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Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme

We are one of the Certifying Organisations for the Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme. All our active members can show proof of membership by providing a receipt of paid membership for 2021 (invoices issued on 15th December).

If you have paid your invoice already, please, get in touch with us at and we’ll send you a new receipt that has been approved by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media as proof of membership.

If you have not paid your invoice yet, please, do so as soon as possible and we’ll issue a receipt within a week.

If your invoice did not reach your inbox (it would have come from the email address please, get in touch and we’ll send it to you again.

PQ 2023 Curator Open Call


We are seeking compelling, ambitious and exciting proposals for a vision to represent Ireland at the world’s leading scenography exhibition: the Prague Quadrennial.

Curators are invited to submit a proposal.
This must be received by noon on Monday 28 March 2022

More info here

ISSSD seeks expressions of interest from Curators who wish to present an exhibition to represent Ireland at PQ 2023 responding to the theme RARE.

  • Expressions of interest should include a one page concept (approx. 500 words) which speaks to the PQ Curatorial vision RARE: art springing out of ideas, materials, artistic approaches, and design practices that connect at human level.  The concept should also include how contemporary Irish design for performance can be represented in a bold, energetic, compelling and vital way at PQ 2023.
  • The ambition of the proposal should be high.  It should reflect the scale of the opportunity, and the fact that the exhibition will be representing Ireland on this world stage.  It should aim to build on the high standard of previous exhibitions in Prague.
  • It is a requirement that the exhibit tour in Ireland in 2023 for the benefit of Irish audiences before or after the Prague presentation. Consideration should be given to this tour in the development of proposals.
  • Expressions of interest should include an outline of engagement with Irish Performance Designers and membership of the Irish Society of Stage and Screen Designers the outcomes of which will influence and impact the presentation of Ireland PQ 2023.
  • Curators must demonstrate the appropriate level of knowledge and skill to manage and deliver an exhibition of the scale that represents Ireland in Prague in 2023 and is appropriate to tour in Ireland.
  • Curators must demonstrate the expertise and experience to assemble a team which can deliver the exhibition at all levels, including artistic, public facing, logistical, and financial.
  • Submissions are invited from scenographers, producers, directors and/or from any practitioner who has a strong, bold and inspiring vision for representing Irish performance design.
  • Submissions must identify the Artistic Curator and Producer who will lead the delivery of the exhibition identified in the proposal and must be Irish or working on the island of Ireland.
  • Submissions must include a one page summary of how the concept will be delivered logistically nationally and at PQ.
  • Submissions must take environmental factors into consideration including carbon footprint.  ISSSD encourages submissions and concepts which result in minimal carbon footprint.

Submissions are welcome from:

  • Artists who can be Artistic Curators or Scenographers, who propose a strong artistic concept and who are the team lead, responsible for all aspects of PQ including full team assembly, finances, logistical delivery
  • Producers who propose an artistic concept and the engagement of the Artistic Curator / Artists, who take responsibility for delivery of all aspects of PQ 
  • A duo of Artistic Curator and Producer who are individuals who propose to work together and between them, organise all aspects of PQ


Applicants must submit no more 5 x A4 pages in PDF format outlining their ideas, approach and capacity to deliver a presentation of Irish design using the platform of the Prague Quadrennial and a National Exhibition.  All the criteria listed in the previous pages should be explicitly addressed and the key team members should be identified.  The application must be accompanied by key team biographies.

The submission should include:

  1. 1 page artistic concept/vision (approx. 500 words)
  2. 1 page description of logistical delivery (approx. 500 words)
  3. Sketch/outline budget
  4. Image to represent concept
  5. Biography of Curators with a minimum one artistic (eg. Artistic Curator / Scenographer / Artist) and one Managerial (eg. Producer)

Applicants should submit their proposals by email to by 12.00 noon on Monday 28 March


A panel of experts drawn from Ireland’s arts community, one international practitioner and one representative from Northern Ireland, will review and assess submissions.  

The Submission process will be managed for ISSSD by field:arts.

PQ2023 Open Call to Members


After having received Arts Council funding under the Capacity Building Scheme, we have been running a series of meetings with Tríona Ní Dhuibhir towards our Strategic Plan, including PQ2023 for which we have formed a Subcommittee.

We submitted an application for PQ2023 to represent Ireland again, after our successful exhibition in 2019 and we are now looking at setting up a transparent process to curate and produce our exhibition.

The PQ Subcommittee have now met twice to begin plans for PQ2023. The current members are Deirdre Dwyer – Chairperson-, Liam Doona – Secretary -,  Sarah Jane Shiels – Deputy Secretary -, Niall Rea – Education Officer – and Molly O’Cathain.

We invite any members of ISSSD who are interested in being part of this working group to bring PQ 2023 to fruition to contact Deirdre Dwyer at

You can find out all the information about PQ2023 in this link.

“The PQ 2023 theme is the RARE: art springing out of ideas, materials, artistic approaches, and design practices that connect to the human level from within your environment, with its genius loci and unique situation. Prague Quadrennial call on performance designers, scenographers, and performance practitioners to use their RARE imagination and creativity to help us envision what the world and theatre could look like in the post-pandemic future.”

There were 3 strands for the Countries / Regions Exhibition and we decided to apply for the 3rd one as we deemed it was the most collaborative approach that offered the possibility to include as many designers as possible: “Create future vision post-pandemic theatre, performance and scenography. How will our habits and routines change in the space of the post-pandemic world? How will we share those rare moments of human connectedness after the prolonged experience of isolation?”

Please, see pdf here for more information on PQ2023’s Curatorial approach and guidelines.

AGM 2022

As per our last newsletter and after receiving feedback from you (thanks for filling out the survey) we have scheduled the AGM and facilitated session on Saturday 19/02/2022, 3pm-5.30pm. 

The AGM will kick off at 3pm sharp, and it will be followed by a facilitated session with Tríona Ní Dhuibhir where we will look at our vision and overall goals for the coming years. Members views will be recorded and incorporated into ISSSD’s first Strategic Plan. We value your input.

We plan to have a bit of a catch up during the last half an hour with tea/coffee and maybe a wee drink if conditions allow. 

Please, save the date!