Opportunity! Arts Council postdoc related to the living and working conditions of Irish artists

Happy to share this information from the Arts Council of Ireland, who are interested in hearing from postdoctoral folks keen to undertake new research related to the living and working conditions of artists.

NOTE: to apply, applicants will need to identify an academic partner. Feel free to contact me here in UCD’s School of Art History & Cultural Policy, and I’d be happy to discuss our experience supporting researchers in this scheme, and what’s involved.


Arts Council Ireland seeks expressions of interest from researchers regarding the Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Post-Doctoral)

The Arts Council is seeking to support new research into artists’ living and working conditions through investing in the Irish Research Council’s Post-Doctoral Enterprise Partnership Scheme.

A commitment to artists is at the core of the Arts Council’s 10-year Strategy. In 2020 we published our Paying the Artist policy. We are currently working to commission a major new study into artists living and working conditions similar in nature to the 2010 study. However, in addition and separate to this, we also want to support researchers to explore new ground, to ask different questions, delve into a specific area or bring a new perspective to this subject.

To support new thinking in this area the Arts Council is investing as an Enterprise Partner on the IRC Scheme which supports a postdoctoral researcher to pursue a two-year research project (Sept 2022 – 2024) on a full time basis. The award provides: 

  • a salary of €39,132 (year 1) and €39,686 (year 2);
  • employer’s PRSI contribution;
  • and eligible direct research expenses of €5,000 per annum.

Applicants to the scheme must be supported by both an academic partner and an enterprise partner. The Arts Council is seeking expressions of interest from researchers who may wish to apply to the IRC programme to pursue such research with the support of the Arts Council as their enterprise partner.

The Arts Council is open and flexible in terms of the focus of such research. We want to support a researcher led enquiry that is different in scope and nature to our own commissioned research. A researcher may wish to draw on relevant expertise, data, information and networks accessible through the Arts Council.

The Arts Council can only be a partner to one application and is therefore seeking to identify (in advance of the IRC deadline of 02 December 2021) a suitable research project to support.

Expressions of interest must be submitted to the Arts Council by 17:30 on Thursday 11 November 2021. Further information in attached PDF or contact.Toby Dennett: toby.dennett@artscouncil.ie (cc: louise.ward@artscouncil.ie) at the Arts Council

The Arts Council will run an information session on Microsoft Teams for questions and answers on Tuesday 26 October 2021 at 11.30amJOIN HERE (no app/software download required).

Researchers must meet the eligibility criteria for the IRC’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Post Doctoral).

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