Creative Hubs Performance Production Partnership Commission
Closing Date: 12 Noon, Friday 2nd December 2022
The Giggler Treatment, production commission with The Ark 2022

Dublin City Council’s Creative Hubs Programme, an initiative of Dublin City Arts Office and Libraries, invites proposals from experienced producing companies – organisations, venues or festivals - to work with us in partnership to produce and present new theatre or dance performance work for children in Dublin City’s Creative Hub Libraries during 2023.

Dublin City Council offers max €25,000 to include production contribution and performances.  Creative Hub libraries have developed a strong relationship with our local schools and can manage local booking. This financial contribution and local network support is intended to offer security to the producing company in the development and presentation of new work, and create opportunities for children to experience high quality performances in their own locality outside of formal arts venues. It is anticipated that performance work being proposed is already in development (though may not initially have been planned for non-formal venues) and may have already secured other sources of development funding.

Background and Context

The current City Arts Plan; our Arts, Education and Learning Policy; and Dublin City’s Culture and Creativity Strategy include among their objectives, increasing access and provision for children and young people to quality arts experiences in local neighbourhoods.

We also recognise the ongoing need to support the quality of artistic experience through commissioning opportunities and professional development of artists, arts and cultural workers, educators and facilitators.

The dual strengths of the library as a site for cultural access and education is the sense of ownership felt by citizens - regardless of income, status, age, gender or ethnic origin - and its connection to local social, community and education networks.

Dublin City Libraries and Arts Office are now working in partnership to pursue a phased expansion of a number of key Creative Hubs beginning with Ballyfermot, Cabra and Coolock libraries.

Creative Hubs seek to sustain high quality arts experiences for children, schools and families to access in their Library and locality, through the development of enhanced educational, community and cultural partnership. For further information on Children’s Art in Libraries: Creative Hubs to date, see link:

In 2021 the programme commissioned a visual arts exhibition  with the RHA Gallery  awarded to visual artist Jane Locke;   a musical storytelling adaption by Fionn Foley of Roddy’s Doyle’s The Giggler Treatment with The Ark;  and a dance production The Galaxy of Occupations with Roisin Whelan Dance company/VISUAL Carlow – all for presentation in Oct/Nov 2022.

The cast of The Galaxy of Occupations with pupils of St. Michael Primary School, Ballyfermot
Previously it has commissioned theatre (bilingual commission and co-production with Axis 2016) and dance (see Dance commissions with Maria Nilsson Waller)

The Creative Hub programme aims include:
  • To provide children with the opportunity to participate in and gain meaningful and imaginative arts experiences in their local library and locality
  • To build local capacity and partnership
  • To provide opportunities for established and emerging artists/companies to develop their practice for/with Children.
  • To create commissioning opportunities that support and nurture innovative programming, where feasible through partnership
New Performance Partnership Commission Criteria
  1. Provide children with a quality experience of live performance that is approximately 45-60 minutes in duration ( or as appropriate to age).
  2. Be created to appropriately meet the needs, interests, real or imaginative lives of a stated target age group attending the performance. Eg  4-6 , 5 -8  or 9-12
  3. Create the opportunity for a strong arts experience for children to be produced, with due consideration of production feasibility ( eg cast size, playing area, minimal set/tech/ requirements to support the effective touring of a performance to libraries/ non-formal venues.) 
Conditions and Finance
This opportunity is open to producing companies on the island of Ireland. Dublin City Council offers up to a max €25,000 to include production contribution and performances.  It is presently anticipated that an award would include 10 Creative Hub performances during 2023, though this may increase should further funding be identified by either party or should production costs allow. Proposing producers may have other performance agreements or funding in place, and this should be clearly stated, if so.
We have two potential timeframes
  1. Summer 2023 for public audiences
  2. Autumn/Winter 2023 for  mainly primary schools
Creative Hubs may design a separately financed complementary education workshop/resource but this will only be decided next year when more is known of the chosen production/s.
Acknowledgement of the Dublin City Council Creative Hubs development commission support will be a condition of funding.

Please note we cannot accept applications from individual artists, unless backed by a producing company/organisation/venue with whom the contractual agreement will be made.
The Creative Hubs programme welcomes proposals from all styles and traditions of theatre or dance performance. Proposals in PDF format should be submitted by Friday 2nd December and must also include:
  • Summary: short description of the performance proposal, stating what you want to produce, for what age group and why.
  • Key details of your proposal (max 1500 words ) which might include notes on approach, characters, plot or anticipated structure.
  • Sample scenes may be included if available (not compulsory). Please only include scenes/choreographic samples you think will best communicate to the selection panel artistic intention/approach
  • 3 Examples of previous work produced (this can be web-links or short descriptions)
  • Proposed Production to Performance Timeline
  • Overall Budget and level of funding required from DCC (to include 10 performances)
  • Short details on artistic/production team insofar as known.
Important dates:
  • The deadline for the submission is Friday 2nd December @ 12 noon
  • A maximum of 4 proposals will be shortlisted and invited to meet via zoom with representatives of the Creative Hubs Programme Friday 9th December to discuss their proposal in greater detail. Decisions will be communicated by Tuesday 13th December.
For enquiries, please contact:
Completed proposals should be submitted to:
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