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Strategic Arts Projects

The strategic arts projects funding scheme offers financial support for new collaborative arts projects in the county.

Funding 2021

WICKLOW COUNTY ARTS OFFICE, Wicklow County Council announces the closing date for submissions to the 8th Strategic Projects application process.  The Arts Office invites 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 2020/21 there will be two streams of application:

A.      New applicants and proposals

B.      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.  Under Stream B as the Scheme has now been in operation for a seven year period, we will also consider repeat applications for existing recipients who wish to consolidate or develop an area of practice previously awarded under this Scheme.  This is relevant only where the work previously awarded under the Scheme 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.  Reflecting the balance of other elements of the Arts Office programme, the Arts Office would particularly welcome strong applications in the artform areas of literature, film, dance, artist development, music and the visual arts.  “Arts Officer Jenny Sherwin says that we are open to all imaginative projects, but appreciate that the context in which artists and organisations can work post-pandemic is going to result in significant changes of approach and audience provision”.  In previous years we have sought projects where possible outcomes from proposed projects may have included the following:

·                   Development of the artist collection(s) / community(ies) of practice within the county

·                   Inter-regional collaborations by County Wicklow based artists for work to culminate in   presentation in the county

·                   Development and/or presentation of ambitious new work sited / situated in the county

·                   Projects which will create strategic connections for artform development

·                   Those which propose high quality public participation opportunities

·                   Projects which may increase artists’ networking and professional exchange in the county

 

Covid-19 Strategic Project Statement

Covid-19 has impacted the way we all work, live and socialise.  We recognise that the arts have been particularly affected by the crises and that in many cases the uncertainty around the ever changing requirements to maintain public health are challenging and make it difficult to plan in the  longer term.

For 2021 therefore, you may still propose to work towards our general outcomes however you should in your application cite Covid-19 contingency planning arrangements which may be possible, i.e. live streaming, extended research phases, socially distanced audience engagement, smaller groups of people or proposing outdoor events.

We also propose to allow artists to apply to propose new and innovative bespoke audience engagement, for example using technology, outdoor sound installation or public performance.

We recognise that artists may not have studios or may have to research and adapt their collaborative practice fundamentally to respond to this global health emergency.  In light of this artists may also submit proposals which support them to make this shift in their practice and find new audiences for their work. 

The total amount of the fund available is subject to finalisation of the Council’s own funding for 2021 but is likely to be a maximum of €40,000.  In 2020 approximately 60,000.00 was awarded, however Covid-19 is expected to result in challenging budgets for Local Authorities in 2021 and all awards will be subject to the budget allocation.  Carrying out the projects in 2021 will at all times be done in line with NPHET and Governmental guidelines in relation to Covid-19 and nationally best public health practice.  You should consider in making your application that although the end of 2021 may mark an improvement in the Covid-19 pandemic situation it is unlikely that we will return to the way we lived and worked before for some time beyond that.  This should be reflected in your audience engagement methodology and also your own work practice proposed. 

Summary of acceptable new application proposals 2021:

·         Development of the artist collection(s) / community(ies) of practice within the county

·         Inter-regional collaborations by County Wicklow based artists for work to culminate in   presentation in the county

·         Development and/or presentation of ambitious new work sited / situated in the county

·         Projects which will create strategic connections for artform development

·         Those which propose high quality public participation opportunities

·         Projects which may increase artists’ networking and professional exchange in the county

·         Initiatives which support artists engage with audiences differently or adapt their practice if their work necessitates a shift in focus in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic

·         Work conceived in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and artist / public impact

·         Innovative proposals which support artists to collaborate differently and effectively where this is necessitated by Covid-19

 

 

 

 

The Arts Office may fund up to four individual projects to a maximum of €15,000 for any one application as a result of this call. The Arts Office will particularly welcome applications where the support from the Arts Office may form part of a wider budgetary framework for the initiatives proposed by applicants. In such cases, applicants are asked to specify confirmed other sources of income which may contribute to the application including those in-kind. 

For application details and further information please contact wao@wicklowcoco.ie.  The application form may also be viewed on www.wicklow.ie

The closing date is Wednesday September 2nd at 4.00pm.  PLEASE NOTE that submission can be made either by post or online through the link below for 2021 in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  If you are posting your application the return address is Arts Officer, Arts Office, Bray Municipal District, Civic Plaza, Main Street, Bray, County Wicklow.  Late and / or incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications will not be accepted by email, if you wish to digitally upload your application you must do so using the link below.  We strongly recommend you test this process prior to the closing date so that if necessary we may provide technical support. 

* Please ensure that you are completing the correct form:

A _ New applicants/projects
B _ Consolidation of existing projects