AIC Mentoring Award

Pilot AIC Scheme Mentoring Award

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

Guidelines and Expression of Interest Form

Mentor Biographies

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 Pilot Artist Mentor Panel 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.

About the AIC Artist Mentor Panel

The Artist Mentor Panel sits within a suite of offerings under the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme. It aims to offer capacity building and arts practice development for collaborative socially engaged artists. Artist mentors will be available to emerging practitioners, ethnic minority artists, artists with first-hand experience of displacement and/or who are shaped by histories of intergenerational migration, as well as to other artists, including those seeking to engage with the AIC scheme. In this pilot, there will be five artist mentors and five artist mentees.

The Artist Mentor Panel is made up of experienced collaborative socially engaged practitioners who specialise in a range of artforms, and who have worked with diverse communities from across Ireland. Each brings in-depth knowledge of the field, and a deep awareness of key considerations when working with communities, including in sensitive settings and where projects are addressing significant social issues. Read full biographies of the mentors (Aisling Byrne, Feidlim Cannon, Ruairí Ó Donnabháin, Deirdre O’Mahony, Jijo Sebastian) here.

This opportunity is for collaborative socially engaged artists at any career stage who are seeking support from a critical friend/guide as they develop their projects. This opportunity is also for artists interested in or transitioning into collaborative, socially engaged artistic practice. For the five selected artists, the award offers a three-month period of capacity building and arts practice development through dialogue with an experienced collaborative socially engaged artist mentor. The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Monday the 17th January 2022.

What the award offers

The award offers a mentorship pairing with one of the Panel’s five collaborative socially engaged Artist Mentors (Aisling Byrne, Feidlim Cannon, Ruairí Ó Donnabháin, Deirdre O’Mahony, Jijo Sebastian).

The mentorship will be driven by you as the artist, 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 four to five 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 support them in navigating and engaging in other opportunities such as the AIC Scheme Awards

A stipend of €500 is offered to cover expenses associated with participation. The successful applicants will take part in an orientation session with Create on February 8th 2022 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 be best tailored to each artist’s needs.

Who is this award for?

Artists at any stage of their career, either working in collaborative socially engaged arts or interested in / seeking to transition into collaborative socially engaged arts practice.

What is the time commitment?

Participating artists are required to commit to six meetings. These include an orientation session on February 8th 2022, four to five meetings with their mentor, and participation in one evaluation meeting or focus group. The programme will run over a three-month period from February to May 2022. Mentoring sessions can take place online, by telephone, or face-to-face. This can be shaped by the mentor and mentee according to individual needs and public health guidelines.

What are the expectations?

There are no expected outputs. The aim of this programme is to afford artists the opportunity to work with an artist mentor on developing their collaborative socially engaged practice.

Making an Expression of Interest

See Guidelines for Create Artist Mentor Panel Awards 2022, linked on this page.

Applications will only be accepted through the online form and all supporting material must be submitted online. Applicants must read the guidelines prior to submission. Those new to using online forms should familiarise themselves with the online form, and apply early. If an error or issue occurs, try our troubleshooting tips. You may contact us and report errors if the suggestions do not help. Please note that it may take up to two working days to resolve issues. The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Monday the 17th January 2022 at 5pm. Applications received after this time will not be processed, as invalid.

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