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Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers (BLAST) Arts in Education Residencies

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BLAST RESIDENCY INITIATIVE - ARTS & CREATIVITY IN EDUCATION 2024

Bringing Live Arts to Students & Teachers (BLAST) in Primary, Special and Post-Primary Schools and YouthReach Centres.

The Department of Education announced the launch of the 2024 arts and creativity in education BLAST Residency programme, which will bring arts and creativity in education to up to 425 new Residencies in the school year 2024/25. This initiative aims to support the objectives of the Creative Ireland Creative Youth Plan (2023-2027) which builds on the principles and skills outlined in the Arts in Education Charter (2013) and the achievements of Creative Youth (2017-2022). BLAST aims to provide pupils in schools all over the country, time and the space to work with a professional artist/creative practitioner on imaginative and joyful projects. BLAST is a key Department of Education initiative of the Creative Youth Plan 2023- 2027 which aims to foster creativity in schools focus and to provide young people with opportunities to learn and develop the key skills and competencies of collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation. Innovative BLAST residencies are designed and developed between the artist/creative practitioner, teacher, students and the school community under the coordination of the 21 full-time Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI) network.

How will the BLAST Residency initiative work?

Education Support Centre: Schools and YouthReach centres apply for a BLAST Residency via a centralised online application link (see below) which will be processed by their local full-time ESC. The programme is nationally coordinated by the National Arts in Education office, Tralee Education Support Centre. Every local ESC has a BLAST Register of Artists & Creative Practitioners who are trained to deliver BLAST Residencies. The BLAST Register is arranged by artist / creative practitioner and discipline. It includes required training, examples of previous work and relevant experience in an educational and community context. Schools and YouthReach centres may apply for one of these creative practitioners to work with them in their school. In excess of 300 artists are currently trained and registered on the Register of Artists & Creative Practitioners managed by the ESCI network nationally. Local ESCs administer the payment for creative practitioners which removes the administrative burden on teachers and schools.

Garda Vetting:

Garda vetting for creative practitioners for BLAST Residencies is organised by the local ESC. Some schools may separately request that creative practitioners apply for Garda vetting specifically to work in their school.

Creative Practitioners will have completed Tusla Children First Training and submitted their certificate to the local ESC. Schools must follow and make creative practitioners aware of their school’s / centre’s Child Protection Procedures, Safeguarding Statement and Designated Liaison Person.

Artists & Creative Practitioners:

Creative practitioners on the BLAST Register of Artists & Creative Practitioners have been trained and have engaged in school residencies under the Teacher-Artist Partnership+ (TAP+) professional development initiative which is approved and led by the Department of Education.

Artists and creative practitioners from any creative discipline who have been trained in partnership working with schools will be registered with the 21 full-time ESCI. Artistic and creative disciplines include visual arts, crafts, music, dance, drama, literature, heritage and film. Creative disciplines will be expanded as the residency programme develops over the next number of years.

Schools & YouthReach Centres:

Schools and YouthReach Centres that apply for BLAST:

● Must be in the catchment of a local full-time Education Support Centre.

● Fee Paying Schools are not eligible to apply for BLAST Residencies.

● Schools that are not in the free-education scheme cannot apply for BLAST.

● Schools in receipt of capitation grants from the Department of Education or Education and Training Boards scheme can apply for BLAST.

● Each School may submit only one application.

● Schools/Centres make their own selection of creative practitioners on the BLAST Register of Artists & Creative Practitioners.

● Please note that schools may not always be partnered with their choice of artist or creative practice - this is due to practitioner availability and demand.

Once a school / centre is approved for a BLAST Residency, the school has a commitment to the creative practitioner, who will have earmarked time for the project and could potentially turn down other work in favour of the Residency.

BLAST Arts & Creativity in Education Residency Funding:

The artist’s fee is €1,100 per residency. This is funded by the Department of Education via the ESCI network. Local ESCs pay the creative practitioner in accordance with agreed guidelines after the artist and teacher/school project completion processes have been submitted. In certain instances, this may include the payment of two instalments of €550 with the prior agreement of the ESC and creative practitioner.

