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Open Call for Dublin’s day of creativity for children

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ARTISTS AND CULTURAL MAKERS WANTED FOR DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL’S CRUINNIÚ NA N-ÓG

Dublin City Council is seeking expressions of interest from artists, creative and cultural venues in the city to work with the Council to present the city’s inaugural Cruinniú na nÓg, a day of creativity for children and young people on June 23rd 2018.

Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is presented in partnership with the Local Authorities and RTÉ. The focus for Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 will be on activities taking place in the city’s suburbs, neighbourhoods and villages, enabling young people to access creativity where they live, in their communities, with their friends and family.

Dublin City Council, via its cultural initiative Dublin’s Culture Connects, is seeking expressions of interest from artists and makers across Dublin. We are looking for artists, dancers, storytellers, musicians and all manner of experienced creative professionals, in any medium or artform, with an interest in working with children/young people, to work with us on one of three things for this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg:

  • Presenting age-appropriate cultural work for children/young people to see on June 23;
  • Working with children/young people to make new artworks or cultural engagement processes in the weeks leading up to June 23;
  • Facilitating once-off creative workshops or activities on June 23 for children/young people to do.

Dublin City Council can provide financial support towards the costs of running an event, workshops or other access opportunities for children on the day. We will also work with you to promote your Cruinniú na nÓg event/activity to children, young people and their families in your area.

This open call is being run by Dublin’s Culture Connects, which is an initiative of Dublin City Council and is governed by the recently established Dublin City Council Culture Company.

Alongside this open call, Dublin’s Culture Connects, Dublin City Arts Office and Dublin City Libraries will be working together to present and promote creative activities in cultural venues, civic centres and community spaces throughout the City Council’s administrative area.

AWARD GUIDELINES:

  • Open to artists and creative organisations and venues in the city (Dublin City Council area).
  • We encourage organisations and venues to apply to present children-focused artistic work or new opportunities for children to access and participate in creativity.
  • We encourage applications for participation-led processes over a number of weeks as well as one-day opportunities.
  • We encourage artists to aim for artistic excellence in their practice involving children and arts.
  • All events should be focussed on children and/or young people (0- 18).
  • Activities should aim to have children and young people ‘doing’, ‘making’ or ‘seeing’.
  • All events should be free.
  • All creatives / artists should be paid equitably for their work, time and preparation/development.
  • This open call aims to reach a balanced geographical spread in the Dublin City Council area so that creativity, creative workshops and events are available in many Dublin neighbourhoods on the day.

Application process:

The Dublin City Council Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 programme aims to put children-led, children-focused and children-centred creativity at the heart of the city. We want to hear from you if you have an idea for an exciting and innovative way of engaging with children/young people (0-18) in creative conversation, creative workshops and creative processes.

To apply (any art form) please send the following to opencall@dublinscultureconnects.ie:

  • Up-to-date CV;
  • Links to previous work – website/video channel etc.;
  • A statement/cover letter outlining your work to date with children or young people;
  • Your proposed event, workshop, creative process with children or young people;
  • An indication of the type of presentation of work (performance, event, exhibition, video) that you expect to be the outcome on the 23rd

Application to include all of these above should be no more than five A4 pages.

Please note that it will not be possible to provide application process feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Timeline and structure:

Closing Date for Applications: 30th April 2018.

Notification: 7th May 2018.

Events are take place on 23rd June in Dublin City Council area.

For cultural venues, hubs and organisations:

  • If you are interested in organising an event we would like to hear from you. Dublin City Council can provide financial support towards the costs of running an event, workshops or other access opportunities for children on the day.
    • Presenting age-appropriate cultural work for children/young people to see on June 23;
    • Working with children/young people to make new artworks or cultural engagement processes in the weeks leading up to June 23;
    • Facilitating once-off creative workshops or activities on June 23 for children/young people to do.
  • Presenting organisations and venues will be required to show evidence that all staff, teams and creative in any proposed project will be successfully garda-vetted by the venue/organisation.
  • Presenting organisations and venues will be required to show evidence of an up-to-date child protection policy.
  • Feedback, reporting and evaluation of the project will be required based on participation / audience feedback forms, venue surveys and artists feedback forms which will be provided.
  • This budget MUST cover all aspects of your production and presentation of the work, artists’ fee, venue costs, management and delivery.
  • We will also work with you to promote your Cruinniú na nÓg event/activity to children, young people and their families in your area.

For artists:

  • This budget MUST cover all aspects of your production and presentation of the work, your fee, venue costs, on the day logistics and delivery in one of these catagories below
    • Presenting age-appropriate cultural work for children/young people to see on June 23;
    • Working with children/young people to make new artworks or cultural engagement processes in the weeks leading up to June 23;
    • Facilitating once-off creative workshops or activities on June 23 for children/young people to do.
  • If possible, artists will be supported in practical and logistic aspects of the project by Dublin’s Culture Connects’ team, such as providing connections to community groups, liaising with representatives, setting up dates and times, meeting places and venues.
  • Dublin City Council may be able to assist in venues / host organisations for proposals that do not have an idea of place. We are aiming to host children’s activities in at least all of the public libraries and civic buildings within the Dublin City Council area.
  • All individual artists and facilitation teams in any proposed project will be successfully garda-vetted by Dublin City Council Cultural Company directly if not by the potential venue / hosting organisation.
  • All individual artists and facilitation teams in any proposed project will be expected to abide by Dublin City Council Cultural Company child protection policy and guidelines.
  • Feedback, reporting and evaluation of the project will be required based on participation forms and artist feedback forms, which will be provided.
  • We will also work with you to promote your Cruinniú na nÓg event/activity to children, young people and their families in your area.

Fees for project delivery:

There are two fee levels in this open call, up to €1,000 and up to €3,000.

It is envisaged that the up to €1,000 award is for an individual artist or maker to devise and deliver a child/youth-focused activity on 23rd June in Dublin.

It is envisaged that the up to €3,000 award is for a venue or a group of artists or makers to devise, develop and deliver a set of activities for children.

Depending on the number of applications received, it may not be possible to fund all applicants and in that case, available funding will be allocated by a selection panel who will be evaluating the applications received and making awards based on the guidelines outlined.

The successful proposals will be issued with a written agreement based on the proposals received.

This open call is being run by Dublin’s Culture Connects, which is an initiative of Dublin City Council and is governed by the recently established Dublin City Council Culture Company.

Email queries & applications to opencall@dublinscultureconnects.ie.

Complete Creative Open Call details available to download here as a pdf.

 

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