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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office (dlr Arts Office) in partnership with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Children and Young People’s Services Committee (dlr CYPSC) and Carmona Services (Carmona Early Services and Carmona School) wish to commission an artist/s or arts organisation to create work with and for children and young people who attend Carmona Services.

This commission is designed to offer a space for children attending Carmona Services to be creative, playful and have fun though the arts. It is not intended to be an issue-based commission.

This opportunity is funded by Creative Ireland.

Scope of Requirements

Carmona School and Carmona Early Services have been identified as the partner for this commission. The service caters for children aged up to eighteen years of age with a severe to profound general learning disability.

We wish to commission an artist/s or an arts organisation to create and deliver work for Cruinniú na nÓg 2023, aimed at children and young people who attend Carmona Services. In addition, we would like the artist/s or arts organisation to consider an element for children who grow up with a brother or sister who attends Carmona Services. Carmona Services supports siblings of children using their services and there are two Sibling Days planned for 2023 before the end of the school term.

Any direct outcomes from the commission will take place in Carmona Services before Cruinniú na nÓg 2023. The commission will then end in an opportunity for children not attending Carmona Services to enjoy the experience as part of Cruinniú na Óg 2023 on the 10th of June; this may take place in a library or other suitable setting in the County. The artist/s or arts organisation will be required to give feedback and recommendations to inform future development of commissioning work with dlr Arts Office and dlr CYPSC.

This commission is for the creation of new work. We are open to work that is at an early development stage and could be adapted and brought to completion under this commission; work which has already been publicly performed/shown is not eligible.

  • The main aim is for a creative experience to be developed with the artist and the children attending Carmona Services together over the timeframe.
  • The active participation of the children will allow space for their voice and influence on the process.
  • To provide the brothers and sisters of children attending Carmona Services a creative and fun experience at some point during the commission timeline.
  • The commission is open to all art forms.

The commission fee is €23,000 

Deadline for application is Friday 16 December 2022 at 2pm.

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