daf commission


2018 | Artist Commission

Commission Award: Maximum €5000

Deadline: November 11th 2017 at 4pm

Call for proposals from professional artists, arts collectives, and arts companies based in the North East and working in any genre to support the presentation of new work at the Drogheda Arts Festival in May 2018.

The Drogheda Arts Festival:

Set against the backdrop of the Boyne Valley’s cultural capital, the Drogheda Arts Festival takes place each year during the May bank holiday weekend. The first festival of the summer swings into action with an eclectic mix of theatre, music, traditional arts, literature and spoken word, visual art, family and outdoor activities for all ages. The festival is supported by the Arts Council and Louth County Council, and is programmed and delivered by a voluntary committee. For more on the festival, and to see our 2017 programme, see www.droghedaartsfestival.ie.

Commission Award:

This commission is open to professional artists at any stage in their career looking to present new work in a festival setting. The aim of the commission is to assist artists living in the North East region to present new work and develop their professional practice. This new work can take any form – including visual arts interventions (please note both Highlanes Gallery and Droichead Arts Centre are already programmed, so all visual arts proposals should be outside of these two spaces), performance of new music compositions, scripted theatre, off-site dance, and everything in between –  we are not prescriptive about in the manner in which you work, only that the work is new, ambitious, and professional.

The successful artist or arts collective will be selected by a shortlisting and interview process, based on artist(s) CV, proposal, budget, previous work, and references.


Please email Elaine Cronin at hello@droghedaartsfestival.ie with one pdf document including the following details:

·        Artist(s) CV (max three pages)

·        Proposal to include:

Artist Statement: 250 words

Overview of Proposal: 250 words

Detailed Proposal: 500-1000 words. As well as information about the work and any associated outreach, workshops and/or talks, reference should be made to the audience you would like to reach, where you envisage the work being presented, and how this commission will support your professional practice.

·        Detailed budget

·        Samples of current and previous work (max three pages). This can include photos, excerpts from scripts, drawings of work in development, writing samples, and/or links to audio or video/dropbox files, and your website.

·        Phone and email contact information for two arts professional references.

Application deadline: Saturday 11th November 2017 at 4pm

Late applications will be deemed ineligible. Please send your application in the requested pdf format. No hard copy applications will be accepted.

The Drogheda Arts Festival is kindly supported by the Arts Council and Louth County Council