Public Art Commission
An Artwork for the Rejuvenation of Clanbrassil Street, Church Street, and Bridge Street, Dundalk – Budget €62,000
To be commissioned by Louth County Council, with partnership funding from the European Regional Development Fund, under the Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme 2014 – 2020.
Louth County Council is seeking expressions of interest from artists to create an artwork or artworks to be sited on the Clanbrassil Street, Church Street, Bridge Street axis. This commission is in conjunction with the planned rejuvenation of this linear street, which aims to establish a new identity for this key gateway into Dundalk Town Centre. This will, in turn, assist in rebalancing the centre of gravity of the town, and build upon the benefits reaped through the successful Market Square redevelopment of 2012.
The key themes of this linear-street based urban rejuvenation project are –
- Formulation of a new identity for this quarter of the town and to ensure inclusivity for all members of the community – the very young, the old, those with impaired mobility, socially disadvantaged, pedestrians and cyclists.
- Improving connectivity and legibility for all members of the community and for visitors/tourists to the town.
- Creation of quality gateways, public spaces and public realm.
- Capitalising on, and respecting the rich heritage of the town.
- Operating and employing sustainable development principles through minimising energy consumption and maximising the use of renewable energy technology.
New Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/19 announced
A culture-based wellbeing initiative, the Creative Ireland Programme is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential. In 2017, the programme supported a range of successful talks, workshops and events on culture, creativity and wellbeing, to encourage deeper understanding and appreciation of creativity’s role.
The new 2018/2019 scheme aims to identify, support and collaborate with a range of strategic partners on projects that are genuinely innovative. This will significantly add value and/or scale to the implementation of the programme and will help inform policy and/or cross-sectoral development in the area of culture, creativity and wellbeing. Grants of €10,000 to €70,000* are available to individuals, organisations, community groups, colleges and cultural institutions, amongst others, from an overall fund of €500,000 for this year.
Three themes have been identified as areas of priority for the scheme: Individual and Collective Wellbeing, Innovation and Connecting Communities.
Individual and collective wellbeing: This may include (but is not limited to) creativity-based projects and initiatives that support and advance policy development in the areas of (a) physical, psychological and mental health (b) social cohesion and (c) sustainable, inclusive and nurturing environments.
Innovation: This may include imaginative and innovative projects in areas such as (but not limited to) architecture, fashion, heritage, the Irish language, video, film, animation, photography, music, performing arts, creative writing, visual arts, publishing, software/coding, radio and television and craft and design, development of creative clusters.
Connecting communities: This may include projects and initiatives that address or explore how community challenges can be addressed through increasing participation to creativity, culture and the arts, particularly isolated, rural and disadvantaged communities and/or the diaspora.
“We want to encourage ambition, risk, innovation and excellence in the creative and cultural sectors by harnessing the incredible, talent and passion of our citizens and, by working together, across agencies, sectors and organisations, to achieve something truly remarkable.” Minister Madigan
Speaking at the announcement today, Minister Madigan T.D., said:
“The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious and ground-breaking initiative which aims to enhance individual and collective wellbeing through increased participation in creative activity. Much has been achieved in the first year of the programme, from Culture Teams in every Local Authority finalising their five-year Culture and Creativity plans to the cross-departmental implementation of the ambitious Creative Youth Plan, which is now well underway. We’re also looking forward to announcing details shortly of our first Cruinniú na nÓg, a national day of youthful creativity, which will unlock the creative potential of children and young people with events taking place in towns and communities across the country.
The new Creative Ireland Programme Fund will enable us to activate, enable and support genuinely ground-breaking and innovative initiatives, research projects and community programmes, which have creativity and wellbeing at their centre, and which will help inform and implement the vision of the Creative Ireland Programme. Through these, we want to encourage ambition, risk, innovation and excellence in the creative and cultural sectors by harnessing the incredible, talent and passion of our citizens and, by working together, across agencies, sectors and organisations, to achieve something truly remarkable.”
Roddy Doyle, author and founder of Fighting Words, said:
“Fighting Words has been engaged with the Creative Ireland Programme since early 2017 and we have been working closely with them on the development and implementation of the Creative Youth Plan. As a pilot project for the new Creative Ireland Programme Scheme, we now have the opportunity to significantly scale up and increase access, at a national level, for children and adults to unlock the power of their own imaginations and to become resilient, creative and successful shapers of their own lives.”
