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South Dublin County Arts Service Announces Guide for Working in Intercultural Contexts.

South Dublin County Arts Service is delighted to announce the publication of, ‘Working in Intercultural Contexts – GUIDE for Local Authorities and Cultural Providers’.

Since 2016, South Dublin, Mayo and Donegal County Councils have collaborated on research to develop models of best practice in relation to cultural diversity under the Arts Council of Ireland, Invitation to Collaboration scheme.    

Daniel McLoughlin, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council said,

"South Dublin County Council was delighted to partner with Mayo County Council and Donegal County Council on this project.  South Dublin County Council appreciates the role the Arts play in engaging with our culturally diverse communities, building meaningful relationships, towards the blending of traditional identities with emerging expressions of culture."

This guide is a resource for Local Authorities and cultural providers beginning a process in dialogue  with  our communities, to develop a range of  cultural services that engage more effectively with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Download the Working in Intercultural Contexts – GUIDE for Local Authorities and Cultural providers

Contact South Dublin County Arts Service to receive a hardcopy of the publication. E-mail:

The Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme supports Local Authorities to work together on projects that benefit arts development locally, regionally and nationally.

National Mentoring Programme

Opportunity For Writers


Are you a new, emerging or recently published writer? Would you like professional help with your current work-in-progress?

South Dublin County Council Arts Office is supporting the Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme, which will ensure that at least one writer or poet from South Dublin County will benefit from a literature mentoring relationship.

The mentoring process involves 4 x two-hour meetings between the selected ‘mentee’ and their chosen professional writer over a 6 to 8 month period. The mentor will read up to 10,000 words of the mentee’s prose, or a selection of poems, in advance of each meeting and share their critical feedback and advice. The work in progress of the mentee is discussed in depth.

Applications must be made via Submittable. Selected mentees must be willing and able to meet mentors via Skype, Zoom or phone for initial meetings.

Full application details are available here

Deadline is noon on 4 May 2020.

Quotes from previous recipients:

“It has been a very positive experience for me and I am a lot more confident about my story now. Without it, I would have found it very difficult to return to the book, as I had spent so much time on it previously and I simply didn't know what to do with it. Knowing that my mentor was expecting work by certain deadlines really concentrated my mind and pushed me forward.”

“It's particularly helpful to have someone engage with your work critically and interrogate not just the MS but your intentions as author. I feel I'm being forced to address issues I took for granted before, which I think is a good thing to do before I start the journey to publication.”

“I expected to focus on the words, but virtually all of my effort has gone into structure and character. I have been encouraged to develop a more global perspective on the work, while also attending to minute details about character and narrative voice.”

“The experience so far has been invaluable: having thorough, focused attention on my work has enhanced my knowledge, especially at this point in my writing journey.”

The four Dublin Local Authorities invite submissions for:

Exploring & Thinking Bursary Award 2019

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Purpose: The Exploring & Thinking Bursary Award will support individual professional artists to develop their artistic practice working with and/or producing work for early childhood arts. 

Open to: Individual professional artists who wish to develop their practice in early childhood arts, artists practicing in all artforms, artists resident in Ireland

Bursary range: €200 - €10,000
The closing date: 5pm, 4 November 2019

Exploring and Thinking is a collaborative framework for early childhood arts in the Dublin region. It came about in 2016 when the four Dublin Local Authorities - Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, partnered for the first time to collectively consider early childhood arts provision in the Dublin region.

Please find the application guidelines and criteria in the attached document.

Queries can be directed to Orla Scannell, Arts Officer, South Dublin County Council, E:

Reimagine…Tallaght – Melt the Walls



Tallaght was selected as one of six towns to work with the Irish Architecture Foundation in ‘Reimagine…’. The project ran over 11 months and during that time, hundreds of people in Tallaght spoke about what they would like to see in their locality.  Library Square was identified as the ideal site.  Ideas were developed about how to connect this area to the buildings, cultural organisations and spaces surrounding it, in a way to ‘Melt the Walls’.

The public wanted to see the activities in the surrounding buildings spill out into the space, introduce greenery and places to sit in Library Square.  Following public consultation, the IAF ran a nationwide competition for architects, designers and multidisciplinary teams to suggest how they might answer these needs. Local Tallaght residents were invited to adjudicate on the entries. The structure you see here is the winning result of this competition.

Designed by OBFA Architects, and constructed by AB Projects, this installation is designed to be a conversation starting point for users of the square and to initiate discussions for possible long-term plans for this area. Users are encouraged to sit and occupy the space, engage with the installation, and change their perspective of Library Square. 

The project is run by the IAF and is funded by Creative Ireland South Dublin and South Dublin County Council. It is produced by County Council Arts Office and Tallaght Community Arts in association with the Civic Theatre, Rua Red, South Dublin County Parks & Landscaping, Tallaght Library and the Mother Tongues Festival.

Orla Scannell ı Arts Officer ı South Dublin County Council ı Tel: 01-4597834


The Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD programme (T.A.P.)

An 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

Call Out For Artists for 1st to 5th July 2019

The Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD programme (T.A.P.)

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

Fully Paid Training and In-School Residency Opportunities for Artists (across all art forms) 

To work within primary school settings and develop partnerships with creative teachers

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

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.

