Opportunities | 11 June 2021

Open Call for Creative Residency in Sport - now closed

Photo: Ruth Medjber

Photo: Ruth Medjber

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Dublin City Council Culture Company, in partnership with Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership, invite applications from artists to spend eight months ‘in residence’ with a designated sports club in the city

Closing date for applications: 14 July 2021

About this call

Update: This opportunity is now closed.

Made by Dublin City Council Culture Company, the Creative Residency programme creates partnerships to try out ideas, test new approaches and add to the cultural story of the city. Creative Residencies encourage makers and experts to pilot new partnerships with organisations. By bringing creative people and organisations together, and by connecting through culture and conversation, we will develop and share new ways of working.

The Creative Residency in Sport is a new and exciting partnership between the Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership and Dublin City Council Culture Company. Through the residency, the selected artists will be encouraged to explore the theme of art and sport, with reference to a designated local sports club, and to create a final (permanent or temporary) creative work for public presentation at the end of the residency.

The artists will also have the support of an Advisory Group and a network of fellow artists, creative producers, sports officers and sports professionals. Built into the residency is the opportunity to share practice, avail of peer meet-ups and learning opportunities and engage new audiences.

Award brief

Sport and art can be transformative experiences, creating spaces where people connect, grow and relate. Both bring positive impacts for the city in improving health and wellbeing.

Yet there is relatively little space where sport and art can be meaningfully explored together. By creating this space we can work together to open up new ways to access, engage with and understand sport and art.

The Creative Residency in Sport will provide opportunity for up to five artists to work collaboratively with a prescribed sports club, its members and wider club community, to create and present new work which explores the theme of art and sport. Areas of interest may include for example; connection and participation, stereotypes and identity, and the role of creativity in sport. All formats and all art forms are eligible.

The residency will be managed by Dublin City Council Culture Company and overseen by an Advisory Group comprising representatives from Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership, the identified sports clubs, and Dublin City Council Culture Company.

Each selected artist will be offered a Contract for Service with a fee of up to €12,000 to cover time spent working on the residency, including development, studio time, preparation, contact time and admin. The working pattern and programme of work will be agreed with the successful applicants. Additional funds may be allocated to cover the cost of materials and production, for the creation of artworks or other residency outputs, as agreed with the Culture Company.

Key criteria

We ask that applicants:

  • Be available for the timelines as indicated in this open call.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of, and interest in, the theme of art and sport.
  • Seek to create new work with a direct reference to sport and art.
  • Focus on an exploration of a designated sports club and its place in the city, from the inside out and the outside in.
  • Create a context in which discussion by the public about art and sport can happen.
  • Provide updates and reporting from the process (templates and guidelines provided).
  • Work in line with best practice and Dublin City Council Culture Company Child Protection, Data Protection, and Health and Safety policies.

Who is eligible to apply?

Artists based in Ireland, with a proven track record of working creatively and collaboratively, are eligible.

The residency is open to any medium (architecture, circus, crafts, dance, digital media, film, movement, music, spectacle, theatre, writing, visual art, as well as multi-disciplinary practice and design of all kinds).

The artist must be available to commence and undertake the Creative Residency from approximately 20th September 2021 to 13th May 2022.


In order to make the best case for why you should receive the Creative Residency Award, you should give careful consideration to what you include in your proposal and follow the instructions set out below. Applications should be made via our online form only at

You will need to prepare four documents, along with examples of previous work, to be uploaded when submitting your application. Details of each document required can be found in the open call document, which can be downloaded below.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 14 July 2021. Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.


Queries in advance should be sent by email, no later than 9 July, to