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Disability Connect – ADC

June 9, 2014 in News from the Arts Sector

Arts & Disability Ireland and Arts Council announce Arts and Disability Connect (ADC) a new scheme open to artists with disabilities working in any artform. This scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work. It offers artists the opportunity to: connect with other practitioners or venues; make a change in their practice; 'step up' in terms of scope and scale; reach new audiences and to engage in mentoring and training.
Region: Nationwide
Expiry date: 12/06/14

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Arts Council Visual Arts Alert

June 3, 2014 in News from the Arts Sector, Professional development opportunities

The Arts Council's Visual Arts team has indicated that there will only be one round of the Project Award in Visual Arts in 2015.

This means that the upcoming deadline of Thursday, 28 August 2014 for the Project Award Round 1 2015 will be the only available award for visual arts projects taking place in 2015. Please note that any application made under this round must commence by November 2015 at the latest.

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Wexford Novelist Eoin Colfer announced as 3rd Laureate na nÓg

May 8, 2014 in News from the Arts Sector

Today, Thursday 8th May 2014, novelist Eoin Colfer was announced as the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature, at a special event at the Arts Council. The announcement was made by Fergus O’Dowd, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and Environment, Community & Local Govt, with responsibility for the NewEra Project.

Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council with the support of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Children’s Books Ireland, Poetry Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The honour was established to engage young people with high quality children’s literature and to underline the importance of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative lives.

Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford in 1965. Having qualified as a primary school teacher, he worked in Wexford before travelling and working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999. He attained worldwide recognition in 2001, when the first Artemis Fowl book was published and became a New York Times Best Seller, as did some sequels. Among his other popular works are Half Moon Investigations, The Wish List, The Supernaturalist, and a series of Eoin Colfer's Legends. In January 2008, Colfer published a book titled Airman, another best-seller. His latest novel, Warp The Reluctant Assassin has been nominated for the CBI Book of the Year 2014. To date more than half of his books have reached the New York Times list at least once. Eoin Colfer currently lives in Wexford, Ireland with his wife, Jackie, and two children, Séan and Finn.

Speaking about his appointment as Laureate na nÓg, Eoin Colfer said: ‘I feel incredibly honoured and incredibly petrified to be taking on the Laureate mantle after Niamh and Siobhán. I feel I am representing my family and my county and indeed all book people in Ireland which is not something I mean to take lightly. I intend to spend my time spreading stories to every nook and cranny in the country. Nobody is safe. It doesn't matter where you hide – I will find you and tell you a story.’

Elaina Ryan, Director of Children’s Books Ireland said: ‘Laureate na nÓg stands for so many things: honouring the talent of Ireland’s extraordinary writers and illustrators; celebrating children’s literature and recognising its crucial place in the lives of children; and bringing people together in Ireland and internationally to talk about children’s books and the possibilities they represent. Children’s Books Ireland is thrilled that Eoin Colfer will be Ireland’s third Laureate na nÓg – his imagination, energy and accessibility to so many audiences are among the many attributes that will make Eoin a wonderful Laureate.’

Sheila Pratschke, Chair of the Arts Council, said: ‘To date, Laureate na nÓg has been a tremendous success, and the stellar work of Eoin Colfer's predecessors, Siobhán Parkinson and Niamh Sharkey, has broadened and deepened the imaginative worlds of young people across the country. The Arts Council is delighted to award this honour – the highest to be awarded to a children's writer or illustrator in Ireland – to an artist of such high achievement and with such generosity of spirit. We have no doubt that the Eoin Colfer's term will be exciting and inspired, and we very much look forward to the two years ahead.’

