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NUI Certificate in Youth Arts 2015/16 -Closing Date for Applications Approaching

Certificate in Youth Arts Open for Applications -DEADLINE APPROACHING

Certificate in Youth Arts - Open for Applications

NYCI Arts Programme is delighted to welcome applications for the NUI Certificate in Youth Arts.

The Certificate in Youth Arts is a part time programme of study in Irish Youth Arts Practice, with 6 modules covered over 12 contact days between October and June (with additional  independent study and project work by the student.) 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.

Full prospectus, application form and frequently asked questions are available on 

Alternatively, you can contact Anne O Gorman on 01 4255932 or

Closing date for applications is Friday, 2nd October 2015.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Youth Arts Advocacy and Leadership Training - DEADLINE APPROACHING

NYCI Announces New Youth Arts Advocacy and Leadership Training - DEADLINE APPROACHING!

NYCI is delighted to announce details of a new initiative supporting young people to celebrate and advocate for youth arts activity and provision in their local area.

Is there a burning youth arts issue in your community (you need a new home for your group, you’d like to be able to welcome more new members, there’s no group nearby – or maybe you just want to celebrate and tell everyone about the great work your group does!)  We have the youth leadership project for you!

 Using NYCI’s advocacy expertise across a range of issues affecting young people for many years, and the experience of successfully hosting the National Youth Arts Showcase,  The National Youth Council of Ireland invites applications from 3-4 young people plus a leader, to take part in youth advocacy/leadership training.

This training will take place over 2 days in Dublin include a number of expert inputs on how decisions in Ireland are made, communications and working with the media, working with elected representatives and using your voice to promote your message. 

There will also be opportunities for young people to continue to work with NYCI on other advocacy events in the run up to the General Election (for example in the past young people have presented their experiences of being part of arts projects to Joint Oireachtas Committees, met with relevant ministers etc).

Aswell as meeting experts in their field and exploring youth leadership and advocacy, participants of past showcases have very much enjoyed the residential social element of meeting and making friends with young people from other youth arts projects.

Application forms and further details are available at


Culture 2025 Submissions -Deadline Approaching

Reminder: Culture 2025 seeking submissions - DEADLINE 30th SEPTEMBER

Discussion Paper on Ireland's First National Cultural Policy Published

The Dept of Arts, Heritage and The Gaeltacht has published a discussion paper which aims to set the narrative for the formation of Culture 2025.  Culture 2025 will be Ireland’s first National Cultural Policy, setting out high-level aims for the next decade. “Culture 2025 will reflect the important role that culture plays in our daily lives and will help to integrate cultural policy within broader social and economic goals. It will explore how culture can contribute to building an inclusive society, provide avenues for expression for our citizens, drive innovation and contribute to our societal growth and economic wellbeing”.

The aim is to have a national discourse on the role of culture in modern multicultural Ireland and what should be done to foster and develop it. This consultation process will inform and underpin the first ever National Cultural Policy – Culture 2025 – which will clearly articulate the important role of culture in our country and which will set out a road map for what we want to achieve in the cultural sector for the next 10 years leading up to 2025.

It presents an opportunity for everyone to contribute to the development of the National Cultural Policy. Those working in the youth, youth arts and community arts settings may be particularly interested in making submissions on the following questions posed by the paper:

How demands for public investment should be prioritised

How we can improve access to culture in areas of social exclusion or disadvantage

How can culture be used to break down barriers of exclusion or disadvantage

How should Culture 2025 address the(se) issues of (young and old and people with disabilities).  

“Your comments on this paper will assist in shaping a 10-year policy to ensure our culture contributes to a better and more sustainable future for all. As we prepare for the Ireland 2016 Commemorations, we will remember how the cultural revival informed the motivations of those who sought to build a new Ireland 100 years ago. Now is the perfect time, therefore, to consider the place of culture in Ireland as we prepare for the next 100 years.”

 You can read the discussion document in full at

You can sign up to attend a consultation meeting here:

Minister Humphreys announces extension to submission deadline for Culture 2025

Minister Humphreys announces extension to submission deadline for Culture 2025

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Thursday) announced that she is extending the deadline for submissions on Culture 2025, Ireland’s first national cultural policy. Minister Humphreys launched a discussion document and a public consultation process on the development of the policy in August.

