Artist Sinead McCann, AIC Scheme recipient. The Trial (2019), installation photograph, former children's prison Spike Island, Cork. Photograph by Jed Niezgoda. Courtesy of the artist.

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 aim of the AIC Scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. Create defines community in the broadest sense of the word, however for the AIC Scheme the artist or artists must be collaborating with a community of non-arts professionals. Create defines collaborative arts as artists and communities working closely together, often over extended periods of time, to make art.

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.

Round 2 deadline 
Monday 25 September

How to apply
More information and application packs are available on

Information Sessions
Two online information sessions will take place to address any questions you might have about making an application to the Scheme. The session will also share experiences of developing and delivering a collaborative project through the Scheme.

Information Session | Date & Time: 30 August, 10am
With Grace Wilentz, project coordinator, AIC Scheme Development Support and Sinead McCann, previous AIC Scheme recipient.

Book your place:

Information Session | Date & Time: 5 September, 2pm
With Grace Wilentz, project coordinator, AIC Scheme Development Support and Mary Sullivan, previous AIC Scheme recipient.

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