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Dublin City Council Supports for Artists • What does the Arts Office do? • Supports, programmes and Opportunities • Arts Grants • Awards and Bursaries • The Lab • DCC Public Art – Commissions to date • Artist Panel • Vacant Spaces • Residential Spaces
What does the Arts Office do? Dublin City Council Arts Office provides a wide range of Art facilities, programmes and services to the people of Dublin and visitors. The Arts Office is based at The Lab in Foley Street, Dublin 1 and works with and collaborates with relevant stakeholders to advance the cultural life of the city.
Supports, Programmes & Opportunities • Arts Grants and Bursaries • Incubation Space Award • Tyrone Guthrie Residency • Artist Panel • Arts Office Programmes (eg Children, Young people, Older age) • The Lab Gallery & Rehearsal Studios • Partnership projects • YAM. ie • Vacant Space programme • Residential Spaces • Artist Spaces unit 3, 4. • Festivals and events • Networking • Partnerships • Newsletter
Arts Grants There are currently three categories of funding: Revenue (for regularly funded organisations only, capped in 2013) Project (for one off initiatives) Neighbourhood/Voluntary for local and Voluntary projects and organisations What you need to know: It is a rigorous and competitive process: Assessed by The Arts Office, DCC Councillors and independent expert adjudicators. Criteria include: Quality of artistic work, Clarity of proposal , the audience being served, A feasible project designed with realistic financial projections, other sources of funding including in-kind funding , Artists fees in accordance with professional practice, Public presentation of work in the city (though action research projects will be considered) Grant Range: 2, 000 - 10, 000 Euro Closing Date for 2014 Grants: November 4 th 2013( decisions announced in January) www. dublincity. ie E: victoria. kearney@dublincity. ie
Awards and Bursaries ART BURSARIES Dublin City Council provides an annual Bursary of € 4000 towards studies at an advanced level or the development of work/professional skills. Artists, resident in Dublin City Council’s administrative area, can apply for a Bursary in Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Dance and Literature. One Bursary will be awarded in each discipline. Note 2014 advertised March INCUBATION SPACE AWARD Dublin City Council provides an annual Award of free incubation/work-space. The award is intended to enable innovative arts companies/collectives to research and develop new work, through the provision of dedicated work-space in The LAB. ( Awarded til June, new round March) TYRONE GUTHRIE RESIDENCY Dublin City Council offers artists living in Dublin City Council’s administrative area a € 500 award towards a two week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan. Workspaces include studios, a music room, a multi media room and a large rehearsal/performance space. This opportunity is open to practitioners in all art forms. ( March) ARTIST SPACES – UNITS 3 & 4 Dublin City Council offers artists the use of Units 3 & 4 former retail units in James Joyce Street, Dublin 1. The units are available subject to application and are for artistic, cultural and creative use. While all applications will be considered, priority will be given to those proposals that most closely match the city’s arts and cultural strategies. Each unit will be let under a rental agreement at a nominal rate.
The LAB is a purpose built facility for the Arts located at the corner of Foley Street and James Joyce Street Dublin 1, and is home to Dublin City Council Arts Office. The Lab provides three medium sized rehearsal spaces, an awarded incubation space, and a conference/training room for hire. The building also houses The Lab Gallery and administration offices across four floors and is con-joined to Dance House The LAB building is part of the same complex that includes the Dance House, housing “Dance Ireland”, the umbrella organisation for Dance in Ireland. DCC are landlords for both spaces. Rehearsal Space at the LAB - The Arts Office provides rehearsal studios & a conference room at The Lab which are available to book all year round. These spaces are available to rent at subsidised rates on a sliding scale, and are used support & facilitate artists across all art forms. Units 3, 4 These former retail units are made available annually for Creative & Cultural use and act as incubation and test sites for artists to gain experience in managing a vacant spaces
The Lab Gallery Emerging Artists - Emerging Ideas The LAB Gallery is a curated space which aims to provide significant opportunities to further artists' careers at critical points in the development of their arts practice. In particular, the LAB Gallery is committed to supporting emerging artists and providing opportunities for first solo shows and to work with more established practitioners who are investigating new and diverse arts practices. Exhibitions at the Gallery draw upon emerging ideas and developments in recent art production, to reflect the diversity of contemporary artistic practice in terms of media, approach and subject matter. Due to the investigative and innovative nature of the exhibitions programme , the Gallery works with artists and collaborators to engage audiences through talks, seminars and publications to further consider their lines of enquiry and to develop new audiences for the visual arts.
DCC Public Art The Programme offers opportunities for artists to engage with the city, making new work that responds to the context of Dublin as the capital of Ireland, international city, and a city of communities and localities. The intention is to offer opportunities across art forms, for example: architecture, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre and visual art. Opportunities are to include all aspects of contemporary arts practice such as performance, live art, multimedia, video art, sound art, etc.
Sample Commissions • Patrick Kavanagh - Literary Trail - Mobile App • The Touring Tama - Temporary outdoor installation artist Miriam Mc Connon • Fade Street Utility Boxes Blossom – artist Geraldine O’Reilly • Boys of Foley Street - Award winning Theatre ANU Production • Travelogue – Text based ccelebration of the human drama played out on public transport , artist Theresa Nanigian • Heirlooms and Hand Me Downs – Part of a larger work , this book contains the stories of residents of Dublin, artist Christopher Reid • Lost and Found Sound Assembly – artist George Higgs
Artist Panel The Arts Office recruits a panel of artists annually to provide support for a series of ongoing programmes from all arts disciplines to work in a range of different settings in all areas of the city including amongst others: • Children’s Art in Libraries Programme • Dublin City Council’s arts programme as part of the Bealtaine Festival • Arts in schools • Youth/ Community/ neighbourhood festivals and events • The Red Stables Summer and Christmas Arts Programmes • The LAB Gallery Arts Programme • Workshops as part of DCC festivals/events The key objectives in developing an Artists’ Panel are: • Achieving quality provision of arts and cultural services in the city • Ensuring equality of public access to and participation in the arts, particularly throughout Dublin city neighbourhoods • Supporting the established and emerging artist through the arts programme • Current panel in place until May 2014 ( will be advertised in March 2014)
Vacant Spaces The Vacant Space Initiative is a project that has grown from the amount of unused retail and commercial space. Phase One • Pilot programme included several properties from private owners. • Hosted seminars • Set up a vacant spaces register for Artists and property owners. • Made available a list and details of all properties on-line. • Facilitated a viewing day for artists. Notes - All the properties in the pilot phase were subsequently let or taken off the market. In the case of private space’s that have entered the scheme, DCC is not responsible to either the owner or artist once introductions and induction/viewing has taken place. The Second Phase The Arts Office undertook the following additional measures: A set of FAQ’s for Artists was made available on line The Arts Office acquired Units 3, 4 James Joyce Street to be made available annually for Creative & Cultural use. These spaces act as incubation and test sites for artists to gain experience in managing a vacant unit. In partnership with DCC Planning and Development, an ongoing system has been implemented to enable suitable DCC properties to be offered under licence to Artists. The Arts Office continues to liaise with artist and landlords and the City Council and is currently preparing a Toolkit as an extension to the service provide through the online FAQs.
Artist Residential Spaces The Redstables A two bedroom, apartment. Living area, kitchen and a small studio/work space. St Patricks Lodge A two bedroom, detached house. Living area, kitchen and a small studio/work space. Albert Cottages Two, two bedroom, semi detached houses. Living area, kitchen and a small studio/work space.