The artist / creative practitioner will be funded for 20 contact hours, including 6 hours for planning/development/evaluation. Participating schools must pay for materials associated with the project and also for any fees relating to documentation of the project (photographs, film, recording etc) and any other costs involved including insurance costs. Funded residencies can be delivered throughout the academic year commencing in September in the year the residency was approved.

Schools must acknowledge the Department of Education, Creative Ireland, their local ESC and National Arts in Education office in publicity relating to the project.

BLAST Applicatios are now Closed.

Current List of Available TAP Trained Artists 2024-2025

Name

 

Art Form

 

Website

Helen Flanagan   Film, Animation, Radio Making, Socially Engaged Art.    
         
Anita Mahon   Music   www.anitamahon.com
       
Tony McCleaneFay   Drama, Theatre & Film - specialising in devising new issue or curriculum based work with young people.   https://www.barecheek.net
       
Brendan Fahy/Juggler Brendan   Circus skills & juggling   https://www.jugglerbrendan.com/
       
Brid Colloton   Printmaking, Textiles, drawing.   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mE29V5xelEK5_6QRImQVVrStouIz5vMW/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=111328606671143363129&rtpof=true&sd=true
       
Lynn Haughton   My practice focuses on reimagining and repurposing waste materials. This may be to create art, sculptures, products or upcycled fashion.   www.theupcyclemovement.com 
       
Nonie Stafford   Mural Art, Calligraphy, Illustration   blossominkstudio.com
       
Sonya Weston   Printing, photography, film, murals, sculpture and installation    
         
Sheila Forsey   Creative writing skills, Local History story telling, Literature, Playwriting, embracing heritage into storytelling   https://www.sheilaforsey.com/
       
Trish Middleton   Textile art, murals,   Www.trishmiddletonart.com
       
Niki Keane   Visual Art - Assemblage art using junk and broken items.   www.nikikeaneart.ie 
       
Caroline Busher   Creative Writing & Poetry   www.carolinebusher.wordpress.com
       
Lani O' Hanlon   Creative Writing, Poetry, Story, Memoir, with Performance and Movement.   https://www.poetryireland.ie/education/writers-directory/lani-ohanlon
       
Kate Murphy   Painting, Drawing, Sculpture    
         
Mirona Mara   Drawing, Illustration, Reramics   www.mironamara.com
       
John Busher   Visual Arts, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking   www.johnbusher.ie
       
Nadia Corridan   Strongest in Drawing & Painting. As well as drawing through mix media’s printmaking, Sun Printing, Fabric Textile Stitching Collage .   www.nadiacorridan.ie
         

BLAST Timeline

Opening date for applications 19th March 2024

Closing date for applications 10th May 2024

Announcement of successful BLAST Residencies Late May 2024

Residencies can begin September 2024

Initiative completion and review Mid May 2025

Applications will open on 19th March 2024. The closing date is 10th May 2024. 

BLAST 2023/2024

We had a hugely successful BLAST Programme in 2023-2024.  Wexford Education Support Centre facilitated  20 schools and 12 artists involved in the initiative. The feedback from artists and schools was hugely positive with all enjoying and gaining from the experience.

Below please find the list of schools and artists involved with Blast 2023-2024. Some samples of the work and some of the feedback received have also been included to give you a taste of the BLAST programme.

St Michael NS

Sonya Weston

St Garvan's NS

Anita Mahon

Kilnamanagh CNS

Sheila Forsey

Scoil Naomh Brid/ Knockananna

Nonie Stafford

All Saints NS

Lynn Haughton

Wexford Educate Together NS

Sonya Weston

Carnew NS

Sonya Weston

St Joseph NS

Caroline Busher

Scoil Muire Rosslare

Trish Middleton

Gusserane NS

Noni Stafford

Scoil Naomh Maodhog

Sheila Forsey

Shillelgah No 1 NS

Joe Brennan

New Ross Educate Together

Helen Flanagan

Scoil Naomh Aine/ Rathgarogue

Lynn Haughton

Scoil Mhuire Ballyhogue

Nadia Corridan

Colaiste Bhride Carnew

Nadia Corridan

Kennedy College

Sonya Weston/Art

Meansscoil Gharman

John Busher

Bunclody Vocational School

Brid Colloton

Gorey Educate Together Secondary School

Helen Flanagan




Below we would love to show you some samples of the work from a selection of artists.

