Trinity Creative Challenge Launches Call Out for 2017 Applications

Posted on: 15 July 2016

The Trinity Creative Challenge has been shortlisted for the 2016 Allianz Business to Arts Awards in the Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice category.

This excellent news follows the launch of Trinity’s creative arts awards scheme for 2016/17 with a closing date of 03 August 2016. The Trinity Creative Challenge aims to foster the development of ambitious and innovative interdisciplinary projects and works, ideally involving collaboration with Trinity College Dublin.

Sponsored by the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, the Trinity Creative Challenge funding award seeks to catalyse the creative and cultural arts in Dublin city and support the development of the creative and cultural industries sector. It 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.

Under the scheme up to four proposals will receive an award of up to €10,000 to develop an interdisciplinary creative arts project which will then be presented within an exhibition or performance context in 2017.

The first round of the Trinity Creative Challenge in 2015/16, which has been shortlisted for the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, saw works from five awardees: Enda Bates, Pan Pan Theatre, Declan Clarke + Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Kate Strain and Fiona Hallinan and Grace Weir.  It was the first time the University sponsored a funding award to foster creative interdisciplinary projects and works.

Celebrating 25 years of world-class relationships across arts and business, the Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise and champion the spirit of collaboration between businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships; bringing the arts and artists into mutually beneficial relationships across society. The winners will be announced on 19 September.

This year saw high levels of nominations from cultural events associated with 1916, expanding sponsorship portfolios and long-term partnerships which continue to evolve through diverse activation campaigns. According to the Chief Executive of Business to Arts, Andrew Hetherington, this made judging a challenge, and caused lively and lengthy discussion among their Judging Panel. For the Trinity Creative Challenge to be shortlisted for this category is a great achievement.  

For further information on the Trinity Creative Challenge, the application and selection process, please see or contact Christina Reynolds

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