award with Mentoring for an artist from a minority ethnic or migrant background
This award is for an artist from a minority ethnic or migrant background who wishes to develop a community-based project and who has identified an artist mentor they want to work with. The maximum award is €2,750 of which a maximum of €1,000 is specifically to cover the cost of engaging a mentor. The maximum time frame is five months.
- Project Realisation Award
This award is open to communities of interest or place (or their representative organisations), planning a project with an artist of between 8 and 12 months duration with a maximum award of €15,000.
Application forms and guidelines are available to download from the AIC Scheme Awards page: https://www.create-ireland.ie/projectsubpage/aic-awards/
Deadline for receipt of application is Monday 28 September 2020.
The Artist in the Community Scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, on behalf of the Arts Council.