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Youth Art News October 2017

Update from the Youth Arts Programme

Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme - Funding Awarded

The Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme is managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland on behalf of the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs by whom it is jointly funded.

The scheme is designed to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and (where relevant) arts organisations. A residency may take the form of an artist in residence in a youth work setting and/or a youth group in residence in an arts setting.

13 projects have been funded through the scheme for 2017/18 after a recent application process. The total number of applications to the scheme was 71 and the total requested funding was €194,000 demonstrating the range, quality and appetite for youth arts projects in non formal settings nationwide. 

Request for Expressions of Interest: Training Needs Assessment NYCI Youth Arts Programme

The NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme is strategic partnership of The National Youth Council of Ireland, The Arts Council and The Dept of Children and Youth Affairs.

The programme’s vision is An Ireland where all young people can take part in excellent youth arts practice which is life enhancing. Its mission is dedicated to the development and advancement of youth arts which supports young people living in Ireland to realise their potential through participation in high quality youth-centred arts practice within youth work organisations and the non-formal education sector.

The programme recently conducted a strategic review and informed by this, developed a strategic plan for the period 2018-2020. As part of this new plan, the programme now seeks to conduct a rapid needs assessment of training and development needs in youth arts provision in non-formal education. 

Tenders are sought Tuesday, 10th October  2017 – Friday 27th October 2017. Closing Date for receipt of expressions of interest: Friday, 27th October2017.Tender will be awarded by Friday Week of 6th November 2017with a view to a meeting with the Youth Arts Programme the following week. Work to begin in November2017 and completed by end February 2018.

Briefing document and further details are available from Anne O Gorman

NUI Certificate in Youth Arts Now Recruiting Applications!

The Certificate in Youth Arts is a part time programme of study in Irish Youth Arts Practice, which takes place over 100 contact hours over 6 2-3 day blocks between October and June. The programme is a partnership initiative of Maynooth University and the National Youth Council of Ireland Arts Programme and leads to an award of the National University of Ireland, placed at Level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework.

The Certificate in Youth Arts aims to introduce those working in the non-formal education sector to the concepts, principles and practice of youth arts using a context and practice approach.

 “The course gave me space and time, along with a new vocabulary to think about and therefore understand what youth arts means to me and what it means for society. This increased understanding allowed me to return to my work armed with renewed motivation, new and important contacts, increased policy and sector knowledge and a fired up imagination.”

Brochure, application form and further details at


News from NYCI

National Youth Work Showcase

NYCI was delighted with the success of the National Youth Work Showcase at the Mansion House, Dublin on 27th September last, and so we'd like to say a big thank you to so many of you who helped it go so well in so many ways.

Thanks first of all to the over 350 young people from every constituency in Ireland that came to share their stories of how #YouthWorkChangesLives and to the 95 TDs and Senators who came to hear what they do and the benefits for their communities.

Thanks to those of you who liked, shared and retweeted #YouthWorkChangesLives with 2,241 posts reaching 1.5m to keep it trending on Twitter.

Thanks to the young people who spoke to Brian Lally of RTE Drivetime so powerfully at the event.

Thanks our young performers in the wonderful images of the event that were featured across the main papers the following day. Alongside Snapchat sensation James Kavanagh and our young MC and DJ they helped electrify the atmosphere on the day!

If you missed out, or want to look back at the audio, video and images from the day, including an exclusive interview with Katherine Zappone TD, sharing her thoughts on how #YouthWorkChangesLives head over to

We'll be working with local media and public representatives to continue to highlight the message that #YouthWorkChangesLives and look forward to working with you again,



Commission with The Grainstore, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown's Youth Arts Facility

Commission with the Grainstore, dlr's Youth Arts Facility

Applications are invited for a commission for the creation of new artwork connected to the Grainstore, dlr’s Youth Arts Facility located at Cabinteely Park.  The budget for the commission is €20,000 inclusive. We are looking for an artist(s) or organisation with experience of working collaboratively and a flexible approach towards working with young people. We are open to a broad range of artistic disciplines, including visual arts, film, animation, digital arts, performing arts, sound art. The selected artist(s) should engage directly with young people from the area. A site visit will take place at 11.00am on Friday 6 October for interested applicants.  The closing date for submissions is Thursday 2 November at 5.00 pm.See the full brief for details on how to apply.


Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme – Open for Applications

The Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme  is designed to support youth work activities at a local level and  these grants are made available to all youth clubs and groups through local ETBs for the purchase of equipment.

Under the scheme, funding is provided to youth organisations based on the following criteria:

Their aims, objectives and practices are within the terms of the philosophy and goals of voluntary youth work organisations.
They operate planned and ongoing programmes, activities and services for young people, centred mainly upon developing the experiences and opportunities of young people.
They are national or major regional organisations.
The organisation should be democratic in structure, self-managing and autonomous and must provide for the meaningful participation and involvement by young people at all levels.

To apply, contact your local ETB Youth Officer.  A list of ETB Youth Officers nationwide is provided on in the resources section.

Closing date: 20th October 2017 

Recruiting for a Marketing and Communications Officer

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras is recruiting for a Marketing and Communications Officer to work at our office in Cork City. This is an opportunity for the successful candidate to contribute to the development of youth orchestras and youth music throughout Ireland with a wide, but manageable, portfolio of activity to a variety of stakeholders and the general public.

Application Deadline: Monday, 16 October 2017 at 5pm

Find out more at the IAYO website.

Offaly County Council Youth Arts Researcher

Offaly County Council wishes to engage a qualified researcher with a youth arts background to examine current and potential arts provision for young people within Offaly, and recommend a framework, with timelines, for developing and implementing a new strategic approach for young people’s arts provision in the county over the coming five years

Further information can be obtained from



News from the Youth Arts Sector

Complex Youth Theatre Recruiting New Members

IT'S NOT TOO LATE! Complex Youth Theatre have some places left this year! If you couldn't make it to the recruitment workshop last weekend, don't panic! If you're aged between 14-19 and have an interest in all aspects of drama and are free on Sundays from 11am to 1pm, contact Anthony on 0866065710 or or Killian on 0879332843 or for more information. Check out this video to see what CYT is all about.  

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