An initiative of The Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC) and managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. For a third year, Create and Counterpoints Arts are pleased to announce the School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice for up to 15 artists. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing, they are hosting the 2020 School in the Autumn and virtually over four days: 9th , 16th , 17th and 23rd October.
The new deadline for submission: 31st August, 5pm.
About the Autumn School
The concept of ‘cultural diversity’ is often narrowly read through the lens of policy. It’s a repeated term but what does ‘cultural diversity’ mean in practice: in people’s intimate lives, in neighbourhoods and within communities of place and interest? How does the practice of cultural diversity resonate as an intersectional and dynamic part of everyday life?
How might the experience of ‘cultural diversity’ be enacted in the context of collaborative arts practice? How might ‘cultural diversity’ form an intrinsic part of the artistic, socially engaged process and act as a powerful driver for social change?
How might we understand the critical intersection of ‘culture diversity’ and collaborative arts practice in the context of decolonisation and the urgency of global racial justice movements?
This autumn school is interdisciplinary both in curriculum and composition of participants, presenters and facilitators. It will take the form of a four-day virtual residency enabling a ‘think and do’ collaborative approach, utilizing creative workshops, critical and comparative case studies, one-to-one mentoring, international guest artists including curators, policymakers and activists.
Directed by: Dr Áine O’Brien – Co-Director/Co-Founder Counterpoints Arts
Visiting artists and facilitators include:
Abdullah Al Kafri, Director Ettijahat Independent Culture
Isabel Lima, Independent Artist and Director of The Gresham Horse project
Juan del Gado, Independent artist and Co-Founder/Creative Producer, Qisetna
Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC)
A key aim of the autumn school is to create a peer-to-peer space in which to explore the concept of ’cultural diversity’ through the lens of the Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC), which has to date resulted in rich cultural ecosystems and cross-sector methodologies. Funded by the Arts Council and managed by Create, the AIC Scheme has a long history in the development of collaborative arts in Ireland.
Established in 2002 with the aim to encourage and support meaningful collaboration between artists and communities of place and/or interest, the AIC scheme supports dynamic collaborations across art forms and context areas across the country. Examples include film making with divers off Malin head, Co. Donegal; dance in Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork; sound art with Beekeepers in Limerick and visual arts with Migrant Women’s Group in Dublin.
Autumn School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice
Who should apply?
- Any Artist based in the Republic of Ireland who is from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, including members of the Traveller community, migrants, refugees and people in need of international protection who are in a position to take up this opportunity, will be particularly welcomed.
- Emerging, mid-career and established artists, based in the Republic of Ireland, who have a collaborative arts practice (working in any artform including architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts). Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.
- Artists who are interested in exploring the questions outlined above alongside their individual and shared practice.
How to apply:
To apply please submit
- a) Proposal (maximum of two A4 pages). See Proposal outline
- b) CV and/or Biography
- c) PDF with a maximum of 5 examples of recent projects with short descriptions and relevant links which can include images and videos.
In order to make the best case for why you should be part of the Autumn School, you should give very careful consideration to what you include in your proposal.
- a) Tell us about your practice
Describe your work, mention recent achievements and give a general overview of your main interests and ambitions as an artist, relevant to your proposal.
- b) Your proposal- Why do you want to attend the Autumn School?
You should include the following.
Outline why you are applying to this Autumn School. Explain your interest in the issue of cultural diversity and the Artist in the Community Scheme and what you wish to learn and explore alongside other participants.
We want to know why the autumn school interests you, tell us something about why ‘cultural diversity’ might be relevant to your current and future practice. Why apply now? What do you hope to develop in your practice in relation to this area of work?
Since the Autumn School will be run along the lines of a ‘think and do’ residency, we invite participants to play an active role in all aspects of the programme. We’re therefore interested to hear about what you might contribute to the Autumn School’s conversations and collaborative activities. What will you bring to the collective table?
This is the place to put any other information you consider relevant.
The deadline for submission is 5pm, 31ST August.
Send completed applications to: apply[at]create-ireland.ie
For enquiries contact support[at]create-ireland.ie.
Applicants must be available to attend all dates. Details of the virtual programme and structure will be sent to attendees in September 2020.
Selection will be made by a panel of representatives from Create and Counterpoints Arts. The open call will be advertised through usual visual arts channels, informal networks and complementary fields of development.