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WGI Welcomes the Establishment of Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce

17th September 2020

The Guild welcomes the establishment of a new Taskforce for the recovery of the Arts and Culture sector under the Chair of Clare Duignan, by Minister Catherine Martin TD.

The Programme for Government: Our Shared Future, includes a commitment to “establish a cross-departmental taskforce to develop a clear approach, informed by the views of all stakeholders, to protect and sustain the arts and culture sector through the COVID-19 recovery and beyond. This will be fed into the National Economic Plan.”

Speaking of her appointment, Ms Duignan said, “It is crucial that these important sectors are not left behind as we rebuild Ireland through the Covid-19 recovery and beyond. I hope to lead and work with the Taskforce to deliver effective recommendations that will sustain and protect the arts, to help find a way back for artists, performers and live events workers to the audiences and communities they need, and to restore to Irish citizens the creativity and sustenance that the arts and entertainment sectors give us.”

Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, WGI has been a part of an arts sector advisory group with colleagues from Theatre Forum and Visual Artists Ireland raising concerns and inputting advice on the Department Of Arts Culture and Heritage’s COVID-19 response.

Scheme for Professional Artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance

16th October 2019

The Writers’ Guild of Ireland are pleased to announce to members that the Scheme for Professional Artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance has now been extended to our members. The Scheme now recognises scriptwriters as professional artists and is designed to support writers and artists during times when their incomes are low.

According to the regulations of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, in order to apply for this scheme, you need to fulfil certain criteria. You must:

  • qualify for Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • be capable, available for and genuinely seeking work
  • be registered with the Office of the Revenue Commissioners as self-employed
  • satisfy a means test with 50% earnings from work as a writer
  • be a professional writer as certified by your Guild

If you meet the requirements as outlined above, these are the steps you should take.

Request from the Guild a ‘Certificate of Professional Membership’ (email: This Certificate will be posted to any member in good standing who requests it. Please note that members must bring hard copies of the Certificate, which are certified and stamped by the WGI, to their local DEASP office. For this reason Certificates will be sent to members by post and not by email.
Apply to your local DEASP office for the Jobseeker’s Allowance for Professional Artists Scheme, providing them with the ‘Certificate of Professional Membership’ and any other paperwork relevant to your application.
Should you encounter any difficulties, please feel free to contact the Guild and we’ll do our best to advise you.

If the DEASP give you access to this Scheme, this means that they recognise that you are a professional writer and your ‘activation’ period will be postponed for 12 months while you’re on this scheme. The rate of payment is the same as for Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Further information:

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Happy Holidays!

21st December 2018

The Guild would like to wish all its members a warm, happy, and hearty holiday celebration.

And may 2019 bring all of you good fortune and fair contracts!

Our office will re-open on Monday, 7 January 2019.

From all the staff at the WGI

Interaction with the City

15th April 2011

Dublin city public art

Dublin City Council’s Public Art Programme offers opportunities for artists to engage with the city, making new work that responds to the context of Dublin as the capital of Ireland, international city, and a city of communities and localities. The Programme intends to create connections and collaborations between different areas of Dublin City Council’s work as well as interconnections between art, city and the public.

This is the first formally conceived Public Art Programme for Dublin City. The programme builds on the work of the Open Spaces programme initiated by the Dublin City Arts Office in 2007. Open Spaces explored the making and production of art in open spaces in the city through partnered events, talks and critical responses. The Public Art Programme also builds on previous public art commissions initiated by Dublin City Council under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. These commissions included permanent artwork and also temporary and processed based commissions.


It is the intention of the Dublin City Public Art Programme to offer opportunities across many art forms, such as architecture, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre, verbal arts, and visual art; including all aspects of contemporary arts practice such as performance, live art, multimedia, video art, sound art, etc. The focus will be on new work and on an openness towards different ways of art-making and expression. In addition to the work of individual artists there is scope for collaborations, collective responses and interdisciplinary practices. There is also respect for different forms of art expression and their duration, encompassing temporary, time-based or permanent work.

The Programme

Four strands have been devised to deliver the Dublin City Public Art Programme. Individually, these strands have distinct characteristics but when combined are intended to offer a cohesive approach to the Dublin City Public Art Programme. They are designed to offer artists opportunities to respond to the city in different ways that are reflective of the breath of artistic practice and that offer the public many different kinds of opportunities to relate to and engage with the programme. The Strands are:

  • Strand 1 – Dublin
  • Strand 2 – Interaction with the City
  • Strand 3 – Connecting with the Public
  • Strand 4 – City Contexts

Briefing and Information

A briefing meeting will be arranged for interested artists, curators and artistic directors. A question and answer session will form an important part of this meeting. The meeting will take place in The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1 at 1.00 pm on Tuesday 3rd May. Booking for this event is essential. To book email The Arts Office at

The closing date for initial proposals for Strand 2 – Interaction with the City is 4.00 p.m. on Monday June 27th June, 2011.

More information on guidelines and the application process is available online.

Arts Advisers Needed

13th April 2011

The Arts Council has issued a series of requests for proposals from experienced practitioners wishing to provide services as Arts Advisers in a broad range of artforms and arts practice areas.

While the specification of each role is unique, many include assisting in the appraisal and assessment of funding applications and provision of critical advice on artistic work. The call has been issued via and potential applicants are advised to check this site for full information on the roles and how to tender.

The deadline for receipt of completed proposals will be Monday 18 April 2011.

The full list of Arts Adviser services being sought are:

  • Film Adviser
  • Architecture Adviser
  • Arts and Health Adviser
  • Circus Adviser
  • Dance Adviser
  • Irish Language Arts Adviser
  • Literature Adviser (English Language)
  • Music Adviser
  • Opera Adviser
  • Public Art Adviser
  • Street Arts and Spectacle Adviser
  • Theatre Adviser
  • Traditional Arts Adviser
  • Visual Arts Adviser
  • Young People, Children and Education Adviser