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).

Refresh and reset: artsmanagement.ie

(sunnier days and remote Irish beaches ahead… hopefully!)

The blog’s been very quiet of late — because, well, pandemic — but I’m pleased to share that I’ve taken on some help to keep the job listings updated (thanks James!) Do feel free to send any new postings in, as these are now being updated weekly. I’ve also given the site a wee refresh and update.

Our MA programmes at UCD have undergone quite a few changes of late: most especially our MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, with Dr Annette Clancy taking over as Director of the programme from last September, and being joined by Dr Victoria Durrer, who came to us after running QUB’s programme in arts management. Our current MA CULP students have just finished their coursework and are now on their work placements: many thanks especially to all of the arts organisations in Ireland and internationally who’ve taken folks onboard for the next few months, given the upheavals the cultural sector has faced since last March! It’s certainly been a challenging year for the university working fully online, but the students have been brilliant and engaged, and have gone above and beyond in demonstrating their resilience and creativity!

Our MAs in Art History: Collections and Curating have similarly weathered the Covid storm with good humour and hard work! We’re so grateful to all of the alumni and colleagues who’ve Zoomed with the students, and shared their expertise as curators, gallerists, and arts professionals (pictured below is Sheena Barrett, Arts Officer with Dublin City Council and Curator of The Lab Gallery, who’s assisting with development of students’ exhibition plan assessments.) Our MA Art History students’ brilliant work is also captured in a research blog, which demonstrates the fantastic range of work they’re undertaking.

My UCD colleagues have been working incredibly hard to deliver courses online, mind our large student cohorts, and support one another (in sickness and in health) over the past year. I’m so fortunate to have an enormously collegial School and supportive College, and I know we’re all looking forward to campus life returning in the near future.

More announcements are also coming soon about exciting new programme developments – stay tuned!

Artsmanagement.ie back in business: Sept 2020

Did you miss me? 🙂

I’m happy to share that I’ve refreshed http://www.artsmanagement.ie, with 24 new Irish arts job listings, and an overhaul of the site to come in the next week.

Last year I took on the role of Head of the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, and regular blog updates became too difficult to manage alongside the day job. I’m still not sure how the workload will be balance out  in the coming months — I’m still taking it one day at a time (like many others, I reckon!) We’ve just started our autumn term yesterday here at UCD — with 26 students in our MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management programme, and 12 in our MA in Art History: Collections and Curating, alongside hundreds of BA students and our staff of 13. News of the Dublin partial-lockdown on Friday has certainly made things even more interesting – but still we persist!

In any case, given that we’re all living online more these days, I thought re-starting the blog would be a way to connect with folks who are looking for arts/cultural work in Ireland, returning to education, or who’ve been missing my sporadic cultural updates 😉 I hope it helps!

It’s hard to believe this blog has had more than 1.2 million hits since I started it more than a decade ago, and still reaches more than 7,600 people via Twitter and email subscriptions. Thanks to everyone who’s remained a follower, and do keep sending me on your job and event announcements. Stay well, and keep on keeping on…

Emily

We’re hiring! UCD Arts Management & Cultural Policy

ucd_brandmark_colourCome work with us! I’m happy to announce we have begun recruitment of a new, permanent, half-time Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Arts Management and Cultural Policy. We’re looking for an academic to join our staff with expertise in management or arts management, who will contribute to running the MA in Arts Management & Cultural Policy, one of the longest-running and most successful MAs of its kind in Ireland and Europe. Candidates must have a PhD or be close to completion. Salary is €33,148 – €58,178 (0.5 FTE, below the bar). As outlined in the job spec, the duties of the successful candidate will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Undertaking and publishing high quality research and scholarship in their areas of specialism.
  • Playing an active role in the School’s research activities.
  • Contributing actively to teaching programmes as directed by both the Director and the Head of School. This will involve module design and delivery, examination and assessment, quality assurance and enhancement, and associated administration.
  • Working across a number of modules to develop students’ understanding of the theory and practice of management
  • Supervising research dissertations
  • Participating on school/college committees and boards.
  • Undertaking such other appropriate duties consistent with the contract of employment.

Deadline is 21 August 2018.

Full details of the post, and the method of application, can be found here: https://www.ucd.ie/workatucd/jobs/ (apologies for the clunky HR interface – just search under Art History & Cultural Policy).

I’m away on annual leave at the minute, but should you have questions about the role, please contact my colleague Pat Cooke.

p.s. the general jobs page has been updated for August!

New Irish arts jobs & opportunities

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Finally emerging from being snowed under (literally and figuratively), with a fresh update of the blog & lots of new job opportunities! Among the highlights are an Arts Officer Post at ACNI; the Country Director for the British Council in Ireland; Production and Development Coordinator at the Irish Film Board; Performing Groups Manager at the Royal Irish Academy of Music; and lots of volunteer and intern positions (including the West Cork Music Festival; Screen Directors’ Guild; and EVA International).

A few other opportunities worth singling out:

  • Fancy a paid work placement in Spain (includes flights, accommodation, subsistence allowance, and language classes)? Capacity Ireland is offering a Creative Industries vocational course with Erasmus+ funded work placements in Seville, with an April 2018 start – deadline has been extended to 19 March.
  • Interested in further study? The deadline for NUI PhD funding (can be used at any Irish university) has also been extended to 9 April. NUI postdoctoral funding deadline is 20 April. UCC is also offering a new PhD scholarship to research the historical and social perspectives on Cork Opera House; deadline is 30 April.
  • Are you an international student searching for funding? The Government of Ireland is offering generous 1-year scholarships for non-EU/EEA students which can be used towards taught MA and also PhD programmes. Deadline is 23 March.
  • Are you an arts organization keen to carry out a substantial piece of research? Come talk to us at UCD about the IRC Employment Based scheme, which involves co-sponsoring a PhD Researcher who combines employment with research at a host organization. We’re currently co-hosting one of these researchers in our School, and are always happy to discuss details of how to apply to this funding scheme (which is under-subscribed by folks in the arts/NGO sectors).

Finally… we’re heading into the time of year when we receive lots of enquiries about pursuing UCD’s MA in Arts Management & Cultural Policy; the new MA in Art History, Collections, and Curating; and our PhD programmes in either Art History or Cultural Policy. Feel free to drop me a line if you’d like to have a chat about any of these, as places often fill up quickly!