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Blast - Arts in Education -Residency Initiative in Primary and Post-Primary Schools



Arts in Education Residency Initiative in Primary and Post-primary Schools

The Department of Education is announcing the launch of the 2022 Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme, which will enable up to 425 new Arts-in-Education Residencies in schools each year. 

This initiative aims to support the integration of the principles and key skills outlined in the Arts in Education Charter and the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022), Pillar 1 Creative Youth. 

The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects to be originated and planned between the artist, the teacher and the school under the coordination of the Education Support Centres Ireland ESCI network of 21 full-time education centres. This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality.

What is proposed is a unique streamlined process whereby schools apply for an artist on the Online Register of Approved Artists who are already trained for the new BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme managed by the local education centre. The education centre will also pay the artist which will further remove the administrative burden on teachers and schools.

How will this BLAST Residency initiative work? 

The Education Centre: 

While the programme will be nationally co-ordinated by the Arts in Education administrative base located at the Education Centre, Tralee, Schools will apply for a BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency to the full-time education centre in their area, based on the Online Register of Approved Artists. The register of approved artists in each education centre will be arranged by artist and discipline, include relevant required and approved training experience, examples of previous work and examples of relevant or related experience in an educational and community context. 

In excess of 300 artists are currently trained and registered on the Online Register of Approved Artists managed by the education centre network nationally. All artists will have submitted their Child Safeguarding Best Practice Policy (to include Child Safeguarding Statement) and their Certificate of completion of the Children First Training module to the education centre. 

What is proposed is a unique streamlined process when schools apply for an artist under the new BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme. The education centre will also arrange for payment of the artist, which will further remove the administrative burden on teachers and schools.

Garda vetting:

Garda vetting for artists for successful school applications will be organised with the individual artist by the education centre in collaboration with the school. Schools may separately (if they wish) request the artist to apply for Garda vetting specifically to work in their school.

The Artists:

Artists from any artistic discipline who have been trained in partnership working with schools will be registered with each of the 21 full-time ESCI centres.  Artistic disciplines include visual arts, crafts, music, dance, drama, literature and film. Creative disciplines will be expanded as the residency programme develops over the next number of years. 

The artists on the Register of Approved Artists will have been previously trained and have engaged in school residencies under the Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD and Residency initiative or the Arts in Junior Cycle Programme which are both approved and led by the Department of Education. 

The School: 

The schools must be in the catchment of the local full-time education centre. Schools may submit only one application. Schools should make their own selection of artists on the Approved Register, based on CVs/examples of recent work, training and recommendations. Inclusion of artists on the Approved Register is based on training in the education centre (TAP) in addition to suitability/artistic qualification etc. and has taken place in advance to ensure the selected artist satisfies school policies in relation to engagement of external personnel. 

Once a school is approved for the scheme, the school has a commitment to the artist, who will have earmarked that time for the project and could potentially turn down other work at the times scheduled to work with the school. 

This initiative encourages:

Schools, primary and post-primary, that have not recently had an opportunity to participate in such creative initiatives to apply.

Schools supporting inclusion and enhanced arts-in-education engagement with students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students with special educational needs to apply.

Schools that have a track record in teacher-artist partnership working in the classroom and school to apply. 

A whole-school commitment to the project, but it is not a requirement that all classes work with the artist 

Projects should have regard to the relevant school curricula where appropriate and have a focus on process.

BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency funding: 

The artist’s fee is €1,000 per residency. This is funded by the Department of Education via each education centre. The education centre will pay the artist in accordance with agreed guidelines after the artist and teacher/school evaluations have been submitted and received. In certain instances, this may include the payment of two instalments of €500 with agreement. 

The artist will be funded for 20 contact hours, including 6 hours planning/development/review time. Participating schools must pay for materials associated with the project and also for documentation of the project through photographs etc. and any other costs involved including insurance costs. Funded residencies can be delivered throughout the academic year commencing in October in the year the residency was approved.

Schools must acknowledge the Department of Education and the local education centre in all publicity relating to the project. 

