SIAP: Artists' Career Enhancement Sceme Now Open for Designer-Makers

28-Jul-2017 in

The Artists’ Career Enhancement Scheme (as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's SIAP funding) is now available to designer-makers and those working in the crafts industry. Applications for all SIAP funding programmes must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday 24th August 2017.

Please note: For this programme you MUST contact the relevant art-form officer prior to making an application otherwise your application will be ineligible.

Funded through the National Lottery, these awards aim to deepen the developmental impact of Arts Council’s support for artists, with a targeted package of training, mentoring and support provided for successful applicants. As the public body charged with the support and development of the arts in Northern Ireland, it is appropriate for the Arts Council to seek partnerships which would engage the expertise and experience of both funded and non-funded organisations to help support the development of artistic talent in Northern Ireland.

This is a list of organisations which have worked in this programme previously and have agreed to do so again. You may choose to work with one of the following or may choose to work with an alternative organisation:

  • An Droichead, Belfast
  • Armagh Pipers Club, Armagh
  • BEAT Carnival
  • Belfast Community Circus
  • Centre for Contemporary Art ~ Derry/Londonderry Community Arts Partnership
  • Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich
  • Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • Kids in Control
  • Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown Moving on Music
  • Seacourt Print Workshop
  • Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s
  • Sonic Arts Research Centre @ Queens University The MAC
  • The Void
  • Youth Action Northern Ireland

These awards aim to support career artists whose practice is of high quality, original, challenging and innovative. The awards are designed to support artists in their professional development, enabling successful applicants to raise their profile and significantly enhance their career.

It is anticipated that successful candidates will share their learning with each other for the period of the award and beyond and will form a community of mutual interest and support. It will also be expected that successful candidates will be prepared to engage with any appropriate Arts Council developmental and promotional initiatives over the period of the award. These may include opportunities for publication, showcasing and related targeted support.

How much money is available?

There are a limited number of awards of £5,000 in each artform area.

Who can apply?

Artists working in the areas of Visual Art, Craft, Community and Participatory Arts, Literature, Music, Dance, Drama, Intercultural and Traditional Arts. Visual Arts curators may also apply.

The Arts Council is committed to identifying artists of real talent; whose artistic achievement or potential is already obvious; who have a clear and realistic view of their potential career as an artist; who can articulate how they can benefit from the joint investment of two or more organisations, including the Arts Council; and who can demonstrate the capacity to recognise and exploit the challenge presented by these award. The awardees will be expected to be artists from whom work of serious value can be expected in coming years.

Development of an application:

The partner organisation of your choice should offer a range of developmental support including mentoring, presentational skills and networking leading to presentation/publication of work, where appropriate. You will need to provide a Letter of Support with your application from the partner organisation of your choice. Following the decision to make an award, the partnership package will be designed with the organisation to meet the individual applicant’s needs.

You must provide a detailed programme of the work and of the professional development activity that you plan to undertake and outline what you aim to achieve overall.

You will need to include a costed plan which should include materials and equipment as well as professional services. You may list training needs under formal training with your budget. If the costs are not apparent for this element, please list your needs anyway.

Representatives from the named organisation will be consulted regarding your application.

Find out more and apply here


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