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Professional Development Opportunity for Artists with an Interest in Working with Children and Young People

Call for participants


An exciting opportunity aimed at artists and arts workers interested in children and young people’s arts and participation supported by The Arts Council Invitation to Collaboration Scheme. To take part, simply submit your expression of interest.



Cork City Council Arts Office and Leitrim County Arts Office invite artists with a special interest in arts practice with children and young people to participate in a FREE professional development opportunity.


Supported by The Arts Council Invitation to Collaboration Scheme and taking place throughout May and June, this exciting CPD programme for artists and arts workers interested in working with Children and Youth is aimed at anyone keen to exchange knowledge and upskill in collaborative and participatory arts with children and young people.


The programme, which will be delivered through a series of six online workshops and two in person meet ups, will focus on relevant topics presented by leading artists in the field in Ireland who will offer learning based on their own experience and practice areas. Topics covered will embrace practical considerations, such as relationship-building and initiating collaboration or partnership, age-appropriate planning, and youth-friendly evaluation and will build a deeper understanding among participants of the children and youth arts context. Individual workshops will be led by leading artists in the fields of Early Years Arts, Arts and Health, Music Production and Performance for and by children and young people and more. In-person meet-ups are currently scheduled for Monday 8th May in Leitrim and Monday 18th June in Cork. Online sessions will take place 11am–1pm over five Wednesdays in May and June. Applicants should endeavour to commit to all sessions in the programme. Travel and overnight costs are supported by the project funding.


On the conclusion of the workshop series, a set of Case Study videos with interviews of the presenting artists will be published online as part of These videos will provide a critical set of resources to supplement a text-based toolkit for practitioners with practical tips and templates.


Apart from building the capacity of participating artists to understand and engage in children and young people’s arts through socially engaged methods, the programme will also be a unique opportunity to connect with peers and gain new insights into a professional practice area from both rural and urban settings in Leitrim and Cork and from emerging and more experienced practitioners.


How to apply

Expressions of Interest are invited from artists living and/or working in Cork City and Leitrim County.

Please note that preference will be given firstly to those living and secondly to those working, or intending to work, with children and young people in Cork City and Leitrim Local Authority areas.


Applications can be made via the Leitrim Arts Office website where applicants are requested to complete this online form and submit an up-to-date CV.


The deadline for applications has been extended. Please contact 

Pilot Residency Opportunity 


Expressions of Interest are invited by email by 12pm on 27th February 2023 for the first stage of selection for the role of Community Artist Curator in Residence at Cork St Patrick's Parade 2024 which carries a residency budget of €22000. A Residency Information Seminar will take place online on Tuesday 21st February at 2pm. Registrations are welcome via Eventbrite.

Up to four shortlisted applicants will be provided with a unique insight behind the scenes of the 2023 parade prior to submission of a proposal for the role of Community Artist Curator in Residence at Cork St Patrick's Parade 2024. A stipend of €500 per shortlisted candidate will support Stage 1. Please note that additional limited funding will be available to cover access costs (including childcare fees, if applicable) pending discussion with Cork City Council’s Events Team following the shortlisting process.

The purpose of this pilot opportunity is to support Art in the Public Realm, a strategic priority of Cork City's Arts and Culture Strategy 2022-20226. We hope it will enable us to build on the strong tradition of outdoor arts in Cork City and capacitate the realisation of memorable arts experiences in the public realm, across all art forms and practices, ensuring environmentally sustainable approaches.

Follow through to see the full details and submission guidelines for Stages 1 and 2.

Please note that funding of €22000 will not be awarded until Stage 2. The deadline for Stage 2 is 17th April 2022. Only those shortlisted via Stage 1 may apply.

For queries and submissions, contact


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