Image shown: Drombeg Stone Circle. Part of Land Walks

Image shown: Drombeg Stone Circle. Part of Land Walks

Create Ireland has announced a series of enhancements to the Artist in the Community Scheme, which enables artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. 

With the support of the Arts Council, maximum award amounts will be increased in 2021 for all Research and Development awards. Increased fees for Artist Mentors better reflect their contribution to this developmental work. The maximum available timeframe has been increased from five to six months.

From 2021, Create will no longer offer the specifically ring-fenced Research and Development Award with Mentoring for an artist from a minority ethnic or migrant background. Rather, additional supports will be offered to all applicants, regardless of their individual background.

Create is also taking action towards ensuring a more equitable application process through additional support to those with disabilities or access needs. This will include translation or transcription services, or alternative modes of applying using audio or video format.

Online application forms have now been introduced. The online portal allows quick loading of support materials and other relevant documentation, and has a “save and continue later” function, which allows applicants to revisit their application within 30 days of saving it.

Further information can be found here:

About the AIC Scheme 
The aim of the Artist in the Community Scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists.

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 such as arts and disability, arts and health, arts and older people, arts and cultural diversity and arts and communities.

2021 closing dates 
Round One: 26 April
Round Two: 27 September

Application forms are now live online. Further information on applying:

Online information sessions & practice clinics 
Create is hosting an online information session on applying to the scheme, with Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement, and artist William Bock, previous AIC Scheme award recipient. This will take place on 30 March at 10am. Advance booking is essential:

Create will also be hosting a Collaborative Practice Clinic offering artists/applicants one to one project advice with different members of the Create Team on 6 April:


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