Laois County Council, with the support of Creative Ireland and Midlands Science, wishes to commission a team comprising an artist and a scientist to explore, engage with and present aspects of climate change in partnership with a local community in Laois.
This is a multi-disciplinary commission and applications are invited from teams comprising of professional artist(s) and scientist(s) with an interest in and some experience of the topic of climate change. This is a collaborative relationship between artist and scientist. The commissioned team will be required to explore the issue of climate change with the local community, in a creative way that is grounded in science.
Read full Artists Brief here: laois.ie/…/Climate-Change-Commission-2020-Project-Brief.pdf
What do they want?
-A project where an artist and scientist will work collaboratively, combining their expertise and skill set to establish a socially engaged, participatory project in a local community in Laois
-The project will engage creatively within a local community, the process of engagement will result in building community capacity, support the community to interpret climate action policies, and identify what is a priority to their lives and community as a whole, and plan actions, in a way that both genuinely engages and also has scientific rigour.
-Working with diverse strands and intergenerationally within the community to identify and prioritise specific local climate challenges with practical research and is solution focused
-The project should use Cultural and Creative practices underpinned with science that support participatory policymaking and governance, focusing particularly at a local authority level. This will require working with the existing infrastructures available such as Laois Co. Council Culture Team, Climate Action Team, Laois Public Participation Network and Climate Action Regional Office (CARO).
As part of the debate, Creative Ireland commissioned a report, Engaging the Public on Climate Change through the Cultural and Creative Sectors, that represents an initial, high-level body research into how the cultural and creative sectors can play an essential role in enabling people to understand, interpret,and engage with many aspects of climate change.This is available at creativeireland.gov.ie/…/engaging-the-public-on-climate-change….
This commission aims to build on the recommendations of that report and address the issue of climate change through an innovative project combining science and the creative arts, to create projects that engages the local community fully in not just a full understanding of the issue of climate change but also what action we can take at local level to protect and advocate for our local area.
- Deadline for registration for interest in this commission is Fri March 13th
- Disclosure of the community selected to engage with the commissioned team is Mon March 16
- The closing date for receipt of submissions is Fri April 17th
The project must be completed and all invoices submitted for payment by Fri Nov 20th 2020.
The selection panel will include representatives of Laois County Council and Midlands Science and an independent artist.
All requests for clarification or further information in respect of this commission should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 6