Welcome to the November edition of Intermission, which is chock-a-block with information and announcements includingthe last date for receipt of Garda vetting documents. By the time this reaches your inbox, it will be six weeks until the holidays! No one is resting on their laurels, though! The first National Youth Theatre residential was held during midterm break and we’re gearing up for our annual Youth Practice Symposium later this month *and* the launch of Playshare 2019. It’s not just us, though! There are lots of YT productions being staged throughout the country before the end of the year. Read about everything below *plus* you’ll find all the latest funding, sectoral, and international opportunities available.
Date | Location: Sun, 2 December 2018 | Axis Ballymun, Dublin
We are thrilled launch Playshare 2019 again this year at the Axis Ballymun. Celebrating the launch, we are equally thrilled to welcome three affiliated youth theatres–Leitrim Youth Theatre Company (Carrick-on-Shannon), Celbridge Youth Drama (Co. Kildare), and Mr. Sands Youth Theatre (Bray, Co. Wicklow)–that will presenting work at the event for the very first time. Visit our website for more information. To book your place, email Alan King at email@example.com.
The Arts Council has developed a quality assurance framework for child protection and welfare to measure and evidence the compliance of funded or grant-aided artists and organisations. In line with Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), the Arts Council is required to ensure that those in receipt of funding or grant-aid and whose work brings them in contact with children are meeting their obligations under the Children First Act 2015. More here including the supports we can offer you regarding this process.
Vetting Consortium Members: Mark Your Calendars! Last Garda Vetting Application Submissions before Christmas Holidays!
All Garda vetting requests and forms must be received in the post by us on or before Monday, 3 December, in order to begin processing in 2018. Any vetting forms or requests received after this date will begin processing on Monday, 7 January, when the office re-opens after the Christmas break. Please be advised that our Child Protection and Welfare Officer/Vetting Liaison, Louise Holian, works part-time on Mondays and Tuesdays only so it’s vital that all documentation is correct and complete when posting to avoid any unnecessary delays.
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the National Youth Theatre Ensemble for 2019. Following our audition workshops in which over 120 young people from 35 youth theatres applied to take part, sixteen young people have been selected to make up the National Youth Theatre Ensemble. We look forward to working with them all over the coming months.
“I am very excited for the challenges this opportunity may bring me”- NYT Ensemble member Blaithín Ward (18). More
Many thanks to the 103 young people from 23 different youth theatres who took part in six Centre Stage +20 Members’ Workshops and spoke about their youth theatre experiences and opinions. And thanks also to Graffiti Theatre Company, The LAB, the Belltable Arts Centre and Backstage Theatre for hosting our workshops. Member and Leader Questionnaires have also been finding their way back to the Youth Theatre Ireland offices over the past two months. It’s still not too late to send yours back! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
We’re moving towards the final stages of the Centre Stage +20 research project! The final online questionnaire will be sent to a key youth theatre leader in each group in December to cover areas such as how the group operates, its programming and finances. Then we look forward to reviewing all the information gathered in the New Year and beginning the research report!
Join Dublin Youth Theatre (DYT) for their annual Members One Act Festival (otherwise known as MOAF). Running from 13 November to 17 November at Theatre@36, Teachers’ Club, Parnell Sq. W, Dublin 1. Details and booking information here.
Sligo Youth Theatre (SYT) welcomes Rónán Mac Raoís as their new Artistic Director this autumn. Rónán takes the reins from Jean-Marie Perinetti who has moved on to new adventures in Portugal. More on our website.
Explore Youth Theatre performed Tírna McGauley’s Weird at Insight Theatre’s One-Act Festival in Celbridge. Directed by Meabh Lyons and Darragh Lawlor, Explore presented the play again along with certain duologues and monologues at the Leixlip Parish Centre on Sunday, 11 November 2018.
On October 30, Act Out Youth Theatre (AOYT) visited Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin to see Quintessence Theatre’s production of Dracula. Act Out Youth Theatre is also delighted to announce that they are starting a second company due to popular demand. You’ll find more information about both topics here (including a photo of AOYT members with the cast of Dracua!).
Mayo Youth Theatre extends their congratulations to MYT participant Caitlin Hebron who secured a place in the National Youth Theatre Ensemble 2018. Thanks to the Mayo Arts Service, Mayo Youth Theatre members are gaining skills in physical storytelling and team building. Check out the details here.
From 17 to 19 November and 100 years on from the 1918 armistice, Droichead Youth Theatre present their production of Joan Littlewood’s Musical Entertainment Oh, What A Lovely War, introducing The War Games in which slapstick comedy and flashy musical numbers contrast with the dark dank horror of trench warfare in this fast-paced historical satire. Click here for all the details including booking information.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND MORE
A selection of national and local funding opportunities follows.
Please note that all local authorities operate a grant scheme under the Arts Act 2001. Application criteria and application deadlines differ from local authority to local authority. Contact your local Arts Officer for further information.