Successful applications: 

Successful schools will be required to sign a short contract with their local education centre accepting the terms of the BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme prior to the commencement of the residency. Successful residencies should not be started until official written notification to proceed has been received from the education centre and once Garda vetting has been completed and this has been communicated to the school. 

It is a specific condition of this residency programme that a teacher works closely and collaborates with the artist to plan the learning experience and is present at all times with the artist while working with students in the school and to enhance further teacher-artist partnership. Schools will be responsible for ensuring the residency complies with Public Health advice relevant at the time of the project. 


The education centre will put in place the necessary evaluation for Arts-in-Education Residencies. This will include a school visit, completion and return of the Teacher/School Feedback Form and the Artist Feedback Form. The second instalment of the artist fee will be paid following the submission of the final reports.

Any images submitted by the school either in reports or on completing the project may be used to promote the scheme through print and other media including social media. It is therefore important that the schools have permission for the use of such images, noting in the consent forms that they will be used for this purpose, and only send images to the education centre once parental consent has been obtained.

Guidelines for Application: 

A note on COVID-19 related Public Health Guidance: Schools should base proposals on the best public health advice and guidance available at the time of application. 

Completed applications must include

A completed application form 

A written proposal for the project indicating the aims of the project, the theme, materials, processes, anticipated outcomes, deliverability, number of contact hours and number of classes and pupils that will participate in the project. 

Please also indicate the planned time-frame schedule and planned method of documentation for the project. 

The proposal should demonstrate a whole school commitment to the project. (This does not mean that all children must participate in the project rather that the whole school should be supportive and flexible in facilitating the project). 

Applications will open on 25th May 2022. The closing date is 30th September 2022.

This initiative will be supported by the ESCI education t centre network, Teacher Artist Partnership CPD programme, Arts in Junior Cycle, NAPD Creative Engagement Programme and the Arts in Education Portal.

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See below the Mayo register of Approved Artists:

Artist Name  Art Form Artist Link
Carmel Balfe Puppateer http://www.littlegempuppets.com/
Catherine Donnelly Dance Artist https://www.danceireland.ie/members/directory/catherine-donnelly/
Ciara O'Hara Visual Artist https://ciaraohara.com/?page_id=1533
Tom Meskell Visual Artist https://www.tommeskell.com/
Lucy Hill Visual Artist https://www.lucyhill.ie
Mags Duffy Visual Artist https://www.instagram.com/magsduffy1/

Gaeilge Version below:

Tionscnamh Cónaithe na nEalaíon san Oideachas i mBunscoileanna agus in Iar-bhunscoileanna

Tá lainseáil Clár Cónaithe BLAST na nEalaíon san Oideachas 2022 á fógairt ag an Roinn Oideachais, ina mbeidh suas le 425 Clár Cónaithe nua de chuid na nEalaíon san Oideachas i scoileanna gach bliain. 

Is é aidhm an tionscnaimh seo ná chun tacú le comhtháthú na bprionsabal agus na bpríomhscileanna atá leagtha amach i gCairt na hEalaíon san Oideachas agus i gClár Éire Ildánach (2017-2022), Crann Taca 1 Óige Chruthaitheach. 

Is é aidhm na scéime seo ná an deis a thabhairt do dhaltaí i scoileanna ar fud na tíre obair a dhéanamh le healaíontóir gairmiúil ar thionscadail ar leith a bheadh á dtionscnamh agus á bpleanáil idir an t-ealaíontóir, an múinteoir agus an scoil faoi chomhordú Líonra ITOÉ, Ionaid Tacaíochta Oideachais na hÉireann de 21 ionad oideachais lánaimseartha. Tugann an tionscnamh seo tacaíocht do leanaí agus do dhaoine óga le haghaidh na todhchaí, ina mbeidh ríthábhacht le scileanna cosúil leis an gcumas le teagmháil agus comhoibriú a dhéanamh le daoine eile, tabhairt faoin smaointeoireacht chruthaitheach agus chriticiúil agus an uileghabhálacht a chleachtadh ag gach leibhéal, le go mbeidh síocháin, cobhsaíocht agus fás eacnamaíoch inbhuanaithe agus cothromas ann.

