Published 20.05.2013
by Kids’ Own

Lullaby Project: Opportunity for Artists & Musicians

Call out for artists and musicians: Lullaby Project, Autumn 2013

Kids’ Own and Early Childhood Ireland welcome applications from artists and musicians who are interested in working collaboratively within 3 early childhood care and education settings in the Northwest as part of our new Lullaby Tour in Autumn 2013.

This is a unique opportunity for an artist and a musician to develop a methodology for engaging creatively with babies aged 6-18 months and their parents and ECCE practitioners, through sound, lullaby and sensory stimulation.

Working one day per week for 4 weeks in 3 consecutive locations, between September and December 2013, the artist and musician will create a sensory environment for babies to be engaged through sound, song and visual stimulation.

Images and songs from the project will be brought together into a brand new Kids’ Own/Early Childhood Ireland lullaby publication and app for iPhone & iPad.

The fee for each artist and musician is €2100 (based on a daily fee of €150 per day), plus a travel stipend of €900.

Deadline for applications is Friday 7th June. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 18th June.

For more information, see full brief below.

Full brief for artists & musicians

The Lullaby Project is funded by the Arts Council’s Touring Award 2013, and delivered by Kids’ Own in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland.

We are now seeking to recruit an artist and a musician to lead and deliver this project in Autumn 2013.

About Kids’ Own

Kids’ Own is an all-Ireland children’s arts organisation and publishing house. The mission of Kids’ Own is to nurture and support children’s creativity by providing children with opportunities to engage in exemplary arts practice with professional artists. Through a range of interventions from book-making in community settings to school residencies with artists, we believe that arts practice with children enriches their learning and development and builds their confidence & resilience as human beings.

Kids’ Own encourages collaborative and exploratory approaches between artists and children. Kids’ Own and Early Childhood Ireland wish to encourage collaboration between artists and early childcare practitioners.

The Lullaby Tour

The aims & objectives of this project are:

Aims:

• Extend the reach of Kids’ Own’s work and process to children, their parents and early childhood practitioners in County Sligo through a new touring lullaby programme in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) centres;

• Building on our previous early years tours, develop a methodology for working with children aged 6-18 months and promote the value of this work;

• Support the development of practitioners working within this context in County Sligo in order to embed arts practice within their daily routines and to include their youngest members in this engagement.

Objectives:

• Strengthen Kids’ Own’s role within the early years sector by developing new interagency partnership with Early Childhood Ireland;

• Create a soothing sensory environment for children (birth-18 months) to be toured to three ECCE Centres in County Sligo;

• Celebrate human connection and adult-baby communication through lullabies and other forms of sensory stimulation;

• Strengthen partnerships between artists, musicians and childcare practitioners by exploring the intrinsic value of creative practice within Early Childhood Care and Education settings;

• Explore models of engagement that will encourage parental participation within ECCE settings;

• Develop a range of lullaby resources (printed & digital) for parents and children, and for ECI members to use within their homes and centres.

Call for applications

Kids’ Own and Early Childhood Ireland welcome applications from artists and musicians who are interested in working on the Lullaby project.

This is a unique opportunity for the artist and the musician to develop a methodology for engaging creatively with babies aged 6-18 months and their parents and ECCE practitioners, through sound, lullaby and sensory stimulation.

The project will take place between September-December 2013.

Through 2 planning sessions (in August 2013), the artist & musician will create a simple sensory environment for the babies, which will tour to each of the 3 participating ECCE Centres. The artist & musician will then be resident for 1 day per week over 4 weeks in each centre.

Images and songs from the project will be brought together into a brand new Kids’ Own/ Early Childhood Ireland lullaby publication and app for iPhone & iPad. A digital technologist will be engaged to work on this aspect of the project and may, in some cases, collaborate with the artist and musician on the digital aspect of the project.

Fees:

Each artist and musician will receive a fee of €2100 (based on a daily rate of €150 per day), plus a travel stipend of €900.

The artist and musician will also have a shared materials budget of €500.

Criteria:

Kids’ Own seeks applications from artists and musicians who fulfil the following criteria:

• Strong individual arts practice;

• Experience of working collaboratively with children;

• Strong interest in working in the early years context, particularly with babies aged 6-18 months;

• Interest in developing cross-disciplinary practice with other artists/musicians;

• Open to actively engaging parents in the creative process;

How to apply:

To make your application, please send us:

• Current CV;

• Expression of interest, including outline of your approach to working with young children;

• Evidence of previous collaborative practice or engagement with children;

• Two references for work carried out in the last 3 years.

Applications should be sent to:

Lullaby Project, Kids’ Own, Carrigeens, Ballinful, Co. Sligo

Or by email to: info@kidsown.ie

Deadline for applications is Friday 7th June.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 18th June.

This project is delivered by Kids’ Own in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland, and is funded by the Arts Council’s Touring Award 2013, and the Katharine Howard Foundation.

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