Waterford City & Council | MURALS FOR COMMUNITIES

Mural in Waterford Cultural Quarter by Yasja Ligtelijn (Herleen) for Murals for Communities Project, 2019. 

The Murals for Communities project explores the potentials of mural arts as a tool for Community Engagement by creating mural art works with community involvement. The project seeks to expand the careers of mural artists within the European cultural scene. The lead partner is Waterford City & Council / Waterford Walls with the two other partners being Heerlen, The Netherlands and Kaunas, Lithuania. Waterford Walls is lead partner on the Creative Europe Murals for Communities initiative that will build engagement with under-represented communities. 

The Ark, Dublin | PUSH+

PUSH+ Failure Lab, Hasselt Sept 2019 Photo by Jassy Earl

PUSH+ is led by Imaginate, Scotland alongside AabenDans, Denmark; Krokusfestival, Belgium; Scenekunstbruket, Norway; The Ark, Ireland; and associate partner, Bangkok International children's Festival, Thailand. The project will stimulate European dialogue and initiate new artistic ideas and performances around three topics in performance for young audiences - Home, Failure and Different Bodies.


Galway Community Circus will work with partners Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles; The Serious Road Trip, România Şcoala de Circ and Université libre de Bruxelles over three years on Wires Crossed. They will develop funambulism in Europe and provide opportunities for Irish artists and communities in partnership with the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 programme


Galway Lab Digital Practices Showings, May 2019, Galway. 

The Make a Move project objective is to contribute to the revitalization of European theatre by mobilizing the unutilized creative and innovative potential of non-institutionalised and independent theatre practices, such as physical theatre, corporeal mime and improvisational theatre. The main partners of the project are the Galway Theatre Festival, IrelandInstitute of Arts Barcelona, Spain and th, University of Arts Targu-Mures, Romania. The project will identify at least 5 new cooperation opportunities and initiate applications to sources of funding producing a target of theatre productions for display at European Capital of Culture occasions in Rijeka, Croatia and Galway, Ireland.


Crane M3 in the Gdańsk Shipyard

Memory of Water Memory of Water (2018-2020) is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of community development and urban planning. Over two years, the participating partners from six countries will collaborate on twenty-three interconnected activities including four City Labs, six international residencies, and a filmed documentary. Memory of Water is led by Swedish partner Intercult with Stad Ostend in Belgium, the Municipality of Levadia in Greece, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury in Poland, Fablevision in Scotland, and Ormston House in Ireland.


Funded by Creative Europe, Jazz Connective is a collaborative EU project between different European actors built to strengthen jazz artistic scenes. It's composed of promoters and producers, musicians and professionals who will explore these issues on a European scale and in several European cities. Improvised Music Company (IMC), the Irish partner, will celebrate contemporary improvisers at a 2-day festival of creative interplay at Project Arts Centre on 11th and 12th December


Cultural Adaptations will run from October 2018 to March 2021 led by Creative Carbon Scotland. The project will focus on culture’s role in society’s adaptation to climate change and on issues that cultural organisations themselves need to think about. Four cultural organisations including Irish partner, Axis Ballymun, will explore collaboratively how this approach can work in countries with similar climate challenges but differing socio-political frameworks. Each Cultural Partner is working with a local Adaptation Partner on the project:


[Smashing Times; Legends of the Great Birth Céili Dancing & original storytelling performance, 2019]

Smashing Times (Ireland) are one of seven partners involved in Legend of the Great Birth, a European cooperation project funded by Creative Europe and implemented in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Legend of the Great Birth is a Creative Europe transnational project that explores, through the use of performance, a common European mythological heritage - the Myth of Creation. 

The project has resulted in the creation of an original theatre performance, created with input from all project partners, and based on the theme of the ‘creation myth’ or ‘legends of creation’ from each partner country. Smashing Times were delighted to present a spectacular Legends of the Great Birth Céili Dancing and original Storytelling performance at the City of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration Festival which was held on 20 December 2019 at TU Dublin Grangegorman campus and attended by over two hundred people. 


