Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice

Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice

An initiative of The Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC) and managed by Create, the national development for collaborative arts.

For a third year, Create and Counterpoints Arts are pleased to announce the Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice for up to 15 artists: 20th – 24th July.

The deadline for submission is 5pm 18 May

About the Summer School

The concept of 'cultural diversity' is often narrowly read through the lens of policy. It’s a repeated term but what does ‘cultural diversity’ mean in practice: in people’s intimate lives, in neighbourhoods and within communities of place and interest? How does the practice of cultural diversity resonate as an intersectional and dynamic part of everyday life?

How might the experience of ‘cultural diversity’ be enacted in the context of collaborative arts practice? How might ‘cultural diversity’ form an intrinsic part of the artistic, socially engaged process and act as a powerful driver for social change?

This summer school is interdisciplinary both in curriculum and composition of participants, presenters and facilitators. It takes the form of a five-day residency enabling a ‘think and do’ collaborative approach, utilizing creative workshops, critical and comparative case studies, one-to-one mentoring, international guest artists including curators, policymakers and activists.

Directed by: Dr Áine O’Brien - Co-Director/Co-Founder Counterpoints Arts

Visiting artists and facilitators include:

  • Abdullah Al-Kafri, Executive Director, Ettijahat Independent Culture
  • Isabel Lima, Independent Artist and Director, The Gresham Horse project
  • Juan del Gado, Independent artist and Co-Founder/Creative Producer, Qisetna

Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC)

A key aim of the summer school is to create a peer-to-peer space in which to explore the concept of ’cultural diversity’ through the lens of the Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC), which has to date resulted in rich cultural ecosystems and cross-sector methodologies. Funded by the Arts Council and managed by Create, AIC has a long history in the development of collaborative arts in Ireland.

Established in 2002 with the aim to encourage and support meaningful collaboration between artists and communities of place and/or interest, the AIC scheme supports dynamic collaborations across art forms and context areas across the country. Examples include film making with divers off Malin head, Co. Donegal; dance in Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork; sound art with Beekeepers in Limerick to visual arts with Migrant Women’s Group in Dublin.

Who should apply?

  • Any Artist based in the Republic of Ireland who is from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, including members of the Traveller community, migrants, refugees and people in need of international protection who are in a position to take up this opportunity, will be particularly welcomed.
  • Emerging, mid-career and established artists, based in the Republic of Ireland, who have a collaborative arts practice (working in any artform including architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts). Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.
  • Artists who are interested in exploring the questions outlined above alongside their individual and shared practice.

How to apply:

See website for application procedure.

Location for the Summer School

The five-day residential summer school will take place between the 20th – 24th July. Participants will stay in Killary Lodge Co. Galway which is a country lodge nestled among mature native trees, just 250m from the waters of Killary Fjord, in the heart of Ireland's stunning Wild Atlantic Way. The house has 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. Please note that participants must be willing to share bedrooms. The residential will include full board, travel and an appropriate honorarium.

Selection process

Selection will be made by a panel of representatives from Create and Counterpoints Arts. The open call will be advertised through usual visual arts channels, informal networks and complementary fields of development.

Emerging Situation – COVID 19

Create places great importance on the health and safety of the artists and communities we work with. We are monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus/ COVID 19, and will adhere to any recommendations issued by the HSE and/or the National Public Health Emergency Team. Reliable, up to date information on the Coronavirus is available from the HSE:

In the event that we decide to postpone or cancel an event due to official recommendations, we will notify those who have booked places.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
11th Mar, 2020
Co Galway
Expiry Date
18th May, 2020