Creative Ireland Open Call

By | 23rd June 2017

Leitrim County Council seeks proposals for projects as part of the Creative Ireland programme, which was launched this year by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphries.

Creative Ireland is an all of government programme at the heart of which is collaboration – collaboration between artists and communities, between culture and industry, between central and local government, to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity. Continuous engagement with the arts and culture is enormously beneficial for building creative capacities and enhancing wellbeing. Creative Ireland believes culture and creativity to be essential features of an innovative society and creative people key where the ability to conceptualise is more important than knowledge.

The five pillars of Creative Ireland are:

  1. Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child
  2. Enabling Creativity in Every Community
  3. Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure
  4. Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production
  5. Unifying our Global Reputation

The Creative Leitrim Open Call is a countywide open call to communities, groups, organisations, venues, artists, archaeologists, architects, writers and all those involved in the culture and creative sectors to develop high quality projects and programmes that encourage creativity and greater access and engagement with the arts, culture and heritage. Applications must be developed by a community group, venue or organisation in partnership with professional practitioners with expertise in the visual or performing arts, literature, heritage or other culture or creativity area. An artist or other professional in the culture/creativity sectors may make the initial approach to a group with a view to developing a project or visa-versa.

Projects must address one or more of the five pillars of Creative Ireland particularly Pillar 2 –  “Enabling Creativity in Every Community”. Examples of potential projects could include proposals in the performing or visual arts, literature, culture or heritage that involve participation different communities of people; projects which encourage the development of the creative industries or projects that provide access to high quality events and activities in the arts and culture that otherwise would not be possible.

The nominal amount awarded to any one project will typically be between €500 and €5,000. While there is no fixed number of awards, there will generally be a larger number of lesser value awards and a small number of higher value ones. The quantity and value of awards will depend on available funding, number of applicants and the quality of applications.

The Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 14th July 2017 and all projects must be completed by 31st December 2017.


For further information contact Christine Kelly on / 071 96 21694.