Artist: Sheila Forsey 

School: Scoil Naomh Maodhog

No of Children involved in the residency:145

Art Form: Literature - Creative Writing and Storytelling 

Brief outline of the Residency:

Creative Expression, Storytelling, Words through Free Art. This was the concept throughout the project.   Sheila a novelist and playwright was placed in the school and worked with the students in collaboration with the teachers and the lead teacher Anne Marie.

Credit: Sheila Forsey and Scoil Naomh Maodhóg



Artist: Sonya Weston

School: Carnew NS 

No of Children involved in the residency: 41

Art Form: Making Movies 

Brief outline of the Residency:

“ Making Movies. The Children worked really well in groups. It was totally organic in the sense that it was very much child led. They did everything themselves, from concept to costumes, make up, clay sculpture, set design, location, writing scripts and totally took control of the directing.

 

Credit: Sonya Weston & Carnew NS 

 

Artist: Nadia Corridan

School: Colaiste Bhride Carnew

No of Children involved in the residency:66

Art Form: Visual Arts 

Learning outcomes for participating students:

“Over an 9 week period from December 2023 to May 2024 my residency took place.

Each week made up of 2 hours. A final session of four hours was added by the school,

separate to the project.

There was between 9-12 students that worked on this project. They were made up of two

separate groups second year art students selected by their art teacher.

Over the weeks these sessions consisted of :

Session 1 : meeting and brainstorming with the teacher on the residency and learning it was

going to be a product based residency and briefly meeting the students,

Session 2 & 3 : Brainstorming the theme with students, setting homework to sketch and

research,

Session 4,5,6 & 7 : drawing and painting sessions on 3 large canvas

Session 8 : separate to the blast - school brought me back for additional work to give more time

to the project as it is such a short window for a product-based residency.”

 

Credit: Nadia Corridan & Colaiste Bhride.

 

We look forward to engaging with 20 new schools for the 2024-2025 Blast initiative. 



BLAST 2022/2023

We had a hugely successful BLAST Programme in 2022-2023.  Wexford Education Support Centre hosted our largest BLAST to date with over 40 schools and 12 artists involved in the initiative. The feedback from artists and schools was hugely positive with all enjoying and gaining from the experience.

Below please find the list of schools and artists, some samples of the work and some of the feedback received have also been included to give you a taste of the BLAST programme.

 

School

Artist

1.

Our Lady of Lourdes NS

Anita Mahon

2.

Colaiste Abbain

Anita Mahon

3.

Bunscoil Ris – New Ross

Caroline Busher

4.

St. Michaels NS- Borris

Colum Kavanagh

5.

Piercestown NS

Colum Kavanagh

6.

Kilnamanagh NS

Colum Kavanagh

7.

Bunclody Vocational College

Colum Kavanagh 

8.

Carnew NS

Heather Hadrill

9.

Star of the Sea NS

Heather Hadrill

10.

Gorey Educate Together Secondary School 

Heather Hadrill

11.

All Saints Carnew NS

Helen Flanagan

12.

Scoil Naisiunta Phadraig Naofa, Avoca

Helen Flanagan

13.

Ballon NS

Helen Flanagan

14.

Wexford Educate Together

Jenni Roddy

15.

St. Annes NS - Rathangan

Joe Brennan

16.

St. Patricks’s NS – Crossabeg

Joe Brennan

17.

Galbally NS

John Busher

18.

Ballaghkeane NS

John Busher

19.

Bunscoil Loreto

Lynn Haughton

20.

Kennedy College New Ross

Colum Kavanagh

21.

