Photograph of the photograph taken by Veronica Campelo, Nos/Otras Project. Silvina Sisterna, previous Create and Fire Station Artists' Studios Residency Recipient.

News from Create

AIC Scheme 2024 (Round One) open for applications

Deadline: 25 March, 5pm
Web: www.create-ireland.ie

Applications are open for Round One. This includes the following awards:

  • Research and Development Award (without mentoring)
  • Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)
  • Recent Graduate Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)
  • Project Realisation Award

Application forms for each award are available on the AIC Scheme Awards Page. Please choose which award you wish to apply for, and follow the instructions found on that page.

In 2024, we are proud to introduce audio guidelines for the first time. These can be used in conjunction with the written text, or to assist those with additional access needs. These guidelines can be accessed alongside the written guidelines on the relevant application page.

Catalyst Residency with Create & Fire Station Artists’ Studios

Deadline: 8 April, 5pm
Web: www.create-ireland.ie

The Catalyst Residency, offered in partnership between Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS), offers a socially engaged artist from an under-represented ethnic background a one-month residency in Dublin 1 during June 2024. The residency is intended as an artist-led incubation period which allows them to develop their practice and their networks with targeted support from the residency partners.

Guidelines (pdf)
Guidelines (audio)


Summer School on Collaborative Practice and Social Change 2024

Deadline: 15 April, 5pm
Web: www.create-ireland.ie

Create and Counterpoints Arts are pleased to announce the 2024 Summer School on Collaborative Practice and Social Change for up to 14 artists and cultural activists. The Summer School will take place over six days: 10 – 15 June 2024, at Killary Lodge, Co Galway. 

We encourage applications from artists and cultural activists who are involved or are interested in social change and movement organising in relation to structures of inequality, further inviting intersectional practices shaped by a range of mediums including music, film, theatre, creative writing, journalism, architecture and design and visual arts, amongst others.

The six-day format of the Summer School is designed as an immersive incubator inviting participants to work on an imagined cooperative commission, alongside skills training workshops, comparative case studies, peer-to-peer reflection and one-to-one mentoring.

AIC Artist Mentoring Award 2024

Deadline: 13 May, 5pm
Web: www.create-ireland.ie

The Artist 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 Artist Mentoring Award, artists from the 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.

In 2024, we are proud to introduce audio guidelines for the first time. These can be used in conjunction with the written text, or to assist those with additional access needs.

Information Sessions
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. 

Information Session with Aisling Byrne on 10 April
To register: www.eventbrite.ie/e/aic-mentoring-award-information-session-with-aisling-byrne

Information Session with John Conway on 17 April
To register: www.eventbrite.ie/e/aic-mentoring-award-information-session-with-john-conway

Planning, Printmaking and Publishing for the People with Mpho Mokotso and Kate O’ Shea

Deadline for applications: 19 March, 4pm
Workshop date & time: 3 April, 10am – 4pm
Location: Dublin City Centre
Web: www.create-ireland.ie
Admission: Free but application is essential
Email: producer@create-ireland.ie

Exploring the creative intersection between socially engaged planning, print and publishing with activist Mpho Mokotso and artist Kate O’ Shea. Gender-based violence activist Mpho Mokotso and socially engaged artist Kate O’ Shea will jointly deliver a multi-disciplinary workshop drawing on core philosophies of planning, printmaking, and publishing for the people. Drawing on Mpho’s experience in activist practices, town and regional planning, and development studies and Kate’s heart-led practice of collectively seizing the means of production and strengthening networks of solidarity, this workshop will explore the creative potential that lies at the intersection of grassroots urban planning, social space building and DIY publishing practices. This session will introduce people to key art and activist projects by both practitioners and will involve and hands-on workshop which will weave socially engaged planning, print and publishing together. 

There is a limited number of places for this workshop. To apply, please email Vance Lau at producer@create-ireland.ie with 100-200 words on what is of interest for you in attending this workshop and your latest biography/ an additional 1-3 lines about your professional background. We accept written formats, but also voice notes and videos. Please indicate in your email if you have any access requirements.


