Developing Creative Proposals with Annette Moloney – Tipperary

February 10, 2016 – February 10, 2016

The Source Arts Centre

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VAI in partnership with Tipperary County Council Arts Office. In conjunction with the Arts Council Curator in Residence Award.

Preparing proposals can be a challenging and time consuming exercise for artists.  It’s not always easy to communicate an unrealised idea and it can take time and effort to transform some blank A4 paper into a clear and creative proposal that will, hopefully, capture the imagination of a selection process or panel. The day will include a presentation and conversation on best practice and some group discussions on examples of recent artist’s proposals. Priority given to artists from Tipperary

The workshop (09.30 – 13.30) will aim to cover hints and tips in developing proposals; a discussion on some ‘watch-out-fors’ and common pitfalls; observations on selection processes and panels as well as selection criteria; advice on sample headings to communicate idea clearly and creatively; suggestions for supporting documentation, CVs and Biogs as well as advice on time management and dangers of procrastination.

For the second part of the day artists can pre-book a One-to-one 30min Mentoring Sessions (14.30 – 17.30) which will give artists time to discuss and review one of their recent proposals or a forthcoming application. These sessions will take about 30mins and artists should submit material for feedback in advance of the event see details below. 

N.B. There are just 10 -15 One-to-one Mentoring Clinics available so please do indicate in the registration form below that you wish to avail of one.  Clinic slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis and facilitated by Annette, VAI and Source staff.

Artists interested in booking for the one-to-one mentoring clinics should submit an email copy of a recent or current draft proposal, along with the related submission guidelines for the opportunity they are applying for.  This should be sent to before: 12:00 on Wed 3 Feb, 2016.  This material will be reviewed by the workshop leader before the event in order to give detailed feedback. 

Questions you may have:

Can I go to the morning presentation and discussion and not an afternoon clinic?

Yes. The morning session is open to about 25 artists. The afternoon clinics must be booked in advance and are open to about 5 artists.

Can I book one of the afternoon one-to-one mentoring sessions if I don’t attend the morning workshop?

The mentoring sessions will build on the information discussed in the morning workshop, so it would be more beneficial for artists to attend the morning session as well. Also, each of the one-to-one session will last for 30 min, which will focus on the proposal being developed by the artist and there will not be enough time to repeat the information from the morning workshop.

Annette Moloney is a socially engaged curator and collaborator based in Limerick. Her arts practice includes exhibitions, critical writing, talks, artist’s professional development and mentoring projects as well as public art commissions.

She works with the Arts Council of Ireland as the Per Cent for Art Scheme Adviser.  She is currently Curator in Residence (with Maeve Mulrennan) in County Cavan.   For 2015 she also received as Arts Council of Ireland Curator in Residence Award to develop endurance | resilience, a Curated @ Source project which examines the links between sport and human effort in contemporary art located at the Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

A Fine Art graduate from Limerick School of Art & Design and the National College of Art & Design, she has completed a Master in Visual Arts Practice at IADT (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology), Dublin, specialising in Curatorial Practice.  She is a proud member of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club.

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Tel: 01 672 9488


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