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

Contact Details:
Michelle Darby
Dublin West Education Centre
Old Blessington Road
Dublin 24
D24 PX58
Tel: 01 452 8000
DL: 01 452 8044
Fax: 01 9081633


Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 – Open call

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South Dublin Arts Office is pleased to announce an open call for artists, creative practitioners, arts organisations, and creative/cultural communities to submit applications for Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 as part of the South Dublin Creative Ireland Programme. This open call is for activities, performances, readings, workshops, interactive art installations, etc to take place on Saturday 15thJune 2019. We are looking for all types of creatives to work with children and young people from all backgrounds in exciting and innovating ways.

Further Information

Application Form


2018 Call for Artists to participate in Arts/Education CPD

The Summer Course in Artist Teacher Partnership in Arts in Educationwill run again in 2018.  The Course will run in Dublin West Education Centre from 2 – 6 July 2018. 9.30am – 2.30pm, Monday to Friday inclusive.  Participating artists will receive travel expenses and lunch will be provided. 

Each Course can accommodate 20 teachers and 4 Artists and will be facilitated by a teacher and an artist pair who have been trained through the Teacher Artist Partnership Summer Course 2017, and who have subsequently participated in a school-based residency together.

The aim of the course is to explore and develop teacher artist partnership as a way of delivering arts based initiatives in the classroom and to examine the implications of this way of working and its practical application in the classroom, utilising and building on the expertise of both the artist and the teacher.  Artform practice, the aims and objectives of arts education curriculum in the primary school, as well as available local and national resources will also be explored and outlined during the course.

Arts & Education Partnership

Expressions of interest are now invited from artists living in the South Dublin County administrative area. Closing date: Friday 1st June.Further information


Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022

Public Consultation Workshops

Monday 27th November, 5.30pm, Rua Red, Tallaght, Dublin 24
To confirm your attendance please email Siobhán Nolan
Attendance is FREE and open to all.

Additional Date added.
Monday 11th December, 5.30pm, Clondalkin Round Tower Visitor Centre, Clondalkin,
Dublin 22.

Why We Are Consulting?

Creative Ireland has identified the role of the Local Authority as principally focused on Pillar 2:Enabling Creativity in Every Community. Each Local Authority must produce a five-year strategy to bring coherence to their individual culture-based strategies and to align the work of the different members of the culture team over the coming years.

As part of this process South Dublin County Council (SDCC), has identified a number of Strategic Priorities to shape and influence the Plan over the next 5 years. We would like to invite you to respond to these Strategic Priorities by attending a public consultation workshop.


Cultural Diversity Programme 

Where in this World

Friday 1st December 2017. 5.00 to 7pm. Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Exhibition Dates: 2nd December to 8th January
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Tallaght Community Arts in partnership with South Dublin County Council Arts Office invites you to the launch of the project exhibition: Where in this World.

This is an intercultural/intergenerational project bringing people in South Dublin together to share and create. While making felt art, our participants weaved together the worlds they come from and the worlds they hope to create. Our exhibition will feature the artworks created and our participants individual stories.

Where in the World is commissioned in partnership by Mayo County Council, Donegal County Council and South Dublin County Council and is produced by Tallaght Community Arts. It is funded under the Arts councils Invitation to Collaboration which supports innovative and ambitious Local Authority collaborations.


UNWRAPPED - Winter Festival of Lights for all the family.

Unwrapped’17:  A Little More Light – A PARTICIPATORY Lantern Parade

Saturday 2 December 2017: 4.45pm – 6.00 pm

Starting 4.45 pm at IT Tallaght, Old Blessington Road and processing to Rua Red/Civic TheatreAttendance is FREE and open to all.

UNWRAPPED marks the beginning of celebrating the winter festive season across South Dublin County.  This year our title A Little More Light reminds us of the part that light play in celebrations around the world in the dark days of winter.

Two hundred participants of all ages from across the county are taking part. Each participating group will carry specially designed lanterns. 

The event will include dance performances, a new choral work.  It will culminate in the lighting of the Christmas Tree by the Mayor of South Dublin County; Cllr.Paul Gogarty.  The afternoon will end with musical entertainment.  Hot Chocolate and Hot Fruit Punch will be on sale at the two venue cafes.

DO COME ALONG AND JOIN IN THE FESTIVE FUN!  The annual UNWRAPPED programme is a creative partnership between: Alternative Entertainment, Contact Studio, Civic Theatre Tallaght, Down To Earth Theatre Company, RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght Community Arts, Music Generation South Dublin, South Dublin County Council’s Arts Office, Corporate Services Department, Community Services Department and the County Library Service.

Art Trax

The Arts Office in South Dublin County Council is pleased to announce that the ‘Art Trax App’ is now available for Android and iPhone devices.

The ‘Art Trax’ app is FREE to download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Art Trax takes you on a tour of South Dublin County’s rich collection of public art. It maps the locations where permanent artworks can be seen, and the locations where temporary works were presented. You can find information about artists, view artworks, and access film works.

This App provides a complete overview of the public art landscape that has emerged in the county since the first public art commissions in the 1980’s.

We are very excited to be able to have this service available to the public. This highlights South Dublin County Council’s continued commitment towards the delivery of high quality customer service to our citizens through the innovative use of technology.

Art Trax is an initiative by the Arts Office in South Dublin County Council, produced with the support of IT Services South Dublin County Council, commissioned artists & commissioning agencies, with the software developed by AppKickr Ltd.

We would be very grateful if you could help us spread the word. Please insert the text above and these links to The Google Play Store and The App Store on your website.

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