Creative Hubs Performance Production Partnership Commission

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 and/or in primary schools/community centres during 2022.

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.

The Children’s Art in Libraries has been managed by City Arts Office and delivered in collaboration with Dublin City Public Libraries since 2010. CAL engaged over 5000 children across 21 libraries in its free programme, through commissioned and programmed performances, exhibitions, workshops and short residencies. 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

The programme has previously commissioned visual arts exhibitions ( and will partner with the RHA for a new visual arts commission 2022) , theatre (bilingual commission and co-production with Axis 2016) and dance.( see Dance commissions with Maria Nilsson Waller and  ). It also supports an early years arts-development  partnership with The Ark that includes family programming, residencies, commissions and CPD training.

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

Provide children with a quality experience of live performance that is approximately 45 -60 minutes in duration.
Be created to appropriately meet the needs, interests, real or imaginative lives of a stated target age group attending the performance. Eg  5 -8  or 9-12
Create the opportunity for a strong arts experience for children to be produced, with due consideration of production feasibility ( eg cast size, minimal set/tech/ requirements to support the effective touring of a performance to schools and libraries.) 

Conditions and Finance

This opportunity is open to producing companies on the island of Ireland. Dublin City Council offers max €25,000 to include production contribution and performances.  It is presently anticipated that there will be  8 -10 Creative Hub performances in 2022 – this may increase if further funding is identified by either party. Proposing producers may have other performance agreements or funding in place, and this should be clearly stated if so. Given that our intended audience in mainly primary schools, we anticipate that performances are likely to take place in Autumn/winter 2022. Production companies may propose other dates if realistic.

Creative Hubs may design a separately financed complementary education workshop/resource but this will only be considered next year when more is known of the chosen production.

Acknowledgement of the Dublin City Council Creative Hubs development 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 November 30 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 8 -10 performances)
Short details on artistic/production team insofar as known.

Important dates:

The deadline for the submission is Tuesday November 30 @12 noon
A maximum of 3 proposals will be shortlisted and invited to meet via zoom with representatives of the Creative Hubs Programme Wednesday December 8th to discuss their proposal in greater detail. Decisions will be communicated by December 13th.

For enquiries, please contact:

Completed proposals should be submitted to: