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The Hugh Lane
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Open Call for a Socially Engaged Commission with Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, as part of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme funded by Creative Europe.

Commission Budget: €50,000 

Location: Dublin North inner city area / Parnell Square and environs – Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Closing date: 27th January 2017

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Create the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland are delighted to announce this major opportunity for a collaborative artist(s) to research and deliver a major new commission for Spring 2018. This commission will run from 2017 into 2018 and sets out to encourage meaningful and in depth engagement with communities of place and of interest as well as the distinct architectural, socio-political and cultural landscape of the North Inner City of Dublin. The commission will focus on collaborative socially engaged arts practice and is open to artists and / or arts collectives born in or resident in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Finland, Hungary or Germany (partner countries within the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme). 

The commission process will include a research period with the opportunity to develop a new work in collaboration with local and new communities in the surrounding area/ neighbourhood where Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is located. The commission is in two phases Research and Development Strand March/April/May 2017 and Production June 2017 – June 2018. 

Artists should have a track record and experience of working in the field of collaborative socially engaged practice. They should also demonstrate the ability to connect to and read the complexities of the local area. We particularly welcome proposals, which consider diverse ways to engage with both community and audience. 

Application Process

Individual artists or artist collectives are invited to submit their proposals to Create at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 17.00 GMT on 27th January 2017. Applications received after this date will not be accepted.

Please submit your application as a single PDF and label your application to Create Hugh Lane Commission. Your application should include five A4 pages with the following information listed below:

Page 1

Name, Address, Phone No, email, link to website if you have one, specify your artform.

Biography 300 words max

Pages 2 & 3

Artistic Motivation, Experience in collaborative socially engaged practice, theoretical framework and approach to the commission.

Local Context: How will your project navigate and situate itself within the local context of the North Inner City, Hugh Lane area? What strategies for engagement do you envisage?

Page 4

Research and implementation: Set out a plan and timetable for how you will research and execute the commission

Page 5

Proposed Budget breakdown: Allocation of fees, expenses, materials and production budget to a total of €50,000

Examples of work 

Please also include in the pdf up to 10 examples of work with one image per page. Include also links to any sound pieces, filmwork on vimeo / youtube if relevant (max 3) and reviews if relevant (max 3).

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR APPLICATION DOES NOT EXCEED FILE SIZE OF 25MB

For any queries relating to the commission please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Shortlisting will take place in February and the decision of the panel will be final. Please note, feedback on individual applications will not be possible.

This Commission is part of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union (Culture Sub-Programme). Find more information at cappnetwork.com.

CAPP Partners: Create Ireland (Coordinating lead partner, Dublin); Agora Collective, Berlin; hablarenarte, Madrid; Heart of Glass, St.Helens, UK, Kunsthalle, Osnabrück; Live Art Development Agency, London; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; M-Cult, Helsinki and Tate Liverpool.

Read more on the Dublin City Gallery Hugh Lane, Create /CAPP and the North Inner City here.

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