Nóirín McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland said: ‘Laureate na nÓg is an important vehicle for us to increase the recognition of the importance of Children’s literature and advocate the benefit of creativity among our young people. Following in the trail-blazing footsteps of Siobhan Parkinson and Niamh Sharkey, Eoin Colfer is an inspired choice for the third all-island Children’s Laureate. The Arts Council of Northern Irealand is delighted to be working with our cross border partners to strengthen his island-wide ambassadorial role’

The role of Laureate na nÓg was established in 2010 to recognise the role and importance of literature for children.  The position is held for a period of two years, during which the Laureate will reach a wide and diverse audience throughout Ireland and internationally through selected events and initiatives.

For the first time this year, the Laureate na nÓg team will be inviting invitations during the month of June from arts organisations and groups to suggest projects for the new Laureate. Further details of the submission process will be available on the Laureate website,

For further information about Eoin Colfer please see

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National Sculpture factory – Im/Plants – Call to Artists

May 6, 2014 in Job Opportunities in the Arts Sector, News from the Arts Sector, Professional development opportunities


The National Sculpture Factory announces its new programmatic strand for 2014/15 Im/plants open to all international artists   

  1. Im/Plant: manufacturing

An industrial site consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing. A place of making, shaping and assembly, dedicated to social modes of production, as distinguished from the sometimes immaterial and solitary labour of art. A site of production, labour, involving relations of production – between workers, managers, technicians, consumers, the public – between individuals and a wider social field.

    2.   Im/Plant: medical

A surgical intervention leading to a graft onto/into a host system, to improve, modify or regulate functioning. A permanent or removable biologically compatible device, manufactured to replace an absent part, to support or to enhance an existing structure. Ideally the device should bring about a desired response in the host, however the interaction between the implant and the neighbouring tissues can cause complications (allergic foreign body response, for instance).

   3.   Im/Plant: botanical

An opportunist organic entity, able to colonise an area by spreading vegetatively – e.g. pioneer plants that colonise an area that has not been previously occupied by an ecological community.                  


Im/Plants proposes a programme of seasonal implantations (insertions) into the National Sculpture Factory. This project is open to Irish and international artists, curators, independent art groups, individual cultural and spatial practitioners, and collectives across all art disciplines.

Artists/participants are implanted as productive agents, that is, invited to respond to the specificity of the National Sculpture Factory - as a site for manufacture; as a host organism; as a seedbed for propagation - in order to test, affect or re-imagine the boundaries of what the art organisation can be through alternative forms of production.

Each ImPlant is of a 3-month duration and is programmed to happen seasonally. It is self-directing and self-sufficient, with an overall stipend of €3,000 and with access to the full resources and supports of the NSF, adapted to the needs of each specific applicant.

There are no prescribed outcomes, but each implant is expected to leave a trace, residue, or shadow, of their period of interactivity with the host organisation. Such outcomes are not restricted to the ephemeral and can be of a more permanent nature. 

For its part the NSF will be openly receptive to the unknowns made possible by interaction with these implanted agents.

The Im/Plants strand in the NSF’s annual programme is designed to act as a source of imaginative hybridization, to create as yet unknown forms of production or provocation, and enable the NSF to work with the broadest range of artistic practitioners, leading to the synthesis of new ideas and work practices within the artist-centric institution.

NSF Im/Plants project allows the implanted artists to practically challenge the ideologies of the monolithic or static institution, and to act instead as a generative substrate engaging directly with the receptive NSF to external forces. In its making available of its resources, experience and network of relations, the NSF wishes, through these insertions open itself to the stimulus of new ideas, alien influences and new creative productive outcomes.

Application Details:

Criteria for assessment:

  1. The nature and quality of the proposition or provocation.
  2. Experience relevant to this particular site-specific research implantation.
  3. The feasibility of each proposition as well as the nature and extent of the research and methodology being proposed

Applicants are invited to propose, themselves; their practice and their particular Im/plant proposal in whatever form they deem relevant bearing in mind the considerations above and the context being offered.

Applicants can develop proposals for Im/plants with the understanding that they need not be present, or resident in Cork for the entire 3-monthly season. This is not a studio-based residency, while a space in the NSF can be made available if necessary. Applicants should suggest how they propose to proceed over the 3-month period and how this can lead to a constructive and productive engagement.