Scoil Ghormain Naofa castletown – Gorey

Colum Kavanagh

22.

St. Catherines NS – Ballyhack

Nonie Stafford

23.

Monageer NS

Nonie Stafford

24.

St. Garvans NS – Taghmon

Nonie Stafford

25.

Cushinstown NS

Nonie Stafford 

26.

Meanscoil Gharmain

Nonie Stafford

27.

Ramsgrange Community College

Nonie Stafford

28.

Scoil Mhuire – Coolcots

Colum Kavanagh

29.

St. Iberius NS 

Sheila Forsey

30.

Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhoir

Sheila Forsey

31.

Ballyoughter NS

Sheila Forsey

32.

Scoil Naomh Brid 

Sheila Forsey

33.

Colaiste Eamonn Ris

Sonya Weston

34.

Kildavin NS

Sonya Weston

35.

St Marys CBS Enniscorthy

Sonya Weston

36.

St Patricks NS - Rathvilly

Sonya Weston

37.

St Aidans Parish School

Sonya Weston

38.

St Mary Secondary School New Ross

Sonya Weston

39.

St Laserians NS

Sonya Weston 

40.

Scoil Naomh Abbain

Colum Kavanagh

41.

Ballycullane NS

Colum Kavanagh  

 

Below we would love to show you some samples of the work from a selection of artists.

Artist: Anita Mahon

School: Colaiste Abbain

No of Children involved in the residency:70

Art Form: Music

Brief outline of the Residency:

Students gained a deeper understanding of how voice works by experiencing Estill Vocal Anatomy based techniques. The objective was to improve students confidence when using voice in spoken communication and signing whilst emphasising a non- judgemental approach where each voice is heard and it’s uniqueness embraced. Group enjoyed diverse body and voice warms ups as well as short energiser songs alongside more complex three harmony part pop song arrangements in a fun, inclusive atmosphere.

Credit: Anita Mahon and Colaiste Abbain





Artist: Caroline Busher

School: Bunscoil Ris

No of Children involved in the residency: 60

Art Form: Creative Writing: 

Brief outline of the Residency:

“The residency was a wonderful experience, which focussed on creative writing. During the first week I told the students stories from Irish Myths and Legends. We discussed how animals often appear in Irish Myths and legends and the history of Wolves in Ireland. The students created their own mythical creatures. We then discussed the Hook Lighthouse and they wrote a story based around discovering a mythical creature in the hook lighthouse. The next week, the students created comic strips based on the stories that they wrote the previous week. It was a great way for the students to incorporate writing and art and to consider visual storytelling. For week three the students imagined that they were the characters in the stories that they wrote poems from the characters perspective. They all read their poems out to the rest of the class. For week four I showed the students pictures of Irish fairy forts and the Irish superstitions related to the fairies. The students wrote stories about entering a fairy kingdom and they each drew a map of their imaginary fairy kingdoms. They then created their own blackout poetry. On week five I taught the students about the Great Famine and the impact it had on Ireland. I showed them pictures of a replica famine ship, that is local to them in New Ross, they all wrote stories and diary entries about life onboard a famine ship and a journey to America. They also drew illustrations and comic strips to accompany their stories. On the sixth week, the students wrote poems and raps about the poem in groups. Then each group performed their poem or rap in front of the class. We were delighted as the Director of County Wexford Education Centre, Lorraine O’Gorman, joined us for this workshop.”

 

Credit: Caroline Busher & Bunscoil Ris



Artist: Colum Kavanagh

School: Picercestown NS 

No of Children involved in the residency:66

Art Form: Comic Book Story Telling

Learning outcomes for participating students:

