Between Land and Water: Outlandish Theatre Platform and women from the Dublin 8 community, funded by the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme. Photo Kilian Waters.

The Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create, offers awards to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. 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 AIC 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.

2023 Deadlines
Round One: Monday 27 March
Round Two: Monday 25 September

Application forms will be available in early February 2023 for Round One. 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

Information Session | Date & Time: 1 March, 2-4pm
Create is hosting an online information session on applying to the Artist in the Community Scheme, with Grace Wilentz, project coordinator, AIC Scheme Development Support, and artist Oonagh Murphy, previous AIC Scheme award recipient. You can find out more about the session here.

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

Updated 17 February 2023 


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