As part of our commitment to offering enriching training and development opportunities to the people of Tuam and the surrounding area, we are delighted to offer a series of informal yet informative sessions by Irish resource agencies and funding bodies. This series will offer practical guidance on what resource agencies are out there, what support they can offer, and information on funding opportunities. It’s also an opportunity for Tuam-based artists to meet, learn, and connect with other artists and the Creative Places Tuam team.
Our second session will be led by Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement with Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. Áine will introduce the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme, which offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects. The scheme is managed by Create on behalf of the Arts Council.
Áine will be joined by visual artist and previous AIC Scheme recipient John Conway, who will share his experiences of engaging with the scheme.
The information session is about learning more about the AIC Scheme, and answering any questions you might have about making an application. It’s also about sharing experience of developing and delivering a collaborative project through the Scheme. If you are an artist or a community organisation interested in the Artist in the Community Scheme but don’t know where to start, come talk to us. If you are an artist interested in developing a collaborative project with a community organisation or in a community situation this event is for you. If you are an artist who has applied before and would like to access further detail on the application process, please join us.
For further information on the scheme and how to apply, visit the Artist in the Community Scheme section of Create’s website.
John Conway is a visual artist and Kildare native working extensively in community, youth and health settings. He is considered to be at the forefront of the socially engaged arts and health field in Ireland. John uses a multi-disciplinary approach to respond to the environments and lived experiences of communities. His projects occur through sophisticated collaborative and solo work, research, project production and the commissioning of other specialists.
John is the Director and Curator of Other People’s Practices, a long term artist research residency program which takes place in the National Forensic Mental Health Service. He is also Creative Director of the multi award winning Kildare Young Filmmakers.
Recent awards include the Arts Participation Bursary Award and the Professional Development Award (both Irish Arts Council 2020), The Creative Ireland Program’s National Creativity Fund, the ArtsandHealth.ie Documentary Bursary Award, and the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Research and Development Scheme managed by Create.