Offaly County Council Arts Office invites professional artists, individuals or groups, to work with youth organisations to submit a proposal for the delivery of a Youth Arts Project for the cohort of 13 to 25 year olds within Offaly. The commission is open to submissions from all art disciplines including visual arts, film, animation, digital arts, performing arts, literature or sound art. The commission can concentrate on one art form or a range of art forms but must include the participation of/engagement with a professional artist and demonstrate a youth led ethos. Engagement with young people can be Online/Offline or a combination of both platforms.
Leading on from this report, the Arts Office wish to commission a number of small youth project(s) that will enable engagement between professional artists and young people (13+) facilitated by youth organisations, youth leaders and schools. The goal to build secure relationships with relevant partners for the development of Youth Arts in the county, the voice of the young people is priority.
Process and engagement with the Young People in Offaly should be central to the project and the inspiration should stem from their needs and wants. If there is a specific outcome (i.e. piece of art or performance), consideration should be given to how that would be showcased. There is no specific requirement however for projects to demonstrate this element - engagement and process-led practice being the priority.
We would envisage the projects as being easily accessible, have a wide reach and attract young people that are not necessarily involved in Arts.
The successful applicants will need to submit interim reports, documentation and a final assessment.
A maximum budget of €4,000.00 is available per project, with a maximum of three projects. The budget is a total cost and must include all travel, materials, VAT. Applicants will only be eligible to make one project application
We are very flexible, open to timelines but the project must be completed within six months of selection (depending on the complexity of the project).
Applicants proposing to work with Young People within a school setting will need to pay particular attention to school terms, holidays etc., and should have made contact with the school they are planning to work with, i.e. a support letter from the school will be required.
The successful applicant/s will:
- Have at least 3 years’ relevant experience delivering youth led arts initiatives/projects
- Be a Professional Artist or group of Professional Artists*
- Be self-employed or a registered Arts Organisation
- Be able to provide tax clearance number and access number
- Third Level Qualification in given discipline is desirable but not essential
- Have recommended Child Safeguarding Training*
- Demonstrate the ability to work with multiple stakeholders
- Hold professional indemnity insurance
- Be able to submit Health and Safety/ Risk assessments
- Be subject to Garda Vetting by Offaly County Council
- Hold a current/full Irish/E.U Driving Licence
Artists please note: Offaly County Council is subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 1997. If you provide information in the Proposal which you consider to be of a commercially sensitive nature, please clearly indicate this in your Proposal
Proposals will be evaluated by an independent board of peers and will be weighted according
- 30% Proven track record of delivery of similar successful projects. Experience / track record of artist/s delivering the project
- 30% Innovative approach to the project and engagement of young people and the process
- 20% Budget viability. Achievability of perceived results and objectives of the project.
- 20% The application within the competitive context.
Offaly County Council: - Definition of Professional Artist
A Professional Artist can be defined as someone for whom their art form is their whole-time occupation or who holds a third level qualification in their field of practice or has been paid and advertised as a solo or leading performer/exhibitor in a state funded institution or has been published or produced by a recognised publisher or theatre/film company or venue or is recognised as a professional by his/her peers and received recognition in the form of commendations, rewards, awards, grants, appointments to panels, etc.
N.B. Garda vetting must be sought for the Artist immediately upon appointment. The Artist shall not engage in any aspect of the duties that would be termed ‘relevant work’ as defined in the relevant Children and Vulnerable Persons legislation until the Garda Vetting process is finalised.
General Data Protection Regulations
This Statement sets out our policy with respect to ‘Personal Data’ which is collected from applicants. Personal Data is information that can be associated with or which relates to a person, and/or could be used to identify a person. We collect Personal Data including name. address, phone number, email from applicants for the purpose of processing your application and informing you of outcomes of evaluation. The application and proposal is stored on Arts Office computer and on a secure external server with submit.com, only accessible by Arts Office staff. It will be shared with a selected panel (of two experts) for the purpose of evaluating and marking same. Unsuccessful proposals are held for a maximum of four years and then deleted. For further information please visit our Data Protection web page