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Open Call: AIC Scheme Artist Mentoring Award
2019 AIC Scheme Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice. Photo: Joseph Carr

Open Call: AIC Scheme Artist Mentoring Award

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Create invites expressions of interest from collaborative socially engaged artists, or artists interested in/transitioning into collaborative socially engaged arts, who wish to avail of a focused period of mentorship to develop and consolidate their practice.

The Mentoring Award is funded through the Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC), managed by Create on a devolved basis for The Arts Council. The AIC Scheme is a primary vehicle for collaborative socially engaged arts practice in Ireland.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 5pm, Monday 13th May 2024.

About the Mentoring Award

The Mentoring Award sits within a suite of offerings under the Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC). It aims to offer capacity building and arts practice development for collaborative socially engaged artists. Through the Mentoring Award, artists from Create’s 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 an eight-month period of capacity building and arts practice development through dialogue with an experienced collaborative socially engaged artist mentor.

What the award offers

The award offers a mentorship pairing with one of the Panel’s collaborative socially engaged Artist Mentors.

The mentorship will be driven by you as the artist mentee, following identification of key needs and areas for development. This may be a combination of technical and practical elements related to developing your collaborative socially engaged arts practice, such as a deeper exploration of collaborative methodologies, and support in the following: developing your project ideas, leading projects, managing dynamics with diverse stakeholders, ethical considerations around working collaboratively with communities, approaches to evaluation, navigating professional networks, identifying and preparing for funding opportunities, as well as advice and recommendations around deepening one’s practice and strategically advancing one’s career.

  • Selected artists will work with a core mentor over six meetings
  • Artists will have the option to avail of up to two additional tailored mentoring supports with other practitioners, offering exposure to diverse perspectives and skillsets
  • Other offerings may include a session with a guest speaker and/or an informal networking/peer support event in response to the interests of the five participating artists
  • This award sits within a suite of offerings under the AIC Scheme, and Create will work with artists to offer support in navigating and engaging in other opportunities such as the AIC Scheme Awards, CPD workshops, etc

A stipend of €500 is offered to cover expenses associated with participation. The successful applicants will take part in an orientation session online with Create on 10th July 2024, in advance of being paired with their artist mentor. This session will outline programme offerings and provide space to discuss in more detail how the opportunity can best be tailored to each artist’s needs.

How to apply

Further information and application procedure can be found on the Artist Mentoring Award page. The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 5pm, Monday 13th May 2024.


Information session

There will be two information sessions happening online in advance of the application deadline. Here you will learn more about the Mentoring Award, and an Artist mentor will join the session and explore some of the principles of collaborative socially engaged arts practice. We strongly advise potential applicants to attend at least one session. You will find out more on our events page.

related programme
Artist in the Community Scheme