1. The ESB Dingle Arts Commission is open to artists (a single artist or a group of artists) living on the Dingle Peninsula.
  2. The type of art work to be created is open and not limited to a particular art form; the chosen form/media (e.g. physical artwork/a performance piece/community engagement project) should speak to the brief and be accessible to the commissioning organisation (ESB Networks), the local community and the wider public. Audience/Community engagement is a key element of the commission.
  3. Overall the work and final piece should encapsulate what the ‘Activated Energy Citizen’ of the future looks like on the Dingle Peninsula (and beyond). It should relate to and emphasise the energy and sustainability work on the Dingle Peninsula with the ESB Dingle Project (see below for further details). Engagement by the artist with the projects to date and people involved is recommended to get a full picture of the scope. Documenting (pics, mobile video, etc.) of work in progress is very welcome.
  4. Budget Total €4,000 – includes artists’ time, materials and final piece of work
  5. Project will be managed by Maggie Breen (Dingle Hub) Claire McElligott (ESB Networks, Dingle Project) and Catríona Fallon (Green Arts Initiative).
  6. Time Frame – Work to be completed and presented/performed/handed over by 30th September 2020. An initial meeting with the winning artist will clarify any questions and establish dates for presentation of piece to public and date/plan for recording of short, film piece, etc.
  7. Point of Contact – Maggie Breen

Selection Process & Criteria

  1. Selection panel consists of Maggie Breen (Dingle Creativity & Innovation Hub),  Claire McElligott (ESB Networks Dingle Project) and Catríona Fallon (Green Arts Initiative)
  2. Selection process will be based on:
    – artistic overview & ambition
    – quality of ideas and outside-the-box thinking
    – context and connection – connection to the overall brief and the context of the work
    – artist’s track record and potential
    – budget feasibility
  3. Final selection will we be announced on 29th June 2020
  4. Funding will be paid out to artist – 50% at beginning of work and 50% when work completed
  5. Work will be completed and presented/showcased/performed by 30th September 2020
  6. Artist’s work will be shared on ESB Networks & Dingle Hub website/social media/press & short, filmed piece with the artist and potential interview on other media

How to apply:

  1. Send your complete application in one pdf document to with Subject: ESB Arts Commission
  2. Application should include:
    – Contact Details – Name, postal address, email address, phone number, website/social media
    – Outline of your proposed project, including presentation/engagement – Maximum one page
    – Budget Overview
    – Experience/Background – Artist’s CV/Bio and reference to relevant video, sound online etc. – Application can include links to videos, examples of work online, etc. and should be included in the final pdf document
  3. Closing date for applications – Friday 19th June 2020. Late applications will not be accepted


ESB Networks Dingle Project (launched 2018)

  1. ESB Networks owns and operates the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland. “Our innovation is driven by our purpose to lead the transition to a low carbon future, delivering a sustainable, affordable and reliable network facilitating higher levels of renewable generation and the electrification of heat and transport.”
  2. There is a transition towards a low-carbon economy with a growing role being placed on renewable energy, a focus on increasing energy efficiency and the electrification of heat and transport.  The Dingle Project, an innovative three-year project, launched in April 2018 and will see the deployment of a range of new technologies to assist in the development of a smart, resilient, low-carbon electricity network of the future. These technologies include Solar PV Systems, Battery Management Systems, Air Source Heat Pumps, Peer to Peer Trading Devices, Electric Vehicles & Smart EV chargers, Smart Immersion Controllers, and Smart Home Devices.  It will also see the rollout out of Smart Devices on the electrical network that will allow for increased reliability of the network. The findings from this project will allow ESB Networks to gain insights and help us create and maintain a network to facilitate Ireland’s transition to a low carbon society and it also help us understand what is required to activate the energy citizen.
  3. One of the reasons ESB Networks chose to locate the project in Dingle is because the Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub had already established an initiative aimed at reducing the peninsula’s overall carbon footprint (Dingle Peninsula 2030).
    ESB Networks are very clear that the challenge of enabling a low carbon Ireland powered by clean electricity, cannot be delivered without extensive engagement and collaborative innovation with a broad range of stakeholders, the most important being our citizens – the key to the Dingle Project success is support & participation from the local community.  ESB Networks has partnered with the Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub to solidify their presence in the community and help establish relationships.   We now have an extensive number of community members working with us and helping us deliver our project objectives.  This will help us to understand what the home and family of the future is going to look like, for example, how they use energy, when they use it and if they need to use it. The Dingle Hub offers a local base for people to access services such as high-speed broadband and remote working facilities and is a community enterprise initiative aimed at fostering opportunities through collaborative projects, improving core skills, assisting in the learning of new skills and also helps develop entrepreneurship. The Dingle Hub supports community projects in the area of the transition to a low carbon society.
  4. Dingle was picked for the ESB Dingle Project for the following reasons:
    – There is already a determination within the community, as part of the ‘Dingle Peninsula 2030’ project to decarbonise the peninsula. Both projects have the same principle objectives and require very similar approaches to achieving their targets
    – Dingle entertains over one million tourists per annum. ESB Networks has an opportunity to showcase its innovation by implementing a representation of the future electricity network in Dingle
    – Dingle has a challenging electrical network from a reliability, capacity, and resiliency viewpoint. If we can make the technology work here we can make it work anywhere
    – The Dingle peninsula presents both a sub-urban and rural environment with which to conduct the project (Dingle town & surrounding area)
    – Dingle is exposed to all the elements and most extreme of weather, and is hence an excellent location for ensuring the resilience and robustness of proposed solutions
  5. ESB Ethos & Values
  6. Additional Sources of Info:
    – Eurelectric Project:
    – ESB Dingle Project Ambassadors – see video below
    – Launch of ‘Dingle Peninsula 2030’ and Energy Master Plan, February 2020 – see video below’s-energy-future

Green Arts Initiative 
Supporting Irish arts organisations to reduce their environmental impact

The Green Arts Initiative in Ireland is an extension of the Green Arts Initiative operated by Creative Carbon Scotland and aims to provide Irish arts organisations with the resources and support to help build a green Irish arts community. Run by Theatre Forum and Catríona Fallon, under the guidance of Creative Carbon Scotland, the Green Arts Initiative in Ireland aims to:
– Support members with practical advice on reducing their carbon footprint and overall environmental impacts.
– Provide members with opportunities to enhance their sustainability competencies through training and networking.
– Collect information about what organisations are currently doing to improve their sustainability.
More info:

Highly recommend watching below videos to give further insight: