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Carlow County Council – Writer in Residence

September 8, 2015 in ArtLInks News, Carlow Arts Office, Featured News, Job Opportunities in the Arts Sector, Professional development opportunities

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Carlow County Council has nurtured a number of Writers in Residency programmes over recent years, including Sean Hardie Writer in Residence and Playwright Bryan Delaney Writer in Residence Programme.

We would like now to continue our commitment by seeking a highly accomplished Writer to work with us in a local context, whilst supporting the writer to simultaneously develop their own writing practice.

If you would like to be considered for this role please complete the Writer in Residence Application form and along with the application form send an up to date CV, letter outlining your interest and approach to this brief and examples of previous published works (or links to published works) to:


Please mark your envelopes clearly WRITER IN RESIDENCE.

For full details please see the Carlow County Council Writer in Residence Advert or head to

Deadline for receipt of applications is no later than 20th October, 2015.



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August 1, 2014 in News from the Arts Sector, Professional development opportunities


Contest sections: painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and performance, virtual and digital art

Total Prize endowment: € 180,000

Eligibility: open to artists of all ages; free theme

Entry deadline: November 6th, 2014

Finalists collective exhibitions: March 2015 – Venice, Italy: in the prestigious venues of Venice Arsenale and Telecom Italia Future Centre

The contest features the awarding of cash prizes, the organization of a major collective exhibition in Venice, a number of personal exhibitions in Art Galleries worldwide, collaborations with Companies, Art Residencies and the publication of an official catalogue. Its aim is to promote the artists and their career by offering a range of opportunities for a total endowment of € 180,000.



€ 7,000 for the winner of each section

BUSINESS FOR ART (*in order to participate, submit at least two works by October 15th, 2014)

3 artists will be selected to collaborate with 3 leaders of Made in Italy in the fields of design, fashion and wine

- Pas de Rouge, 10,000 Euros, project for the world of footwear;

- La Tordera, 5,000 Euros, creation of an artistic label;

- Riva1920, creation of a design object in wood.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: (*in order to participate, submit at least two works by October 15th, 2014)

Artistic Serigraphy Fallani – Venice, Artistic Foundry Battaglia - Milan, Glass School Abate Zanetti - Venice, Art Stays - Slovenia


Every gallery will select an artist for a personal exhibition including seting-up, opening, transportation expenses, dedicated catalogue published by ODE: Charlot Gallery, France; Fernando Santos Gallery, Portugal; Isabelle Lesmeister Gallery, Germany


Selection of one work from the sculpture and installation section for the open-air international exhibition in Venice during the Venice Film Festival


The international jury chaired by Curator Igor Zanti comprises:

Simone Frangi (Italy/France, Artistic Director of Viafarini DOCVA and Professor at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design de Grenoble-Valence)

Franck Gautherot (France, Co-Director at Le Consortium, Contemporary Art Center in Dijon)

Chus Martinez (Spain, Head of the Art Institute FHNW in Basel, Switzerland)

Bartolomeo Pietromarchi (Italy, Director at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como)

Domenico Quaranta (Italy, Critic and Curator)

Veeranganakumari Solanki (India, Independent Curator and Art writer)

Philippe van Cauteren (Belgium, Artistic Director at S.M.A.K Museum in Ghent)

Jonathan Watkins (Great Britain, Director at Ikon Gallery)


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NUIM Certificate in Performance for Theatre

July 27, 2014 in Professional development opportunities

NUIM Cert in Performance updated

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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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Drama bursaries available in County Waterford

May 7, 2014 in Professional development opportunities, Waterford County Arts Office

The Arts Office of Waterford County Council is offering grant assistance to members of drama groups in the County, who wish to avail of the week long residential Summer School held by the Drama League of Ireland in the University of Limerick.

This year the school runs from Saturday 26th July to Saturday 2nd August 2014.

A variety of drama courses are available, full details on The Countywide arts programme is generously supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

The closing date for applications to this scheme is 12 noon Wednesday 21st May 2014.


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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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Opportunity to attend the Molly Keane Writers Retreat in Ardmore for FREE

April 17, 2014 in Professional development opportunities, Waterford County Arts Office

Waterford County Council’s Arts Office is offering County Waterford Writers’ the opportunity to attend the Molly Keane Writers Retreat Week in Ardmore, Co. Waterford free of charge.

Two non residential bursaries are on offer for the 18th to 24th August 2014. Creative Writing Practice and Process with Writer and Poet Lani O’ Hanlon is the theme of the week and this year the retreat is pleased to welcome special guest writer Nuala Ní Chonchúir. See www.mollykeanewritersretreats/com for more details of what the week entails.

You can download application forms from and the closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 2nd May 2014.

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WHAT 2014 Artist in Residence Programme – Call for Applications

February 10, 2014 in Professional development opportunities

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) invites artists of all arts disciplines to apply for its 2014 Artist in Residence programme. The successful artist will engage part of the patient population of the hospital in a collaborative arts project leading to a public presentation in Waterford Regional Hospital. He / she will also link into the WHAT Artist on Call programme that brings arts experiences to the bedside of patients upon request of the patient.

WHAT has been running an Artist in Residence programme since 1994 as a means of engaging hospital users in contemporary art practice and offering opportunities to emerging artists for professional development within a healthcare context. See for more information on this programme.

The successful artist will receive a studio space for a six month period in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health, a bursary and production budget and support from WHAT staff. The closing date for applications is Friday, 7 March 2014 at 2pm.

For further details and application requirements please download

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Chamber Made Opera – Melbourne – Call for Irish Artists

January 29, 2014 in Job Opportunities in the Arts Sector, Professional development opportunities

Chamber Made Opera in Melbourne, Australia has been commissioned by the City of Culture Festival in Limerick, Ireland to create a new work that will be presented in Limerick during July/August 2014.  They are currently looking for 2 Irish artists to collaborate on the project.  This collaboration includes a 2 week residency with them in Melbourne, Australia.  

Chamber Made Opera is not opera as you know it. They make work for the chamber which they state is - 'unforgettable, intimate in nature, epic in impact and utterly contemporary'. For this project, the chamber will be a living room in a home in Limerick.  

Recent works have included collaborations with architects, audio designers, live performance artists, musicians, visual artists and performed in chambers such as a modern apartment in inner-city Melbourne, a shearing shed on a working farm and underneath a playhouse stage.  Think work that is intimate and will impact an audience on a visceral level, work that will rattle souls and dinner plates alike.  Think about ‘opera’ in its original context - multidisciplinary artworks that were utterly contemporary – not a large lady singing ancient songs on a grand stage. 

All types of professional artists are welcome to apply.  If you are interested in knowing more please see their website for further details

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Regional Arts Awards for County Waterford

January 28, 2014 in Professional development opportunities, Waterford County Arts Office

The Arts Office of Waterford County Council is offering artists in all disciplines the opportunity to attend The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, the artists’ workplace in County Monaghan during 2014. Owings to it’s popularity last year, the option of one and two week bursaries are on offer again. The bursary covers all board and lodging expenses plus the use of a studio if required. The Centre can also cater for artists with special needs and it extends to having a person accompany such artists if necessary. County Waterford practitioners of all art forms over 18 years can apply.

The Countywide arts programme is supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Application forms and full guidelines can be downloaded from or contact the Arts Office, Waterford Co. Council, Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford - Tel. 058/41416.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Thursday 12th March 2014.