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 The 12-minute animated short ‘Jessica Casey – The Film’ was created with the collaboration of members of Away with Words collective and visual artist Aideen Barry. Away with Words was an idea of Claude and Mary Madec, set up as a collaboration between local writers and That’s Life (an initiative of the Brothers of Charity Services in County Galway to support people with intellectual disabilities to engage in the arts life of their communities). Photo: Aideen Barry.

Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme

Bursary Award 2012: Arts and Disability

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2012: Arts and Disability aims to support individual professional artists in any artform working in the field of arts and disability. This is the third 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 disability settings and contexts.

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 disability contexts.

It is expected that the successful applicant will share learning arising from the bursary with the arts and disability sector.
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 25 at 5pm. By post to: Create, National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts, Filmbase building, 2 Curved Street, Dublin 2.

Further Information

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2012 is focused specifically on the area of Arts and Disability. It aims to support individual professional artists in any artform working in the field of Arts and Disability.

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 disability 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

Create, in partnership with Arts & Disability Ireland, will host information and discussion events for interested artists at Dancehouse in Dublin on 27 September and at the Model in Sligo on 4 October 2012. Both sessions will be from 2pm to 4pm.

Application process

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 disability context.

Applicants' principal residence should be in Ireland and applicants should be able to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to participative/collaborative arts practices.

All applications are acknowledged. You can expect a decision within one month of the deadline. Feedback on applications is available after decisions are announced.

The proposal should show evidence of:
• Commitment to collaborative/ participative arts practice
• A clear awareness and articulation of how the Bursary Award will extend and contribute to the artist(s) knowledge of collaborative approaches to working in a disability context
• A clear understanding of some of the inter disciplinary processes and approaches to working collaboratively in a disability context
• An indication of the areas of research and exploration and of how the Bursary award will extend and expand the professional development of the applicant artist and arts practice in disability contexts

Who is eligible to apply

The award is open to artists working in all artforms and at all stages in their professional careers. To be eligible to apply applicants must:
• have a track record in collaborative/participative arts practice
• have experience of working collaboratively in a disability context
• have been born in, or are resident in, the Republic of Ireland
• be a professional practicing artist

Who cannot apply

Applicants who are not eligible to apply include:
• those who work as artists in a disability context where development and/or development education goals take precedence over artistic outcomes (see Purpose and priorities of the Bursary Award.
• those who work as artists in a disability context where the practice is youth arts - for information on youth arts opportunities please refer to the Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland –
• individuals currently in undergraduate education

What you can apply for

The maximum award available is €10,000 for up to one year. The emphasis of the bursary award is to contribute to artist(s) reflective research time, it also provides for other costs that are intrinsic to supporting the development of the artist's practice. In this context applicants may apply for living costs, they may also apply for materials, resources, third-party expertise or the hiring of services where it can be demonstrated that such costs are intrinsic or necessary to the development of the artist's practice.

What you cannot apply for

Activities and costs that you cannot apply for include the following:
• activities or costs that do not fit the purpose of the award
• activities which are more suited to another award funded by the Arts Council or operated by other state agencies including Culture Ireland
• activities that have already taken place or which will have commenced; before a decision is due to be made on your application
• where the activity is for charity fund-raising purposes, for participation in a competition, or for primarily commercial or profit-making purposes
• activities that have already been assessed by the Arts Council, or where you are already in receipt of funding under the Artist in the Community Scheme

What criteria applications are assessed against

All eligible applications are assessed under 3 criteria as follows:
• Artistic merit
• Meeting the objectives and priorities of the Arts and Disability Bursary Award
• Feasibility

Assessment will be made by a panel. The panel will consist of representatives from the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland and Create.

If you have a query about any aspect of the award or the application process, please contact Create for clarification by sending an email to support [at]

The above information about the application processs is repeated in this word document.

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