Advice for artists on Arts Council funding scheme given out at Belltable seminar

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

ADVICE on applying to the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community scheme was dished out to interested attendees at a discussion in the Belltable last week.

ADVICE on applying to the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community scheme was dished out to interested attendees at a discussion in the Belltable last week.

The Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities to work together on contemporary collaborative arts projects twice yearly, but potential applicants can often be put off by the myriad of forms involved in the process.

Projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts including cultural diversity; arts and health; arts in prisons; arts and older people. The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.

Michele Horrigan, who secured funding for a project called Askeaton Contemporary Arts organised the Belltable event in order to attempt to “demystify” the process, she explained.

“It went well, we had a good crowd and I think everybody got their questions answered in relation to the scheme and how to apply for it,” said Michele of the event. “It is a bit of an awkward form and we just wanted to demystify that and the whole process,” she explained.

Ms Horrigan, recently appointed as visual art curator in the Belltable, was joined by fellow artist Vukasin Nedeljkovic, who has also been successful in applying to the scheme.

“The best way of describing it is demystifying the process - sometimes people see the forms and they think it is like writing a thesis or something and it is really not like that once you break it down and simply it a bit,” said Michele.

“There are a lot of people interested in applying and this scheme benefits communities immensely also,” she added.

For enquiries on the Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create, call 01-4736600 or visit www.create-ireland.ie.