Open Call | Visual Art Project with Children and Young People attending Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) Hospitals

Application Deadline: Friday 13 September, 12 noon.

CHI Arts is seeking applications from experienced, practicing collaborative and participatory artists/arts organisations to develop and deliver a participatory visual art project with children and young people at CHI Tallaght, CHI Crumlin and CHI Temple Street.

As part of Children’s Health Ireland’s commitment to place arts, creativity and imagination at the heart of the child’s and young person’s experience, CHI Arts is developing an arts programme for the new Children’s Hospital and Outpatient and Urgent Care Centres. Our work is based on the growing understanding of the positive and transformative impact that arts experiences can have on children and young people in paediatric settings.

Publicly showcasing artworks made by children and young people in paediatric healthcare environments is a central part of CHI Arts programming and one of our key principles of practice. We value and celebrate work made by both professional artists and the collaborative work made with the hospital community.

In keeping with this, CHI Arts has commissioned social enterprise We Make Good to design and fabricate a high-quality framing system to display artworks made by children and young people across CHI. These frames have been designed to allow artworks to be changed, giving children and young people from across all the CHI hospitals and centres the opportunity to show their artworks and see those made by others, on an ongoing basis. We believe this is an important part of promoting the idea that these environments are places for children. This project intends to provide high quality creative engagement opportunities for young people and children to make artworks that will be displayed in these frames.

The project aims to:
o Provide children and young people who are in the care of CHI hospitals the opportunity to access high quality arts engagement with professional artists.
o Create a space where children and young people see their creativity reflected in the environment around them and where artworks by children and young people are regularly and meaningfully exhibited throughout CHI sites.

The selected artist will:
o Work with CHI Arts and hospital partners to explore and plan the most appropriate forms of engagement that are suitable for the acute paediatric hospital environment and varied needs of participants.
o Work with CHI Arts to deliver high quality participatory visual arts engagement.
o Employ a creative process led by the needs and wants of the children and young people involved.
o Document their reflections and learnings on the project at key points during the 12-month period, as agreed with CHI Arts.

Remuneration for this project is capped at €3,000.00. This amount will be made available to the successful applicant for the planning, delivery and evaluation of the project and will be paid in three instalments, over the 12 month period of the project. There will be an additional budget available for documentation and materials for the project.

Timeframe
o It is expected that the artist(s) will deliver approximately four sessions in each CHI hospital site (12 in total) over a 12-month period, working with children and young people across a range of environments including in-patient and out-patient settings.
o It is expected the project will begin in mid-October 2019 and continue until October 2020.

CHI Arts will:
o Provide curatorial and administrative support
o Liaise with each hospital on the planning, delivery and showcasing of the project.

Full Artist Brief here: artsandhealth.ie/CHI-Arts-Call-for-Artists….pdf

Application form: Application Form Call Out for Artists-Arts Organisations FINAL 07.08.19

Queries to Fiona Smith Fiona.smith7@nchg.ie by 12noon Wednesday 21st August 2019

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