YPCE (Young People, Children and Education) practitioners can apply for up to €1,500 from the Arts Council to support their participation in training and professional development opportunities outside of Ireland. Priority will be given to applications that clearly demonstrate how the opportunity will support the individual’s ongoing practice, work and/or professional development, as well as benefit current and future artistic initiatives involving children and young people in Ireland. YPCE practitioners can also apply to invite specialists from abroad to deliver high-level training or mentoring for the benefit of YPCE practitioners in Ireland. There are no formal deadlines; however, you must submit their application at least four weeks before their proposed date of travel. Further, it is recommended you contact the YPCE team at the Arts Council in advance of making an application. The maximum award available under YPCE is €1,500. You’ll find more details here.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has announced a new fund of up to €1 million which will provide funding to voluntary youth services to support programmes that target young people to improve their employability and achieve career goals.
The Youth Employability Initiative is supported by funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund which is overseen by the Department of Rural and Community Development. The aim of the Initiative will be to target 16 to 24 yr olds, specifically 16 to 18 yr olds who are not currently in employment, education or training to assist them on their progression to employment. The Initiative is specifically designed to support projects that emphasise additionality and non-duplication of services currently provided by youth projects.
The administration of this Initiative will be supported by the sixteen Education and Training Boards throughout the country. Each ETB will advertise the Initiative locally and will identify the target group to be supported within its ETB area. Further details on the application process will be available from the relevant ETB in due course. A list of all ETBs can be found here.
The Arts Department of Wexford County Council currently seeks Expressions of Interest from Artists, resident in County Wexford, regarding an Artist Panel for the Creative Communities Programme.
The Creative Communities Programme provides 50% matched funding up to a maximum of €3,000 to enable meaningful collaboration between artists from our panel and County Wexford based community groups for arts projects of 1 intensive week to 5 months in duration. A new strand will be developed in 2019 in partnership with Creative Ireland to support collaboration between two or more Wexford or Wexford based artists across disciplines with community groups on art projects up to a maximum fund of €5,000.
This opportunity is open to artists who are resident in County Wexford, and have experience in participatory/collaborative/socially engaged arts practice. Artists should be resourceful, assertive, have excellent communication in project management skills and the ability to problem solve on their own initiative.
For application requirements and further details please click here,
Wicklow County Council announces the closing date for submissions to the 6th Strategic Projects application process–thursday, 6 December at 4pm. The Arts Office invites applications from artists, national resource organisations, individual curators, and / or artist collectives who have the potential to propose projects which will nurture practice, create connectivity, generate new perspectives and voices within County Wicklow and support a diversity of approach.
In 2019 there will be two streams of application: A. New applicants and proposals and B. Consolidation / development of strategic projects previously awarded under this scheme. For specifics on each stream and funding application guidelines, please visit wicklow.ie.
jbjMOOCeu offers an introduction to the topic of digital youth participation. The course is open to everybody and is free of charge. The course focuses on testing concrete tools and ways in which digital youth participation can be implemented. Read more here.
Inclusive Drama Practice Workshop for SEN
Date | Location: Saturday, 24 November 2018 | Marino Institute of Education, Dublin
The Association for Drama in Education in Ireland offers a practical workshop led by Aisling Byrne (Run of the Mill Theatre) who will explore inclusive drama practice for those working with children with Special Educational Needs. The workshop will explore a range of inclusive games and exercises, multi-sensory storytelling, process drama and lesson ideas. This workshop would be ideal for teachers and facilitators working in both classroom & community contexts with children or young adults with special educational needs at primary or secondary school level. There are limited places available so register now by email: email@example.com. Certificates of attendance are available on the day.
Time: 10AM- 1.30PM (registration from 9.30AM) Cost: €30 Full / €15 Concession
Dates | Location: 26 February – 1 March 2019 | De Glind, Netherlands
Organised by Erasmus+, this trainer skills workshop (TWS) intends to expand trainers’ toolkits with reflective approaches and to equip them with the skills to plan and implement reflection as part of the learning processes. Application deadline: Deadline: 10 December 2018. For more information, click here.
Date | Location: 28-29 November | Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin
This event is aimed at informing and assisting past applicants who have applied for funding under the ‘Causeway’ programme (the British – Irish Exchange Programme) on what the Erasmus+ programme can offer them as an alternative p,us much more. All previous Causeway applicants are welcome! The cost of your overnight stay in the Clayton Hotel and your meals for the duration of the training are covered by Léargas. Domestic travel to and from the event must be at the expense of your organisation. Please register by 21 November 2018 so they can guarantee your hotel room. Click here for more information.
Dates | Location: 11-16 December 2018 | Warsaw, Poland
Organised by the Polish National Agency (FRSE-FDiES), this workshop introduces applied improvisation as a non-formal educational methodology in both formal and informal educational settings and is open to participants from Eastern Partnership countries and Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries. Applications are due by 4 November 2018. See here for more information.
Dates | Location: 28 January – 1 February 2019 | Hungary
Organised by Hungarian Erasmus+, this training course offers an international learning experience for practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects. This training course is of particular interest to newcomers. Applications are due by 02 December. For more information click here.