Creative Places Tuam wins Intercultural EPIC Award

Web: https://creativeplacestuam.ie

We are thrilled to announce that our programme coordinator Craolann Courtney has been awarded an AMDAF Women Intercultural EPIC Award at the AMDAF Women Roudtable event held in Tuam on Saturday March the 9th 2024.

AMDAF is an African women’s group in Tuam & Galway County, established to promote and protect value, justice, and development of women of African descent and their families. The AMDAF Women Roundtable and Intercultural EPIC Award aims to foster connection and empowerment among women from varying backgrounds. This event was funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth.



Creative Engagement Manager, Cahoots, NI

Deadline: 22 March, 12 noon
Web: https://cahootsni.com
Email: info@cahootsni.com

Cahoots NI, Northern Ireland’s leading theatre company producing work for young audiences, are seeking a Creative Engagement Manager to work as part of the team on its year round programme of exciting work for children, families and schools. 

Application Pack

Marketing Officer, The Lir Academy

Deadline: 22 March, 5pm
Web: www.thelir.ie
Email: recruitment@thelir.ie

The Lir Academy is seeking a full-time Marketing Officer to bring enthusiasm, energy, initiative and a people-focused approach to support the growth and daily activities of their dynamic marketing department and institutional ambition.

Information Pack

Chief Executive Officer, Irish Writers Centre

Deadline: 25 March, 12 noon
Web: https://irishwriterscentre.ie

The Board of the Irish Writers Centre is now seeking to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to take a fresh perspective on its future development. 

For full candidate information and details of the application process, please contact John Deely at Pinpoint, email: Recruit@pinpoint.ie

Transition Manager, Beat Carnival, NI

Deadline: 25 March, 12 noon
Web: www.beatcarnival.com

Beat Carnival is a carnival arts training, education and production company, committed to creating open and safe space for engaging with communities, learning arts skills and celebrating through carnival.

This post is to manage strategic transition of the Beat Carnival organisation through leadership succession in early 2025. The Transition Manager will ensure the organisation is put in good shape for the future. 

Information Pack

Development Coordinator, Galway Community Circus

Deadline: 8 April, 5pm
Web: www.galwaycommunitycircus.com

Galway Community Circus seeks to appoint a Development Coordinator to support the development and implementation of their fundraising strategy, increase income generation and diversify funding streams to help them deliver upon their artistic ambitions across an exciting portfolio of programmes and partnerships.

Job Specification


Communications and Development Coordinator, Sample-Studios, Cork

Deadline: 10 April, 5pm
Web: https://sample-studios.com
Email: director@sample-studios.com

Sample-Studios is recruiting for the newly created full-time Communications and Development Coordinator role as part of the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland 2024-2026. 


Artists Care Exchange Facilitator, Age & Opportunity

Deadline: 19 April, 5pm
Web: https://bealtaine.ie
Email: arts@ageandopportunity.ie

Age & Opportunity is seeking tenders from key individuals with an interest and background in the arts and older people in a care context, to act as facilitator for the third iteration of, the Artists Care Exchange (ACE), an Age & Opportunity Arts initiative. They wish to appoint a facilitator from September to December 2024, with some additional work in the recruitment of participants in June/July. 

The purpose of the facilitator is to work with the Age & Opportunity team to plan, manage, and host the seven facilitated sessions and devise mentoring sessions for a group of artists between October and December 2024 as part of this new initiative. 



2024 Sean and Rosemarie Mulcahy Visual Arts Residency Award: for a Socially Engaged Artist, Fire Station Artists’ Studios

Category: Residency
Deadline: 22 March, 5pm
Web: www.firestation.ie

Applications are now open for this fully funded 6-month residency, with a monthly stipend in 2024. Applicants must be full time practising artists with a socially engaged practice, with projects and exhibition profiles. 

Various Awards, Age & Opportunity

Deadline: 22 March, 5pm
Web: https://bealtaine.ie

Age & Opportunity’s Arts programme invites applications for three awards intended to support the development of older artists in Ireland and to increase the knowledge around the arts and ageing in general.

