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 online information session on applying to the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme, with Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement, and artist Sinead McCann, previous AIC Scheme award recipient.
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.
Dr Sinead McCann is a Dublin-based artist working across the mediums of performance, video, sound, installation and sculpture often in a context, site or community specific way. She often works collaboratively with a wide range of people to make innovative and challenging artworks, which add an artistic contribution to public debate on important issues in modern life. She has developed and exhibited her work nationally and internationally in a broad range of contexts.
Recent works include Trigger for Change (2022) in collaboration with the Bridge Project, Dublin 8 exploring access to employment for people with a criminal record; Sound On! (2020-21) in collaboration with artist Alan James Burns and Saint John of God Liffey Service, exploring human rights and happiness; An Agreement of Silence (2021), exploring the alliance of church, state and broader community in the confinement, exploitation and abuse of women in the former Magdalene Laundries in Ireland; and The Trial (2017-2019) in collaboration with the Bridge Project Dublin 8 and the school of History UCD about healthcare in the Irish prison system.