Trinity Creative

Trinity College Dublin is committed to playing a leading role in helping to catalyse the creative and cultural arts in Dublin city and fostering the development of the creative and cultural industries sector. As Ireland's leading university, located in Dublin’s city centre, Trinity has a long history of engagement with the creative ecosystem of Dublin city and aims to playing an increasingly vital role as a creative arts catalyst, connecting its creative potentials, research and education to creative practices in Dublin, Ireland and internationally. By making such connections Trinity can create the conditions for developing and supporting creative talent and contributing to the sustainability of arts and creative enterprise in Ireland.

Trinity Creative is committed to making space for creative expression, collaboration, interdisciplinary experimentation and creating platforms to explore and stimulate new developments in creative arts practice.

Trinity Creative Challenge

Trinity Creative Challenge is a key initiative of Trinity Creative. Sponsored by the Provost of the University, this funding award aims to foster the development of ambitious and innovative interdisciplinary projects and works, ideally involving a collaboration with Trinity College Dublin. The award is open to projects and ideas with a focus on interdisciplinary creative arts practices across a wide range of forms including performance, visual art, music, film, design, new media, animation, gaming and creative technologies. We are open to diverse approaches, new ideas and external collaborations. Projects linking creative arts, science and technology are especially welcome, as are those that are likely to catalyse new initiatives and ventures.
 
Up to four proposals will each receive an award of up to €10,000 to develop their project which will then be presented within an exhibition or performance context in 2016.

Trinity Creative Challenge Objectives

  • To nurture, promote and develop new approaches to interdisciplinary creative and cultural arts practice in Dublin and Ireland, including projects by staff and students of Trinity College Dublin and Associated Colleges
  • To foster new collaborations between the Trinity community and the cultural and creative industries sector
  • To identify emerging creative talent and support innovative and ambitious projects in and around Trinity College Dublin and the wider community

Who can apply

  • Applications are accepted from individuals, collectives and organisations. Proposals that include collaborations with co-production partners are also permissible
  • Proposals should identify, if applicable, how they intend to collaborate with Trinity College Dublin and what support might be required to facilitate the development of the project
  • The aim of the award is to foster the development of ambitious, impactful and innovative projects, ideally involving collaboration with Trinity College Dublin. We want to hear of ideas that cut across disciplines such as performance, visual art, music, film, design, new media, animation, gaming and creative technologies

Selection process

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel comprised of independent high profile creative arts practitioners and experts, along with representatives from the creative arts in Trinity College Dublin. The panel will select a shortlist to be invited for interview. Four awards will be made and the successful applicants will be notified by mid-August 2015.

The selectors for Trinity Creative Challenge 2015 are:

  • Lenny Abrahamson
    Film and television director, best known for his award winning films which include Adam & Paul (2004), Garage (2007), What Richard Did Next (2012) and Frank (2014)
  • Brian Cass
    Trinity Creative Curator
  • Loughlin Deegan
    Director of The Lir, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College
  • Sarah Glennie
    Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • Benedict Schlepper-Connolly
    Composer and Director of Ergodos record label and production company

The Award

Up to four proposals will each receive an award of up to €10,000 to develop their project.

These projects will then be presented within an exhibition or performance in 2016.

How to apply

Entry is by online application.
All entries must be fully completed by 12 July 2015.
Submissions can be emailed to trinitycreative@tcd.ie

All applications must include the following:

  • A summary and outline of the proposal (no more than 3 x A4 pages)

The outline should include details, if applicable, of the how the applicant(s) intend to collaborate with Trinity College Dublin, and what support might be required to facilitate the development of the project.

  • Details on the applicant(s), including contact information – CVs or selected portfolio works should be included.
    If you wish to submit examples of film, video or sound works please include hyperlinks to online excerpts
  • A draft budget and production plan including justification for the level of investment

Selection criteria

Applications will be evaluated with the following criteria in mind:

  • We are looking for interdisciplinary collaborative projects exploring new developments in creative arts practices
  • Projects should be ambitious, innovative and experimental
  • Proposals will be assessed on their artistic impact but consideration will also be given to social, creative innovation and entrepreneurial value
  • We will consider the projects' practical viability based on the indicated budget and production plan

Key Dates

  • 14 May 2015
    Open submission
  • 12 July 2015:
    Deadline for submissions
  • 27-31 July 2015:
    Shortlisted proposals invited for interview
  • Mid-August 2015:
    Selected proposals notified

Further Information

For further information or enquiries contact Brian Cass: bcass@tcd.ie

Image Details

1. TARDIGRADE

© Luca Truffarelli
Choreography: Philip Connaughton
Music: Michael Gallen
Costume design & creation: Emily Ní Bhroin
The Samuel Beckett Theatre. Programmed as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe, 2014. Funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council, supported by Dance Ireland and axis: Ballymun.

2. ENEMY OF THE STARS After Wyndham Lewis

© Colm Summers
Adapted and directed by Nicholas Johnson and Colm Summers, devised by Ensemble
Supported by the School of Drama, Film and Music / The Provost's Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts / Trinity Association and Trust / Thomas Dammann Jr Memorial Trust

3. TALL SHIPS in performance

© Matthew Causey
Supported by the PhD Programme in Digital Arts and Humanities; the School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD; and the Arts Technology Research Laboratory. Programmed as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe, 2014