Creative Ageing Writing Bursary
Launched in 2021, the Age & Opportunity Creative Ageing Writing Bursary aims to generate discussion, debate and knowledge about the growing arts and ageing sector in Ireland. Guidelines

Professional Development Artist Award
Through this award, older artists are encouraged to seek out further learning, training, research, or other activities that benefit their career and practice. Guidelines

Emerging Artist Award
Through this award Age & Opportunity Arts would like to celebrate an exciting, up-and-coming artist aged 50+ who shows dedication and determination as they embark on a new path to becoming a professional artist. This award can be put towards activities that develop their practice further or the creation of new work. Guidelines

Open Call: TULCA 2024

Category: Open Call
Deadline: 28 March, 5pm
Web: www.tulca.ie
Email: opencall@tulca.ie

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is pleased to announce details of its 2024 Open Call curated by Michele Horrigan. The 22nd edition of TULCA will embed itself in multiple venues and locations throughout Galway City and County in November 2024, accompanied by an extensive public programme and publication.

Entitled The Salvage Agency, curator Michele Horrigan welcomes artistic proposals and artwork submissions that consider the agency and role of art in contemporary ecology and environmental study, and those that examine the underlying attitudes that have led to today’s critical and urgent impasse.

Funding from The Arts Council of Ireland

Category: Awards
Web: www.artscouncil.ie

Creative Places Award | Deadline: 28 March, 5:30pm
The Arts Council’s objective for its Creative Places programme is to invest in places (e.g. towns, villages, suburbs, rural places) that have had fewer opportunities to take part in the arts.

Creative Places should be inclusive and diverse, and their programmes rooted in socially engaged arts practice and community-development principles. Successful applicants will build on existing cultural strengths and be led by community participation and ideas. In particular, they will look to involve people who are often excluded. 

International Residency Initiatives Scheme | Deadline: 4 April, 5:30pm
The purpose of this scheme is to support art organisations in the delivery of residency initiatives and to create opportunities for transnational exchange and cooperation across all art forms. The scheme aims to facilitate diverse residencies programmes that involve partnerships with organisations based abroad thus creating a supportive framework for the international mobility and professional development of artists and art practitioners.

Agility Award | Deadline: 25 April, 5:30pm
The Agility Award supports individual professional artists, freelance artists and arts practitioners.

The award guidelines can be downloaded from the available funding section of the Arts Council’s website.

Creative Communities 2024, Fingal County Council and Creative Ireland

Category: Award
Deadline: 29 March, 5pm
Web: www.fingal.ie
Email: creativefingal@fingal.ie

Fingal County Council invites applications for creative awards funded under the Creative Ireland Programme 2024. The Council is seeking applications for funding for creative community projects that are collaborative in nature, transform people and places, and benefit the whole community. This grant scheme is open to community groups and not-for-profit organisations, arts, heritage and cultural groups, venues, societies, and individuals to support creative projects that contribute to creativity and culture within Fingal. Applications by individuals must be in partnership with a community, cultural or heritage group.


Call for Proposals: Galway University Hospital, Saolta Arts

Category: Open Call
Deadline: 29 March
Web: https://saoltaarts.com
Email: Margaret.Flannery@hse.ie

Saolta Arts is currently accepting proposals for its 2024/2025 visual arts exhibition programme at Galway University Hospital. Group proposals are welcome. 

Limerick Festivals and Events Grant Scheme, Limerick City and County Council

Category: Grant
Deadline: 3 April, 4pm
Web: www.limerick.ie
Email: festivalsandevents@limerick.ie

The Limerick Festivals and Events Grant Scheme 2024/2025 is open for applications. 

This competitive grant scheme, offers the opportunity for funding under three Strands, for Festivals and Events taking place from 1st October 2024 and 30th September 2025. This grant scheme applies only to festivals and events taking place within Limerick.


Earth Rising 2024, IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art

Category: Open Call
Deadline: 12 April, 5pm


The Quickening by Deirdre O’Mahony

Opening: 29 March
Venue: The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Nassau Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2
Web: https://thedouglashyde.ie
Admission: Free

The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art announces The Quickening, a powerful new artwork by ground-breaking artist Deirdre O’Mahony.

Bringing together urgent conversations, original music and moving image, The Quickening responds to issues facing farming, food production and consumption, in the face of present ecological and climate crises

A nationwide project, the culmination of over three years of research, it opens in an ambitious exhibition at The Douglas Hyde on March 29 with a Walls & Halls Tour in community spaces and farms in Carlow, Waterford, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wicklow, and Wexford, from April 18 to May 4 2024.

