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 William Bock, 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.
William Bock is an interdisciplinary artist working in Ireland exploring relationships between people and the environments they inhabit. He uses photography, field recording, performance and installation to delve into the experiences of living between cultures, landscapes and identities in the context of a changing climate. Collaboration and responsive approaches to working with materials, particular sites and with specific communities are central to William’s process as an artist. William is recipient of a 2022 Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary, Agility Award 2021, winner of the inaugural Sustainability First 2020 Art Prize, is founding member of award winning artist group Dig Collective and was co-director of Strangeworks Theatre collective (2006 – 2012). He is currently working on a collaborative film project on the Shannon River Estuary commissioned by Ormston House and Clare County Council. William has a BA in Performance Design and Practice at Central St Martins and MA Fine Art at the City and Guilds School of Art.