14th August 2023

Funding & Development Opportunities For Theatre Artists

Like magpies, we’ve nabbed links and information from e-shots, tweets and mailouts about funding and creative opportunities for theatre artists. We’ve collated them here and will update opportunities as they come in. If you have a funding opportunity you’d like us to include, give us a shout at tomorrow@thisispopbaby.com.

Love & Solidarity – the THISISPOPBABY team

  • Druid – Script Submissions Open

The 2023 New Writing Script Submission Window is now open. Selected scripts are read as part of Druid Debuts, an annual series of rehearsed readings of new plays, with a view to further development. Playwrights who submit a script during the submission window will have their work read. Scripts received outside of this time will not be considered.Closing Date 25 August. Full details HERE.

  • Pilot Programmes for Players and Makers With Darren Yorke

No matter your experience of play or making theatre, Darren Yorke invites you to ‘Come and Play,’ ‘Make Things Happen,’ and ‘Raise the Game’, just around from The LAB (Dublin 1) in September. For context, I practice improvisational theatre, or “impro”, which I first discovered almost 10 years ago. So much of what I know about myself, understand in others, and believe about life has been discovered through play and making. Anchored in the late Keith Johnstone’s methodology, my approach has been steadily informed by my own experiences, personal interests, interdisciplinary curiosities, and a lust for learning. What’s evolved has inspired two programmes: Spirit Guides and Making Senses. Programme #1 Spirit Guides: September 11th – 15th (10am–2pm).This programme explores how we are and what we experience in five aspects of being. The intention is not to teach anyone what they need to know about improvisation, but to facilitate discoveries of Mind, Heart, Body and Soul in the connecting spirit of play.MON 11TH The Spirit of Play — fail-safe, friendly, fun, and fearless.Programme #2 Making Senses: September 18th – 22nd (10am–2pm).This programme explores how life happens and what our role is in big picture stories and microcosmic scenes. This won’t be a formulaic process. It’s about understanding the nature of Story, Self, Status, Space, Scene, and Style, and developing intuitions as makers at play. Free. Places allocated on a first come first served basis. Closing Date 25 August. Full details HERE.

  • Áras Éanna – Artist Residencies

Áras Éanna is delighted to announce an open call for artists to apply for residencies for 2024. Áras Éanna is the most westerly arts centre in Europe, located on the small Gaeltacht island of Inis Oírr in Co Galway. The centre supports artists through its Artist in Residence programme, offeringthe time and space to develop their practice and show new work in the unique environment of this island, which has a population of just under 300 people. Applications are welcome from artists to come and live and work on Inis Oírr. They provide up to ten residencies each year. Each residency includes accommodation, studio space, access to theatre facilities and galleries. A stipend will be paid to successful applicants. Closing Date 31 August. Full details HERE.

  • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Closing Date 15 September. Full details HERE.

  • Dlr Arts Office – Arts and Inclusion Opportunities 2023/24

In 2023/24 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office will fund two artists with the time, resources, and support to develop their skills to work with people who live, visit or work in our County. We want artists to use this opportunity to explore and develop their skills in working with people to create art. Supporting artists to develop their work with communities of place or interest is the focus of this opportunity. It aims to allow you the time and resources to test out and develop your methods of working with a community to create art. Closing Date 18 September. Full details HERE.

  • Arts & Disability Ireland – Opportunity Two

Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce. Opportunity Two 2023. This scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to be ambitious, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in the Republic of Ireland. Opportunity 2 includes a New Work Award (€15,000) and a Research and Reflection Award (previously known as Research and Development), €5,000.Closing Date 10 October. Full details HERE.

  • Abbey Theatre – Submissions Open

They Abbey Theatre has opened submissions for play scripts and ideas for 2023. This will run for a nine month window from 1 February to 31 October, to have better scope and opportunity to consider the work that writers and artists share with them. Closing Date 31 October. Full details HERE.

  • Minding Creative Minds – Counselling Services

Minding Creative Minds has announced an enhancement of its service to include specialist trauma and abuse counselling care. This primary advancement in our service offering was announced in recent weeks in collaboration with Screen Ireland, The Arts Council and Irish Theatre Institute as part of the Safe to Create programme announcement initiative.

The Minding Creative Minds programme includes access to a number of additional services to help users overcome various practical issues they may face: Advice on practical, day-to-day issues that cause anxiety and stress; Legal Assistance; Financial Assistance & Consumer Assistance; Career Guidance & Life Coaching; Support for non-Irish nationals & their familie; Mediation Service.

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  • Report + Support now live

Report + Support, an anonymous reporting facility for those working in the arts and creative sectors, is now live on the Safe to Create website: https://reportandsupport.safetocreate.ie/report

Through Report + Support, you can voluntarily report incidents of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment experienced or witnessed in arts and creative workplaces.