Imagining Sustainable Glass Network Europe (ISGNE) is a partnership between North Lands Creative, UK, Berlin Glas Germany, Ltd. Stikla Maja Latvia and National College of Art and Design Ireland funded through the Creative Europe Co-operation projects funding strand.

ISGNE supports artists, designers, curators and cultural workers working in the field of glass across Europe through the provision of mobility visits, residencies, exhibitions, professional transnational classes and audience development initiatives such as artist-led community workshops, symposiums and an annual forum.

ISGNE will run over four years from 2018 until May 2022 and will also look to make the medium of glass more accessible to a non-arts audience, bringing to the fore a wider public debate on the sustainability of contemporary glass by a programme of ambitious and unique experiences.

FUSION | LIT Limerick School of Art & Design

FUSION (Fashion Up-Skilling; Innovation Open Network) is an international partnership project that will offer designers/makers training in digital fabrication skills and co-designing methodologies towards the development of bespoke products, across fashion, textiles and wearables for active ageing citizens. Active ageing aims to extend healthy life expectancy and quality of life for all people as they age. 

FUSION is delivered by four international partners:  Limerick School of Art & Design (Ireland), Crafts Council (UK), Polytechnic Institute of Cavado do Ave (Portugal) and Fondazione Santagata per L’Economia della Cultura (Italy) with the support of expert partners: DESIGN FACTORS (Ireland), Sligo IT (Ireland), Fab Lab Barcelona (Spain) and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. FUSIN will host a series of masterclasses, a short residency programme, networking events, a seminar, exhibition, thematic research mapping and the development of a business toolkit for selected artists. See here for current FUSION call for two Irish-based designers/makers for a PAID opportunity for training and a residency. 


An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny partner with lead team Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski (Poland) and other partners Parrabbola (UK), Cooltour Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Ratatam (Iceland) to explore concepts of borders, barriers and walls that separate people and places in the Shaking the Walls project. in 2019,  An Grianán Theatre produced an off-site, immersive presentation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, in partnership with Parrabbola Theatre Company. In 2020, the theatre’s writer in residence, Guy Le Jeune, will travel on to Gdańsk, Ostrava and Reykjavik, working with Parrabbola’s Director, Philip Parr, to create a new piece work that will be presented at the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre.

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children | MAPPING PROJECT

MAPPING project (2018 – 2022) will create a map of the aesthetics of performing arts for early years. Mapping is an artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, aged 0 to 6 years, through performing arts. As part of the project Irish partner, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, offered a Galway Doctoral Research Scholarship in Early Years Performance in 2019. MAPPING will encompass early years research, fieldwork, 19 festivals in 14 different cities; a co-production project resulting in 16 different productions; a Final Event (Spring 2022), hosting all the shows produced; and finally an illustrated Map and an Exhibition presented first at Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2022 and then in tour, and a book containing the illustrations of The Map by international artists. 


A Woman’s Work is a project that uses photography and digital media to address that deficit through artistic collaboration and exchange across borders, and the co-production of exhibitions, publications and online resources that challenge the dominant view of gender and industry in Europe. The project explores the shifting relationship between home and the workplace, and growth sectors such as the finance industry, media and telecommunications, where women’s work is being re-defined through technological developments and post-globalism. The Gallery of Photography, Dublin is the Irish partner is this projects which runs from 2018 - 2020.


  • 8 residency opportunities hosted by one or more of the project partners
  • Support for work to be included in curated exhibitions, online platforms and publications as part of the project
  • Participation in symposia and events, including opportunities to present work in progress
  • Contributions to the audiovisual archive created by the project.

Dublin Theatre Festival | BeSpectACTive!

