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Aerial view of Tuam Town, May 2021, taken from drone footage by Ian Kiely for Creative Places Tuam
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Cooperative Commission: Open Call


Creative Places Tuam, led by Create, is delighted to announce a brand-new commission opportunity for collaborative and socially engaged artists and/or arts collective, working at the intersection of art, theory/research and social action/ justice.

We are seeking proposals for a 15 month Cooperative Commission commencing in September 2021 that engages with and responds to the unique town of Tuam, located north of Galway City in the west of Ireland.

We wish to work with artists and/or arts collective that are seeking to further explore the potential of the town & hinterlands through collaborative and socially engaged art making practices. Creative Places Tuam is inviting proposals to deliver an engaging project that will embed the successful collective within the diverse communities that make up Tuam.

Creative Places Tuam will support the selected artists and/or arts collective by facilitating an inclusive and intersectional creative axis where art making, co-production, learning and knowledge exchange are the principals on which the relationship between the selected artists/ arts collective and the community is built. The commission is open to local, national and international arts practitioners or a combination of same.  Collectives applying can be previously established or newly formed for this commission. Please note that Creative Places Tuam and Create cannot administer the formation of new collectives.

We expect that through this cooperative commission the selected artists and/or arts collective would create a strong connection into and with the local eco system of social solidarity whilst engaging with the issues and concerns that matter to the communities of Tuam.

All applications must be submitted by 17.00 GMT on Wednesday July 21st 2021. Applications received after this date will not be eligible for assessment. A PDF of this open call, budget template and online application form can be found at the links on this page.


Cooperative Commission Coffee Morning

Due to COVID 19 restrictions we are unable to hold a site visit in Tuam at this time.  In response to these restrictions, we are delighted to host an informal online coffee morning with local residents and musicians Leo Moran and Padraig Stevens to talk on all things Tuam. This is an opportunity for any interested artists and/ or arts collective to meet Tuam residents and Creative Places Tuam coordinator Carolann Courtney to ask some questions and listen to some stories about Tuam, its culture and the work that is ongoing.

The coffee morning will be held on Thursday 24th June, 11am – 12noon.

Please note, this is open to all interested applicants of the commission, but attendance is not essential/mandatory for applying for the Commission. This is not a pitch meeting and no individual artists and/ or arts collective idea will be discussed.

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