Open Call | Cultural Adaptations, EU Project at axis:Ballymun, Dublin

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 31 July.

axis:Ballymun is a partner in a new EU-funded project Cultural Adaptations. As part of this they are seeking an artist to be ‘embedded’ within and to influence the work of both Codema (Dublin’s Energy Agency set up by Dublin City Council in 1997) and axis:Ballymun over 2019 – 2020.

This is an exciting, paid opportunity for an artist or cultural practitioner interested in exploring the role the arts can play in shaping how our society adapts to the impact of climate change. It offers the chance to participate in an action-research project taking place at the European level, and contribute new knowledge to the local and international sector.

Cultural Adaptations
This opportunity is part of a much larger Cultural Adaptations project: a European co-operation project, funded through the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, running October 2018 – March 2021. Four cultural organisations in countries with similar climate challenges but differing socio-political frameworks (Scotland, Ireland, Belgium and Sweden) will explore the different cultural approaches taken to society’s adaptation to climate change.

Each Cultural Partner is working with a local Adaptation Partner on the project:

– Axis (Ireland) and Codema, Dublin’s regional energy agency
– Creative Carbon Scotland (the lead partner) and Sniffer Climate Ready Clyde Project (Scotland)
– Greentrack Gent (Belgium) and the City of Ghent local authority
– TILLT (Sweden) and the City of Gothenburg local authority

Each country partnership will jointly research, develop, plan and implement their own Embedded Artist Project in which an artist explores and provides new ways of thinking, fresh perspective and different approaches to the complex and seemingly intractable challenges that climate change present.

– axis:Ballymun are looking for an artist or cultural practitioner working in any art form to make use of their relatively autonomous position as an ‘outsider’ to help to provide new ways of thinking, fresh perspectives and different approaches to the challenges of adapting to climate change.
– They will be an active participant in and contributor to the project, events and activities with stakeholders and partners, and lead on key areas of work to address specific challenges and opportunities within the programme, and the partnership between Codema and axis:Ballymun.
– The anticipated total time commitment is approx 30-35 days spread over the whole project.

This will include:
– Preparing for, attendance at and participation in each of the next three Transnational meetings taking place throughout the project:
1. Gothenburg 12th & 13th November 2019
2. Dublin March 2020 (TBC)
3. Ghent 13th & 14th May 2020
– Preparing for, attending and contributing to various meetings and events of the Irish partnership throughout the project
– Preparing for, attendance at and participation in a final international conference in Glasgow in Autumn 2020
– Contribution to the project evaluation, the Toolkit and Digital Resource and the final report to Creative Europe

The artist will be paid a total fee of €10,000 (approx 30-35 days)
Travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for Transnational Meetings and the conference will be paid in addition to this sum. There is a small budget available for materials across the duration of the project (€500), although no physical artwork is anticipated as an output of the work.

Artist Specification
This role is imagined for an experienced and established individual artist or cultural practitioner, working in any discipline, looking to use their creative skills to contribute to society and the wider environment. They anticipate an individual with 5 or more years of experience in the cultural sector
will be most appropriate for this role.

The artist must be able to begin work on this project by the end August 2019.

To apply please submit
– A CV demonstrating appropriate experience (max 2 pages)
– A covering letter (max 3 pages) which details:
– How the applicant sees their skills and experiences contributing to the aims and tasks of the
Cultural Adaptations project
– Two examples of projects/contexts where the applicant has contributed to planning and
decision making.

For full Artists Brief visit:….pdf

If you wish to discuss the opportunity in more detail before applying, feel free to contact Emma Connors (axis Arts Development Manager) on

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