Opportunities for Writers: Competitions, submissions and workshops including the The Moth Poetry Prize.
Creative Spark’s Autumn Programme is now available – Creative, Community, and Enterprise courses, workshops, and free events!
I would be delighted if you could join us for this unique fundraising conference focused on engaging high-value donors and keeping them engaged! We will be joined by expert international donor engagement professionals, alongside Irish speakers who will bring a local perspective on philanthropy. Please note: Due to the boutique nature of this event, spaces are limited to 100 delegates and not more than 2 from any one organisation. The Conference is jointly presented by O’Kennedy Consulting and Global Philanthropic with support from the Castle Leslie Estate and The Leslie Foundation.
The event is open to CEO’s, Board Members and Heads of Fundraising and is most suited to those that are interested in strategic high-level donor engagement programmes and have the resources to implement such programmes. This is a residential event with a gala networking dinner on the eve of the Conference. Feel free to pass on this invitation to relevant members of your team. Places will be secured on a first come, first served basis! Looking forward to welcoming you to the beautiful surrounds of Castle Leslie from the 3rd to 4th of October 2018.
Mary O’Kennedy, Conference Director
If you have specific queries, please call Alison at O’Kennedy Consulting
on 01 524 2805 or email email@example.com
Note: O’Kennedy Consulting has recently been appointed to manage the new phase of RAISE, the Arts Council’s private investment capacity building programme. To find out more about participation in RAISE and your eligibility to apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Regardless of whether you qualify to participate in RAISE, your arts or creative organisation would undoubtedly benefit from attending the Changing Face of Philanthropyconference.
EXCITING NEW MUSIC GENERATION LOUTH COURSES STARTING SEPTEMBER 2018 AT OUR CENTRES IN ARDEE, DROGHEDA AND DUNDALK!
The Creativity & Change CIT Level 9 Accredited Special Purpose Award programme targets educators, change-makers, activists, artists, community workers, adult educators, youth workers, volunteers and anyone who is interested how creative engagement can nurture global citizenship and empathic action around local and global justice themes.
The course takes place one weekend a month over 9 months in Cork city. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Find out more and apply online here:
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Saturday, 29 September 2018, 4.00pm
Commission Award: Maximum €5000
Deadline: September 29th 2018 at 4pm
Call for proposals from professional artists, arts collectives, and arts companies based in the North East [Louth, Meath, Monaghan or Cavan] and working in any genre to support the presentation of new work at the Drogheda Arts Festival in May 2019 or May 2020.
The Drogheda Arts Festival:
Set against the backdrop of the Boyne Valley’s cultural capital, the Drogheda Arts Festival takes place each year during the May bank holiday weekend. The first festival of the summer swings into action with an eclectic mix of theatre, music, traditional arts, literature and spoken word, visual art, family and outdoor activities for all ages. The festival is supported by Louth County Council and the Arts Council, and is programmed and delivered by a voluntary committee. For more on the festival, and to see our 2018 programme, see www.droghedaartsfestival.ie.
This commission is open to professional artists at any stage in their career looking to present new work in a festival setting. The aim of the commission is to assist artists living in the North East region to present new work and develop their professional practice. This new work can take any form – including visual arts interventions (please note both Highlanes Gallery and Droichead Arts Centre will be separately programmed, so all visual arts proposals should be outside of these two spaces), performance of new music compositions, scripted theatre, off-site dance, and everything in between – we are not prescriptive about in the manner in which you work, only that the work is new, ambitious, and professional.
The successful artist or arts collective will be selected by a shortlisting and interview process, based on artist(s) CV, proposal, budget, previous work, and references.
HOW TO APPLY
Please email Elaine Cronin at email@example.com with one pdf document including the following details:
Artist(s) CV (max three pages)
Proposal to include:
Artist Statement: 250 words
Overview of Proposal: 250 words
Detailed Proposal: 500-1000 words. As well as information about the work and any associated outreach, workshops and/or talks, reference should be made to the audience you would like to reach, where you envisage the work being presented, and how this commission will support your professional practice. Please highlight the year [2019 or 2020] for which you are applying.
Samples of current and previous work (max three pages). This can include photos, excerpts from scripts, drawings of work in development, writing samples, and/or links to audio or video/Dropbox files, and your website.
Phone and email contact information for two arts professional references.
Application deadline: Saturday 29th September 2018 at 4pm. Late applications will be deemed ineligible. Please send your application in the requested pdf format. No hard copy applications will be accepted.
The Drogheda Arts Festival is kindly supported by Louth County Council and the Arts Council
Image: Quintessence Theatre ‘The Star of Chester’s Lane’, recipient of the 2018 Drogheda Arts Festival Commission. Photographer: Jenny Matthews.
