Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2011: Arts and Community Development

The successful applicant for the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2011: Arts and Community Development has been announced and the Bursary Award is to go to visual artist Ailbhe Murphy.

Ailbhe Murphy’s collaborative art practice has been based primarily within the community development sector in Dublin. Previous projects include Unspoken Truths (1991 -1996), Once is too Much (1996 - 1998) and Tower Songs (2003 - 2006). In 2011 she completed her doctoral degree with the University of Ulster where her research focused on critical co-ordinates for collaborative arts practice within the spatial politics of urban regeneration. In 2007 she co-founded Vagabond Reviews with independent writer and researcher Ciaran Smyth. Vagabond Reviews combines art interventions and research processes in order to develop interdisciplinary trajectories of critical inquiry into a range of socially situated arenas of practice. Projects include the Cultural Review, a collaborative arts-based research initiative conducted with Fatima Groups United in Rialto. More recently Vagabond Reviews developed a research initiative with the Rialto Youth Project called The Arcade Project which sets out to explore principles of practice for an arts-based pedagogy in youth work. Currently working on a per cent for art commission in Galway City, Vagabond Reviews have just completed delivery of Others and Exiles: Culture, Diversity and Creative Research Practice, a modular course within an M.Soc.Sc programme at the School of Sociology, University College Dublin. Ailbhe has also published widely and contributed extensively to contemporary discussions on socially engaged art practice, through conference presentations in Ireland and internationally.

The Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2011: Arts and Community Development aims to support individual professional artists in any artform working in the field of arts and community development. This is the second 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. The bursary’s purpose is to support and nurture professional arts practice, specifically directed at artists who have collaborated and practiced in community development settings and contexts.

The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with the time and resources to reflect, research and reconsider art practice realised in community development contexts. As part of the award, learning arising from the Bursary will be shared with the arts and community development sector.

The next round of the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme will be in spring 2012.