For the full details on applications please visit

Proposal deadline:
All applications must reach the National Sculpture Factory by 12 Noon, Monday 9th June 2014.

This Programme is part funded by the Cork City Council Project Award

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X Florence Biennale

April 10, 2014 in News from the Arts Sector

17 - 25 october 2015

Open for Submissions for the X Edition
We are glad to announce the opening of the submissions to be selected to participate in the X Florence Biennale, which will take place from September 17th to 25th 2015 at Fortezza da Basso, in the heart of the city of Florence.

Twenty years of the Florence Biennale
The artistic direction of Prof. Rolando Bellini for the next edition is confirmed, year of celebrations together with the celebration of 150 years of Florence Capital of Italy and EXPO 2015, we celebrate 20 years of Florence Biennale. To begin the celebrations and momentum for the Biennale the initiatives and events will be announced in the coming months to occur before and during the 10 days of the Florence Biennale.

The "Events in the Event" calendar of 2015, in fact, promises to be more extensive than ever, including numerous collaborations with private and public institutions.

In view of this the upcoming Florence Biennale and the City of Florence are renewing their synergy that allowed during the last edition by hosting over 25 events connected with the participation of hundreds of artists and a wide audience of visitors, continuing last year's path with the presentation of the Ethics Charter of the New Millenium Artist during the XXXIII World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, that was held in Florence.

The New Florence Biennale 2015 website
Coming soon is the new website, that will include richer content, information and news about X Edition and all the initiatives promoted by Florence Biennale. Meanwhile follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Open Call – Being Here

March 4, 2014 in News from the Arts Sector, Waterford County Arts Office


We are delighted to announce an open call to cultural practitioners

‘Being Here’ is a curated visual arts project organised by Jane O’Neill, curated by Ciara Maher Langan and administered by Colette Ryan in association with the Arts Services of Waterford Co. Council which seeks to explore Co Waterford’s sense of place and sense of identity through the arts.  Practitioners across all art forms are invited to submit work for inclusion in a group show being held in the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, between 4th June and 12th July 2014, with the possibility of the show touring to other venues.  Submissions are invited across all media; the visual arts, literature, music, dance, i.e. painting, sculpture, film, photography, poetry, writing, music, etc.   The work should reflect one of two themes; the sense of place of Waterford or the individual’s sense of identity.  All work must be new or recent.  Participation is primarily aimed at people with Waterford connections, however all work that takes a point of departure from the statement will be considered.

Participants can register their interest in being included in the show by emailing and a Curatorial statement which may inform the creation of work will be emailed to you.

Closing date for submissions:     5pm on April 17th 2014

Queries and Submissions can be emailed to:

Or call Jane on 0861606585 or Ciara on 0871342951 if you have any questions or wish to discuss the exhibition.


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RDS Awards 2014 – Call for Entries

March 3, 2014 in News from the Arts Sector

CALL FOR ENTRIES  Two Competitions, Two New Prizes             
RDS National Craft Awards  / RDS Student Art Awards      
Enter online from March 3, 2014 at
Regarded as one of the largest competitive platforms for Craft in Europe, the RDS is now calling for entries for its 2014 RDS National Craft Awards (formerly RDS National Crafts Competition). Open to craftspeople living in Ireland and Irish makers abroad, the competition has a prize fund of €24,000, and sets the standard for craft on the island of Ireland at the highest possible level of skill and design excellence.
The RDS Student Art Awards has a prize fund in excess of €17,600; including the €5,000 Taylor Art Award, which has been awarded since 1860. The RDS Student Art Awards are open to full and part-time art students at degree and postgraduate level registered in art colleges in Ireland. Entries are open to students whose artwork ranges from digital film, to the more traditional disciplines such as drawing, painting and printmaking. 
There are two new awards for 2014 in the RDS Student Art Awards; the RDS Lens-Based Art Award €2,200, open to film and photography based entries and the RDS Monster Truck 1 Year Studio Award (non-cash prize worth €2,500) open to graduate and post graduate students completing their studies in 2014. 
Prize-winners and a select number of high quality entries from both competitions will be exhibited at the Dublin Horse Show, RDS (6-10 August). The RDS National Craft Awards Exhibition will travel to the Hunt Museum, Limerick and the Student Art Awards Exhibition to the Bourn Vincent Gallery, University of Limerick, both will run from (4 September – 10 October 2014). 
Application forms will be accessible online from March 3 at until the closing date deadlines of May 12, (Craft) and June 18, (Student Art)
For more information, please contact:
Tori McCormack                 Dara O’Leary
Marketing Executive         Arts Programme Executive
Direct: 01 240 7269            Direct: 086 040 1857 

