Exit 15 Commission

Call out for artists to collaborate with the Ballyogan community

We are  looking for an artist, artist collectives or artistic / administrative teams to collaborate with the Ballyogan community for a creative place programme that is responding to the artistic aspirations of local people under the banner of Exit 15.

Exit 15 is a partnership between Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Voluntary Arts Ireland and Queen`s University Belfast and is supported/funded by the Arts Council‘s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme 2017 and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

This is a unique opportunity/platform for an artist or artists to develop new and exciting relationships with the Ballyogan community to design and deliver ambitious art projects, a series of arts ‘happenings’ or celebratory events that reflect the ambition of the community; the intergenerational and multi-cultural residents, the people who provide and support local services, and the wide range of individuals and groups who use the amenities and local initiatives in Ballyogan and the surrounding area. The Samuel Beckett Civic Campus is central to the community’s cultural life and a wonderful hub in which to activate and develop new projects.

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The local community will be closely involved in the selection process of this commission.

Ballyogan, one of Dublin’s fastest growing communities is located in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council Area (DLR) about 12 km from Dublin City centre. It has a young population and a strong traveller community within the surrounding areas. Within the context of the broader DLR local authority area it is characterised as having one of the highest percentages of local authority housing. Yet, the story of Ballyogan is much richer than these demographics.

The value of this commission is €40,000 

Exit 15 emerged as part of a longer process of inquiry, begun in 2016, into the artistic, cultural and creative interests of people living and working in Ballyogan by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office and Voluntary Arts Ireland.

An award from Arts Council Ireland’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme made it possible to establish Exit 15 in 2017. Exit 15 is an arts-based action-research project which seeks to build Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office’s capacity for responding to the creative aspirations of local people. The process is led by activities aimed at building a better understanding of the creative and artistic needs and interests of people living and working in the area.

The project began with a series of programmed events. These included 3 artists-in-residence schemes; Michael Fortune , Mark Storor and Michael McLoughlin whom all spent several months getting to meet and make art with the locals and with other local interest based projects Crafty Hands, Creative Adventures, and services in the area. The community fully embraced each of these projects and demonstrated an openness and willingness to make things happen.

Engagement is at the heart of all Exit 15 programmes with emphasis on how to design cultural programmes that are responsive to and involve input from local people from the very start. As a result, Exit 15 has also involved the engagement of a researcher, Dr. Victoria Durrer, Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr. Durrer has been engaging with artists as well as local people living and working in Ballyogan to capture individuals’ experiences of Ballyogan, its creative and artistic life and the activities of the project itself. For more information on our learning to date check out our research.

The commissioning committee is open to all artforms as well as applications from artist collectives and artistic / administrative teams. We are looking for (an) experienced artist or team whose practice reflects a deep understanding of people and place. The emphasis is on the process of engagement between the artist and the community. Together, they will shape and deliver a series of creative outcomes. As people will have varying experiences and interests, it is important that the process allow for  various entry points for the local community to get involved.

Timeline for the commission

This commission will be awarded under a Two Stage Open Competition

Deadline for Stage 1 submission
Monday 3 September at 12pm noon. Shortlisted artists will be informed by the 15 September

Stage 2 Presentation to Community
21 September. Selected artist/s will be notified by 24 September

Commission must be completed by the end of March 2019

Budget information

The budget for the commission is €40,000 inclusive.

This amount is to be fully inclusive of fee, expenses and VAT

Non-VAT registered service providers may be liable for Professional Services Withholding Tax. The successful artist will be required to provide the partners  with a tax clearance certificate prior to signing of contracts

Applicants are required to submit the following by email to exit15@vaireland.org by 3rd September 12pm noon. Please note, late submissions cannot be accepted

  • A typed curriculum vitae, including the names of 2 referees who are familiar with the work of the applicant(s) (maximum 3 typed pages).
  • A one page statement outlining your methods of co-creating artwork with communities and what your first steps would be if you were awarded this commission.
  • 3-5 examples of previous work with associated budget breakdowns. If you do not have 3 examples we are open to accepting sample ideas and budget breakdowns.
  • A statement of interest. We would like to hear some thoughts on how you would approach an artistic commission of this scale with the local community in Ballyogan. This is not a request for a full proposal.
  • A 2 minute video telling us why you want to work in Ballyogan
  • Please let us know how you found out about the commission

 Selection Criteria for Stage One

  • Demonstrated track record in community arts / participatory arts /socially engaged practice (30/100)
  • Demonstrated capacity to complete a commission of this size (20/100)
  • Ability to clearly communicate interest in working with people in Ballyogan (25/100)
  • Clearly articulated approach to practice that demonstrates responsiveness to working in a community based context (25/100)

All eligible applications at Stage One will be shortlisted by a panel consisting of the programme partners and external expertise.

