Our Place: Dr Sinead McCann and Alan James Burn with service users of St John of God's Liffey Services. Previous AIC Scheme recipients. Image Courtesy Liam Mullen/ Riverbank Arts Centre.

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.

Applications are now OPEN for Round One which includes the following awards:

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

The Round One Deadline is 5pm on Monday 25 March. 

Full details of the awards and how to apply, are available on Create’s AIC Awards Page: https://www.create-ireland.ie/projectsubpage/aic-awards/

In 2024, Create is introducing audio guidelines which can be used in conjunction with the written text, or to assist those with additional access needs. These guidelines can be accessed alongside the written guidelines on the application page.

Information Sessions
Dates: 27 February and 6 March
Time: 2-4pm

Create is hosting two online information sessions on applying to the Scheme with Aine Crowley, Programme Manager Arts and Engagement, and previous AIC Scheme recipients. The information session will answer any questions you have about making an application and will provide an opportunity to hear about experiences of developing and delivering a collaborative project through the Scheme. If you are an artist or a community organisation interested in the Artist in the Community Scheme but don’t know where to start, the information session is for you.

Register for the information session on 27 February here.

Register for the information session on 6 March here.


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