Download application forms for the Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/2019 here.
For guidelines on applying, see here.
Deadline for receipt of application forms is midnight 8 June 2018.
How To Apply
Applicants should be between 13 and 24 years.
Members are from all over Ireland north and south.
Apply through our website www.cboi.ie
email: firstname.lastname@example.org giving: Name, Age, Address, Phone Number, Instrument and Grade
Or phone +353 4293 70494 for details
Check www.cboi.ie for minimum requirements. All orchestral instruments may join. Bagpipers may also join
Perform in up to 15 concerts in Spring of each year SSE Arena, Belfast – Echo Arena, Liverpool
RDS Arena, Dublin – The Hub, Kilkenny NUI Galway – University of Limerick
International Tour every second year
Rehearsals Sundays from 12:00 – 4:30pm at Dundalk Institute of Technology From September to January
A week-long workshop takes place in August and at Christmas
Recess CBOI is in recess from mid March until August to facilitate Junior Cert/ GCSEs, Leaving Cert/A Levels, & College exams
Start: New applicants should be in a position to join from August 2018 A full schedule & more information can be found on www.cboi.ie
Musical Memories In County Louth for BEALTAINE FESTIVAL 2018
Musical Memories is a series of concerts bringing music to communities of older people in County Louth during the Bealtaine Festival of 2018.
Funded by CreateLouth, the Arts Service of Louth County Council, “Musical Memoires” brings professional musicians from the concert stage into local care settings, hospitals, nursing homes and senior citizens clubs.
The programme will include popular classical pieces and Old Time favourite ballads and songs. It is planned so as to bring music into more intimate environments, allowing each resident and service user to experience live music in their familiar surroundings. Research has shown that music can have a positive effect on the physical and emotional well-being of patients/residents in all healthcare settings.
The Musical Memories Ensemble, featuring Gráinne Hope -Cello, Brendan McCreanor- Uilleann Pipes, and Liam Merriman – Voice/Guitar, will bring a programme of specially selected music into six settings throughout Louth in May.
Concerts will take place in Carlingford Nursing Home, St. Gerard’s Senior Citizens Club, Dundalk, St. Oliver’s Hospital, Dundalk, The Birches Alzheimer Centre, Dundalk, Ardee Daycare Centre, and St Peter’s Nursing Home, Castlebellingham. This year, concerts take place from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd of May.
The Mothership Project Satellite Residency – Call for Applications
In Autumn of 2018 The Mothership Project in collaboration with Cow House Studios will present ‘Satellite’, a residency programme designed specifically for parenting artists in Ireland. As part of this work The Mothership Project will conduct research into the experience of parenting artists in Ireland that will be use to produce a publication the highlights the needs of parenting artists in Ireland. To help us advocate for parenting artist in Ireland please fill out our survey here.
Satellite is funded by The Arts Council and Wexford County Council Arts Office, and is supported by Visual, Carlow and Wexford Arts Centre.
Dates 15th October 2018 – 24th November 2018
- A minimum of 10 artists will be selected.
- Maximum 2 weeks to a minimum of 2 days stay.
- Deadline for applications: 29th of April at 12 midnight.
Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted.
- Applications are only accepted via email to email@example.com.
- ‘Satellite’ applications will be reviewed and selected by an independent panel.
- Notifications to all applicants will be made via email. (See details below)
- Successful applicants will be contacted within 2 months of the deadline.
About The Mothership:
The Mothership Project is a network of parenting artists in Ireland. The Mothership Project aim to support parenting artists in the development of their practice and to encourage arts organisations to make the art world a more inclusive place for artists with children. Since 2013 The Mothership has hosted workshops and discussions on issues facing parenting artists in Ireland. We have also hosted show & tell events and reading groups around the theoretical underpinnings of this equality- and solidarity-based project.
About the residency:
The Satellite residency programme is designed specifically for parenting artists in Ireland. Through an open call, parenting artists will be offered time and space at Cow House Studios in Wexford. Artists will be awarded the opportunity to develop new work, progress existing work, or get back to practice after taking time out to have children. ‘Satellite’ will offer childcare, accommodation, a stipend and a variety of time slots to artists who wish to take time out to focus on their practice. We will tailor the residency to the needs of the artist and their family, however each residency will be offered as one block of time and can not be divided into multiple shorter stays.
