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Summer Cultural Commissions

Derry City and Strabane District Council & Donegal County Council

Derry City and Strabane District Council  in partnership with Donegal County Council and supported by the North West Regional Support Group is seeking tender submissions for arts and cultural commissions designed for family audiences. The Summer Cultural Commissions (tender reference: T BUS21-055) will be delivered on the ground during the summer of 2021 (July and August) as part of the NW Audience Development Plan. It is envisaged that proposed works will be adaptable to multiple locations and we are keen to support work which can tour in Derry-Strabane and Donegal. We intend to commission 4 separate productions with a maximum budget of £5,000 each. Whilst the exact nature of the commissions is not pre-determined the supplier will be expected to deliver upon a number of requirements as detailed in the tender invitation document. For further information and to obtain the relevant tender documentation contact [email protected]

[email protected]

North West Creative Encounters

North West Creative Encounters

This £30,000 service based project is focused on the curation and digital communication of cultural content to better enable families to easily engage in cultural experiences across the North West. Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Challenge Fund this project is designed to fulfil a dedicated action within the NW Audience Development Plan. The North West Creative Encounters project (tender reference: T BUS21-020) will foster meaningful engagement with and between cultural organisations and the family audience target segment. The tender documentation for this project will be available from Wednesday 14th April and can be accessed through https://www.derrystrabane.com/tenders


Submission Call

Abridged 0-70 ‘Apocrypha’ – – closing 28 Apr


Call for Poetry Submissions – Abridged 0-70 ‘Apocrypha’ – Deadline 28th April

Abridged magazine invites submissions of poetry for its forthcoming issue Abridged 0-70 ‘Apocrypha’.

The full submission call and details can be found here:  www.abridged.zone/abridged-0-70-apocrypha-submission-call/


Abridged is a magazine of new poetry and art, and a wider curatorial project. Every issue is themed. Apocrypha’ will be published on our online exhibition space www.abridged.zone   ‘. The visual art for this issue will be selected from this year’s submissions to our collaborators Belfast Photo Festival. This issue is supported by Arts Council Ireland.




CCA Digital Residencies 2021

Deadline: Saturday 1 May 2021, midnight


CCA is hosting a series of three digital residencies this year; two applicants will be selected through this open call to follow our inaugural digital residency from Alberta Whittle in May 2021. The residency will last for one week, with each participant receiving an artist fee of £500. Visit our Opportunities page for more on the residency and how to apply.





Opportunity for Artists to sell work as Pure Derry Marketplace launches

Artists/ makers are asked to be aware of a new opportunity to sell product as Pure Derry Marketplace launches.The Pure Derry Market is a growing community of independent businesses from or connected to Derry and the surrounding North West.

Helen Hancock Glass, Fahy Designs and Rory O Doherty Photography are among local artists to take up the opportunity to date.

For enquiries and full details of Terms of Service please see website.


Enterprise Week 2021

Enterprise Week 2021 will take place from Monday 19th - Friday 23rd April offering a week long programme of events  to guide local entrepreneurs through the local economy’s Covid recovery phase.

The FREE online events will offer expert support in building business resilience and how to tailor operations and services to meet the unprecedented demand that the reopening of full trading will bring.

Among the highlights this year are Business Resilience workshops with Full Circle Management Solutions, Business Growth Clinics hosted by Enterprise North West, Business Social Media Training and a Women in Enterprise Networking Event focusing on overcoming Covid.

A two day blended digital and live event powered by Spartacus entitled Level Up 2021 will seek to inspire post pandemic ideas and spark creativity by exploring how people, both locally and internationally have innovated, created economic growth and initiated real 4change.

Other highlights include an EURES Cross Border Tax Briefing Seminar on Tax and Social Security implications for Cross Border Workers and Employers, an introduction to online advertising from Enterprise North West, an introduction to the local Department for Communities Employer Advisors and a seminar focusing on Human Resources.

 Keep up to date on Social Media on Facebook @Business Support Derry Strabane & Twitter @dcsdbusiness






Job opportunities

A reminder that Community Arts Partnership publish a weekly job opportunities update for the arts and cultural sector. Please visit link for current opportunities or to share your recruitment listings.                                      


Centre for  Music Ecosystems



Your Guide to Music and the SDGs.


This is the first report from the new Centre for This is the first report from the new Centre for Music Ecosystems, a global research NGO dedicated to increasing the value of music in communities.

Music Ecosystems, a global research NGO dedicated to increasing the value of music in communities. Written in concert with a number of UN agencies and private sector partners, Your Guide to Music and the SDGs offers a new model to think about the impact music can have on our world and how we can meet the Global Goals by 2030.




Arts Infopoint UK

A new pilot initiative called, which aims to support the arts sector with information on practical issues relating to artist mobility.

The Arts Infopoint UK project will look at ways to provide support for artists visiting the UK who need information in areas such as visas, taxation and social security. Their website will be further developed to be a useful resource for:

●        International artists coming to the UK;

●        venues or companies in the UK who want to invite an international artist or company to perform here.

As well as providing information, they want to find out what the biggest challenges are that the international artists and inviting companies face. They will do this through research and gathering feedback. They will also use this information to put forward the position of the sector and advocate on its behalf where we can.

The initiative is being led by Wales Arts International supported by the Welsh Government and with the support of their partners Creative Scotland and Arts Council England. This initial pilot runs January to December 2021.


They are also working alongside Tamizdat (New York); Cardiff Law School (Cardiff University); Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit and other stakeholders across Wales and the UK. They also work alongside other companies that specialise in this area such as On the Move network and other global Mobility Information Points (MIPS). They work closely with their international contacts to be able to share information, resources and best practice between our countries. They also offer a whole host of information on the practicalities of working in their countries, which they will signpost here to enable UK artists to access information and support on touring internationally.