Awards

Platform 31

November 5, 2020
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Platform 31: A nationwide artist development scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council 

The Association of Local Authority Arts Offices (LAAOs), in collaboration with the Arts Council, present PLATFORM 31 – a national opportunity for artists to develop their practice and test new ideas of collaboration, research, audience development, place-making and sharing their work.

Designed to support and offer career development for 31 mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), there are two elements of support for participating artists in the scheme: financial and developmental. Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in an advisory and developmental framework and a peer network. 

For over 35 years Local Authority Arts Offices have worked directly with artists to ensure the arts thrive in all communities.  Working in a grass roots and foundational way has allowed Arts Officers to identify and to respond to the needs of artists, keeping the arts and cultural agenda focussed and relevant in changing environments.

We embrace the opportunity in our communities to inform and lead new ways of working collaboratively towards cultural development”, said Jenny Sherwin, Wicklow County Council Arts Officer. “At the heart of all of this are artists, the real animators of the arts in Ireland –  the writers, musicians, actors, performers, dancers and filmmakers. We envision this pilot scheme as a platform for these creatives to value their time, to showcase their work and their collaborations, sharing their learnings locally and nationally as a legacy of the project.” 

“The bursary seeks to provide artists with the time and resources to think, test new ideas, research new approaches and to reflect and engage with their artistic practice”, said Maureen Kennelly, Arts Council Director. “The Arts Council is delighted to partner with local authorities, who are responding thoughtfully and ambitiously to the challenging environment for artists. The carefully considered support network built into Platform 31 sets this bursary scheme apart.” 

The scheme will establish a peer networking framework for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and learnings, and encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts. The exact nature of this artist support framework will be informed by the proposals and interests of the 31 artists selected.

The award is open to artists of any discipline and practice, based in Ireland, as well as multi-disciplinary practice and design of all kinds. 

It is designed to support mid-career artists who must have been in receipt of support/investment from a Local Authority Arts Office or the Arts Council within the last three years.  

Applications open from November 9th – 30th. For more information email localartsireland@gmail.com or see https://platform31.localartsireland.ie/

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Invitation to Collaborate Events 2018

March 10, 2016
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Fidget FeetfporlocalartspageInvitation to Collaborate Awards 2018

Invitation to Collaboration supports regional and national initiatives in the field of local-authority-led arts development. The scheme is rooted in the policies set out in the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (2016-2025), Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland (0.22 MB), and in A Framework for Collaboration: An Agreement Between the Arts Council and the County and City Management Association (1.5MB, PDF). The emphasis is placed on supporting partnerships that focus on developing projects, resources or services that are ambitious and are testing new ground. The following projects were funded in 2018.

*Image: Fidget Feet. 2016. Photographer Jym Daly

Cork City and Cork County Council with the HSE, Age and Opportunity, Music Alive, Cork Midsummer Festival and Sirius Arts Centre.

A creative enquiry through a curatorial partnership with Age and Opportunity to explore and develop quality arts opportunities with and for older people. The enquiry will be informed by three artists in residence hosted by the local arts partners.

VISION SYMPHONY

Clare County Council with the Irish Memory Orchestra, 3L Online Music, DCU and National Council for the Blind

The composition and performance of an orchestral symphony that explores perceptions of vision, informed by and performed by musicians who are visually impaired and the publication of a website that offers supports and resources for visually impaired musicians.

AGENTS OF CHANGE

Galway County with Galway City and Roscommon County Council with the Irish Theatre Institute and Drama at NUIG

The award will support the development of regional multi-disciplinary creative producers to enhance cultural provision in urban and rural contexts in the West. There will be a focus on professional capacity building, recruitment, skills/needs analysis, training and creative concepts.

THE BINGO WINGS PROJECT

Limerick City and County Council with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance, Donegal and Kerry County Council

A participatory circus project exploring inter-generational topics with a focus on social inclusion, cultural participation and wellbeing. The themes are explored through artist residencies and multi-disciplinary immersive theatre performances in the three counties. The project evaluation findings will be presented at a symposium at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

AN URGENT ENQUIRY

Wexford County Council with Dublin City and Fingal County Council

An Urgent Enquiry builds on previously funded research on a collaborative and interdepartmental enquiry with public art and biodiversity specialists to research new models of commissioning art that focuses on the pertinent issue of art and biodiversity. The research has resulted in a new residency/commissioning model that includes international expertise, curatorial and research support to realize three new colloquial site specific works.

 

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