The Trailer of Bridget Dinnigan. Image Credit: Hugh O’Connor. In 2009 Dylan Tighe was awarded an Arts Participation Project Award from Arts Council to develop a new version of Federico Garcia Lorca’s play The House of Bernarda Alba. Tighe and Catherine Joyce, of Blanchardstown Traveller Development group (BTDG), adapted the Spanish play to an Irish Traveller setting.

Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme

Bursary Award 2013: Arts and Cultural Diversity

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2013: Arts and Cultural Diversity aims to support individual professional artists in any artform working in the field of arts and cultural diversity. This is the fourth year that the Arts Council has provided a €10,000 bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create.

Purpose and priorities of the award

The purpose of the Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice and it is specifically aimed at an artist who has worked collaboratively in the context of cultural diversity.

The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with the time and resources to carry out research, reflect on and re-consider arts practice realised in culturally diverse contexts.

It is expected that the successful applicant will share the learning arising from the bursary with the arts and cultural diversity sector. Create will work in partnership with the Centre for Creative Practices in providing information sessions and on the selection process.

For further information on the application, contact Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for applications: Thursday October 24 at 5pm.

Send completed applications to Create, 2 Curved St. Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Create recommends that the proposal is in the form of a written application, up to a maximum of 3 sides of A4, supported by additional information detailing work history and examples of professional collaborative practice and history of working in a cultural diversity context. Applicants' principal residence should be in Ireland and applicants should be able to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to participative/collaborative arts practices.

Further Information on application guidelines

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2013 is focused specifically on the area of Arts and Cultural Diversity.

It aims to support individual professional artists in any artform (dance, music, theatre, visual arts, literature) working in the field of Arts and Cultural Diversity. The purpose of the award is to support professional artists to develop their arts practice. The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist's development that is derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice. The award therefore provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their arts practice. It is aimed at artists who:

• work collaboratively with individuals and groups in the making and interpreting of art
• consider and prioritise the quality of the engagement at all stages (e.g. in the planning, making and evaluation of work)

Potential proposals could be those that enable artists working in the area of arts and cultural diversity to reconsider their collaborative/participative arts thinking and practice through:
• research, dialogue and the negotiation of strategic partnerships
• participative/collaborative art making, critical reflection and evaluation
• practice that influences and expands alternative and varied strands of contemporary arts practice

N.B. What We Do Not Fund

The Bursary Award does not fund individual arts projects, exhibitions or one-off events

Information and discussion events for interested artists

Create, in partnership with the Centre for Creative Practices, will host information and discussion events for interested artists. Details will be on Create's website and on CFCP’s website.

Last year’s recipient of the Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award Arts and Disability 2012 was theatre maker, Sophie Motley. She availed of the Award to explore new formats for accessible performance in tandem with exploring her own performance interests which include performance in unusual spaces; her overall aim was to explore further the circumstances which allow for ‘the creation of integrated performance practice methods which do not alienate a Disabled community and allow the non-disabled community to learn about and experience the performance in the same way as the Disabled community.

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