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Artsland (Challenge Fund)

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Artists in Residence Opportunity: Marble Arch Caves & Global Geopark

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council (FODC) are commissioning public art through an Artist in Residence (AiR) programme for a visual / craft artist.  This project is funded through Artsland, a 2-year arts initiative focusing on inclusion, cultural traditions and rural crafts and co-funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Fermanagh & Omagh District Council.

We are in the process of appointing one (or more) Artist in Residence for the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark (MACGG), and through the residency commission the design and delivery of a series of new and original work.  This work will be inspired by the Geopark, in particular its intangible heritage e.g cultural traditions, folklore, customs & practices, traditional skills, arts, imagery, oral traditions.

FODC was open to proposals in terms of art form across visual arts and craftwork practices and was particularly interested in receiving Expressions of Interest from those working in illustration, print-making, graphic art, ceramics, wood and silverwork.

The artwork &/or reproductions of it, may be used in future visual, educational, promotional, product or other purpose by the Geopark, yet to be determined.

The full brief can be downloaded at the bottom of the page, along with further information about the Geopark.

Shortlisted artists will be asked to submit a short proposal and attend an interview (which can be in person or via Skype).

Final assessment of artists will be based on artistic quality, quality of proposal and synergy of proposed work with the Geopark.

Further queries to

The deadline for applications was Thursday 3 October 2019.  Shortlisting is currently taking place


About Artsland

Artsland is an arts and culture initiative which will help to develop skills within the sector, promote positive health and well-being and raise awareness of traditions from a bygone era through arts, crafts and performance has been launched.

Artsland,  co-funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland‘s lottery fund is being delivered under three themes; ‘Arts for All’ concentrating on health and well-being, active ageing and inclusion; ‘Multiple Identities’ focusing on musical cultural traditions and ‘Loughs, Bogs & Mountains’ addressing rural arts, traditional skills and the environment. The programme, which will run until January 2020, will be delivered in partnership with a number of organisations including South West Age Partnership, Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (NI) and Dún Uladh – one of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s seven regional centres, Sliabh Beagh Arts, An Creagán and a number of other venues, local organisations and individual artists.

Artsland will make a total investment of £250,000 across the district, each of the programme themes will provide a series of arts, crafts, performance and training workshops and activities for various groups in local communities. The activities will result in the creation of new artworks, development of new skills and expertise, exhibition and performance opportunities and increased capacity across the arts and cultural sector in Fermanagh and Omagh.  Artsland will also deliver an Artist in Residence initiative, bringing distinguished artists into the district to undertake a wide range of activities engaging with local schools, businesses, community groups and artists.  There will also be support for local artists including an unprecedented opportunity for an artist to undertake a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, with prospects of making European and International connections.  Finally, a programme of technical and theatre training will take place across the district for local voluntary, community and amateur drama groups and young people.

Artsland activities run until the end of January 2020.

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Activities delivered to date through the Artsland programme have been GIS (Geographic Information System) mapped and can been seen here.

For more information please see the Arts & Culture Facebook page contact the Arts Service at or 0300 303 1777.

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