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Creative funding available from Wicklow County Arts Office

Applications for invited by the Arts Office of Wicklow County Council for two important funding schemes: the annual Strategic Projects fund 2022 and the 2021 Decade of Centenaries fund.

The Arts Office is inviting applications from artists, national resource organisations, individual curators and/or artist collectives who have the potential to propose projects which will nurture practice, create connectivity, generate new perspectives and voices within County Wicklow and support a diversity of approach.

In 2021/22 there will be two streams of application:

  1. New applicants and proposals
  2. Consolidation/development of strategic projects previously awarded under this scheme

Under Stream A, proposals should be for new initiatives which add significant value to arts practice, experience and participation in Wicklow and support the Arts Office strategic goals.

As the Stream B Scheme has now been in operation for a seven-year period, repeat applications for existing recipients who wish to consolidate or develop an area of practice previously awarded will be considered. This is relevant only where the work previously awarded has supported new practice in the following areas – arts and health, dance and community, early years, arts and disability and visual arts engagement.

The Scheme is open to individuals and organisations from across all arts disciplines.  It is envisaged that funding in the region of €80,000 may be available under this Scheme in the county.

Wicklow Arts Officer Jenny Sherwin said: “We are open to all imaginative projects but appreciate that the context inwhich artists and organisations can work post-pandemic is going to result in significant changes of approach and audience provision”.

Also on offer, Wicklow County Council, in association with the Department of Tourism, Culture Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media is developing a programme of commemorative events to mark the final phase of the Decade of Centenaries, from 2021 to 2023.  Beginning this year, the overall programme will have a common set of broad themes and ideas but will be nuanced each year to allow for specific centenaries to be remembered.

Funding is now available in Wicklow to support artists and creatives in delivering commemorative initiatives in 2021. Artists and creatives are invited to submit a funding application that will interpret historical events and provide a platform to encourage reflection and consideration of the issues, both past and present in the context of County Wicklow.

A core theme of the commemorative project is reconciliation, and an element of reconciliation is an acknowledgement of the legitimacy of all of the traditions on the island that draw their identity and collective memory from our shared history.

Applications will be considered which enable:

  • Community-led commemoration and reflection
  • Consideration of Ireland and the Wider World at the time
  • Ireland as a changing society during this period
  • Exploration of the Irish language.
  • Thoughtful reflection of the humanitarian response
  • Exploration of creative thinking and the arts
  • Innovation and developments in the fields of agriculture, industry, science, commerce, health, medicine, and education

While not prescriptive, examples of project approaches might include online and digital initiatives, new artistic commissions, artist-in-residence programmes, contemporary art initiatives/installations and creative initiatives designed to support engagement with older people, women, new communities and young people.  It is envisaged that up to three awards of €5,000 each will be made available under this Scheme.  The themes and projects proposed must have a link to County Wicklow.

Applications must be submitted online.  Closing date for submissions 30th July 2021.  For further information visit: https://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Services/Arts-Heritage-Archives/Arts/Funding-Opportunities-Supports

 

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