“Students in the workshops explored and practiced key aspects of creative writing such as genre, character creation, setting the scene, creating plots, climax and resolutions. In relation to comic book storytelling in particular, students then learned about page and panel breakdowns, thumbnailing page layouts, the use of dialogue balloons and captions, and the functions of panels and panel shape and design. Using the concepts and tools they learned about through shorter activities and games, students created their own short comic book stories, completing every part of the process for a short two- or three-page comic book story. Over the course of the workshops, students also: Improved their knowledge of creative writing in general Learned about visual storytelling as it can apply to storyboarding for film, animation, video games and comic books Improved their appreciation and understanding of some of the nuances of comic books as an art form. Learned about the importance of doing ‘rough work’ while working on any creative project. The students learned about the different types of pictures they could include in their comics and the advantages of each one – close up, mid range and long shot. Throughout this residency, the students gained insight into the comic-book-creation process and learned how to apply this process to their own original creative stories. The students were actively engaged with Colum in each session, sharing personal insights, ideas, thoughts and responses with one another, as well as actively listening to Colum throughout the duration of the residency. They were relaxed and at ease in his company and were comfortable asking questions and seeking advice or assistance when needed. The students were given the confidence and skills to go on and try their hand at comic writing again. The project also raised awareness and interest in comics in general, introducing this genre to some children who had not previously read comics.”

 

Credit: Colum Kavanagh & Piercestown NS




Artist: Heather Hadrill 

School: Star of the Sea Riverchapel NS 

No of Children involved in the residency:22

Art Form: Drama 

Please give a brief outline of the Residency: 

 

“Participation in Drama games and techniques and then to present two small plays from “Irish Myths and Legends” , by Julie Meighan to an audience, following 7 visits to the school by the artist.  The plays presented were “The Salmon of Knowledge” and “Fionn and the Dragon”.;



Credit: Heather Hadrill & Star of the Sea Riverchapel NS



Artist: Helen Flanagan 

School: Ballon NS 

No of Children involved in the residency: 120

Art Form: Film, Story Telling, Visual Art, Image Making

Please give a brief outline of the Residency:

The residency involved a process orientated exploration of film history and technique, through the medium of shadow puppetry. I worked with four classes from 4 th -6 th class in two workshops and produced a series of short video shadow puppet vignettes of their work, as well as documentation, inspired by the trees and flora in the environment around the school. In the workshop I chatted to the pupils about the origins of cinema and the magic lantern (a type of early form of moving picture show), photography and early cave art. The pupils were invited to share their own experiences and knowledge of cinema, before being introduced to shadow puppetry on the projector. I brough in a variety of materials to work with and demonstrated how the projector could be used to create settings and worlds and to bring characters to life. I divided the pupils into groups and asked them to brainstorm the question “why are forests important.” Each group shared their idea and gave them a starting point for their creative work. I asked the pupils to spend the following part of the workshop completing four tasks 1. Designing two characters inspired by their answer 2. Using found objects and making puppets to create a setting 3. experimenting with their puppets and setting on the projector 4. Using their experiment to create a short scenario. The pupils shared their work with their class and we recorded each of the pupils work with video which I edited and shared with them after.

 

Credit: Helen Flanagan & Ballon NS

 

Artist: John Busher 

School: Galbally NS 

No of Children involved in the residency: Whole School 

Art Form: Collage, Drawing, Mural Painting 

Please give a brief outline of the Residency:  The residency was made in response to a request for a mural within the school. Following a visit to the school there was a discussion about where the mural should be painted. The possibility of painting in the corridor was considered, but was perhaps too narrow and may involve taking down display boards. Having looked at the school grounds, it was decided to paint the old pump house. This is a square structure measuring almost 3 meters on all sides. Following an initial discussion, it was also decided to focus on local heritage as a starting point of the project, as the traces of history in the area stretch back to the Neolithic period.

 

Credit: John Busher & Galbally NS



Artist: Lynn Haughton 

School: Bunscoil Loreto  

No of Children involved in the residency: 80 

Art Form: Collage, Drawing, Mural Painting

Please give a brief outline of the residency: The BLAST Residency took place over 3 weeks at Bunscoil Loreto. Three 4th class groups participated. Two classes had 27 students and the third had 26 students. The focus of the creative residency was on imagination and reimagining ‘waste’ materials. The workshops consisted of a mix of individual and group creative challenges as well as discussions and creating art works.