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Script to Screen Call for Applications 2014

February 27, 2014 in News from the Arts Sector


Call for Applications 2014

VFX: Script to Screen aims to inspire the creative film community in Europe to push the boundaries of VFX and develop new and innovative stories for audiences in Europe and globally.

Through case studies, lectures and course work, the programme will provide participants will a broad overview of managing projects with VFX elements at all budget levels.  Participants will develop the skills and expertise to successfully plan and manage a VFX project throughout all its stages. The programme will:

  • Identify different VFX requirements for diverse projects and budget levels
  • Discuss budgeting and scheduling for VFX
  • Identify the team you need to build for VFX projects
  • Explore the scripting, planning, visual structure, storyboarding and pre-visualisation of a project
  • Explore the requirements of shooting VFX and on-set VFX issues
  • Enhance understanding of key VFX post-production processes
  • Enhance understanding of the interaction between VFX, games, and transmedia content

VFX: Script to Screen aims to create a pool of flexible professionals, highly versed in VFX technology and terminology, and fully familiar with its development and production processes.

Participant Profile

VFX: Script to Screen is aimed primarily at producers and directors who wish to gain the skills to produce and manage a VFX project from development to post-production.  Key Creatives such as cinematographers, editors and production designers may also attend. Participants may apply with or without a project; the programme includes several scheduled VFX Clinics during which participants can discuss VFX elements and issues in their projects with VFX Supervisors and VFX Producers.

Programme Details and Schedule

The programme takes place over three residential modules: 

Module 1: Pre-Production, Budgeting & Scheduling, Development & Production
Dublin, June 2014

This module focuses on the creative and practical development of a VFX project, including budget considerations. Participants will:  identify VFX requirements; explore narrative and visual development in relation to VFX; identify roles and responsibilities and explore the interaction between key creatives on a VFX project; and discuss script breakdown, budgeting and scheduling for VFX.   This module culminates in a live VFX shoot with Director, VFX Supervisor and crew.  The module will include masterclasses and project-based VFX Clinics.

Module 2: VFX Clinics
Location TBC, September 2014

This module provides participants with access to top European VFX professionals to facilitate intensive VFX Clinics.  Participants may opt to avail of these Clinics remotely via Skype or other online facilities.

Module 3: Post Production
Dublin, November 2014

This module enables participants to understand the VFX post production process and project management requirements, including budgeting, scheduling, understanding core VFX processes, understanding how the VFX studio works in terms of pipeline and workflow, VFX editing, and how VFX interacts with editorial.  There will be further scheduled VFX Clinics for participants with projects.


For a full list of previous programme tutors please click here: VFX Tutors

Fee (includes subsistence and course fee, does not include flight costs):

€2,000 per participant (all three modules)

In addition, observers without projects may attend single modules at a cost of €700 per module.

Deadline for Applications

Friday 16th May 2014

VFX: Script to Screen is presented by Screen Training Ireland and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, and supported by the MEDIA programme of the European Union.