With some of the finest traditional musicians in the world heading to Drogheda over the next few weeks, we can expect to hear some exceptional music in the bars and on the streets from players and singers from as far away as California, Japan and New Zealand. But it is also undeniable that Louth is home to some exceptionally talented traditional musicians of our own, and a new radio series will shine a light on some our Louth musical heroes.
Ceol sa Bhaile is the name of four 25-minute radio programmes which will be broadcast on LMFM over the week of the Fleadh. Each programme takes as its subject one of Louth’s finest traditional artists, and has been recorded in each of the four chosen musician’s houses. As well as speaking about their lives and their music, each musician plays or sings in the kitchen or living room of their home, hence the programme title.
“The idea of the radio programmes is two-fold,” says County Arts Officer, Brian Harten. “We want to ensure that people know that we have world-class musicians on our own doorstep, and we also want to introduce these musicians to listeners in their own homes, not on the concert stage.”
The musicians chosen in this first strand of programmes are fiddlers Gerry O’Connor and Zoë Conway, and singers Gerry Cullen, and Stuart and Pat Carolan. Interviewing these stand-out musicians is Drogheda man, SJ McArdle, himself an acclaimed singer/songwriter, and more recently one third of Kern.
“It was an absolute privilege to speak at length to all of these legends, especially as we were welcomed so warmly into their homes. Each and every one of the musicians spoke very openly about their upbringing, where they got their music from, where their music has brought them, and each of them were honest about the challenges they face as traditional musicians. And we got tea and biscuits everywhere we went!”
The first programme will be broadcast on LMFM on Tuesday 14th of August from 12 noon to 12.30pm on the Mid Morning Show, and a new Ceol sa Bhaile will air each day until Friday 17th. The programmes, in an extended format, will be available afterwards as podcasts. Ceol sa Bhaile was commissioned by CreateLouth, the Arts Service of Louth County Council, with support from the Arts Council, to mark Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann coming to Drogheda.
14th of August 12noon Zoe Conway
15th of August 12 noon Gerry Cullen
16th of August 12 noon Pat and Stuart Carolan
17th of August 12 noon Gerry Conway
Droichead Arts Centre Open Call Print Exhibition
Open Call for Exhibition exploring the many facets of contemporary print making; including but not limited to etching, lithography, screen print, monoprint, digital (giclée pigment prints), photocopy etc. Welcoming works that consider installation and three dimensional possibilities of print making.
Droichead Arts Centre invites professional artists currently living and working in the North East Region (Meath, Louth, Cavan, Monaghan) to submit up to six works for inclusion in this exhibition, which will be curated by independent artist/curator Dorothy Smith.
Deadline for submission is: 14 September 2018
Exhibition Opens on 29 November 2018 in Droichead Arts Centre Gallery and will run until Saturday 2 March 2019. For more details on submission please see the application form below.
Maynooth University (Department of Adult and Community
The Certificate in Directing for Theatre is a Level 7 course. It is a practical course taught by Irish
professional directors. It focuses on methods, tips and techniques, application of theory, and practice. This
course is aimed at the following potential students:
? Mature students (21 years and over) who wish to train for the theatre industry in Ireland and who
would like to be prepared for further study in the field of directing;
? Those who wish to explore the field to discover if they wish to make a career in it. In this sense the
Certificate serves as a skills-based training course for new directors;
? Those in the amateur, youth theatre and community theatre sectors, who wish to formalise their
experience into specific training, acquire accreditation and gain additional skills by doing so;
? Those who are emerging directors in fringe and professional theatre and who wish to gain specific
skills and to acquire accreditation;
? Teachers and education workers who would like to train in directing in order to stage productions
? To introduce students to fundamental skills of directing for theatre
? To develop emerging directors’ confidence in their ability to stage a production
? Working with actors
? Introduction to Stanislavski
? Introduction to Viewpoints
? Actioning and working with text
? Devising new material for performance
? Introduction to Physical Composition and Movement Theory
? Site-Specific and Site-Responsive Theatre
? Making theatre with young people
? Introduction to Directing Theatre-of-the-Oppressed
? Physical Comedy
? Directing Shakespeare – an introduction
? Introducing verbatim theatre
? Adapting text and other written material for performance
? Auditioning and Rehearsal techniques
? Funding in Ireland
Participants must be 21 years or over and have the academic capacity to complete a course at university
level. Assistance is available free on campus with academic writing, library use, and assignment support.
They must also have the capacity to direct a public performance during the course of the year and so
access to at least one performer is necessary.
