An Open Call to the artists and arts organisations of Ireland to create collaborative ground-breaking public-facing projects of ambition, impact and scale that encourage discourse, provocation or response to place and identity as part of contemporary Ireland.
Open Call is a programme for artists and arts organisations to develop and shift their practice and profile work for the public on a national scale, creating high-profile arts central to people’s lives.
Within the context of this award, collaboration refers to working with other artists or organisations, or may refer to collaboration with communities of place or interest. Projects of ‘scale and ambition’ is understood to mean work that is impossible to achieve in your current practice, significant in vision, irrespective of physical, temporal or quantitative scale.
Projects proposed in response to the Open Call may be in any artform or be cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary.
Funding up to €400,000.
The application window for the next round of Open Call (Phase1) will open on 30 March. The deadline for this Scheme is 5.30pm on Thursday, 29 April, 2021. Applications will be accepted through the Arts Council’s Online Services Website.
The application process will take place in three phases:
- Phase 1: Initial project proposals will be assessed by the Arts Council executive, and a shortlist of candidate projects will be drawn up (at the end of Phase 1) and invited to apply to Phase 2.
- Phase 2: Detailed project-proposal application: those whose proposals have been shortlisted in Open Call 2022 Phase 1 will be invited to apply to Open Call Phase 2 to provide a more developed proposal for an international jury to assess. A final shortlist will be selected by the international jury (at the end of Phase 2) for interview in phase 3.
- Phase 3: Presentation and interview: those candidates selected for Phase 3 will be asked to attend an interview and make a presentation for the international jury based on their Phase 2 information. (The jury will remain the same for phases 2 & 3.)
Time is provided for those shortlisted at the end of Open Call 2022 Phase 1 to develop their initial proposals as a new application to Phase 2.
Who can apply?
The award is open to individuals and organisations that are resident in the Republic of Ireland. (There are certain exceptions where the Arts Council may deem eligible applications made by those based outside the Republic of Ireland. However, before admitting as eligible any such application, the Arts Council would need to be satisfied that the outcomes of any such proposal would benefit the arts in the Republic of Ireland.)
As part of its Equality, Human Rights & Diversity policy, the Arts Council is committed to offering equality of access, opportunity and outcomes for all potential applicants, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller Community, or socio-economic background. In this funding scheme the Arts Council particularly welcomes applications that are representative of the diversity of Irish society, including but not limited to any of the characteristics outlined above, and/ or initiatives that deliver equitable opportunities or outcomes for those involved.
Who is the applicant?
The applicant is the person or organisation that will receive any grant offered and who will be required to accept the terms and conditions of that grant.
Open Call Award 2022: Guidelines for Applicants
Any grant offered will only be paid into a bank account held in the name of the applicant. All documentation provided must be in the name of the applicant (individual artist or arts organisation) e.g. if you apply to the Arts Council for funding under the name Máire de Barra, then all documentation, including bank and tax details, must be in that name. Variations such as Mary Barry or Barry Studios are not acceptable.
Who cannot apply?
Those who are not eligible to apply include the following:
- Individuals currently in undergraduate or postgraduate education or who will be during the period for which this award is offered
- Applicants who have previously made an unsuccessful application to any Arts Council scheme for the same proposal, unless directed to apply
- Applicants that make a funding request for less than the minimum award of €100,000
- Applications for a project proposal that commences before January 2022 (this excludes research undertaken and partnership discussions required to prepare application information)
- Those whose proposed activities would be better suited to another Arts Council funding scheme.
Deadline: 17:30, Thursday 29 April 2021