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Castleblayney Community Enterprise: Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities

Deadline: July 18, 2014, 9:00 am

Castleblayney Community Enterprise wishes to recruit an experienced artist / facilitator to carry out community consultation and creative engagement. This work is part of the first stage of a public art project, the outcome will be a report collating information for inclusion in the brief for a new public artwork.

Castleblayney is a border town close to the Armagh border and has over the years suffered from the legacy of the troubles and suffered from lack of economic and social investment.  In more recent years much valuable work has been undertaken by many important local community groups and organisations which addressed issues and themes at sectarianism and cultural differences in an attempt to promote understanding and tolerance.  This project seeks to build further on this good work and support community cohesion by helping to facilitate discussion with people who have been reluctant to explore and talk about sensitive issues of the past.  It is intended that this focused dialogue will look at particular stories from the past which may be used to help acknowledge and celebrate our differences and give recognition to any such achievements which will then be used to produce a shared piece of art work.

Where projects seek to engage participants and deal with particularly sensitive / challenging issues we welcome bids from collaborating artists and peace building facilitators.

Phase 2 will involve commissioning an artist to produce and install the public art. Interviews will take place on the 23rd July 2014. The selection panel will consist of
1.    Tommy McGuire - Castleblayney Community Enterprise
2.    David Gilliland – Arts Council Northern Ireland
3.    Janet Hill – Community Employment Supervisor

The remit of the facilitator and/or artist will be to:

  • Creatively engage with key groups and individuals;
  • To assist in the peace-building process, 
  • Investigate potential themes for the artwork including site selection; 
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation of workshops; 
  • Ascertain all the considerations to inform the development of a brief for the public artwork, including planning permission and requirements, land ownership and any other technical considerations. 
  • The facilitator and/or artist will produce a report on the findings of the above, with recommendations, and present to the local project steering group. This report will include: the themes and outcomes of the workshops; monitoring and evaluation information on participants and any considerations informing the development of the brief.

Appointments for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 roles will be made by separate open competitions, being appointed as a facilitator will preclude an artist from being considered to produce the public artwork.


  • Consultation workshops will commence by mid August and will be completed by end of September 2014.
  • Presentation of report to steering group by early November 2014.

Where the position is defined as Regulated Activity under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007 (as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012) an Enhanced Disclosure with Barred List check will be carried out on the preferred applicant.  For ROI applicants, Castleblayney Community Enterprise will provide the successful artist with a Garda Vetting Form, when completed, this is signed off by the Authorized Signatory, then submitted to the Garda Vetting Unit in Thurles.  

The Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities Programme themes are community cohesion, regeneration through the arts, positive relations at the local level, peace and reconciliation, connecting communities.

For more information on the programme including the guidelines please click here.

Applicants - Submissions should include the following elements:

  1. Applicant details: i.e. up to date CV detailing relevant skills, qualifications and experience in the facilitation of creative peace-building workshops, preparation and presentation of reports. Please submit 6 images of your work (if applicable to your work) and references from 2 previous groups you have worked with.
  2. Methodology: outline the consultation techniques that you will employ to promote engagement at the workshops (participants are likely to come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of abilities). The outcomes of the workshops will inform the content of the brief for the public artwork.  Also outline how you would prepare and present a report of your findings. 
  3. The fee is €2,950 which includes materials, artist fees, research costs, report costs and travel.  Please provide a breakdown of all costs inclusive of VAT.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland will pay Artists’/facilitator’s fees up to €42 per hour or a maximum of €177 per day and travel expenses of €0.30 per mile.

Selection Criteria
Artist/facilitators will be shortlisted against the following criteria:

  • 70% for experience of community engagement with a wide range of groups and abilities; facilitation of cross-community, cross-border and minority ethnic groups is desirable; preparation and presentation of reports, relevant knowledge, communication skills.
  • 20% for methodology please note that the steering group will agree the final methodology with the selected artist/facilitator(s).
  • 10% for value for money

The total threshold score is 60%.  Applicants must score 60% or more to be eligible for interview. The selection panel will shortlist up to 5 submissions for interview.

Please note that submissions will be subject to PASS/FAIL assessment by panel. Please note that submissions that do not contain ALL the information requested will not be assessed i.e. a clear outline of your experience and a full CV and references,   your proposed methodology for the project and a budget with a full breakdown of costs.

Submissions should be sent for the attention of Tommy McGuire (Manager), to [email protected]  By: Friday 18th July 2014