Arts Council opens new Commissioning Programme – closing 31 Oct

The purpose of the Commissioning Programme is to enable organisations to commission new work.

The finished work should be in a form capable of being presented, exhibited, published, performed and/or disseminated in its entirety at the point of completion in Northern Ireland (if applicable abroad) either live or online.

This programme prioritises applications that:

  • Propose commissions of high artistic quality;
  • Are planned to reach significant audiences primarily in Northern Ireland through live performance, exhibition, publication, broadcast, recording, and/or other audience channels;
  • Provide for an extended life and/or extended public reach and impact for the work or project that has been created;
  • Demonstrate a strong collaborative-engagement process between the commissioner, performers and the commissioned artist(s) in the development of the new work; and
  • Demonstrate innovation and deepen the experience and understanding of the artform.

All awards and programmes are informed by the Arts Council’s 5-year strategic framework (2019–24), Inspire, Connect & Lead (see here).

Commissions may be applied for across all artform areas supported by the Arts Council. Proposals may also be cross-artform.

Who can apply?

The Arts Council welcomes applications from the widest possible range of organisations. You will be required to provide proof that you have a legal constitution.

Who Cannot Apply

  • Individual artists or sole traders applying to commission themselves
  • Commercial trading companies
  • Companies that exist to distribute a profit
  • Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
  • Central Government Departments
  • Organisations applying to commission an artist who is a serving Board member or Trustee of that organisation.

To apply

For full details of the programme go to the Arts Council of Northen Ireland website below.

Commissioning Programme

Deadline for applications: Monday 31st October 2022 at 12pm

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