The Source calls for proposals from arts curators

The Source Arts Centre is Thurles is calling for proposals from visual art curators - the closing date for proposals is Monday, August 18th (5pm).

The Source Arts Centre is Thurles is calling for proposals from visual art curators - the closing date for proposals is Monday, August 18th (5pm).

The Source Arts Centre comprises of a 250-seat theatre, visual art gallery, community studio space and café bar. Set in the heart of Thurles town and on the banks of the River Suir the arts centre has a year-round programme of cultural events including theatre, live music, comedy, art-house cinema, children’s theatre, youth arts and ballet.

The Source shares a building with Thurles Library. The Source Gallery is a shared space programmed year-round by both The Source Arts Centre and Thurles Library.

The Source Arts Centre aims to create a vibrant ’go-to’ space for the arts. The Source Arts Centre aims to engage, enrich and enliven audiences in Thurles and throughout this region of Tipperary.

In addition to presenting a high quality touring programme of the best on offer across art forms on the Irish circuit and internationally where possible The Source staff place a high value on community participation and engagement with the venue.

The Source aims to be the centre where audience and artists collide, interact, inform, enrich and present.

With a focus on theatre, families, music, film and dance, in addition to a superb visual arts space, the centre aims to find new and lasting collaborative approaches with the local professional and amateur artistic community.

The Source aims to create an arts infrastructure which supports and mentors professional artists working in the locality, as resources permit.

The Source Arts Centre would like to work with a visual art curator to apply for funding under the Arts Council Visual Art Curatorial Award. The award opens on August 12th and closes on September 11th.

The Source are now seeking outline proposals from curators who may be interested in working with The Source to put together a funding application to the Arts Council this September.

If the award is similar to that of previous years the funding goes directly to the curator to work with the arts centre/gallery, has a maximum value of €20,000 and applies to the calendar year 2015. If the joint-application is not successful The Source Arts Centre will not be in a position to engage the curator.

The aims of the curatorial award would be to engage imaginatively with the public and local communities to encourage engagement with and a sense of ownership of the gallery at The Source Arts Centre, examine the opportunities available to create and present contemporary visual art in non-dedicated arts spaces and develop through good critical writing, a local, national and international audience for contemporary visual arts in Thurles and surrounding area.

The brief is intended to be open to the interpretation and individual response of the curator.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a joint-application with The Source Arts Centre for Arts Council Visual Art Curatorial Award please submit the following to the Artistic Director by Monday, August 18th (5pm).

Please send to with VA Curatorial Award Proposal in subject line or to Artistic Director, The Source Arts Centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Please include the following: Curriculum Vitae, an outline proposal and supporting documentation.

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