What worked well during the residency:  I think the mix of discussions, individual and group projects worked well and kept the students engaged and challenged. I also think that breaking the sessions into 3 classes

worked very well. I feel that the creative meditations also worked very well and set a lovely

tone from the start of each class.

Credit: Lynn Haughton & Bunscoil Loreto




Artist: Nonie Stafford 

School: Cushinstown Ns 

No of Children involved in the residency: Whole School – 166 Pupils

Art Form: Mural Art 

Brief outline of the Residency: The students began by brainstorming words, symbols and imagery that were significant to them and their time spent in school. The final piece was An outdoor mural which gives a glimpse of life at Cushinstown National School

Credit: Nonie Stafford & Cushinstown NS 

 

Artist: Sheila Forsey 

School: St Iberius NS 

No of Children involved in the residency:91

Art Form: Creative Writing 

Brief outline of the Residency: Sheila is a novelist and playwright, and the lead teacher was the principal Sarah Meyler. After initial talks and a meeting, it was jointly decided that Sheila would deliver a series of workshops in creative writing with the option for the school to publish a book to commemorate the school being sixty years old. With the time frame involved it was soon decided to have a showcase of the children’s work instead of an actual book. This project was only possible because of the collaboration, training and support of Wexford Education Centre.

 

Artist Observation

This was a project that was very much about the process rather than the end result which I feel is very rewarding on all counts. I found all the teachers so welcoming and encouraging and insightful. . I am extremely appreciate of their support and their welcome. I would also like to give a very special thank you to Wexford Education Centre for their support and training and for connecting me to this lovely school. – Sheila

Teacher Observation

The project was an enjoyable experience for the children and staff. It was lovely to see so much interaction between the pupils in the classes during the workshops. The school is very grateful to have been involved with the project with Sheila. Thanks to the Education Centre for facilitating this.

Credit: Sheila Forsey & St. Iberius NS 

 

The above gives just a small samples of the wonderful collaboration that was carried out. The Blast was a resounding success and enjoyed by students, teachers and artists.  All expressed an interest in partaking in more programmes in the future.

 

 

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Announcing a wonderful opportunity for Artists (all art forms/creative practises) / Creative Practitioners to broaden their practice, receive training and project fees, develop creative partnerships with teachers, and transform the lives of children in every County in Ireland

CALL OUT FOR ARTISTS / CREATIVE PRACTITIONERS for 3rd to 7th July 2023 The TEACHER-ARTIST PARTNERSHIP+ CPD programme (TAP+) is a Creative Ireland, Department of Education led and approved Summer Course offering:

FULLY PAID TRAINING AND IN-SCHOOL RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS / CREATIVE PRACTITIONERS TO WORK WITHIN PRIMARY SCHOOL SETTINGS & AND DEVELOP PARTNERSHIPS WITH CREATIVE TEACHERS

 –      Open to artists / creative practitioners, working in any art form / creative practise, who are committed to

sharing their practice with children and teachers in a modern primary school environment

–      Specialist, week-long training (3rd – 7th July 2023 based in Wexford Education Support Centre to prepare the artist / creative practitioner for the unique requirements of working harmoniously in partnership with a teacher within the modern Irish classroom

–      A training allowance of €150 per day over the initial 5-day training/induction week (€750 in total), plus travel with daily lunch provided.

–      Brokerage and development of partnerships with creative teachers, in schools committed to contemporary arts learning, practice and creativity.

–      Guarantee of a paid, follow up in-school-residency within a local primary school (€1,100 Fee total inclusive of €200 Travel) to carry out a 20-hour project (14 contact hours plus 6 hours planning, preparation and evaluation) in partnership with your teacher partner throughout the 2023/2024 academic year

–      Artists / Creative Practitioners are required to complete at least one or two TAP+ in-school Residencies following participation on the TAP+ Summer Course.

–      As you will be a TAP+ trained artist/creative practitioner, you will also be eligible to participate in the forthcoming 2023/2024 BLAST in-school residencies. If you are available, we would be obliged if you could complete at least one or two BLAST in-school Residencies. Please use the following link for more information on the BLAST initiative: BLAST Information

–      Information, learning and networking opportunities for further freelance work within the education system.

