Making a Mark. Aisling Byrne, AIC Scheme Bursary recipient 2019: Collaborative Arts and Theatre. Photo: Luca Trufarelli.

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, invites expressions of interest from collaborative socially engaged artists, or artists interested in this area of practice, who wish to avail of a focused period of mentorship to develop and consolidate their practice.

The Mentoring Award sits within a suite of offerings under the Artist in the Community Scheme. Through the award, artists from the Artist Mentor Panel will be available as mentors to emerging practitioners, artists with a strong interest in or transitioning into collaborative socially engaged arts, artists who find themselves on the margins and feel they are underrepresented in the field of collaborative socially engaged arts, for example due to displacement or migration, and artists facing particular challenges in developing their collaborative socially engaged arts practice.

There will be five artist mentors and five artist mentees. For the selected artists, the award offers a six-month period of capacity building and arts practice development through dialogue with an experienced collaborative socially engaged artist mentor.

Deadline: 8 May 2023.

Further information and how to apply:

AIC Mentoring Award Information Session with Aisling Byrne
Create is hosting an online information session on applying to the AIC Mentoring Award with Aisling Byrne, Artist Mentor Panel member, on 5 April from 2-4pm.

The information session will answer any questions you might have about making an application. Mentor Aisling Byrne will speak about their own practice and journey as a collaborative socially engaged artist and explore some of the principles of collaborative socially engaged arts practice. The session will be followed with a Q&A.

Some of the areas that will be explored include:

  • Conceptualising durational collaborative socially engaged methodologies beyond ‘traditional’ models such as arts facilitation / workshops / teaching classes
  • Building and sustaining relationships with participants / communities and stakeholders
  • Ethics around collaborative practice and establishing ethical frameworks
  • Inclusion and access in collaborative and socially engaged practice
  • Establishing a community outside of a formal, registered organization

Further information and booking:


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