Is é atá beartaithe ná próiseas ar leith atá níos éifeachtaí ina ndéanann scoileanna iarratas ar ealaíontóir ar Chlár Ealaíontóirí Faofa Ar Líne atá oilte cheana féin don Chlár Cónaithe BLAST nua de chuid na nEalaíon san Oideachas atá á bhainistiú ag an ionad oideachais áitiúil. Íocfaidh an t-ionad oideachais an t-ealaíontóir freisin a bhainfidh níos mó den ualach riaracháin a bhíonn ar mhúinteoirí agus ar scoileanna.

Conas a oibreoidh an tionscnamh Cónaithe BLAST seo? 

An tIonad Oideachais: 

Cé go mbeidh an clár á chomhordú go náisiúnta ag bunáit riaracháin na nEalaíon san Oideachas atá lonnaithe san Ionad Oideachais i dTrá Lí, déanfaidh scoileanna iarratas ar chlár cónaithe BLAST na nEalaíon san Oideachas chuig an ionad oideachais lánaimseartha atá ina gceantar, bunaithe ar an gClár Ealaíontóirí Faofa Ar Líne. Déanfar clár na n-ealaíontóirí faofa i ngach ionad oideachais a eagrú de réir ealaíontóra agus disciplín, beidh an taithí oiliúna ábhartha atá ag teastáil agus atá faofa san áireamh, samplaí d’obair a rinneadh roimhe seo agus samplaí de thaithí ábhartha nó ghaolmhar i gcomhthéacs oideachais agus pobail.  

Tá os cionn 300 ealaíontóir oilte agus cláraithe faoi láthair ar an gClár Ealaíontóirí Faofa Ar Líne atá á bhainistiú ag líonra na n-ionad oideachais go náisiúnta. Beidh gach ealaíontóir tar éis a bPolasaí Dea-Chleachtais um Chumhdach Leanaí (ina bhfuil Ráiteas um Chumhdach Leanaí) a chur isteach agus a nDeimhniú gur chuir siad an modúl oiliúna um Thús Áite do Leanaí i gcrích chuig an ionad oideachais. 

An rud atá beartaithe ná próiseas ar leith atá níos éifeachtaí a bheith ann nuair a dhéanann scoileanna iarratas ar ealaíontóir faoi Chlár Cónaithe BLAST na nEalaíon san Oideachas. Eagróidh an t-ionad oideachais go n-íocfar an t-ealaíontóir freisin, a bhainfidh níos mó den ualach riaracháin a bhíonn ar mhúinteoirí agus ar scoileanna. 

Grinnfhiosrúchán an Gharda Síochána:

Déanfaidh an t-ionad oideachais i gcomhar leis an scoil grinnfhiosrúchán an Gharda Síochána a eagrú leis an ealaíontóir d’ealaíontóirí le haghaidh na n-iarratas scoile a n-éiríonn leo. Is féidir le scoileanna astu féin (más mian leo) iarraidh ar an ealaíontóir iarratas a dhéanamh ar ghrinnfhiosrúchán an Gharda Síochána chun obair a dhéanamh go sonrach ina scoil.

Na hEalaíontóirí:

Beidh ealaíontóirí as aon disciplín ealaíonta atá oilte i gcomhpháirtíocht chun obair i scoileanna cláraithe le gach ceann den 21 ionad ITOÉ lánaimseartha. San áireamh sna disciplíní ealaíonta tá na hamharc-ealaíona, an cheardaíocht, ceol, damhsa, drámaíocht, litríocht agus scannánaíocht. Déanfar na disciplíní cruthaitheacha a leathnú de réir mar a fhorbraíonn an clár cónaithe sna blianta amach romhainn. 

Bhí na healaíontóirí ar an gClár Ealaíontóirí Faofa oilte roimhe seo agus beidh siad tar éis páirt a ghlacadh i gcláir chónaithe scoileanna faoin FGL um Chomhpháirtíocht Múinteoirí-Ealaíontóirí agus tionscnamh Cónaithe nó na hEalaíona i gClár na Sraithe Sóisearaí atá faofa ag an Roinn Oideachais agus faoina treoir. 