Artists / Creative Practitioners must

  • have a track record of a minimum of three years’ professional practice in any art form / creative practise
  • demonstrate an interest in / commitment to: the principles of Arts and Creativity in Education and to enhancing the lives of children through arts/creative practice
  • be willing to learn about modern classroom culture and to work in equal partnership with teachers
  • Combine a sense of fun, joy and collaboration with professional dedication and high artistic/creative vision
  • Be willing to undertake child protection training as part of the induction week, and undergo standard Garda vetting before taking up project

Artists / Creative Practitioners can apply to be part of the scheme via expressions of interest along with an application. These should be sent to the Director of Wexford Education Support Centre: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on Friday 23rd June 2023.

Expressions of interest should be in the form of a letter of max 600 words, accompanied by a CV or short Bio with links to images or samples of relevant work.

The letter should set out:

  1. Where you trained
  2. A very brief description of your practice
  3. Why you might wish to work in partnership with a teacher and with children in a school setting
  4. What you think qualifies you to take up this opportunity

Places on this national Creative Ireland CPD initiative are limited to four Artists / Creative Practitioners per full-time Education Support Centre area. Final decision on offers of places will be taken by the Director of Wexford Education Support Centre in collaboration with the Wexford Local Authority Arts Office. Any queries in relation to the Teacher Artist Partnership+ CPD Summer Course should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

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Arts in Education Residency Initiative in Primary and Post-primary Schools

 The Department of Education is announcing the launch of the 2023 Arts-in- Education BLAST Residency Programme, which will enable up to 425 new Arts-in- Education Residencies in schools each year.

This initiative aims to support the integration of the principles and key skills outlined in the Arts in Education Charter and the Creative Ireland Programme (2023-2027), Pillar 1 Creative Youth.

The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects to be originated and planned between the artist, the teacher and the school under the coordination of the Education Support Centres Ireland ESCI network of 21 full-time education support centres. This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality.

What is proposed is a unique streamlined process whereby schools apply for an artist on the Online Register of Approved Artists who are already trained for the new BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme managed by the local education support centre. The education support centre will also pay the artist which will further remove the administrative burden on teachers and schools.

 

How will this BLAST Residency initiative work?

 

The Education Support Centre:

While the programme will be nationally co-ordinated by the Arts in Education administrative base located at the Tralee Education Support Centre, schools will apply for a BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency to the full-time education support centre in their area, based on the Online Register of Approved Artists. The register of approved artists in each education support centre will be arranged by artist and art- form/discipline, include relevant required and approved training experience, examples of previous work and examples of relevant or related experience in an educational and community context.

In excess of 412 artists are currently trained and registered on the Online Register of Approved Artists managed by the education support centre network nationally. All artists will have submitted their Child Safeguarding Best Practice Policy (to include Child Safeguarding Statement) and their Certificate of completion of the Children First Training module to the education support centre.

What is proposed is a unique streamlined process when schools apply for an artist under the new BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme. The education support centre will also arrange for payment of the artist, which will further remove the administrative burden on teachers and schools.

Garda vetting:

Garda vetting for artists for successful school applications will be organised with the individual artist by the education support centre in collaboration with the school.

Schools may separately (if they wish) request the artist to apply for Garda vetting specifically to work in their school.

The Artists:

Artists from any artistic discipline who have been trained in partnership working with schools will be registered with each of the 21 full-time ESCI centres. Artistic disciplines include visual arts, crafts, music, dance, drama, literature and film.

Creative disciplines will be expanded as the residency programme develops further over the next number of years.

The artists on the Register of Approved Artists will have been previously trained and have engaged in school residencies under the Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD and Residency initiative or the Arts in Junior Cycle Programme which are both approved and led by the Department of Education.

