Open Call for LK Shields AR Programme

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Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, Minister Josepha Madigan T.D and Emmet Scully, Managing Partner, LK Shields, at the announcement of the business participants in the match-funded AR Programme with Creative Ireland’s National Creativity Fund and Business to Arts, in the RHA Gallery. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Briefing document for theatre practitioners can be found here

LK Shields are a leading Irish corporate and commercial law firm with offices in Dublin and Galway, who are keen to develop a CSR strategy incorporating workplace culture, skills development and staff engagement, with the aim of assisting young adults to gain access to employment.

In 2019 – 2020, LK Shields will work with Business to Arts and the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund to create an artist-in-residence (performance artist) programme in the Galway area. During the programme, a combination of performance-based and education-based workshops will be delivered to young adults in a community organisation or students in third-level education, to develop key skills.

It is anticipated the AR Programme will start in Autumn 2019, with a concluding showcase to be scheduled for Spring/Summer 2020.

The process of selecting a performance artist is twofold:

1) Open Call application (June/July 2019).

2) Interview with shortlisted Performance Artists, with interview panel comprising representatives of LK Shields, Business to Arts, and others as appropriate (July/August 2019 – date to be confirmed).

To submit your application, please complete the application form (below), and return with a supporting PDF of less than 5 pages in length and no larger than 10MB, to by 5pm, Friday 12th July 2019.

Shortlisted Performance Artists will be contacted in summer 2019, with a view to a short interview.  The selected Performance Artists will be announced at the beginning of August 2019.

Full information on the application process can be found here in the briefing document.

The application form as a Word document can be found here.

For any queries, please contact


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