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Image: Previously funded AIC Scheme project A Walk In My Shoes: Zoe Ui Fhaolain Green and Camphill Community. Photo: Mickey Kelly.


Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers Artist in the Community Scheme grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects. The scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

The 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. The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts eg arts and health; arts in prisons; arts and older people; arts and cultural diversity. The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists.


Create is pleased to announce an information session on applying to the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme during Carlow Arts Festival, with Áine Crowley, AIC Scheme Coordinator.

Where: Visual, Old Dublin Rd, Carlow

When: Tuesday 4th June

Time: 2-4pm

Booking: via Eventbrite

The information session is about answering any questions you might have about making an application to the Scheme. It’s also about sharing experience 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, come talk to us. If you are an artist interested in developing a collaborative project with a community organisation or in a community situation this event is for you. If you are an artist who has applied before and would like to access further detail on the application process, please join us.


In addition to hosting the AIC Scheme information session, Create are also offering Collaborative Clinics: one-on-one sessions with Create staff members from 4 to 5 pm. Booking instructions for individual, 15 minute sessions will follow Eventbrite booking.

Vance, Arts and Cultural Programme Coordinator, can advise on project management from day one to completion, a useful resource to artists considering a funding application or planning a new project..

Arthur, our Finance Director, can talk you through how to structure a budget, and advise on financial planning. 

Léa, Associate Fellow Programme and Research, can talk you through tailoring self-evaluation to your practice, offering tools and advice on how to incorporate self-evaluation in your project with the aim of helping you develop your work and assist in your approach to report writing.

Jane, our Office Manager, can discuss the Create library and archive, a unique resource with space for artists to meet, study and research, as well as membership of Create.

Neil, our Service Development Officer, can provide information on Garda vetting, which should be a consideration for those artists anticipating working with young people or vulnerable adults.

Áine, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement, can talk with you about developing and delivering a collaborative project and specific questions you might have about making an application to the Artist in the Community Scheme.

Booking instructions for individual, 15 minute sessions will follow Eventbrite booking.


For further information on the scheme and how to apply, visit the Artist in the Community Scheme section of our website.


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