About Cow House Studios:
Cow House Studios have run a residency programme since 2008 in rural Co. Wexford. The studios are designed for flexibility of use, with 4 individual spaces, and a shared open studio floor for larger group projects and alternative working methods. The studio also offers a darkroom, computer lab and lounge, with access to some tools and digital equipment. For more details on Cowhouse studios see https://cowhousestudios.com/
The Satellite Residency is open to Irish parenting contemporary visual artists or artists living and working in Ireland (you must have been living in Ireland for at least 1 year prior to your application). A variety of visual art disciplines are eligible to apply including, but not limited to, traditional media, media/new genre, performance, film/video, socially engaged practices. Artists enrolled in an academic program during the time of the residency are ineligible to apply. All genders can apply. Please note applicants should demonstrate a working history in the visual arts.
Artists selected for the residency will be invited to present on their art practice in a public forum and conduct an interview that will be podcast on The Mothership Project webpage and other platforms as part of the ancillary events of Satellite. The residency is also an opportunity for The Mothership Project to gather information from the participating artists on their experience of being a parenting artist in Ireland. The information gathered will be used as part of the final publication of research as part of the Satellite project.
How to Apply:
Please send us –
- Answers to the 7 questions below
- A CV (4 pages maximum)
- Up to 8 Images that support your application. Please label your images and give the selection panel additional information/context (maximum 100 words per image).
- For videos/films/audio, please provide links to your own website, Vimeo page, YouTube page, etc. Do not attach actual video files.
Please send your information as one PDF* with your name as the file title, e.g. JohnMurphy.pdf
Email applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please title your email – Satellite application and [your name]
(*You can use Adobe Acrobat to create one pdf file or here is a link to a free pdf merge website https://www.pdfmerge.com/)
- Tell us about your work and some specific examples (max 300 words).
- What is it that motivates you and your work? (max 150 words).
- Why do you want to do the Satellite residency? What would you plan to do on the residency? (max 200 words).
- What difference will this make to your practice (max 100 words).
- How did you hear about the Mothership Project and this call for proposals (max 20 words).
- Are you coming
- Solo with kids (How many and ages)
- With children and partner
- Where do you see your practice currently
- Lapsed practice – seeking to find ways back in
- Newly parenting – practice in transition
- Active practice with need for time
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions about your application.
Le do thoil cuimhnigh ar an imshaol roimh priontáil an ríomhphost seo. Tá an ríomhphost seo (agus aon iatán a ghabhann leis) príobháideach agus rúnda agus d’fhéadfadh go mbeadh eolas inti atá faoi phribhléid dlíthúil. Ní ceadmhach úsáid an ríomhphoist seo d’éinne ach don té ar seoladh chuige é. Munar duit an ríomhphost seo nó an té atá freagrach as é a sheoladh, tá cosc ar chóipeáil agus ar sheachadadh an ríomhphoist seo agus aon iatán a ghabhann leis chuig éinne nó úsáid a bhaint as a bhfuil ann; ní ceart an ríomhphost seo nó aon iatán a léamh. D’fhéadfadh do mbeadh cosc iomlán dlíthiúil ar sceitheadh nó comhfhreagras nó aon úsáid eile gan chead ar a bhfuil sa ríomhphost seo agus d’fhéadadh sé a bheith ina chion coiriúil.
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Calling Musicians ! Drogheda Orchestral Collective (DOC) is delighted to announce that Karen Ní Bhroin, award-winning assistant conductor with RTÉ Orchestras and Choirs will Conduct the Drogheda group for its new Spring Season, commencing in April 2018. Musicians of all instrument families are invited to be part of an exciting learning and performing season – please contact us. We would love to hear from you.
Drogheda Orchestral Collective is a community orchestra open to musicians of all ages, but currently made up of mostly adult musicians. The group performs a broad repertoire from classical, film scores to choral and experimental pieces and has collaborated with many artists and performers since its formation in 2013. Following sell out performances of The Snowman performed to a live screening of the film, and works such as Sean O Riadas Mise Eire, we have also engaged with inspiring musicians in workshops given by Zoe Conway, Tadhg Murphy and Camerata Ireland. As guest conductor Karen Ni Bhroin has extensive experience conducting and teaching and we are delighted to welcome her to what will be a very exciting season for DOC.
