The scope of these commissions includes Arts and Disability, Arts and Health, Cultural Diversity and the Arts, and Arts and Older People. It also encompasses the broader areas outlined in the Arts Council’s Policy, where inequality in accessing and participating in the cultural life of the County still exists today.
These commissions are aimed at supporting artists, arts groups or arts organisations who already work or intend to work with communities of interest or place within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County – in order to promote equality of opportunity and access to the cultural life of the County. While the communities of interest or place must be based in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County, the call is open to artists, arts groups or organisations practicing nationally.
These commission opportunities are open to all artforms.
Funded by the Arts Council and supported by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
Exploration and engagement are at the heart of these commissions. The process of working with or finding ways to work with communities of place or interest, as identified in the Arts Council’s ‘Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy and Strategy’, is the central focus of these commissions; not a final or finished ‘piece’. It is envisaged that any exploratory ‘outcome/s’ from these commissions will emerge entirely from the process of engaging with communities, rather than being pre-determined from the outset. dlr Arts Office is open to the form and timeframe that these explorations may take. The artist, arts group or arts organisation may wish to work with a newly formed group of participants or an existing group. This group could be for example linked to a service, community based support group or other organisation working with people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County.
The fee is €5,000 per commission to include all expenses (VAT inclusive).
The commissions must be completed by February 2023.
How to apply
Your application can include written documents, video or audio files.
If any applicants have any access requirements, please let us know.
Curriculum Vitae/s of artist/arts organisation. Provide a C.V. with details of prior relevant experience. We are interested in your previous experience of working with people and/or services.
Supporting materials may be provided, such as photographs, YouTube links, website or any other relevant documentation.
2.Outline of approach:
A statement (maximum of 2 x A4 pages or 5 minutes if sending an audio or video version) outlining how the artist, arts group or organisation intends to meet the brief for this commission opportunity. Please include initial thoughts as to what potential participants may experience, we would like to get a sense of why people might like to get involved in these commissions. This statement must clearly demonstrate your understanding of working with people in the area of arts and inclusion.
3.Community of interest or place:
If feasible, a letter of support from the potential community of interest or place that you propose to work with.
An outline/description of the community you propose to work with – based on the content of the proposal dlr Arts Office may assist with contacting an appropriate community of place or interest in the County post selection.
Late applications or applications that do not include all the above requirements will not be accepted.
The following criteria will apply and be weighted accordingly:
Demonstrated experience of working collaboratively with people through your arts practice.
(Supporting documentation may be included). 70%
Outline of approach to this commission. This assessment will be based on the statement included in number 2 above. 30%
Call out: Week of 15 August 2022
Closing date for queries: Thursday 15 September at 12 noon.
Closing date for receipt of applications: Thursday 29 September at 12 noon.
Successful applicants notified by Friday 7 October.
Commission to be completed by February 2023
Please get in touch with Máire Davey, Assistant Arts Officer
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (01) 2362756
All information provided for this application will be held in line with this Local Authorities Protection Policy and will remain in the sole ownership of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office. Information supplied in the application will only be used by dlr Arts Office and the Selection Panel for the purposes of administering and managing this opportunity. By applying, the applicant agrees to allow the Arts Office to share the application with the Selection Panel for the sole purpose of selecting the commission recipients. You may withdraw your consent to the retention of the information relating to your application at any point by sending an email to email@example.com.
The selected artists/arts organisations agree to keep Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council fully indemnified against all claims howsoever arising and howsoever caused in respect of any damage, loss or injury of any kind or nature, whether arising directly or indirectly from the provision of the residency and to provide evidence of Public Liability insurance which indemnifies Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Count Council with a limit of indemnity of €6.5 million.
Garda Clearance may be a requirement for these commissions. It is a legal requirement that all persons working with children, young people and vulnerable people are subject to Garda Vetting. In accordance with national child protection policy, Children First National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, awarded recipients working with children must have a child protection policy, proper procedures and a child safeguarding statement in place.
Freedom of Information:
The provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997-2003 apply to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Applicants should state if any of the information supplied by them is confidential or sensitive and should not be disclosed to a request for information under the aforementioned Act. Applicants should state why they consider the information to be confidential or commercially sensitive.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council reserves the right not to select if none of the applications received are deemed to be suitable. In this instance, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council reserves the right to pursue a different procurement process.
Image Credit: "Still Here" poignantly captures in dance, music, movement and spoken word the experiences of many older people throughout the extraordinary past two years of the global Pandemic in Ireland.
Created by members of Vintage Youth, with Dance Theatre of Ireland, funded by the Arts and Inclusion Commissions 2021.