In its first edition (2014-2018) and second edition (2018-2022), Be SpectACTive! will develop new models of co-creation involving artists, audiences and cultural organisations on an equal footing. BeSpectACTive! is an action-research and production-based project focused on the contemporary performing arts. The Irish partner in this project is Dublin Theatre Festival


Read Me I am Yours (2018 - 2020) sees Cúirt International Literature Festival partner with Vilenica International Literary Festival, Slovenia and the Festival of World Literature, Croatia. This partnership aims to create opportunities to promote cross-cultural understanding and dialogue with a focus on literature from lesser known linguistic regions. The project aims to facilitate greater access to literature and spoken word in minority languages and dialects by creating an online portal to share work produced as a result of authors’ exchanges, discussions, colloquiums and literary readings that will take place throughout 2019 and 2020. The project will hosts writers, critics, translators, cultural mediators in order to meet, exchange ideas and discuss plans for future projects. Exchanges and residencies will stimulate the mobility of people words and ideas as well as offer the professional opportunities to people working in the field of literature. Special programmes for children will raise new generations of readers and future decision makers. 

Previously Funded Projects


Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, partner meeting and end of year review with Artway of Thinking, San Servolo, Venice November 2015 Photo: Kilian Waters

CREATE, the national development agency for collaborative arts received €1.4m in 2014 to co-finance CAPP (Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme).  The overall goal of CAPP is to improve and open up opportunities for artists who are working collaboratively across Europe.  The project also seeks to develop new audiences by extending participation in the arts across Europe.  The programme involving partners in the UK, Hungary, Spain, Finland and Germany began in 2014 and will be delivered over a period of 46 months. The different strands consist of:  national and international professional development opportunities; artist residencies; commissioned works; public presentations, symposia and debates and a major showcase to be held in 2018.  

RUA RED SOUTH DUBLIN ARTS CENTRE - EUCIDA (European Connections in Digital Art

         Rua Red:  Glitch

Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre successfully secured funding in 2016 to lead a three year project EUCIDA (European Connections in Digital Art). In partnership with Espace Multimedia Gantner (France) and Luznavas Muizas (Latvia) they will develop supports for artists, curators and academics working in the fields of digital and new media art in Ireland and across Europe through provision of mobility visits, residencies, touring exhibitions, audience development initiatives and an online portal.  The EUCIDA project will run from July 2016 – December 2019 and will also look to make digital arts more accessible to a non-arts audience, bringing to the fore a wider public debate on arts and technology by a programme of ambitious and unique experiences.  The dedicated online platform will be a hub for contacts, activites, opportunities, research and sharings for the European Digital Arts Communty.  Participant calls for funded mobility visits and residencies will be released through the platform each year.


The Ark Cultural Centre for Children was successful in securing funding in 2016 as a partner in the PUSH: exploring identity, borders and ‘safety zones’ in theatre and dance for young audiences in Europe and beyond. A two year project working with five partners to ‘push’ and develop thinking, ideas and the artforms themselves through residential training labs and five festival visits for artists. Amongst the first activities for the Irish partner was the selection of two Irish artists to take part in a residential lab over 8 days in February 2017 in Edinburgh. Find out more about PUSH here.

LIMERICK CITY & COUNCIL - European Outdoor Art Academy School of Spectacle Training

Limerick City and County Council were successful in securing funding in 2016 for the European Outdoor Art Academy – School of Spectacle Training. Limerick based Fidget Feed/The Irish Aerial Creation Centre are involved in this exciting training school initiative designed to build skills that creative practitioners need for making outdoor arts events and civic celebrations. Led by UK company Walk the Plank and involving partners from Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania and Bulgaria, the school will involve hands on practical workshops and public events.  

DALKEY ARCHIVE PRESS IRELAND - Internationalising Eastern European Literatures

Dalkey Archive Press Ireland were selected for their project Internationalising Eastern European Literatures. Dalkey Archive Press received €60,000 under this funding strand to support the translation of ten works from the following ten countries: Serbia; Montenegro; Poland; Bulgaria; Slovakia; Croatia; Slovenia; Turkey; Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.The Dalkey Archive Press (named after Flann O’Brien’s novel, The Dalkey Archive) specialises in the publication and re-publication of high quality and out-of-print works, particularly modernist and postmodernist. A non-profit publisher, founded in 1984 by John O’Brien in Chicago, Dalkey Archive Press has well over 400 translations in print from 47 different countries. 