An Scoil: 

Ní mór do na scoileanna a bheith i gceantar an ionaid oideachais lánaimseartha áitiúil. Ní féidir le scoileanna ach iarratas amháin a chur isteach. Ba chóir do scoileanna a n-ealaíontóirí a roghnú iad féin ar an gClár Faofa, bunaithe ar CVanna/ar shamplaí d’obair a rinneadh le déanaí, ar oiliúint agus ar mholtaí. Tá ealaíontóirí curtha ar an gClár Faofa bunaithe ar oiliúint san ionad oideachais (TAP) chomh maith le cé chomh hoiriúnach agus atá sé/sí/an cháilíocht ealaíonta etc. agus gur tharla sé roimh ré lena chinntiú go sásaíonn an t-ealaíontóir roghnaithe polasaithe na scoile maidir le pearsanra seachtrach a fhostú.

A luaithe agus atá scoil faofa don scéim, tá an scoil tiomanta don ealaíontóir, a bheidh tar éis an t-am sin a chur i leataobh don tionscadal agus a d’fhéadfadh obair eile a dhiúltú i rith na n-amanna atá sceidealaithe le hobair a dhéanamh leis an scoil.

 Spreagann an tionscnamh seo iad seo a leanas:

Scoileanna, bunscoileanna agus iar-bhunscoileanna, nach raibh an deis acu le déanaí páirt a ghlacadh ina leithéid de thionscnaimh chruthaitheacha, le hiarratas a dhéanamh.

Scoileanna a thugann tacaíocht don chuimsiú agus do rannpháirtíocht mhéadaithe na n-ealaíon san oideachas le scoláirí as cúlraí faoi mhíbhuntáiste agus le scoláirí a bhfuil riachtanais speisialta oideachais acu, le hiarratas a dhéanamh.

Scoileanna a bhfuil cuntas teiste acu sa chomhpháirtíocht múinteoirí-ealaíontóirí ag obair sa seomra ranga agus sa scoil, le hiarratas a dhéanamh. 

Tiomantas na scoile uile don tionscadal, ach níl sé riachtanach go n-oibríonn na ranganna ar fad leis an ealaíontóir. 

Ba chóir go gcuirfeadh na tionscadail san áireamh curaclaim ábhartha na scoile de réir mar is cuí agus díriú ar an bpróiseas.

Maoiniú Chlár Cónaithe BLAST na nEalaíon san Oideachas: 

Is é táille an ealaíontóra €1,000 do gach clár cónaithe. Tá an maoiniú seo á chur ar fáil ag an Roinn Oideachais trí gach ionad oideachais. Íocfaidh an t-ionad oideachais an t-ealaíontóir i gcomhréir leis na treoirlínte comhaontaithe tar éis meastóireachtaí an ealaíontóra agus an mhúinteora/na scoile a chur isteach agus a fháil. I gcásanna áirithe, b’fhéidir go mbeidh íocaíocht dhá thráthchuid de €500 i gceist leis an gcomhaontú. 

Déanfar an t-ealaíontóir a mhaoiniú ar feadh 20 uair an chloig theagmhála, chomh maith le 6 uair an chloig le haghaidh am pleanála/forbartha/athbhreithnithe. Ní mór do na scoileanna a ghlacann páirt íoc as na hábhair a bhaineann leis an tionscadal agus chomh maith leis sin chun an tionscadal a thaifeadadh trí ghrianghraif etc. agus as aon chostais eile a bheidh i gceist, costais árachais san áireamh. Is féidir cláir chónaithe mhaoinithe a chur i gcrích i rith ná a bliana acadúla ag tosú sa Deireadh Fómhair a dhéantar an clár cónaithe a fhaomhadh.

Ní mór do scoileanna aitheantas a thabhairt don Roinn Oideachais agus don ionad oideachais áitiúil i ngach poiblíocht a bhaineann leis an tionscadal.

