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Artist in the Community Scheme: Between Land and Water, Outlandish Theatre Platform and women from the Dublin 8 community.

The Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme, managed by Create on behalf of the Arts Council, supports artists and communities to work together on innovative collaborative arts projects. The opportunities provided by the AIC Scheme include funding for artists to undertake research & development work, project realisation awards for communities, artists’ bursaries and residencies, and other tailored developmental support and resources.

Create needs additional support to respond to growing interest in the scheme and to advance current development plans. The organisation is looking for someone with a keen interest in, and experience of, collaborative and socially engaged arts to assist on key projects. Working with the Programme Manager – Arts & Engagement, this is a temporary assignment that will support the scheme, and encourage and sustain a growing and diverse network of practitioners and communities.

The assignment will focus on the following:

  • Supporting the administration and operation of the AIC Scheme
  • Disseminating opportunities, events and initiatives to engage diverse artists and communities
  • Offering advice to artists and communities, potential applicants and awardees
  • Assisting selection panels to process and evaluate applications and offer feedback to applicants
  • Gathering research and evaluation data and analysing sectoral development needs
  • Curatorial support for delivering opportunities and devising new supports


  • Create is looking for a practitioner/creative professional who understands the challenges and diversity of practice and appreciates the importance of equality, diversity and human rights in collaborative arts.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to communicate across a multi-skilled team, contribute ideas and offer support as required.
  • Given the geographic spread of practice, the assignment may involve occasional travel to events and activities regionally and nationally.

Terms of Appointment  
This engagement is for an initial period of six months. Create reserves the right to extend the contract further, subject to funding and agreement with the contractor.

The assignment will require an availability of 2-3 days per week, distributed unevenly over the term. A detailed schedule will be agreed in advance with the Programme Manager – Arts & Engagement.

Create has set a budget of up to €12,000 (inclusive of expenses and VAT). Applicants are advised to take this into account and not to exceed this amount in preparing their proposal.

A limited amount of additional expenses, such as for travel to specified events, may be considered. Any expenses will be subject to agreement in advance.

How to Apply
Applications must be emailed to with “AIC Scheme Development Support” in the subject line.

Please include:

  1. A cover letter of two (max) A4 pages
  2. CV with details of qualifications, expertise and roles in relevant projects, plus names and contact details of two referees. We will not contact referees without advance notice.
  3. Proposed rate of pay, daily or hourly, (inclusive of VAT) and an indication of any additional charges and the circumstances where these might apply.

Deadline: Friday 1 December 2023 at 5pm. 

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place either online or at an accessible location in Dublin, on Friday 8 December 2023.

The selected candidate should be available to commence immediately, due to the short-term nature of the initial contract.

Create is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in policy and practice.


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