Update 30th March 2020:
Please note the following changes made to The Artist in the Community Scheme, by the Arts Council and Create in response to Covid19:
Artist in the Community Scheme Awards
Accepting Research and Development Awards ONLY.
Deadline extended from 30 March to 5.30pm, Monday 27 April 2020.
In recognition of the severe limitations in place due to physical distancing and the challenges this poses to Project Realisation proposals we will offer Research and Development Awards Only (both with and without mentoring) in Round One.
We welcome research and development proposals that, in particular, consider digital and virtual space as a valid and essential arena for collaborative artistic endeavour. Proposals may, but are not required to, explore collaborative arts practice in a time of pandemic and physical distancing.
For this round only, in light of the difficulties posed for artists in the current crisis, we are increasing the R&D Award amounts. See below for full details.
Accepting applications for both Research and Development Awards and Project Realisation Awards.
Deadline changed from 21 September to 5.30pm, Monday 27 July 2020
Collaborative practice is relational. The work develops because of direct and often durational encounters between artists and communities of interest and place. We recognise the challenge posed to devising collaborative projects in a time of physical distancing and the urgent demands on community development and civil society organisations to focus on immediate service provision. We are therefore rescheduling the Round two deadline for Research and Development and Project Realisation Proposals to July 27th. All award amounts revert as normal in Round Two.
Twice yearly the Arts Council offers awards to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC) is managed by Create.
The AIC 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.
2020 Deadlines: (Round 1) Monday 27 April; (Round 2) Monday 27 July
Research and Development Award
The AIC Scheme Research & Development award is open to artists who wish to research and develop a project in a community context. Please note the maximum award has been increased from €1,500 to €2,500 in response to Covid 19. The maximum time frame is 5 months
Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)
The Research & Development Award with Mentoring is open to artists who wish to develop a community based project and who have identified an artist mentor to work with. Please note the maximum award has been increased from €2,000 to €3,000 in response to Covid 19, which includes €500 fee payable to the mentor. The maximum time frame is 5 months.
Recent Graduate Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)
Recent Graduate artists are defined as those of any age, who have graduated from an undergraduate degree programme in the arts in the past three years and are interested in developing or exploring, or are establishing a professional career in collaborative arts practice. This award specifically targets emerging artists / practitioners who have completed their undergraduate degree and who are not in postgraduate studies at the time of the award. It is designed to support The maximum award is €2,500 of which a maximum of €750 is specifically to cover the cost of engaging a mentor. The maximum time frame is 5 months.
Research and Development Award with Mentoring for an artist from a minority ethnic background
This Research & Development Award with mentoring is for an artist from a minority ethnic background who wishes to develop a community based project and who has identified an artist mentor they want to work with during the research and development phase. This award offers additional funding and a slightly longer timeframe. Please note the maximum award has been increased from €2,750 to €3,000 in response to Covid 19, of which a maximum of €1,000 is specifically to cover the cost of engaging a mentor. The maximum time frame is 5 months.
Any Artist based in the Republic of Ireland who is from a minority ethnic or migrant background, including people in need of international protection, living in direct provision or other accommodation may apply for this award. Artists who do not have the right to work should please contact Create for advice on applications
While there is one R&D award with Mentoring ring-fenced for an artist from a minority ethnic background in each round, all applications for this award will also be considered for the regular Research & Development Award with mentoring.
Project Realisation Award (not offered in Round One in 2020)
The Project Realisation award is open to communities of interest or place (or their representative organisations), planning a project with an artist of between 8 and 12 months duration with a maximum award of €15,000.
Application Packs (form + guidelines) for the awards:
Applicants are required to use only the application packs found on this page. Applications will now only be accepted when sent using WeTransfer.
For forms in Irish or large format, for further information on application criteria and assessment, or to book an advisory session about the Scheme, please contact Áine Crowley, 01 473 6600 or email support(at)create-ireland.ie