2014 Screen Training Ireland, 2nd Floor, Callaghan House, 13-16 dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 6798040 Fax: +353 1 6729640


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Screen Training Ireland – Screen Leaders Programme

February 6, 2014 in News from the Arts Sector


Leadership and Strategic Company Development Programme

Screen Leaders is supported by the MEDIA Programme of The European Union, Screen Training Ireland, and the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann

Developing a leadership strategy, leadership culture and business strategy is a substantial investment, but one that will yield real results for your company.

These benefits include the ability to implement planning, adapt to change, foster innovation and make informed, strategic decisions that support the future growth of your company.

To develop a business in this way demands a leader who looks beyond the day-to-day operations to hold a global view.

Screen Leaders provides you with the opportunity to take a step back and invest in your own development and in your company’s development. Our team will work with you and your company, to plan strategically, influence change, collaborate and communicate effectively.

We will equip you with the tools needed to implement your new strategy for your company.

Screen Leaders is a leadership course. It is specifically designed for professionals working in the creative industries: film, television, animation, digital media, distribution, exhibition and facility companies.

When does the programme taking place?

  • Module 1 – 25th  – 29th  of June 2014 Ireland
  • Module 2 – Aug or Sept (2 days tbc with each company) in Ireland or Berlin.  The participating companies can choose two days in late August or two days in September.  The Strategic Planning workshop will be available in Dublin or Berlin so participanting companies can choose the most convenient location
  • Module 3 – 26th – 30th November 2014 location TBC
  • One day of meetings on the implementation of your strategic plan and leaderships coaching in October 2014(tbc with each company)

Target Participants

CEOs, company owners and/or CFOs of companies in film, television, animation, documentary, digital media or facilities and services, which are growing

and have potential to become leaders in their industries.

How much does it cost?

Screen Leaders EU costs €5,000 per participating company, to include two representatives. Included in the price are accommodation and all

meals. Travel costs are excluded. Scholarships are available for the 12 new EU member states (Romania, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic,

Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lituania, Slovakia, Croatia, Cyprus and Malta)

How do I get more information?

For more information on the application process and to get further information on the course content please contact Helen McMahon at +353 1 6798040 or email:

Deadline for Applications – 31st  March 2014

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Electric Picnic Wants YOU

February 3, 2014 in Job Opportunities in the Arts Sector, News from the Arts Sector

Actually it wants you to persuade your neighbour to part with that 50’s caravan that's been blocking his yard and turn it into your own dream mobile wonderland.

It’s now two years since Trailer Park rolled into the Picnic, paying homage to the humble caravan, the glittering airstream, the vaudeville circus van. With its heady mix of oddities and eccentrics that picnickers happen upon randomly, this vintage vacation park brings smiles back to those in danger of taking their music and literature too seriously.

Electric Picnic is reaching out to you to be part of its creative team and make an indelible mark on Ireland’s favourite festival. Electric Picnic is inviting you to design an ART CARAVAN, to join the circus and become part of Trailer Park. We want artists, designers, dreamers and makers! We have money to help and tickets to give! 

Stylist behind Trailer Park, Roz Jellett, is excited about what entrants will bring to the table. She says, "Electric Picnic has always been head and shoulders above all the others for creativity, and now it’s the turn of its own audience to have a chance to be the creators. It's all about participating, working behind the scenes, creating your own bit of madness, and looking after your own front porch. Those who are successful just won't believe how much fun it is to work at the Picnic, it's exhilarating and it's a tonic for artists." It can be beautiful, it can be edgy, it can be funny, it can be anything you want but it needs to be interactive. 

You can register for this van-tastic competition here. Absolute deadline for submitting your ideas is 28 February at 11:59am. Final decisions will be made and notified by mid-March. There are a number of grants on offer to the most impressive entrants. See below for more details, terms and conditions.

Electric Picnic 2014 :  29th / 30th/  31st August.

Further competition details

Please submit your proposal for this competition by completing the online form, available here: