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Dublin City Council and Dublin City Arts Office supports many cultural and arts events that take place in Dublin City.

Experiment! Sculpture Award - Online Information Session

An online information session for artists interested in applying for the Experiment! Sculpture Award.

As part of Sculpture Dublin, Dublin City Council is delighted to announce the Experiment! Sculpture Award in partnership with The LAB Gallery and Fire Station Artists' Studios. Experiment! is a developmental award open to artists resident in Ireland who use sculpture as a primary medium.

The Award will provide a range of practical supports to an artist seeking to take creative risks within their practice, allowing them to further develop and refine their own sculptural language while pursuing new lines of enquiry.

The information session is an opportunity for artists to find out more about Experiment!, Sculpture Dublin, The LAB and Fire Station Artists' Studios. Speakers will also talk through the application form and answer any questions you may have.

Speakers include:

  • Sheena Barrett, Curator, The LAB Gallery
  • Helen Carey, Director, Fire Station Artists' Studios
  • Karen Downey, Programme Director, Sculpture Dublin

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ARC LAB Scholarship

From Left to Right: Sinéad Hogan, Tina Kinsella, Roisín Power Hackett, Maeve Connolly & Sheena Barrett

The LAB Gallery at Dublin City Arts Office in partnership with IADT are pleased to announce Roisín
Power Hackett as the recipient of their inaugural ARC-LAB Gallery Curatorial Scholarship. This
award is unique in the context of curatorial education at postgraduate level. The ARC-LAB Scholar
will work with the Curator of the LAB Gallery on programming and research into curatorial strategies
and develop a self-initiated curatorial project at the LAB Gallery. The ARC-LAB Scholar will be funded
as a full-time student on the IADT MA in Art and Research Collaboration (ARC), which is an 18-month
practical Masters programme taught in the LAB. The outcome of their curatorial project will be
presented in the LAB Gallery as part of the gallery's public events programme in 2021.

The ARC-LAB Gallery Curatorial Scholarship award comprises a stipend of EUR15,000 and MA tuition
fees of EUR6,000. The ARC-LAB Scholar will have a dedicated desk and research space in Dublin City
Arts Office, mentorship and professional guidance from The LAB Gallery, and research supervision
from IADT.

Speaking about the award, Roisin Power Hackett, the inaugural ARC LAB Gallery Curatorial Scholar
said “I'm delighted to have receive the IADT ARC LAB Gallery Curatorial Scholarship because it has
given me time to research my curatorial practice, study contemporary art and develop my network.
This is why it is particularly important that the Scholarship is supported by a grant. It is great to be
studying as part of the ARC programme because it brings in lots of expertise in relation to philosophy,
critical theory and professional development that is invaluable to my practice. I am situated in the
LAB Gallery, which is housed in the Dublin City Arts Office. This gives me a great insight into the
workings of an arts office with regards to how it works with artists, including practical experience in
event planning, health and safety, collaborations with other arts organisations and getting a greater
understanding of supports for artists including funding”.

ARC co-directors Maeve Connolly and Sinead Hogan are delighted to celebrate this new initiative,
which represents a deepening of the long-standing partnership between IADT and the LAB-DCC and
a significant expansion of resources for postgraduate curatorial research in Ireland. The scholarship
founded on respect for collaboration and institutional partnership, supports the development of
new, critical and experimental perspectives in curatorial practice.
“We are pleased to be working with IADT to build on our partnership of over a decade supporting
emerging artists, student learning and co-producing visual arts events for audiences in the City. This
new curatorial scholarship is unique in Dublin and allows us to provide a professional learning
experience for a student who is developing research that will inform future public programmes, in
Roisin’s case, particularly looking at how we better consider arts and disability in our exhibitions and
events.” Sheena Barrett, Curator of the LAB Gallery and Assistant Arts Officer Dublin City Council
“On behalf of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, I am delighted to announce
the launch of the inaugural Curatorial Scholarship which is a partnership between the Art and
Research Collaboration, ARC MA in IADT, and the LAB Gallery (Dublin City Arts Office). This is a
unique partnership, which provides a postgraduate ARC MA scholar the opportunity to work with the
LAB Gallery in the context of contemporary curatorial education, practices and programming. The
recipient of this Curatorial Scholarship will be a full-time, fully funded student on the MA in Art and
Research Collaboration at IADT which is an 18 month practical master’s programme taught in the
LAB.” Tina Kinsella, Head of Department of Design + Visual Arts, Faculty of Film, Art and Creative
Technologies at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

image:  Roisin Power Hackett front centre. 


Cruinniú na nÓg

Dublin City Council invites you to get involved in ‘doing’, ‘making’ and ‘creating’ on Cruinniú na nÓg, Saturday 15th June.

Free events are taking place in your galleries, museums and public libraries; in local parks and public spaces, from city centre to local neighbourhoods .

Come join a celebration of young people’s creativity and work, or simply take part in some of the huge variety of activities on offer – dive in and try something new!

Cruinniú na nÓg is a national day of creativity for children and young people, an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and presented in partnership with the Local Authorities and RTÉ.

Click here to download the programme



Call for Expressions of Interest to manage potential new arts and culture venue at St. Stephen’s Church (also known as the Pepper Canister Church) Mount Street, Dublin 2. 

Deadline - Tuesday 23rd April at 12 noon

Dublin City Council's Arts Office is assisting St. Stephen’s Church to access expressions of interest from individuals or organisations interested in exploring the possibility of managing St. Stephen’s Church, Mount Street, Dublin (also known as the Pepper Canister Church) as a programmed venue to host cultural events and projects.
This call for Expressions of Interest is an exploratory process.

Applicants will be required to complete an application form (available below) and submit a full proposal with supporting documentation to express their interest.  

Submissions must be emailed with the Subject Line “St. Stephen’s Church Application” to on or before Tuesday, April 23rd 2019 at 12 noon
Information pack which provides background to the proposed initiative, deadlines and timeline, assessment criteria and an application form is available below. 

Download Information pack here




Creative Ireland: Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 - Open Call for proposals for Dublin City


Dublin City Council is pleased to announce an open call for artists/creative practitioners, cultural organisations, young collectives, creative/cultural communities and neighbourhood communities/organisations to submit proposals to be part of  Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 ,   Dublin City Creative Ireland Programme. This open call is for activities, performances, readings, workshops, showcase events,  interactive art installations, etc.  to take place as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, Saturday 15th June 2019 across Dublin City.  
Cruinniú na nÓg is an all Ireland event which celebrates and encourages children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity through performance, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings, screenings, special events and much more. Events are free, local and activity-based. It’s a day for ‘doing’, ‘making’ ‘celebrating’ and ‘creating’!
This year we are looking to present work across all art-forms through activities, performances, developmental workshops or creative projects for/by young people aged 0-18. These activities will take place across Dublin City neighbourhoods. They can happen in community centres, public spaces and parks, schools, libraries, and venues. These events can be one off to happen on the 15th June or be project based with the final outcome demonstrated on the 15th June. In exceptional cases activities involving schools may be considered for June 14th.  Activities are inclusive of all art forms and creative forms including but not limited to visual art, music, dance, drama, storytelling, puppetry, circus, street art, performance, coding, design, readings, poetry, architecture, etc. We are looking for innovative activities that foster creativity, encourage collaboration and engage a diverse audience.

Applications open Thursday Feb 7th  2019
Deadline for Submission : 12 noon Thursday 7th March 2019
Notification : 12 March 2019

Dublin City Council  is seeking proposals from artists/ cultural organisations / venues/ community or youth groups/producers who are interested in presenting events. 
We will:
Work with you to promote your Cruinniú na nÓg event to children, young people and families in your area.

Provide practical assistance (this will be agreed on an event by event basis where we can match the help we can give to your needs). 
Provide financial assistance (as partners are expected to bring their own resources to proposed events, this will be agreed on an event by event basis and only where required/feasible, not all events proposed may require or receive financial assistance).

We welcome proposals which 

Maximise children and young people’s engagement, including where feasible children’s  participation in the development of ideas/programme content or communication
Support collaboration between different groups
Are ambitious, innovative, and foster creativity in children and young people
Have scope to attract new audience, including culturally diverse participants and audience and /or pay particular attention to the needs of those who may be currently underserved 
Have a clear and feasible budget
Show feasibility of completion by 15th June 2019


Payment of any financial contribution, where agreed,  will be made in April 2019.  
All projects must be completed by 15th June 2019.  
The project must have a public event or showing in Dublin City.  
Funding may be used to purchase materials / to engage an artist  to create new work or processes /  exhibition and workshops /  showcase or  performance of new work. All artists should be paid equitably for their work, time and preparation.  
Funding may not be used for competitions (entry or travel to). 
Funding provided by Creative Ireland Dublin City must be acknowledged in all publicity material associated with the work. Logos are available from Dublin City Council Arts Office.  
Successful applicants will be asked to provide a short written report describing their experiences and the impact of the event/events.  
 Dublin City Council and Creative Ireland reserve the right to publicise the programme. Successful applicants may be asked to be available for promotional material.
The selection panel reserves the right not to grant an award if the standard of applications does not satisfy the criteria of the award in full.  
Only proposals with completed applications and the required documents will be considered. Proposals and applications will be held onto for a year.  
Presenting organisations/venues will be required to show evidence of an up to date child protection policy and must ensure all staff/artists engaged are successfully garda vetted by the venue organisation.  
Feedback, reporting and evaluation of the project should be informed by participant/audience forms and surveys.

How to Apply 
The application form and all supporting material must be completed and submitted by email to with the subject line:  ‘Dublin City Cruinniú na nÓg’

Click the button below to download the application form.

Cruinniu na nOg Dublin City - Application Form 2019 - Word Version (65KB)

Cruinniu na nOg Dublin City - Application Form 2019 - PDF Version (342KB)

For questions, please contact Sinéad Connolly, Cruinniú na nÓg  Dublin City Coordinator at
Closing date for receipt of completed proposals is Thursday 7th March 2019  12noon

Required Documents

Completed Application Form
Project Description citing impact of proposed activity (500 word max.)
Detailed Budget
Artist Biog and CV

If applicable to your proposal:

Letters of Collaboration/Partnership/Support
Previous examples of work with children and young people
Any documentation that you feel will support your proposal

PRIVACY (General Data Protection Regulation G.D.P.R.).

The purpose for processing the data you provide is for the selection of participants in the creation of activities, performances, readings, workshops, showcase events, interactive art installations, etc.  to take place as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, Saturday 15th June 2019 across Dublin City. The information you provide will be accessed by staff of Dublin City Arts Office and invited external specialists and may be shared with relevant Dublin City Council staff. Your information will be retained for 6 years if successful and 1 year if unsuccessful with your application. This process is being undertaken in accordance with the Arts Act 2003.
If you do not furnish the personal data requested, Dublin City Council will not be able to process your application. You have the following rights, in certain circumstances and subject to applicable exemptions, in relation to your personal data:

the right to access the personal data that we hold about you, together with other information about our processing of that personal data
the right to require us to rectify any inaccuracies in your personal data
the right to require us to erase your personal data
the right to request that we no longer process your personal data for particular purposes
the right to object to our use of your personal data or the way in which we process it

Please note that to help protect your privacy; we take steps to verify your identity before granting access to personal data. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please submit a request to our Data Protection Officer outlining the specific details of the request: Email: Tel: 01 2223775. All valid requests will be processed without undue delay and in any event within one month of receipt of the request. This period may be extended by up to two further months where necessary. 




Don Giovanni (Mozart) - 1pm August 2nd Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Don Giovanni - Simon Morgan  Leporello - Rory Dunne Donna Anna - Sylvia O’Brien

Donna Elvira - Sandra Oman Don Ottavio - Declan Kelly Zerlina - Maria McGrann

Masetto - Peer Manning Comendatore -

Director: Eoin Cannon Musical Director: David Wray

Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck) - 1pm August 9th Engelbert Humperdinck

Hansel - Sarah Kilcoyne Gretel - Naho Koizumi Mother/Witch - Sandra Oman

Father - Simon Morgan Dew Fairy - Maria McGrann

Director: Eoin Cannon Musical Director: David Wray

L’Heure Espagnol (Ravel) - 1pm August 16th Maurice Ravel

Concepción - Sandra Oman Torquemada - James Nelson Ramiro - Simon Morgan

Gonzalve - Fearghal Curtis Don Iñigo Gomez - Rory Dunne

Director: Morgan Crowley Musical Director: David Wray

Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) - 1pm August 23rd Gaetano Donizetti

Lucia - Sylvia O’Brien Edgardo - Richard Shaffrey Alicia - Sarah Kilcoyne

Raimondo - Rory Dunne Enrico - Simon Morgan Arturo - Oisín O’Dálaigh

Director: Morgan Crowley Musical Director: David Wray