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Artist Support | Artist Open Call 2024

Artist Open Call

Creative Production Support Scheme 2024 & 2025

Promenade has recently received 2 year funding from the Arts Council’s Creative Production Supports Scheme 2024 & 2025 to provide support to artists and producers working in the areas of circus, street arts, spectacle, participatory arts & multi-disciplinary arts including those from underrepresented backgrounds.

We are seeking 5 artists / companies to apply to receive producing, production & artistic supports from the Promenade team and a range of outside experts and partners during 2024 & 2025.

Pictured Artist(s): Fanzini Productions

Artists Supports

Each artist/company will be assigned a producer with an average of 4 hours support per week. This will involve mentoring and practical support tailored to each individual artist/company needs, such as:

  • Project planning timelines, resourcing & costing/budgeting

  • Partnership brokering both within Ireland & internationally

  • Identifying funds and drafting funding applications/bids

  • Projects in development supports, e.g. contracts, scheduling

  • Supports on public engagement plans or work with communities of place or interest ensuring best practice

  • Tour booking/liaison with promoters including support with pitching & networking

Circus Factory will offer one artist a one week shared residency during 2024 & 2025 at Circus Factory as an artist support and The Everyman will offer three x 3 day residencies over 2024/2025.

In addition Promenade will pay for each artist/company to benefit from the following outside support from the following experts:

  • Dramaturgical support from Georgie Brookman (4.4 hours online)

  • Director/ artistic advisory/outside eye one to ones with Aoife Carry (1 day either in person or online split over a number of sessions)

  • Production and technical advisory support by Mark Carry (Online - up to 1 day including research time)

  • Operational logistics, specifically for outdoors work by Geri Murphy (1 day either in person or online split over a number of sessions

  • An environmental expertise group session + one to ones by Native Events

  • Marketing, communications & PR support one to ones + templates from Megan Cronin and Maria Rolston (Online - up to 1 day each)

Fee: Each artist / company will receive 350 euro per day x 5 days for meetings with Promenade and receiving external advisory support (1750 euro) per year (2024 & 2025).

Selection Criteria

Artists resident in the Republic of Ireland will be prioritised from the following disciplines:

  • Circus, street arts and spectacle

  • Participatory arts

  • Outdoors arts, work in the public realm including site-specific work

  • Artists may identify as multi-disciplinary in their practice, but must include at least one of the above artforms

Other priorities:

  • Early-career / emerging artists

    • (‘An artist in the early stages of their career who is developing their practice and reputation and becoming recognised by fellow artists and critics’ definition taken from the Arts Council Making Great Art Work Glossary. )

  • Artists from under-represented backgrounds in the arts (e.g. people with disabilities, from ethnic minority backgrounds, Traveller backgrounds and working class backgrounds)

  • Artists who have not worked with a producer previously (artists may be self-producing)

  • Demonstrate potential and appetite for touring

  • Demonstrate interest in sustainability/reducing carbon footprint in their practice

  • Either recently awarded a project award/AGF grant or have clear plans in progress

Application and Selection Process

Artists / companies must complete a written application form, or apply with a short video talking to the camera and addressing the questions in the application form (maximum 5 minutes).

Application Form - Artist Open Call Creative Production Support Scheme 2024 & 2025
Download DOCX • 118KB

Artists must all provide the following supporting material

  • 3 examples of previous work / projects (2 pages max per example) - these may be images, short videos, text, press highlights etc.

  • A CV (max 2 pages)

To apply please email your application and supporting material to Ciara O Mahony at with the subject line “ Your name / company - Artist Open Call ”

Deadline for applications: Midday - Monday 22nd April

You will receive an email confirming we have received your application

Shortlist Applicants

We will shortlist applicants against the details supplied above and invite shortlisted candidates to individual interviews over Zoom

  • Shortlisted applicants from Round 1 will be notified on: Monday 29th April. This shortlisting with be carried out by the Promenade producing team.

  • Shortlisted applicants from Round 2 will be notified on: Monday 13th May.

  • Shortlisting will be carried out by David Francis Moore from Dublin Fringe Festival and Michelle Carew, Arts Officer, Cork City Council plus the Promenade producing team.

  • Interview questions will be shared in advance

  • Interviews will take place the throughout the week of 20 May

  • Final decisions will be made on: Friday 31 May.

If you have any questions about the project please email Ciara O’Mahony,

We actively encourage applications from artists from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from people of all genders, nationalities, races, cultural backgrounds, ages, religions, languages, different abilities, sexual orientations or socio-economic statuses.

Access Notes

If you would like any of this information in a different format please email Ciara or if you have specific access requirements for the application process, please email us and we will be happy to discuss how we can support you through the process by phone or email.

About Promenade

Promenade provides artists and organisations with strategic and creative project support to help reach their goals and aspirations in the field of circus, participatory arts, public arts, spectacle and street arts. Our ambition is to support artists and organisations working in these creative fields to create work that is unexpected, relevant and contemporary, impacting positively on people’s lives. We build Irish and International partnerships to create high quality and ambitious arts experiences and work with the next generation of

producers and artists, providing training and mentoring to support career development.

This open call is funded by Arts Council's Creative Production Supports Scheme. With thanks and appreciation to all our partners: Arts Council, ISACS, Circus Factory, Pitch'd Circus and Street Arts Festival, The Everyman, Cork.


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