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AIC Mentoring Award Information Session with Aisling Byrne
Making a Mark. Aisling Byrne, AIC Scheme Bursary recipient 2019: Collaborative Arts and Theatre. Photo: Luca Trufarelli

AIC Mentoring Award Information Session with Aisling Byrne

Event · Information session

5th April 2023



No longer available

price & booking
This event is offered free of charge, though booking is essential. Attendees will be emailed instructions on how to attend online, in advance of the event.

Create is pleased to announce an online information session on applying to the AIC Mentoring Award with Aisling Byrne, Artist Mentor Panel member, held on the 5th April.

About the Mentoring Award

The Mentoring Award sits within a suite of offerings under the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme. It aims to offer capacity building and arts practice development for collaborative socially engaged artists. Via the Mentoring Award, artists from the Artist Mentor Panel will be available as mentors to emerging practitioners, artists with a strong interested in/transitioning into collaborative socially engaged arts, artists who find themselves on the margins and feel they are underrepresented in the field of collaborative socially engaged arts, for example due to displacement or migration, and artists facing particular challenges in developing their collaborative socially engaged arts practice. There will be five artist mentors and five artist mentees.

This opportunity is for collaborative socially engaged artists at any career stage who identify with the above and are seeking support from a critical friend/guide as they develop their projects. For the five selected artists, the award offers a six-month period of capacity building and arts practice development through dialogue with an experienced collaborative socially engaged artist mentor.

We strongly advise potential applicants to attend this session.

About this event

The information session is about answering any questions you might have about making an application to the AIC Mentoring Award. Mentor Aisling Byrne will speak about their own practice and journey as a collaborative socially engaged artists and explore some of the principles of collaborative socially engaged arts practice. The session will be followed with a Q&A.

Some of the areas that will be explored include:

  • Conceptualising durational collaborative socially engaged methodologies beyond ‘traditional’ models such as arts facilitation / workshops / teaching classes
  • Building and sustaining relationships with participants / communities and stakeholders
  • Ethics around collaborative practice and establishing ethical frameworks
  • Inclusion and access in collaborative and socially engaged practice
  • Establishing a community outside of a formal, registered organization


Aisling Byrne (she/her) is a theatre and filmmaker, writer, director and artist facilitator based in North Kildare. She has worked extensively in the fields of arts and disability, contemporary, documentary & socially engaged theatre practice. Aisling is the founder and Artistic Director of Run of the Mill, an award-winning arts organisation creating a platform for people with intellectual disabilities in the arts, and Dublin based theatre collective, Talking Shop Ensemble. Recent and upcoming work includes Misread (RTE/ Ardan Short Film Commision, 2023), Headspace (Winner Grand Prix Best Irish Short at 67th Cork International Film Festival, Winner European Film Awards Candidacy 2023), Making a Mark by Shaun Dunne (National Tour, 2022, Dublin Fringe, 2019, Winner Judges Choice Award) and Vulnerable for Dear Ireland 3 (Abbey Theatre, 2020). As a facilitator Aisling collaborates regularly with Dublin Theatre Festival, Theatre Forum and Dublin City Council Culture Company. 


related programme
Artist in the Community Scheme

Run of the Mill Theatre