Festival of Change, Offaly County Council, Mayo County Council and Visual Artists Ireland

Dates & Venues

  • 5-6 April | Tir Saile Sculpture Trail, Mayo
  • 12-13 April | Lough Boora Sculpture Park, Offaly

Web: www.offaly.ie
Admission: Free, booking required
To book: www.eskerarts.ie

The Festival of Change will offer an eclectic programme of events and activities, looking at the impact art (both physical and intangible) can have on place and people, socially, economically and culturally. The festival will be based on two sites in the respective counties: the Tir Saile Sculpture Trail in Mayo, and Lough Boora Sculpture Park in Offaly. 

It is an event for local communities and people working or interested in the arts, heritage, environment, culture, tourism, local business, and community development and will provide a space for learning, exchange and discussion across these sectors and communities.

Programme (English)
Programme (Irish)

Take Care To Leave A Trace, Luan Gallery

Exhibition until 18 April
Venue: Luan Gallery, Elliot Road, Ranelagh, Athlone
Web: www.athloneartsandtourism.ie
Admission: Free

Take Care to Leave A Trace examines the invisible exchanges and affectual relations between mind, body, and land. Exploring themes of memory, grief, spirituality and our relationship with our surrounding environments, Take Care to Leave a Trace investigates psychic and relational terrains through the monumentalisation of the intangible, unseen interactions between body and space.

Featuring the work of selected recent graduates: Peter Bjoerk, Aoife Ní Dhuinn, Laura Grisard, Shane Malone-Murphy, Aisling McConville, and Patsy Tyrrell, Take Care to Leave A Trace offers insight into the practice of emerging Irish artists working across mediums such as sculpture, performance, film, photography, and drawing.


Future Producers 2024, Promenade

Deadline: 18 March, midday
Web: www.promenade.ie
Email: contact@promenade.ie

Promenade are excited to announce the continuation of Future Producers, a 2-month producer training opportunity. 

They are seeking 4 individuals who already have some practical administration, project management or producing experience (this can include non-arts experience) and are seeking a next step in their professional development as a producer/towards being a producer. In particular, they are looking for people who are interested in upskilling in the speciality of Circus, Street Arts and Spectacle producing. 


Space Now, A collaborative experiment with Outlandish Theatre Platform and Pallas Projects/Studios

Workshop dates: 20 March – 12 June
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: iD8 at The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, D08 EY05
Web: https://pallasprojects.org
Email: info@outlandishtheatre.com

Outlandish Theatre Platform and Pallas Projects/Studios are manifesting a state of the art interdisciplinary arts centre in Dublin 8 and they are looking to express the artistic value of this future space through a collective interdisciplinary art expression.
You are invited to join a series of free workshops as they conceptually consider (public) space and create a response work exploring and expressing the meaning of space. Workshops take place over eight Wednesdays and they invite you to join as many as you can. No experience is needed, just an interest in the subject matter. Click here to register. 


Call for Volunteers, Bealtaine Festival 2024

Deadline: 27 March, 12 noon
Web: https://bealtaine.ie
Email: ann.kehelly@ageandopportunity.ie

Age & Opportunity is the national organisation that provides a range of opportunities for older people who want to get more involved in arts and culture, sport and physical activity, civic engagement and personal development. They are looking for volunteers for the Bealtaine Festival 2024. 

Application Form


Safe to Create Research 2023: Exploring Marginalised Voices in Ireland’s Arts Sector

Deadline: 29 March
Web: www.safetocreate.ie

Safe to Create are undertaking quantitative and qualitative research to gather as much intersecting information as possible about what it’s like to work in the arts/creative sectors if you are disabled, LGBTQIA+, and/or from a minoritised racial or ethnic background. 

If you are part of one or more of these communities, they would like to invite you to participate in this research by completing their online survey now:

To ensure artists/arts workers with an intellectual disability can take part as well, they are asking similar questions, with adapted language and focus, for these participants.  They have developed separate surveys in this regard, which are available on their website