€30,000 NCAD + UCD Seed Funding Call now open

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NCAD + UCD Project website
(featuring work by Avril Corroon: NCAD’s Thomas St arch transported to UCD on graduation day)

I’m very pleased to announce that an internal seed funding call for the NCAD + UCD Strategic Alliance is now open! I’m part of the project management team coordinating a range of activities and initiatives between the two institutions — in particular, heading up the development of a new NCAD + UCD academic research centre in Creative Arts and Critical Cultures. In addition to the Centre, we are also developing a new MA in Interaction Design and an interdisciplinary Summer School, ‘City Life’. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, and do share this seed funding call with colleagues and postgraduate students at NCAD or UCD.

Project & Seed Funding Call – Creative Arts and Critical Cultures

Deadline: 16 March 2015
Contact: Amy Smith, NCAD + UCD Project Coordinator (amy.smith@ucd.ie) / Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald, NCAD + UCD : Creative Arts & Critical Cultures (emily.mark@ucd.ie)

Supported by the Higher Education Authority of Ireland, the NCAD + UCD venture aims to identify, examine and develop the potential practical and operational synergies resulting from closer ties between the two institutions. The venture encompasses teaching projects, research initiatives, and cross-institutional programmes and events, with a view to deepening the relationship between NCAD and UCD.

We are happy to announce a Seed Funding Call which seeks to encourage closer collaboration and support the establishment of a new shared NCAD + UCD academic research centre in Creative Arts and Critical Cultures. The funding scheme will provide support for projects that are ambitious and innovative and that will lead to new knowledge and capacities. It offers staff and postgraduate students the opportunity to apply for internal funding to enhance existing and future activities.

This competitively-awarded funding is open to staff and registered postgraduate students of UCD and NCAD, in any department and discipline. Funding will be awarded to projects that involve interdisciplinary collaborations, and promote cross-overs between artistic activity, cultural production and intellectual engagement. A maximum of €5,000 will be awarded to any one project (smaller applications are also encouraged). A total fund of €30,000 has been made available.

For full details of the scheme, and the online application form, please see:

Call for Papers – Vol. 3 of Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy

The Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy is now seeking submissions of research articles, and proposals for book reviews, by academics and practitioners for Volume 3 of the Journal. Submissions should address topics concerning Ireland or Northern Ireland, may focus on any of the following areas:

  • cultural policy
  • arts and cultural management
  • cultural tourism
  • creative industries
  • cultural economics and marketing
  • heritage and museum studies
  • governance and administration
  • audience development and participation
  • philanthropy/fundraising
  • cultural finance
  • production / consumption
  • arts and education

The Journal is published annually and edited by an Editorial Board comprised of Irish academics. All research-based submissions are blind peer-reviewed by an international panel of academics and practitioners. If you are interested in submitting to the journal, please email a brief abstract and article title to info@culturalpolicy.ie by 1 April 2015. Final submissions (4,000-5,000 words) will be due 1 June 2015. Full submission guidelines and further details may be found at www.culturalpolicy.ie.

Volume 2 (2014) of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy (www.culturalpolicy.ie) is also now available! Contents include:

Shane Finan Transient Places: The Public Benefits of Short-Term Artist-Led Spaces
Sarah Kingston        Just Public Mausoleums? Museums and Intangible Heritage: A Case-study of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life
Pippa Little, Sarah Moore, Mike Fitzpatrick                 Feelings Matter: How Curatorial Practice can be Informed by Insights on the Dynamics of Artists’ Emotional Experiences
Stephen Hadley Review: Sustaining Cultural Development: Unified Systems and New Governance in Cultural Life (Biljana Mickov and James Doyle, eds.: Ashgate, 2013)
Paraic McQuaid Review: Narrative, Identity, and the Map of Cultural Policy: Once Upon a Time in a Globalised World (Constance DeVereaux and Martin Griffin: Ashgate, 2013)

Now in paperback: Commemorating the Irish Famine

LUP_coverI’m very pleased to share that my book Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (Liverpool University Press) is now out in paperback, after going through two hardback runs! I’ve been so delighted with the reception of the book; in the past year alone I’ve had the opportunity to speak about this work across Ireland, and in the UK, US, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, and Turkey.

If you happen to be in Edinburgh this week — I’ll be giving another talk as part of the Migration, Museums and Memorials conference happening at the National Museum of Scotland from 11-13 February. I’ll also be part of a plenary panel speaking to the theme of Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory: Transitions and Transformations at Radboud University in the Netherlands, from 31 March – 2 April. The International Network of Irish Famine Studies is run from Radboud (I’m one of their core members) and we’re also meeting from 23-24 April — the associated CFP has been extended to 15 February, in case you’re interested! Finally in mid-June I’ll be part of the Irish Famine Summer School in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, speaking about Famine memory and legacies of migration.

Arts Management & Marketing (Free) Online Course – Goethe Institut

Thought this might be of interest to some of my readers… the Goethe Institut is launching a new (free) online course in arts marketing (a MOOC, as they’re otherwise known). The course offers a very interesting range of taught sessions on a variety of marketing-focused topics, including:

  • The cultural economy: Markets and marketing for cultural organizations
  • Reaching across the fourth wall: Building audience relationships
  • Emerging Identities: Co-creating and shaping digital brands

The speakers are well qualified academics and arts professionals, primarily from the UK, Netherlands and Germany. Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking to upskill in arts marketing! The deadline for enrollment is 18 February.