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Creative Ireland funded Teacher-Artist partnership programme – Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre

Announcing a wonderful opportunity for Artists (all art forms) to broaden their practice, receive training and project fees, develop creative partnerships with teachers, and transform the lives of children in every County in Ireland by taking part in the Creative Ireland funded Teacher-Artist partnership programme operated through the Education Centres. The programme consists of a week-long training programme involving artists and teachers followed by a 20 hour artist-in-residence programme in a school. The details here refer to the Carrick on Shannon Education Centre which covers the counties Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon, with four artists being selected from each county

CALL OUT FOR ARTISTS for 1st to 5th July 2019


is a Creative Ireland, Department of Education and Skills led and approved Summer Course offering



–        Open to artists, working in any art form, who are committed to sharing their practice with children and teachers in a modern primary school environment

–        Specialist, week-long training (1st – 5th July 2019 organised by Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre. The venue will be a local primary school.) to prepare the artist for the unique requirements of working harmoniously in partnership with a teacher within the modern Irish classroom

–        A training allowance of €150 per day over the initial 5-day training/induction week (€750 in total), plus travel with daily lunch provided.

–        Brokerage and development of partnerships with creative teachers, in schools committed to contemporary arts learning and practice and creativity

–        Guarantee of a paid, follow up in-school-residency within a local primary school (Fee €800, plus €100 travel plus €100 materials) to carry out a 20-hour project (14 contact hours plus 6 preparation hours) in partnership with your teacher partner throughout the 2019/2020 academic year

–        Information, learning and networking opportunities for further freelance work within the education system.

Artists must

  • have a track record of a minimum of three years professional practice in any art form
  • demonstrate an interest in / commitment to: the principles of Arts-in-Education and Creativity and to enhancing the lives of children through arts practice
  • be willing to learn about modern classroom culture and to work in equal partnership with teachers
  • Combine a sense of fun, joy and collaboration with professional dedication and high artistic vision
  • Be willing to undertake child protection training as part of the induction week, and undergo standard Garda vetting before taking up project placements.

Successful artists will be contracted by their local Education Centre (Carrick-on-Shannon) to participate in the training and to deliver a subsequent partnership residency project, but must apply to be part of the scheme in the first instance via the “Call Out For Artists” by the Arts Officer of the Local Authority in which the full-time Education Centre is located.

Expressions of interest should be in the form of a letter of max 600 words, accompanied by a CV or short Bio with links to images or samples of relevant work.  The letter should set out:

  1. Where you trained
  2. A very brief description of your practice
  3. Why you might wish to work in partnership with a teacher and with children in a school setting
  4. What you think qualifies you to take up this opportunity.

All completed Expressions of Interest/Applications must be returned to your Local Education Centre:

By post to Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre, Marymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim N41 Y172

or by email to by Friday 10th May 2019.

Places on this national Creative Ireland CPD initiative, taking place in the local full-time Education Centre training programmes, are limited to four artists per year – 4 Artists per Summer Course.  Final decision on offers of places will be taken by the Director of the local Education Centre in collaboration with the Local Authority Arts Office.

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