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Pleasc, Fibín. A previous AIC Scheme Project Realisation award recipient. Photo credit: Seán T Ó Meallaigh.

The Arts Council offers awards through the Artist in the Community Scheme twice a year to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The Scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for the collaborative arts.

The aim of the AIC Scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. 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 artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.

It is essential that consultation take place between the artist and the community, so that both parties are involved in deciding on the nature of the project. Group ownership of the art should be maintained at every stage.

Round Two of the AIC Scheme is now open for applications, with a closing date of Monday 26 September.

This Round includes:

  • Research and Development Award (without mentoring)
  • Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)
  • Recent Graduate Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)
  • Project Realisation Award

Full details of the awards, and how to apply, are available on Create’s AIC Awards Page:

Information Session: 24 August 
Create is hosting an online information session about applying to the AIC Scheme on 24 August from 2-4pm. The session will be facilitated by Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement, and artist William Bock, previous AIC Scheme award recipient.

The information session will answer any questions you might have about making an application to the Scheme. It’s also about sharing experience of developing and delivering a collaborative project through the Scheme.

This information session is for:

  • Artists or community organisations interested in the Artist in the Community Scheme but who don’t know where to start.
  • Artists interested in developing a collaborative project with a community organisation or in a community situation.
  • Artists who have applied before and would like to access further detail on the application process.

Register at

Updated 20 August 2022. 


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