The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland is a funded partner in ‘MusXchange’ which is led by the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras.  The project focuses on fostering transnational mobility for pre-professional musicians in Europe. In the 2016/17 season, three NYOI musicians are participating in youth orchestra courses, free of charge, in Austria and Scotland.


Foras na Gaelige is as a partner in the literary project Other Words led by a Donostia Kultura from the Basque Country and involving others from Slovenia, Macedonia and Friesland.  The project aims to establish a network of creative placements for European writers in small and minority languages. The writers focus on issues connected to minority languages and connected with the local communities through public events.  The project will run during the period 2016-2019. Read more about the project here.

FIRST FORTNIGHT - NEFLE project (Networking European Festivals for Mental Life Enhancement)

First Fortnight Festival is part of the NEFLE project (Networking European Festivals for Mental Life Enhancement) which has brought together give European arts organisations working in the field of arts and mental health.  The first European Art Festival for Mental Health took place in October 2016 in Athens, Greece and included art exhibitions, film screenings, theatrical performances, photo exhibitions, workshops, music events and open discussions involving participants from 23 countries including Irish performers and artists. There was a special Irish day of events in the festival that included the musician VerseChorusverse, Frank Berry's film 'I Used To Live Here' and work by visual artist Sinead McDonald. You can find out more here.


National College of Art and Design (NCAD) is a partner in In Public, In Particular. This project aims to develop and promote participatory art methods and situation specific art among European audiences.  Each partner has chosen a specific street in their city (in Dublin it is Thomas Street) and focuses on the people, services, history and phenomena of those streets.  Local enterprises, public offices, libraries and NGOs are invited to cooperative workshops to plan, implement and estimate selected situation specific artworks with the artists and art students.  NCAD are about to enter the second phase of their involvement in late January / early February 2017 with a series of workshops for students. Read more about the overall project here.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND & UCD - CEMEC (Connecting Early Medieval European Collections)

National Museum of Ireland and UCD are involved in the CEMEC (Connecting Early Medieval European Collections) project. This initiative is developing a network and cost-effective business model between eight European museum collections and six technical partners.  Drawing on objects from participating museum collections, the project will produce ‘CROSSROADS’, a travelling exhibition focusing on connectivity and cultural exchange during the Early Middle Ages (300-1000) in Europe.  Read more here.


Aoife van Linden Tol (IE) will be the first artist-inresidence hosted jointly by Ars Electronica and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Aoife van Linden Tol (IE) will be the first artist-in-residence hosted jointly by Ars Electronica and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Science Gallery (Trinity College) is a partner in the European Digital Art & Science Network. EASTN aims at supporting creation and artistic exchanges, promoting European digital creation to the general public and more generally at building an active, enduring, widening and recognised community. Through it, several areas of artistic creation are already represented: music, animation, multi-sensory arts, architecture, fine arts, and graphic communication.

Irish media artist Aoife van Linden Tol will be the first artist-in-residence hosted jointly by Ars Electronica and the European Space Agency (ESA).  Aoife will work together with ESA scientists and experience the landing of the Rosetta Space Probe or the ExoMars Mission live on site at the European Space Research and Technology Centre. Following this she’ll spend a month in Linz at Ars Electronica’s Futurelab where she will develop work inspired by her visit to the ESA. Read more here.

University of Limerick (School of Architecture) - Artist-Maker Labs

University of Limerick (School of Architecture) are a partner in Future Artist-Maker Labs. The project which also involves a Spanish partner is led by the Nerve Centre, Derry. The project has involved Artist-Maker residencies, a community creative support programme, a travelling exhibition and student-maker bootcamps. Read more here.