Beidh ar scoileanna a n-éiríonn leo conradh gearrthéarma a shíniú lena n-ionad oideachais áitiúil ag glacadh le téarmaí Chlár Cónaithe BLAST na nEalaíon san Oideachas sula dtosaíonn siad an clár cónaithe. Níor chóir go mbeadh tús curtha le cláir chónaithe a n-éiríonn leo go dtí go bhfuil fógra oifigiúil i scríbhinn chun dul ar aghaidh faighte acu ón ionad oideachais agus nuair atá grinnfhiosrúchán an Gharda Síochána curtha i gcrích agus go bhfuil sé seo curtha in iúl don scoil. 

Is coinníoll ar leith den chlár cónaithe seo go n-oibríonn múinteoir go dlúth agus i gcomhar leis an ealaíontóir chun an taithí foghlama a phleanáil agus go bhfuil sé/sí i láthair an t-am ar fad leis an ealaíontóir agus é/í ag obair le scoláirí sa scoil chun cur le níos mó comhpháirtíochtaí múinteoirí-ealaíontóirí. Beidh scoileanna freagrach as a chinntiú go gcomhlíonann an clár cónaithe comhairle ábhartha na Sláinte Poiblí nuair atá an tionscadal ar bun. 


Cuirfidh an t-ionad oideachais na meastóireachtaí riachtanacha i bhfeidhm do Chláir Chónaithe na nEalaíon san Oideachas. San áireamh anseo beidh cuairt go dtí an scoil, Foirm Aiseolais an Mhúinteora/na Scoile agus Foirm Aiseolais an Ealaíontóra a chomhlánú agus a chur ar ais. Íocfar an dara tráthchuid de tháille an ealaíontóra nuair a chuirtear isteach na tuarascálacha deiridh. 

Is féidir aon íomhánna a chuireann an scoil isteach sna tuarascálacha nó nuair a chuireann siad an tionscadal i gcrích, a úsáid leis an scéim a chur chun cinn trína bpriontáil nó trí na meáin eile lena n-áirítear na meáin shóisialta. Dá bhrí sin, tá sé ríthábhachtach go mbeidh cead ag na scoileanna lena leithéid d’íomhánna a úsáid, agus tabhair faoi deara sna foirmeacha ceada go mbeidh siad in úsáid chun na críche seo, agus ná cuir aon íomhánna go dtí an t-ionad oideachais ach amháin nuair atá cead ó thuismitheoirí faighte.

Treoirlínte le hIarratas a Dhéanamh: 

Nóta ar Threoir Sláinte Phoiblí a bhaineann le COVID-19: Ba chóir do scoileanna na tograí a bhunú ar an gcomhairle agus treoir sláinte phoiblí is fearr atá ar fáil nuair a dhéantar an t-iarratas. 

Ní mór go mbeadh na nithe seo a leanas san áireamh in iarratais chomhlánaithe

Foirm iarratais chomhlánaithe

Togra i scríbhinn don tionscadal ina gcuirfear in iúl aidhmeanna an tionscadail, an téama, na hábhair, na próisis, na torthaí a bhfuiltear ag súil leo, an inseachadtacht, líon na n-uaireanta teagmhála agus líon na ranganna agus na ndaltaí a bheidh rannpháirteach sa tionscadal. 

Cuir in iúl freisin an sceideal fráma ama atá beartaithe agus an modh pleanáilte le taifeadadh a dhéanamh ar an tionscadal. 

Ba chóir go léireodh an togra tiomantas na scoile uile don tionscadal. (Ní chiallaíonn sé seo go gcaithfidh na leanaí ar fad a bheith rannpháirteach sa tionscadal, seachas sin, ba chóir go dtabharfadh an scoil uile tacaíocht agus a bheith solúbtha leis an tionscadal a éascú). 

Osclóidh na hiarratais ar an 25ú Bealtaine 2022. Is é an dáta deiridh an 30ú Méan Fómhair 2022.

Beidh tacaíocht á fáil ag an tionscnamh seo ó líonra n-ionad oideachais ITOÉ, FGL um Chomhpháirtíocht Múinteoirí-Tuismitheoirí, na hEalaíona sa tSraith Shóisearach, Clár um Rannpháirtíocht Chruthaitheach an NAPD agus Tairseach na nEalaíon san Oideachas.

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