The Arts Council programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union will celebrate artists and arts organisations in Ireland working in co-operation with colleagues based elsewhere in Europe. It will include art events and activities in Ireland that connect citizens – artists, cultural professionals, arts participants, audiences and volunteers – across borders in Europe.
The Arts Council programme will invest in artistic and professional relationships that may help resource transnational artistic projects and initiatives beyond the period of the Presidency. It will also raise awareness of the next generation of EU funding programmes that will run from 2014-2020. Information about current EU funding for culture is available on the Arts Council’s European Cultural Contact Point website
The Arts Council recently ran three competitive schemes, the Deis Award, the Festivals and Events Scheme, and the Local Partnership Scheme to support events and activities due to be scheduled in the Presidency programme.
The deadlines for these schemes, announced in the Arts Council newsletter of July 2012, closed at the end of September, and news of the successful applicants and preliminary announcement of the overall Arts Council programme for the Presidency will be issued in November 2013.
The Arts Council Programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is organised in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is supported by the Department of the Taoiseach.
The Culture Ireland Presidency programme will include the presentation of Irish arts in many festivals, venues and events across Europe, as well as a number of feature events and exhibitions promoting Irish arts to the multinational communities in the European institutions in Brussels. A major element of the Culture Ireland programme is the extension of audiences for Irish arts.
The next regular application deadline for the Culture Ireland grants programme is 15 November 2012, and this will be for activities taking place abroad from February 2013 onwards. Applications are still being accepted for possible inclusion in the Culture Ireland Presidency programme – please check the Culture Ireland website for details. www.cultureireland.ie
Project Arts Centre in Dublin’s Temple Bar is the organisational HQ of IETM Dublin 2013, which takes place in Dublin 11-14 April 2013, and is part of the cultural programme marking Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. IETM Dublin 2013 is the Spring 2013 Plenary Meeting of the IETM international network for contemporary arts, and will involve over 500 performing arts professionals from over 40 countries. The IETM network meeting is an important opportunity for people and organisations producing, presenting and engaging with contemporary performing arts to come together, share information, and to learn about one another’s artistic work, practices and cultural contexts.
The network membership is vibrant and eclectic. It includes artist-led theatre and dance production companies, as well as festivals, venues, multidisciplinary arts and cultural centres, training and information centres, funding bodies and international associations. What the members have in common is a thirst for knowledge of other places and communities, and an enthusiasm for working collaboratively and across borders.
The IETM Autumn Plenary 2012 takes place in Zagreb in October 2012. A small number of travel grants are available to assist some people to attend from Ireland. Details on how to apply for this support are available from the IETM Dublin 2013 team. Further information about what IETM is and the plans for the Dublin meeting in 2013 can be found on the Project Arts Centre website. Join the mailing list to be kept up to date with information about IETM Dublin 2013 and how you can get involved.
Did you know that VAI operate a help-desk. The Help-Desk is one of the central services of the organisation. Issues dealt with include – public art commissioning, sourcing artists, artists’ rights, costing proposals, insurance etc. Those requesting information include members, professional artists, local authorities, the public, commissioners and arts co-ordinators. You can contact us anytime for all your visual art needs: http://visualartists.ie/resources/help-desk/
Do you know about the Visual Artists Ireland Info~Pool online resource? Info~Pool is a resource for artists that provides information on all aspects of professional development. Here you will find information guides on topics such as Exhibiting with Galleries, Preparing Proposals, Tax and Self Employment, Copyright, Contracts and much more. See: http://visualartists.ie/resources/infopool-2/
Did you know that our listings service goes beyond the twice weekly e-bulletin? We feel it is important to provide a wide range of methods for people to access and promote visual art information and for this reason we provide listings information through our websites (www.visualartists.ie and visualartists-ni.org), which are directly linked into Twitter (@VisArtsIreland), Facebook (Visual Artists Ireland) and Newsfeeds. These VAI services provide you with multiple platforms to promote your exhibitions, events and opportunities. Submit your events here and jobs & opps here. Please consider becoming a member of Visual Artists Ireland to enjoy a range of extra benefits and to help us to continue to provide these services for artists.
Visual Artists Ireland members can now register with Artelier. Artelier is for professional visual artists to arrange free studio exchanges with their peers anywhere in the world. You can also use it to network with artists in your local area or overseas. For more information see: visualartists.ie/resources/studio-exchange-programme/
The Visual Artists Ireland Get Together 2012 was a day of engaged sharing, networking and information provision held in collaboration with eva International at Limerick School of Art and Design on Friday, 15 June 2012. A number of presentations by guest speakers on the day are now available online. These include:
- Presenting yourself (Kerry McCall).
- Copyright & Legacy Planning (Arthur Cox Representative).
- Working Abroad (Russell Martin & Nick Kaplony).
- Working with what you’ve got (Neva Elliott).
- Socializing Your Arts Practice (Mary Carty).
- Negotiation Workshop – Susanne Bosch.
If you have recently been involved in a public commission, percent for art project, socially engaged project or any other form of ‘art outside the gallery’ we would like you to email us the information for publication in the Visual Artists News Sheet. Send images (3-4MB in size) and a short text (no more than around 300 words) in the following format:
-Title of work
-Date sited / carried out.
-Brief description of the work
Work must have been undertaken in the last 6 months. Send your info to Publications Assistant, Lily Power at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fire Station has announced the receipients of the Sculpture Workshop Award & Bursary: Barbara Knezevic, Jennifer Phelan, Cliona Harmey (July – December 2012) and Lee Welch and Veronica Forsgren (January – June 2013). This award has now developed into two separate opportunities: one award provides a visual artist up to six months residency in the workshop for longer-term projects, the other award is allocated to artists requiring workshop space for shorter-term projects (approx 8 weeks). For both awards, artists have full-time access to their own bay in the sculpture workshop, support from the part-time workshop manager and workshop equipment. A bursary of between €200 – €500 accompanies this award. Further information on the workshop can be found here: www.firestation.ie/facilities/workshop
Fire Station has also announced the recipients of its Digital Media Award: Lisa Reburn, Aideen Barry, Bridget O’Gorman, Fiona McDonald (July – December 2012) and Frances Mezzetti and Janine Davidson (January – April 2013). This award provides up to four months scheduled access to Fire Station’s Resource Centre, high-end digital equipment and scheduled technical support. Further information: www.firestation.ie/facilities/resource-centre
Both awards will be offered again in 2013.
Visual Artists Ireland members can now register with Artelier. Artelier is for professional visual artists to arrange free studio exchanges with their peers anywhere in the world. You can also use it to network with artists in your local area or overseas. For more information see: http://visualartists.ie/resources/studio-exchange-programme/