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Open Call for Tipperary Bealtaine Festival 2023

Tipperary Bealtaine 2023
Open Call to Tipperary Artists
Deadline 12 noon Monday 12 December 2022

Each year in the month of May, Bealtaine is presented as a nationwide festival celebrating the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is an initiative of Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.

Tipperary County Council Arts Office runs an extensive, interactive programme throughout the county and, in recent times, has taken the lead in programming the festival with its partner Tipperary Libraries.

For the 2023 Bealtaine programme, as in 2022, we are issuing an open call to Tipperary-based artists to become involved. This open call, with a deadline of 12 noon Monday 12 December, invites artists to submit a written proposal for an event or engagement project, culminating in a showcase during the month of May 2023.

We would like to hear from Tipperary-based professional artists, or groups of artists, from across all artforms.

Artists who wish to respond to this open call will, ideally, be required to demonstrate that they have already engaged with older people (or an organisation working with older people) in relation to the proposed concept or idea. However, artists with a well-formed idea and clear plan for engagement in which they have identified a particular context or physical setting in which older people can actively participate can also submit proposals. The selected artists will work closely with the older people in presenting and/or creating the work. The Tipperary Arts Office is keen to engage older people as makers and as audiences for the arts.

The funding available to each project will range from €1,000 to €3,500 depending on size, scale and reach of the proposal.

Artists who are successful in the open call process will be required to attend two networking and capacity-building events which will include topics such as good practice in creative aging, working in participant-led initiatives, evaluation, reflection and will be an opportunity for sharing learning. A stipend (separate to the project proposal) will be paid for attendance.

To date the Bealtaine Festival has comprised exhibitions, concerts, dance, storytelling, theatre productions, choral events, tours to and residencies in care settings, workshops and writer’s events. Projects have been delivered in organisations in which older people are active or which work with older people, e.g. care settings, Active Retired, resident’s associations, libraries, book clubs, choirs, Men’s Sheds, ICA etc.

Health & Safety Information: All potential health and safety risks must be fully considered and addressed for all Bealtaine events. Events must take place in accordance with current government health guidelines as well as Tipperary Arts Office’s own Health & Safety policies.

How to respond to the open call:
The application process is straightforward. We are looking for information on:
1. You: tell us about yourself and your practice, including any previous experience or training in working with older people and why you are interested in working with older people? Please include your CV
2. The proposed project. Please provide a short outline of the proposed project:
• Why are you proposing this project?
• Where or in what setting do you propose to work, and with whom? Let us know if you have already made contact with the organisation or setting.
• What do you propose to do?
• In what practical ways will older people be engaged (e.g. as workshop participants, co-creators or audience members)?
• What are your desired outcomes for the participants/audiences?
• What you propose to have as a showcase of the work and where will this take place?
• What are your timelines? When will your project commence and conclude? While Bealtaine runs throughout the month of May, residencies may commence in advance of this date
3. Please provide a budget in support of your proposal

Note: If successful, you will be required to provide publicity materials to support the promotion of the project and your work by Friday 24 February 2023. We understand fact that some projects may not have commenced at that stage. In this case, we will ask for text to explain the project and suitable images for promotion.

Successful applicants will also be required to attend two networking and training events.

The assessment process will take place before the end of December and you will be informed of the outcome of this process on or before 22nd December 2022.

Deadline for Submissions is 12 noon on Monday 12th December 2022
Enquiries and submissions should be emailed to artsoffice@tipperarycoco.ie Submissions should be marked Bealtaine Open Call 2023

Please note: This open call is open to artists resident in County Tipperary only.