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Engage the City: Applications Open

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Dublin’s Culture Connects is seeking expressions of interest from artists and makers across Dublin to work with us on a community-led research project. We are looking for artists, dancers, storytellers, musicians and all manner of creative professionals with experience and interest in working in any medium or artform to investigate and capture the voice of Dubliners through facilitating creative workshops or participation activities with them.

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Through ‘Engage the City’, Dublin’s Culture Connects will gather a group of artists and practitioners who will work together within communities to test new and creative ways of working and put them into practice with Dublin-based neighbourhood groups.

We want to capture the experience of what Dublin is and what it could be; to take the temperature of how Dubliners are feeling; and to connect with people through cultural ideas.

Artists will be supported in all practical and logistic aspects of the project by Dublin’s Culture Connects’ Engagement Team, such as providing connections to community groups, liaising with representatives, setting up dates and times, meeting places, etc.

In 2016 Dublin’s Culture Connects piloted a series of creative partnerships between Dublin City, it’s people, artists, National Cultural Institutions, Public Libraries and the City Arts Office. 8 Dublin City Council cultural partners and 8 National Cultural Institutions worked with 60 community groups on 32 cultural projects supported by 50 artists on projects across 22 Dublin villages. Each of these programmes began with outreach and engagement within the community, where the collective interests of Dubliners were gathered through hundreds of workshops. These collective interests then informed the themes of cultural projects taking place across the city.

In 2017, we hope to enhance our engagement with Dubliners in lots of different ways, including asking artists and makers to propose ways of talking with, listening to and learning from those living, working and visiting here.

It is an essential part of the programme that the practitioners selected come together to share their experiences with each other at regular points over the course of the project. Regular feedback, monitoring and evaluation of the project, content creation for social media that charts or tracks the progress of the project, and reporting upon completion will be part of the role of the individuals in the group.

Theme: The workshops programme could be underpinned by the themes which arose in 2016 or other themes as they develop:

  • Gather
  • Voice
  • Connect
  • Learn
  • Play


Project Timeline and Structure:

Closing Date for Applications: 5pm Monday 17 April 2017

Notification: Thursday 20 April 2017

First Meeting of the group of selected artists: Tuesday 25 April 2017

May & June 2017: Five workshops with communities

Sept & Oct 2017: A further five workshops with communities

April – Oct 2017: A minimum of three meetings of creative group of artists

Application Process

This programme aims to explore new ideas and gather information by using cultural tools to facilitate conversations. We want to hear from you if you have an idea for an exciting and innovative way of engaging communities in creative conversation.

To apply to be part of a group of makers and practitioners (any art form) please send:

  • Up-to-date CV
  • links to previous work – website/video channel etc.
  • a statement/cover letter outlining your work to date that makes you suitable for this position
  • your proposed methodologies for community-led creative research (2 A4 pages max)
  • an indication of the type of community group(s) you feel your work would be suited to

Please make clear in your application your preferred theme and location(s), although we do encourage flexibility in this matter. Please also indicate your transport situation – for example, do you have a driving licence, and access to a vehicle?

Fee for project delivery: €2,000 

Time commitment is a minimum of 10 half-days for workshops with different community groups, and 10 half-days for studio time & meetings.

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Closing Date for Applications: 5pm Monday 17 April 2017 

Application to include CV, previous work, cover letter & methodology document (2 A4 pages max)

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