Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic this project has now been postponed until Spring 2020 upon permission from Cork County Council . Artists who may still wish to apply will have their applications filed for inclusion in 2021 if they so wish. This open call will be reissued again in Spring 2021. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
The festival wishes to select an artist who may work in any creative background that will produce work which involves the active participation of one class in each of the selected twelve schools. The age group of each class will be between 7 and 11 years. The finished work will form part of the festival program.
The artist will be expected to provide engagement in each of the schools through the delivery of a short workshop or other relevant creative activity. The artist will deliver this engagement in late May 2020 over a period of 1-2 weeks.
The festival wishes to select an artist whose proposed project is considerate of one or more aspects of: The town of Skibbereen, its buildings and its people, the surrounding landscape, the history of the area, the Irish language, the future of the town.
The festival wishes for the artist to be based in West Cork or have access to transportation in order to engage with the project fully.
The festival wishes for the proposed project to be ambitious in its reach and to suggest an creative method of delivering and showing the work that does not require a large indoor display space for the duration of the festival. Hence, the festival welcome proposals that suggest the creation of work that may be based around performance, sonic arts, video/animation, a photography project, new media, a project that involves textiles or outdoor display/bunting, sculpture etc. The work should be visible and easy to access throughout the duration of the festival.
The selected artist will be expected to finalise the delivery and production of the work during the period of June and July to be ready for the festival at the end of July. The artist should be aware that the project will run over and into annual school holiday, hence the artist must present a proposal that is achievable considering this.
The artist will be expected to install the work (with assistance from visual arts festival team if required) and takedown the work.
The artist will be selected based on previous experience or be able to demonstrate the ability to work on a project of this scale. The artist will be selected by a deciding board consisting of 2 of the festivals board members, the visual arts coordinator and 1 representative from the Cork County Council Arts Office.
Artists can apply individually or collectively, acknowledging that the fee is standard and can be shared.
Applicants may be contacted by phone to discuss project proposal further.
Fee and budget:
The artist’s fee will be €2,600.00. This fee has been decided by the festival through consultation with experienced arts workers.
The artist’s fee is considerate of 13 days working with an average daily fee of €200.00. The fee covers: Time spent engaging with schools (workshops expected to average 1.5 hours per school), time working on preparatory material, time working on display and installation of work, time spent at the festival (if project demands this), travel expenses, time collecting and choosing materials, any other relevant activity such as editing, gathering/hiring equipment etc., the creation of a written report which will form part of larger report to summarise the project.
The artist will be paid by instalment by the festival. If artists are applying collectively the fee will be paid into a single account and shared by the artists accordingly. Artists are responsible for their own financial accounts and revenue affairs. Artists must have up to date Gardaí vetting. The artist must have personal insurance.
The materials budget is €1,000.00. This will be made available for the purchasing of materials and renting of equipment (if needed) for the production of and delivery of work for the festival.
The artist will be continuously supported by the festivals visual arts coordinator who will manage the project. The coordinator will liaise between the schools and the artist, assist in the development of the project, provide technical support, local support and manage the financial aspect of the project.
The artist will work with and maintain contact with the coordinator throughout the duration of the project, more closely during particular stages which include: Deciding project development, time in schools, finalising final delivery and production, installation/delivery and takedown. The artist will be expected to meet with the coordinator at particular stages and upon completion of the project to discuss the outcomes for the final report.
A contract will be provided between the festival and the artist once details of the project have been finalised.
DEADLINE MONDAY 13th APRIL 5.00 p.m.
Please email the visual arts coordinator the following:
(PDF format) no other format will be accepted
- A paragraph outlining your current practice and how it might relate to this project.
- A brief project proposal (750 words max) which is conscious of the details in the project information section.
- An up to date C.V including contact information and current address.
- 3 jpeg images (max) of recent work/projects (only if relevant)
- 2 referees
Please contact the visual arts coordinator should you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Skibbereen Arts Festival in partnership with Cork County Council wishes to commission an artist to complete an ambitious new project for this year’s festival involving twelve schools situated in the surrounding area. This will be the first of what is hoped to be an annual project.
Skibbereen Arts Festival has been operating for 10 years. 2020 will be year 11. The festival will take place from Friday 24th July until Monday 3rd August. The festival program features a wide variety of creative work ranging from live music to theatre, workshops, talks, performances and contemporary visual arts. The festival attracts a wide and diverse audience. The festival is keen to continue embracing and showcasing all forms of creative work. The festival is also keen to put the work of creatives and local projects based in West Cork first. The festival has pride in its town and surrounding area, its rich culture and history. Hence, the festival favours work that is concerned with contemporary social, environmental matters and historic matters that focus on the people in the area and the relationship we have to the built environment and also the natural landscape that surrounds us and is part of everyday life. The above openness to support all forms of new and exciting work that seeks connectedness both with each other and also our environment is something which the festival wishes to engage with in this schools project.