The deadline for submissions to the Department in respect to the Culture 2025 discussion document is now being extended to 31st October 2015. A series of public consultation meetings are being held across the country over the next month.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“I am keen to facilitate as much discussion as possible in relation to the development of Culture 2025, while also ensuring we stick to a prompt timeframe for the publication of the final policy. I am particularly eager to hear from local arts organisations and the many stakeholders involved across our arts and cultural sectors throughout the country.

“Following initial feedback, I have decided to extend the submission deadline to the end of October. The consultation process is being facilitated through a series of regional meetings and people can also make submissions online through my Department’s website.”

The first of the public consultation meetings was held in Cavan Town Hall on 15th September and catered for Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Longford, Westmeath and Donegal. Further meetings are being held in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny and Dublin between now and the middle of October.

The final policy document to emerge from this process will be submitted for the approval of Government and it is envisaged that the new policy will be published in the first half of 2016.


 Media queries:

Press and Information Office

Tel: 087 6737338 / (01) 631 3807 / 3838 / 3848 (direct)


Web site:

Twitter: @DeptAHG

 Note to Editors:

The Culture 2025 discussion document can be found at

Submissions may be emailed to or in writing to:

Culture 2025,
Cultural Institutions Unit
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
New Road,

Co. Kerry

 The public meetings are as follows:
Cavan, Town Hall – 15th September 2015.
Cork, City Hall: – 25th September 2015.
Galway, Town Hall Theatre – 2nd October 2015.
Limerick, Hunt Museum – 8th October 2015.
Kilkenny, Parade Tower – 13th October 2015, 2.30pm-5pm (please note updated venue)
Dublin, Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham (Irish Museum of Modern Art) – Monday 19th October.

To register for an event, please click here as places may be limited.

Young Irish Film Maker Scholarship opportunity in association with the Irish Youth Foundation

Young Irish Film Maker Scholarship opportunity in association with the Irish Youth Foundation
Young Irish Film Maker Scholarships for the National Youth Film School
**Closing date for applications Friday June 1st 2017 at 5pm**

The Irish Film Board are funding 5 scholarship placements for the National Youth Film School 2017, a 10 day residential film camp in Kilkenny. The idea is to create access for young people who might otherwise be excluded from attending the National Youth Film School.

This is a unique opportunity for any young person (16-19yrs) planning a career or college placement in Film or Television. Interactive workshops in all aspects of film making, from writing to lighting, production to editing, all with experts in the field. This coupled with the experience of working on a professional film crew is not to be missed. The final films will premiere in front of an industry audience in the autumn to showcase the young talent.

Project descriptor:
This 10 Day Residential Film Camp (Kilkenny, 14-24 August 2017) will accommodate young filmmakers from all over Ireland to immerse them in the world of film making with practical training workshops, intensive shooting days and long hours in the edit suite. The course will include script to screen training and mentorship through every step of the film making process. It will facilitate the students to actively learn the skills and job roles involved in pre production, the shoot and final edits. Portfolio workshops will also be hosted at The National Film School in IADT for students who are preparing to apply for college to study film, television or broadcast media. These unique workshops will provide students with the tools they need to present their work in a portfolio format.

● 5 x Scholarship placements
● Young people with a passion for film making who may have financial restrictions in attaining a place on the residential programme
● Candidates chosen will represent a geographical spread across Ireland

● This bursary must be creating access for a young person who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend the National Youth Film School
● Person must be available to attend the film camp from 14-24 August 2017 in Kilkenny (Travel, accommodation & spending money will be included in scholarship funds)
● Applicants must be aged between 16-19 years
● Funds can not be released directly to a young persons bank account. The Irish Youth Foundation will release a grant to Young Irish Film Makers and they will release funds to the young person for travel and spending money.
● Successful applicants will be required to provide a reference such as a Youth Worker, Community Worker or Teacher.

Application Process:
● June 1st 2017: Online applications close
● June 23rd 2017:Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a phone interview
● July 5th 2017: 5 Scholarships will be confirmed
● Any queries in relation to the application process may be submitted to

Further information from - or call and ask for Garry!

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