Ignition Open Call: Development of Artist


What is Ignition?

This is the first year of Ignition, an initiative from Dance Ireland and Dublin Circus Project designed to provide an incubation opportunity for Ireland-based emerging circus maker(s), creators, collectives, national performing arts companies  who are focusing on developing their practice.  Ignition is a enhanced, fully resourced, 2-week residency at Dublin Circus Project in April 2019 with exclusive use of our Dance Studio and shared access to main space.  Ignition supports a model where artists are valued and paid and where makers receive the support and resources they need in a creative process to experiment, develop and work collaboratively.

To achieve this, Dublin Circus Project, funded by the Arts Council, is offering a variety of supports which includes access to a rigging technician, a €1,200 award which covers artists’ fees and expenses and a €2000 award which covers the expense of working with a mentor.  In addition, Dance Ireland will offer in-kind supports such as advice, administration and documentation.  The artist will also engage with the circus community and other segments of the non-circus community as relevant to their practice while they are in residence at Dublin Circus Project.

Who is Ignition for?
Ignition will focus on makers who require a nuanced and resourced environment in order to realise their potential, especially when the work under development involves a cast and collaborators.  This opportunity is aimed at makers who need time and space to work with a mentor in developing a specific skill or expertise. 

What to expect from Ignition
Ignition can be used to resource a transition period for a maker, which would not otherwise be possible.  Ignition is an investment from Dance Ireland and Dublin Circus Project in risk and exploration.  Ignition is not necessarily for the creation of a fully developed work for performance.

How to apply for Ignition
To apply, please fill out the application form and provisional budget.  Please keep in mind the application guidelines (below) and the overall aims of Ignition as laid out above when filling in your application.  Further questions can be posed by email to ignition@dublincircusproject.com

The call is open from 01 December 2018 and will close at 12 midday on 03 January 2019.

Please submit your application via the online application form here and send your supporting documentation to ignition@dublincircusproject.com, subject name” Ignition Application”.  A static version of the form can be downloaded here. Late submissions will be not be considered.

Application and assessment criteria:

  • You must be a current Dublin Circus Project member.
  • Proposals will be shortlisted by the Dance Ireland and Dublin Circus Project executive.
  • Shortlisted proposals will be considered by a panel comprised of Dublin Circus Project Board, Dance Ireland Board, and externals.  This panel may choose to meet with shortlisted applicants as part of the consideration process.
  • Decisions will be communicated by mid-February 2019.
  • Feedback is an important part of sector development.  Feedback meetings on applications will be facilitated by Dublin Circus Project and Dance Ireland Executive on request from March 2019.

Application Guidelines

  1. The dates for Ignition  to be undertaken in the Dublin Circus Project dance studio and main space are set to be undertaken for Two weeks between 01st April and 14th April 2019.  Applicants should be available to use the studio provided during these dates.  The studio is available whole-time for these two weeks.  Whole-time means you will have a key and access to the studio space 24 hours and the main space outside of class times and you do not need to strike props, set or equipment in the studio room until the end of the residency. 
  2.  Please include a detailed, realistic budget which matches your proposal in Excel format.
  3. We cannot fund a capital gain or investment for the artist.  However, if specific equipment is required for the residency we can explore buying the equipment for Dublin Circus Project for use in the future by other members.
  4. Please be specific and realistic about your needs from Dublin Circus Project in terms of administrative support, whether the needs could be accommodated within the existing team or if we would need to allocate part of the budget for an additional person to cover those needs.
  5. You should include samples of previous work.  This work does not have to be dance or circus work – the most important aspect is that you were the creator and/or director.
  6. Video links should be YouTube or Vimeo.
  7. You should include up-to-date CV’s and/or bios of yourself and key collaborators or cast members for the project.

Ignition Open Call