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AIC Scheme 2021 Round Two: Successful Recipients
Made Ground (2019) Photo: Eva Richardson McCrea

AIC Scheme 2021 Round Two: Successful Recipients

News, Recipients


Congratulations to all successful applicants to the AIC Scheme (Round Two) in 2021, who come from a range of art forms and contexts.

Read more about each recipient, and their planned course of work, below.


Research and Development Award

Playwright Marina Ní Dhubháin will work with Aisteóirí Bhréanainn in the Co Kerry Gaeltacht, to identify an arts based approach which will foreground theatre as community event. They hope to design interventions which will act as pollinators to help build the linguistic ecosystem back better, with stronger intergenerational connections and reinvigorated community spirit.


Performer Andrea Scott and The Elders, a community of older people, will collaborate to explore the concept and reality of “balance”, through a series of movement and text workshops. These workshops will challenge prescribed exercises for age-related balance issues while extemporising on the psychological feeling of falling/ being unbalanced/ caught off guard.


Research and Development Award with Mentoring

Composer Fiona Linnane and Limerick Bat Group will explore music and sound inspired by the Lesser Horseshoe Bat. The project will run from March 2022 to August 2022 with mentoring from softday’s Mikael Fernstrom. Fiona Linnane will lead a series of music and sound workshops exploring concepts including sound mapping, active listening and creative exercises in response to collected bat calls and their habitat.


Art Facilitator Sean O’Brien and neurodiverse users of St John of God’s community services will collaborate on a project developing comic books, with a final mural, film or performance piece to be developed by the collaborators. Mentorship for this project will be provided by illustrator, designer and comic artist Philip Barrett.


Multidisciplinary artist Favour Odusola will research and develop with Tallaght Community Arts and Integration of All Children Ireland (IACI), new artistic ways to positively tackle the stereotypical ideology of black people in the Tallaght community. John Scott, choreographer, founder and Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance will offer mentorship to this work.


Artist and Educator David McGovern will collaborate with LGBTQ+ charity ShoutOut on R&D of a non-linear knowledge exchange of queer theory, texts & identity. The research, with mentor, visual artist, educator and writer Emma Wolf-Haugh, will embrace experimental publishing to work towards a platform for informal queer dialogue & connection.


Project Realisation Award

Freebirds Motorcycle club will collaborate with artist Brigid Mulligan to revive their community and examine shared experiences of grief through a variety of media. This year-long programme of work will involve a film created with members of the motorcycle club, family, friends and the wider biking community, as well as an exhibit of archival material and new artwork made collaboratively.




John Conway, Visual Artist

Leanne Mc Donagh, Visual Artist

Maeve Mulrennan, Assistant Arts Officer, Cork County Council

Mark O Regan, former AC board member (Chair)


Panel observer: 

Tobi Balogun, Dancer, Choreographer, Designer


In attendance:

Jane O’Rourke, Create

Áine Crowley, Create

Karen Whelan, Arts Council

related programme
Artist in the Community Scheme