Level 7 Certificate in Directing for Theatre
Students apply by:
1. Filling out and submitting an application form that can be emailed to you by Kay Loughlin (see
2. Submitting a CV or short biography that describes your theatre experience to date. If you do not
have any experience please state this.
3. Write a short piece (between 300 – 700 words) describing why you would like to do this course.
Send completed application with CV and written work to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line
Application for Cert in Directing for Theatre.
The deadline to send in applications for the 2018 – 2019 course is Friday 14th September 2018 at
This course requires a minimum number of students to have applied to do it before it can proceed. Once it
begins, students then have to register as Maynooth University students and pay the course fee. Questions
to do with application and registration are dealt with by the Department of Adult and Community Education.
(1) Kay Loughlin, Executive Assistant of Continuing Education on email@example.com or by phone
on 01 7086062, or
(2) Derek Barter, Academic Co-ordinator of Continuing Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
phone on 01 7083948
Registered students have access to Maynooth University library and the range of services available to
Maynooth University students, and to national student discounts where available.
The course is coordinated by Peter Hussey (Artistic Director of Crooked House). Additional regular tutors in
previous years have been Annie Ryan (Artistic Director of The Corn Exchange), Jo Mangan (Artistic
Director of Performance Corporation), John O’ Brien (freelance director and company manager), Bairbre Ni
Chaoimh (founder of Calypso Theatre Company and freelance director), Tom Swift (writer and AD of
Performance Corporation) and Louise Lowe (Artistic Director of Anu Productions). Classes have also been
taught in the past by Jimmy Fay, Annabelle Comyn, Jason Byrne and Mary Duffin.
1. Students keep a Learning Journal in which they record and critically reflect on their learning, brought
about by this course. They write an essay based on this Journal and submit the essay. For those who
prefer other media, the ‘essay’ may also be submitted as a short film or audio documentary.
2. Major Directing Project – each student will be expected to direct a piece of theatre that is more than 30
minutes long. This is recorded and the film submitted. This can be privately produced (no public
attendance) and be a performance for one performer. Or it can be a public show (possibly necessitating
hiring a venue, acquiring rights to perform, marketing and insuring the show etc). It may be devised,
scripted, collated or movement-based. However, it may not be a dance performance or opera (although it
may have elements of these in it).
3. Directors’ Log – this is a written (or recorded) documentation of your process of staging the play, and it
should also contain your reflection on the experience.
It is important to note that Department of Adult and Community Education Regulations prohibit a student
from being awarded a grade/mark or a certificate if they:
– do not attend at least 85% of the course
– do not submit all assignments
– do not pass each assignment.
All assignments are due to be submitted to Maynooth on or by Friday 7th June 2019 at 5.00pm.
It is not possible for the course to provide assistance with casting, venue hire, or staging productions
required as part of the assignments. We will provide advice, information and in-class support as part of the
teaching and learning of the programme. Students should make provision to stage, and film their work
themselves (in the way one would research and write an essay oneself). This means students should be
able to find a performer or performers for their directing project. It helps if the student is a member of a
drama group, has access to actors, or can work with a youth theatre. However, not being in this position is
by no means a major barrier to participation: if the student wishes, the project does not need to be staged
for the public, but can be mounted privately, using friends and collaborators, and filmed.
The filming quality does not need to be professional. The assessor simply needs to see the full range of the
stage/performing area, clearly hear the dialogue, and see the performers’ expressions and actions.
Assistance is available on campus for essay writing and assignment support:
and registered students obtain student cards and access to the university’s library:
100 hours part-time over one year, on two Saturdays per month, from September to May, excluding
holidays at Christmas and Easter. Class begins at 10.00am and runs to 5.00pm (with a break of 1 hour for
lunch at 1.00pm, and coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon).
FEE €1,250. This course is a Level 7 course (BA Degree level). Fees are set by the university.
VENUE Room 133, (The Drama Room) in the School of Education (pictured below), North Campus,
Maynooth University, County Kildare. https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/
DATES 2018 – 2019
22nd September 2018
th October 2018
20th October 2018
rd November 2018
17th November 2018
st December 2018
15th December 2018
12th January 2019
26th January 2019
th February 2019
23rd February 2019
th March 2019
23rd March 2019
th April 2019
th May 2019
18th May 2019
(1) For information to do with the course content, tutors, assignments and rationale etc,
please contact Peter Hussey, the Course Coordinator at email@example.com or 087
(2) For information to do with application form, registration, fees, library registration and all
university-related queries, please contact Kay Loughlin or Derek Barter (details above).
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL494AA606A3F8B076 – National Theatre UK directing