Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools to Announce a New Call for Creative Associates in Early 2020

The Arts Council intends to tender for a panel of Creative Associates to support the delivery of the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools from the academic year 2020-21 onwards for a period of up to 5 years. The Arts council will publish relevant tender documents within the next few months.

This is an opportunity for artists, creative practitioners and individuals working in organisations in the arts and cultural sector. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child.

For more information about the role of Creative Associates, the application form from the previous year please go to: artscouncil.ie/Creative-Schools/…

Creative Associates are artists, creative practitioners and/or educators with an understanding of the arts and creativity and its potential to transform the lives of children and young people. Creative Associates will match the needs of schools to arts and creative opportunities in their locality. They will identify potential areas for improvement and will inspire, energise and drive schools forward in addressing these. Through this pioneering initiative Creative Associates will have the chance to shape the place of the arts and creativity in Irish schools.

Creative Associates come from a range of creative professions, such as artists, designers and craftspeople or those working in mediums used for the purpose of creative or interpretative expression. Whether from the arts, culture, heritage, creative industries, science or other sectors, they challenge, support and sustain new practice in the field of the arts, culture and creative learning.

There are three types of Creative Associate:

1. Teachers: fully qualified and currently working in a Department of Education and Skills-sanctioned post and who are applying for a contract of service in the form of an agreement of work between themselves and the Arts Council/Creative Schools.

2. Individuals: working on a freelance basis in the arts/creative sectors and who are applying for a contract for services between themselves as individuals and the Arts Council/Creative Schools.

3. Organisations: working in the arts/creative sectors and which are applying for a contract for services between the organisation and the Arts Council/Creative Schools. In their applications, organisations must nominate one representative, who currently delivers services for them, to deliver CA services if successful. Organisations can nominate up to five representatives to deliver services. Each application must be made separately. Representatives cannot share a CA role.

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