When advertising and promoting opportunities for new commissions it is recommended to link into relevant artform resource agencies and professional associations and networks. This is the most efficient and cost effective way of reaching the artistic sector. 

Many of these organisations will have extensive mailing lists and disseminate information through e-bulletins. Some resource agencies, such as Visual Artists Ireland, Theatre Forum and Dance Ireland are membership organisations and will act in support of their membership. 

It is advisable to give a good lead-in time for advertising - allowing plenty of time before deadline submission dates. A minimum of six weeks is always recommended.

There is a great range of knowledge and information on best practice available on artists' resource agencies. See their websites below.

Contemporary Music Centre: Ireland's national archive and resource centre for new music

CREATE: The national development agency for collaborative arts

Dance Ireland: The representative body for professional dance in Ireland

Film Base: Non-for-profit resource centre for filmmakers

National Sculpture Factory: National resource organisation for visual artists

Poetry Ireland: National organisation dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting poetry throughout Ireland

Theatre Forum: The voice of professional theatre and the performing arts in Ireland

Visual Arts Ireland: National organisation for professional visual artists.

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Commission Call Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

16 August 2017

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, invite proposals for a commission focusing on the creation of new work through...More..

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Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.

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