The Arts Office of Offaly County Council working in collaboration with partner organisations, Mayo County Council Arts Service and Visual Artists Ireland are seeking to engage the services of a suitably qualified / experienced individual(s) to undertake a research project on a contract for services basis. Applications are welcome from an individual, organisation or research team.
The partner organisations have been awarded funding under the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme 2020 for a research and development project focusing on the Local Authority run, Lough Boora Sculpture Park, Co. Offaly and Tír Sáile, North Mayo Sculpture Trail, Co. Mayo. The principle aim of this project will be to develop a framework that will map the key steps needed for the future management / development of each site.
This will include:
- The project partners taking a collaborative approach to exploring a framework for the future management and sustainability of Lough Boora Sculpture Park and Tír Sáile.
- The sharing of local and national resources, expertise, skills and open thinking between partners and stakeholders.
- Exploring new ways to animate the parkland/ trail and engage with artists and local communities in a meaningful way.
What do we want to learn from this research?
- What are the best practice models of curation (content and context) and commissioning practices that are suitable for both locations?
- What are the methods that can be adopted to evaluate public perception of commissioned works in terms of Impact and Value, and how does this affects public engagement and audience development?
- Who / what are the potential sources of funding and partnerships?
- What are the recommended models of operation, including governance, commissioning, maintenance, public engagement and evaluation?
The research will identify gaps in provision and potential partnerships and collaboration. It is intended that the learning from the research will be made available and accessible publicly and to other Local Authorities (LA), and via Visual Artists Ireland to those wishing to develop similar initiatives.
Submitted budgets should not exceed 15,000 euro, including travel, VAT and per diem. Please supply a budget as outlined below in ‘submitting your proposal’, the budget will be assessed competitively in terms of current artist payments rates (see VAI for guidelines).
Full Brief here: TenderBrief.pdf
Reseacher will be expected to:
- Write a detailed work plan / schedule and meet with all partners for briefing meeting [This meeting may be arranged remotely due to the current restrictions in place].
- Conduct consultations / research in Offaly and Mayo of existing service.
- Identify appropriate international case studies (e.g. different models feasible to adapt in Ireland).
- Conduct meetings/ discussions with partners and stakeholders to discuss progress of the research.
- Write and submit an evidence informed report and recommendations for feedback from partners.
- Submit a final edited report and recommendations that is publication ready.
- Present the results of the research with recommendations [this may need to be conducted as an online presentation]. Once approved this will be made publically available online.
Submitting your Proposal
Please apply in writing via email and include copies of each of the following: [Please ensure you receive an email from arts office acknowledging receipt of application]
Please note do not send emails above 5MG – if possible send weblinks links for supporting material
1. An outline of the planned approach to this work and proposed research methods.
2. Outline suitability for the role: C.V, relevant experience, letters of support, examples of writing and research publications, and any other information deemed relevant.
3. Timeline envisaged to carry out the work – give a detailed outline of the timescale for the project including numbers of days work for; research, community / stakeholder contact, plus a preliminary schedule and expected delivery dates – the tender contract will be based upon delivery of commissioning within a maximum period of five months from signing the contract.
4. A budget which indicates how you will use the funding with headings such as
– Researcher’s fee and any other fees
– Any resources needed (e.g. rental of venues, supply of materials etc.)
– Any transport/ travel/ accommodation costs
5. Please supply supplementary information to support the application via email, these can include; a short description of relevant previous projects, copies of photographs/audio or visual documentation, press reviews, publications, etc.
6. Name two relevant referees.
The research should commence as soon as practicable and be completed by early/mid November 2020, with staged progress reporting during the interim. The tender contract will be based upon delivery of project within five months from signing the contract [This date may be reviewed if any unavoidable delays to timetable occur due to current health crisis].
For further enquires please contact Offaly County Council Arts Office on 057 9357400 or email@example.com.