Baboro - small Size Early Years

Baboro is a partner in the Small Size Early Years project which aims to promote the dissemination of quality performing arts experiences for young children aged 0-6 yrs. The project has 17 partners from 15 European countries and includes professional development and a website including Learning Platforms, books and papers and a final event in Galway in Spring 2018 which will showcase the 15 new Early Years productions. Find out more here.

Dublinia & Waterford Treasures at the Granary - Follow the Vikings

Follow the Vikings

Dublinia together with Waterford Treasures at the Granary are partners in Follow the Vikings. The objective of the Follow the Vikings project is to make the transnational Viking heritage accessible and understandable to a world-wide audience. This will contribute to maintaining and developing Europe as the No. 1 Global Heritage Tourism Destination. It will boost local economies and local employment and, through the networking activities, will help knowledge transfer and quality improvement at heritage sites throughout Europe. The project runs up to 31st June 2019 and activities include Viking road shows, one of which is due to happen in Ireland in 2017. Read more here.

PhotoIreland Festival - ‘Flaneur' New urban narratives

Photo Ireland Festival ‘Flaneur – New urban narratives’

PhotoIreland Festival is a partner in ‘Flaneur – New Urban Narratives’ which involves European festivals and programmes and aims to create a European network and a framework for the research of photographers who work within urban territory. The Irish element of the project took place in Dublin during July 2016. Find out more here.

Crawford College of Art & Design is a partner in Trans national Creative Exchange

Crawford College of Art & Design is a partner in Trans national Creative Exchange,  an international platform supporting the most exciting, emerging talent from Europe and China. In March 2016 Crawford hosted partners from Netherlands, France and UK at ‘innovation week.’ A series of themes related to innovation in creative industries were explored such as ‘how creative practitioners manage to carve out an innovative portfolio career.’ Read more about the whole project here.

Dublin Dance Festival - aerowaves European Dance Platform

Dublin Dance Festival is a partner in the Aerowaves European Dance Platform. Aerowaves is a hub for dance discovery in Europe. They identify the most promising new work by emerging dance artists and then promote it through cross-border performances. Aerowaves’ network of partners in 33 countries enables these younger choreographers to bring brand new dance to brand new audiences.

Galway Arts Centre & Cúirt - Sharing the Wor(l)d


Galway Arts Centre and Cúirt are involved in their third EU transnational project of recent times with Sharing the Wor(l)d. Together with partners from Croatia and Slovenia they have built a fruitful alliance sharing resources, expertise and ideas, to reinforce the role of literary festivals and build audiences. The project aims to develop a shared approach to ascertaining the needs of readers in the digital era and includes live streaming events to partner festivals, writers in residence, and a mini touring book fair.  

The Design & Crafts Council - Ceramics and its Dimensions

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland is a partner in Ceramics and its Dimensions, an innovative project encompassing all facets of ceramics and uniting Europe under its wide umbrella. The project brings museums, universities, and research institutes together to provide an integral view of ceramics past, present and future and, last but not least, harness all manner of internal and external communication to shed light on the dawn of ceramics: European ceramics – a material with tradition for the world of tomorrow.  Read more here.

Limerick Institute of Technology & Limerick City Art Gallery - SYMBOLS 

Limerick Institute of Technology and Limerick City Art Gallery have been involved in the project SYMBOLS – a joint project of 6 partners across Europe.  The general aim was to strengthen the knowledge and public awareness of cemeteries and funerary arts as an important part of European cultural heritage and memory.  During the Symbols project, Limerick artists, musicians and dancers, Gemma Dardis, Mary O’Dea, Jennifer Brown and Hannah Fahey took part in two residencies responding to the theme of the symbols found in cemeteries. 

Students from the printmaking department of LSAD responded to the historic Limerick cemeteries of Mount St. Lawrence and St. John’s.  Work created as part of the project was showcased in an exhibition in Limerick Art Gallery.  Read more about this project here. Watch Limerick artist Mary O'Dea speak about her residency when Symbols was featured in the Cultural Heritage section of the Creative Europe Showcase event in Brussels in October 2016.