For further details please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or message us on Facebook or Twitter @DroghedaOrch . Looking forward to hearing from you!
Curated by Creative Spark and Grandson, Put It On aims to provide insights into the creative process of representing sound. Taking place at the Spirit Store on Monday 26 March, we are delighted to present an evening of talks, visuals and music performances featuring some of the most creative people working in this field – from Dundalk, Dublin, Cork and San Diego we bring you an eclectic line up of panellists and performers.
Brian “B+” Cross is one of the most prominent music photographers working today. He has photographed more than one hundred album covers for artists such as Company
Flow, Damian Marley, David Axelrod, DJ Shadow, Flying Lotus, Eazy-E, J Dilla, Jurassic 5, Madlib, Mos Def, and Q-Tip. Cross was the director of photography for the Academy Award-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, and he has made several feature-length music films and many music videos. His photos have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vibe, the Fader, and the Wire.
Niall McCormack is a commercial artist based in Dublin, Ireland. He specialises in music packaging and book cover design. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Niall has created numerous LP and CD covers for Ace Records as well as sleeves for Vampisoul, Tru Thoughts, WFMU, Demon Music Group and Planet Mu. His artwork graces book covers published by Vintage Books, Profile Books, The Lilliput Press, Gorse, Gill & Macmillan, Poetry Ireland and The Collins Press. McCormack has curated a number of exhibitions of Irish book cover art including a retrospective of the work of Dutch-born designer Cor Klaasen. He co-curated Green Sleeves: The Irish Printed Record Cover, 1955–2017 at the National Print Museum in 2017 with Dr. Ciarán Swan.
John Byrne describes himself as occupying the ground between ‘gatherer’ and ‘archivist’. He says ‘Most rabid music collectors have an insane affliction that isn’t necessarily any more logical than a deep need to hear more music. I do too, but I also the have the need to see neglected stuff get refried again.’
Quare Groove Volume One is two twelve inch records. The first one features groove and dancefloor sounds of the Irish late 70’s and early 80’s. The second record features how things sounded when the country’s post punk generation got their hands on the same danceflooring.
Local collector/curator, Brian McMahon of Brand New Retro, will chair a panel discussion with the three speakers – this promises to be a fascinating exploration of how we represent music through image and design.
There’ll also be music on the night from Dublin house producer and DJ Frank B/Sias and a few tunes from local acts TPM and Jinx Lennon. The music performances have been coordinated by Peter Baldwin from local recording studio, Black Mountain Recordings.
The night kicks off at 7 PM and runs until 11:00 PM.
This is a free event, supported by CreateLouth, the Arts Service of Louth County Council, and Plus Print.
For further information contact Sarah Daly at tel: 042 938 5721 / 086 173 1356 or e-mail: email@example.com
About Creative Spark
Creative Spark, centre for creativity and innovation, provides dedicated creative training and workspace facilities for new and established enterprises in County Louth – a place to work and a place to learn. It was conceived with a clear focus on the development of the creative and innovative enterprise sector in this region and the use of creative practice to promote social engagement. Operating as a not-for-profit social enterprise Creative Spark aims to develop the creative industries sector and support new and established innovative enterprises.
Established in 2013, Dundalk based design studio Grandson work in the area of design for print, web, brand and identity. Collaboration plays a key role in our creative process, and the curation of this eclectic event gave us the opportunity to merge disciplines which we are passionate about; photography, design, and music.
Louth County Council’s Culture team is seeking your views to inform the development of a Cultural and Creative Strategy for County Louth as part of the National Creative Ireland Programme. This strategy will plan for the development of culture and creativity in the county for the next five years.
Speaking earlier today Brian Harten, Arts Officer for County Louth stated,
“Following on from Louth’s Creative Ireland Plan for 2017 we are delighted to now focus on the development of a Creative and Cultural Strategy for Louth which will run from 2018 to 2022, and to begin planning services and supports to enable creativity to flourish in our county. We welcome the views of interested citizens, including our children and young people, to inform our planning process.”
In order to ensure to deliver a workable strategy the Culture Team has developed a short survey which is available online at www.louthcoco.ie. The survey will remain open for your responses until Friday 2nd March. A hardcopy of the survey will also be available at your local library.
For further information or queries in relation to the Creative Ireland programme log on to: https://creative.ireland.ie/en