 

The School:

The schools must be in the catchment of the local full-time education support centre. Schools may submit only one application. Schools should make their own selection of artists on the Approved Register, based on CVs/examples of recent work, training and recommendations. Inclusion of artists on the Approved Register is based on training in the education support centre (TAP) in addition to suitability/artistic qualification etc. and has taken place in advance to ensure the selected artist satisfies school policies in relation to engagement of external personnel.

Once a school is approved for the scheme, the school has a commitment to the artist, who will have earmarked that time for the project and could potentially turn down other work at the times scheduled to work with the school.

BLAST

This initiative encourages:

  • Schools, primary and post-primary, that have not recently had an opportunity to participate in such creative initiatives to apply.
  • Schools supporting inclusion and enhanced arts-in-education engagement with students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students with special educational needs to apply.
  • Schools that have a track record in teacher-artist partnership working in the classroom and school to apply.

·       A whole-school commitment to the project, but it is a requirement that one teacher and class work with the artist in a teacher/artist/class partnership.

  • Projects should have regard to the relevant school curricula where appropriate and have a focus on process.

BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency funding:

The artist’s fee is €1,100 per residency with up to €200 of that allocated to travel costs for the artist. This is funded by the Department of Education via each education support centre. The education support centre will pay the artist in accordance with agreed guidelines after the artist and teacher/school evaluations have been submitted and received. In certain instances, this may include the payment of two instalments of €550 with agreement.

The artist will be funded for 20 contact hours, including 6 hours planning/development/review time. Participating schools must pay for materials associated with the project and also for documentation of the project through photographs etc. and any other costs involved including insurance costs. If an artist needs to use their own materials for the project, please be advised the artist is

entitled to invoice the school (with the school’s prior approval) to cover the cost for these materials. Funded residencies can be delivered throughout the academic year commencing in September in the year the residency was approved.

 

Schools must acknowledge the Department of Education and the local education support centre in all publicity relating to the project.

Successful applications:

Successful schools will be required to sign a short contract with their local education support centre accepting the terms of the BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme prior to the commencement of the residency. Successful residencies should not be started until official written notification to proceed has been received from the education support centre and once Garda vetting has been completed and this has been communicated to the school.

It is a specific condition of this residency programme that a teacher works closely and collaborates with the artist to plan the learning experience for their class. The assigned teacher is to be present at all times with the artist while working with students in the class in the school to enhance further teacher-artist partnership. Schools will be responsible for ensuring the residency complies with Public Health advice relevant at the time of the project.

Evaluation:

 

The education support centre will put in place the necessary evaluation for Arts-in- Education Residencies. This will include a school visit, completion and return of the Teacher/School Feedback Form and the Artist Feedback Form. The second instalment of the artist fee will be paid following the submission of the final reports.

Any images submitted by the school in reports on completion of the project may be used to promote the Department of Education approved and led Creative Youth initiative under the Creative Ireland 2023-2027 Programme through print and other media including social media. It is therefore important that the schools have permission for the use of such images, noting in the consent forms that they will be used for this purpose, and only send images to the education centre once parental consent has been obtained. A nationally approved Consent Form will be provided to each school.

Guidelines for Application:

 

Completed applications must include

  • completed general information
  • A completed application section outlining the following information:
    • Theme of the project,
    • Rationale for application,
    • Benefits to teaching and learning,
    • Capacity and commitment
    • Children and young peoples
  • Please also indicate the planned time-frame schedule and planned method of documentation for the project.

 

  1. The application should demonstrate a whole school commitment to the project. It is a specific condition of this residency programme that a teacher works closely and collaborates with the artist to plan the learning experience for their class and is present at all times with the artist while working with students in the class in the school to enhance further teacher-artist partnership. (This means that the whole school should be supportive and flexible in facilitating the project).

The closing date is 19th May 2023.

 

This initiative will be supported by the ESCI education support centre network, Teacher Artist Partnership CPD programme, Arts in Junior Cycle, NAPD Creative Engagement Programme and the Arts in Education Portal.

 

 

Please return completed application forms to Blast Project, Wexford Education Support Centre, Milehouse road, enniscorthy, wexford.