A scholarship position being offered at LIT’s Limerick School of Art and Design could lay the groundwork for Limerick city’s bid for European City of Culture status in 2020.
The two-year practice-based research Masters - a joint initiative between the Limerick Arts Office and LSAD – begins in January 2014 and is one of 27 scholarships being offered at LIT to coincide with Limerick becoming Ireland’s first National City of Culture.
The Cultural Policy Research position will see the successful candidate analyse the city’s cultural infrastructure and support networks, as well as map the 2014 City of Culture programme from the perspective of perspective of the local community, audiences and the arts and culture sector.
It is anticipated that the research will form an integral part of any future bid for European City of Culture 2020.
“The programme set out as part of the City of Culture initiative will deliver an unparalleled blend of cultural expression and performance in Limerick throughout 2014 and will showcase the huge and diverse cultural capacity of the city,” explained Sheila Deegan, city arts officer and scholarship co-supervisor.
“While City of Culture is a wonderful opportunity for the city, it will be a vital part of this Masters placement to carry out research that can measure cultural value, both quantative and qualitive in relation to the overall process.
“This research proposal offers an exciting opportunity to explore strands of engagement within Limerick City’s perception of current cultural profile and vision for future development. The conclusions could then form the basis of an active planning process towards the vision, planning and production of the bid for 2020.”
A wide variety of scholarships are offered across the school of art and design, the school of business and humanities, and the faculty of applied science, engineering and technology in LIT. The scholarship includes fees paid for two years and a stipend of €500 per month for 18 months.
To see the full list click here. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, December 18.