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 Aine Crowley, Programme Manager Arts and Engagement and Brigid Mulligan, previous AIC Scheme 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.
Brigid Mulligan is a visual artist from county Longford. She studied Sculpture at ATU Galway receiving a BA Hons degree in 2009 and continued her education there graduating from the master’s in Creative Practice in 2018. Her work examines alternative shrines and questions the role creativity can play in processing grief and loss. Her work has been exhibited in various Museums and Galleries nationally and internationally.
Awards include Culture Moves Europe Mobility Award 2024; Arts Participation Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland 2023; Cavan Studio Award, Townhall Theatre & Cavan County Council 2023; Artist Support Scheme, Galway County Council 2021 and 2023; the Seed Grant, the Irish Hospice Foundation 22/23; Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme Research and Development (with mentoring) and Project Realisation Awards; the Agility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, and Professional Development Award from the Arts Council Ireland 2020.
‘The Freebird’s M.C.C Project’ is an ongoing collaboration with her fellow club members the Freebird’s Motorcycle club from Longford. Through co-creating work, the group explore shared histories and the significant loss of three club members due to road traffic accidents.