Shortlisted artists will be invited to the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus in Ballyogan on Friday 21 September  to make a 20 minute presentation to the community, followed by a 10 minute Q and A.

This presentation will form the basis for final selection. The selection panel will comprise of local residents,  local service providers  and external expertise. The presentation will also be viewed by local residents and a percentage of the overall points will be allocated so that they can vote on their preferred artist(s).

The commissioning committee is open to the artists’ interpretation of this presentation and how it could be presented. The main aim of this is for the community to learn more about the artists and their practice and to gain an understanding of how this would fit in Ballyogan. Interactive presentations are welcome. Please note the selection criteria for Stage Two for guidance.

All shortlisted artists will be offered a fee of €300 to attend this meeting.

Selection Criteria for Stage Two

  • Ability to communicate artistic process and artistic practice clearly and to a broad audience. (25/100)
  • Clear depth of interest in working with members of the Ballyogan community. (20/100)
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to approach a commission that is developed with and within a community. (20/100)
  • Nominated by local residents through a closed voting system (35/100)


Research has been capturing the activities taking place in Exit 15 and faciliating learning not only for project partners, but individuals engaged in the project as well. The successful artist, artistic collective or artist/administrative team will be expected to work closely with our project researcher, Dr. Victoria Durrer.

  • Regularly meet, discuss and review artistic and research methodologies with the researcher in order to ensure that the research is bespoke and sensitive to the approach of the artist(s) or team (not to exceed thrice / month)
  • Support the researcher to meet with participants and attend and / or take part in activities, including making introductions, informing researcher of key dates, etc.

The research methodology is responsive to the specific context of the project, which is ever-changing as we meet and work with new people. It has thus been sensitive to the needs and interests of project partners, artists and the individuals living and working in Ballyogan. To date this has involved walking tours, interviews, photography, and discussions reflecting on Exit 15 activities to date. It will equally be sensitive and respectful of the artist(s) or team joining the project.

Additionally, as part of reporting requirements, the artist(s) or team is asked to assist DLR Arts Office in capturing:


Voluntary Arts Ireland with support from Dún Loaghaire-Rathdown County Council will act as the liaison support between the successful applicant/s in the start-up stage of the project and throughout the lifetime of the project.

The selected artist/s may use up to 10% of the commission for administrative/co-ordination support.


Please note that the successful applicant will be required to have Public Liability Insurance with cover of €6.5 million. Non-Vat registered service providers may be liable for Professional Services Withholding Tax. The successful applicant may be required to provide the partners with a tax clearance certificate prior to signing of contracts.

Freedom of Information

The provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997-2003 apply to Voluntary Arts Ireland and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Applicants should state if any of the information supplied by them is confidential or sensitive and should not be disclosed to a request for information under the aforementioned Act. Applicants should state why they consider the information to be confidential or commercially sensitive.

Garda Vetting

Successful applicants will be Garda Vetted.

Data Protection (GDPR)

All information provided for the Exit 15 Commission Call Out for Artists will be held for a period of two years from the date of submission and will remain in the sole ownership of the partners; Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Voluntary Arts Ireland and Queens University Belfast. Information supplied in the application will be used only for the purpose of the application itself and delivery of commission by the successful applicants. You may withdraw your consent to the partners retaining the information at any point by sending an email to helen@vaireland.org

Please note: the partnership of Voluntary Arts Ireland and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council reserves the right not to appoint if none of the applications received are deemed to be suitable. In this instance the partners reserve the right to pursue a different procurement process. Additionally they reserve the right to determine the number of awards granted and the commission amount/s offered.

Please refer any queries to Helen Barry, helen@vaireland.org  087 7059108

Voluntary Arts Ireland Development Officer, Republic of Ireland and Project Manager, EXIT 15