Opportunities for Artists at Cork Midsummer Festival

Opportunities for Artists at Cork Midsummer Festival

Cork Midsummer Festival is delighted to announce the call out for applications for exciting opportunities for artists.

Create a new Midsummer Moment in our Midsummer Commission; become the next recipient of the Jane Anne Rothwell Award; or engage in a Creative Enquiry with young Travellers and their families

Applications are also now open for MAKE, an artist development programme and residency initiative of CMF, Dublin Fringe, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum.

Read on to find out more:



Midsummer Commission

As we approach the shortest days of Midwinter, we’re already looking forward to the longest days of Midsummer! We’re dreaming of and planning the celebrations to come.

We’re inviting proposals from artists based in Ireland working in any art form, which may involve collaborating with artists from other disciplines, to create a brand-new Midsummer Moment for the Festival.

A commission of up to €10,000 is available to develop and deliver this event as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. The deadline for proposals is 5.30pm, Thursday 10 December - for more information, and details on how to apply, click here.



Jane Anne Rothwell Award

The Festival is delighted to launch the second Open Call for the Jane Anne Rothwell Award. The Jane Anne Rothwell Award is a prize of €5,000 awarded annually to an emerging artist – either from Cork, or based in Cork – working in any discipline, who identifies as female. Jane Anne Rothwell was the inspirational Chair of Cork Midsummer Festival from 2013 – 2018. A leading figure in Cork’s legal and business community, Jane Anne was an incredible mentor to, and champion of, women in the arts.

The successful applicant will be will be awarded €5,000 to realize an event as part of the 2021 or 2022 Cork Midsummer Festival, as appropriate. The deadline for applications is Thursday 10 December - for more information, and details on how to apply, click here.



Artist Residency & Creative Enquiry
Traveller Children (and families) Engagement Project


Cork Midsummer Festival and Springboard, a community based family support project that strives to ensure positive outcomes for children, are collaborating to deliver an Artist in Residency and Creative Enquiry with young Traveller children and their families, exploring the relationship between cultural identity and cultural engagement.

We are delighted to invite applications from experienced participatory artists with a focus on user-led methods or a rights-based approach to their practice, and particularly welcome applications from artists from black or ethnic minorities, including artists from a Traveller background.

The successful artist will receive a fee of €10,000 plus expenses, and will be available to carry out their Artist in Residency and Creative Enquiry between February until July 2021, involving a series of regular workshops taking place in Cork city and a public event as part of Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2021.

The deadline for applications is 4pm, Tuesday 22 December - for more information, and details on how to apply, click here.



MAKE artist development programme and residency

An initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum, open to artists for the purpose of generating new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model at all career levels.

The 12th MAKE residency will run from 11 – 15 January 2021. Like many things this year, MAKE will be different. Since the much loved group residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre is impossible due to ongoing public health restrictions, this edition of MAKE will be reconfigured to provide valuable time and focus for performance makers, wherever they are. International mentors will be on hand with support, provocation and guidance via digital channels. The programme will offer a one-week artist fee, peer support and mentorship to develop theatre and performance projects, working individually or in collaboration with other artists. Groups of up to three artists are welcome to apply. The programme will be configured in response to the participating artists’ needs to support them to work safely at home or, where necessary and possible, in a local studio in line with public health guidelines at the time.

The deadline for applications is 6pm, 30 November - for more information, including details on how to apply, visit the Theatre Forum website by clicking here.