Call for Expressions of Interest for Panellists for Culture Ireland Grant Assessments

Call for Expressions of Interest for Panellists for Culture Ireland Grant Assessments

Call for Expressions of Interest for Panellists for Culture Ireland Grant Assessments

Closing Date:  3pm on 19th May 2023.

Culture Ireland seeks to engage suitably experienced candidates as expert panellists for assessment of their regular grant round applications.

Interested candidates who meet the criteria below are invited to make a submission as outlined below to

Culture Ireland Background

Culture Ireland promotes Irish arts worldwide. We create and support opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues.

Culture Ireland operates a regular grant round to support and promote the presentation of Irish arts according to the following timescales:

Application Deadline:     Assessment period:             Event starting:

1st February                   Mid- February                      15th April onwards
1st April                           Mid- April                             15th June onwards
1st July                           Mid- July                              15th September onwards
1st September                Mid- September                   15th November onwards
1st November                 Mid- November                    15th January onwards

During 2023/2024, Culture Ireland will operate five Grant Rounds with approx. 120 applications expected in each round. Applications are accepted across all artforms as defined in the Arts Act 2003 inc Architecture, Circus, Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Opera, Theatre and the Visual Arts.
You can find full details of the process here:

Role of the Panellist

The role of the panellist is to provide expert advice according to their artform speciality on the merits of the applications for the international presentation of work for which support is sought.

Panellists are requested to submit comments on the applications, in their area of expertise, in terms of:

• Knowledge of the artist and work for which support is sought

• The timing of this opportunity in the artists career to present as proposed

Panellists are emailed a link to the applications after each deadline has passed and the applications have been initially assessed for eligibility by Culture Ireland. Instructions on how to complete assessments through the portal are sent with this and panellists are requested to enter comments on applications in the art form on which they have expertise and also where relevant for some multidisciplinary applications.

Panel comments are collated by Culture Ireland, along with Embassy network comments and the full file is sent to our Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) with recommendations for funding. The EAC meets and recommends funding decisions for approval by the Minister.


Culture Ireland provides panellists with an honorarium at the following rates per the number of applications assessed per grant round.

1-15 applications  €250
15-30 applications  €450
30+ applications  €650

Payment may be subject to Public Service Withholding Tax (PSWT).

Term of Appointment

Appointments of panellists will be for an initial period of 3 years.

Work expected / anticipated input

It is recognised that given the tight time frame for assessment and other work commitments, a panellist may on occasion not be available.
Culture Ireland may rotate experts/panels during the year and therefore every panellist may not be contacted to take part in each round.

Person specification

In line with Culture Ireland’s stated operational goal of Inclusion, we welcome applications representative of the diversity of the Irish population, particularly reflecting gender, geography, cultural interests and members of new communities.

Panellists are required to have expertise in one of the following art forms: Architecture, Circus, Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Theatre, Opera, Visual Arts. Interested parties should outline your expertise in your submission and it should be evidenced in your CV. Culture Ireland is seeking a mix of expertise and areas of interest so not all applicants may be invited to become panellists.

Panellists are required to

• bring independent and objective scrutiny to the oversight of the applications;
• be prepared to be supportive to the delivery of organisational strategy and objectives;
• be equipped to offer considered advice on the basis of sound judgement and experience;
• be prepared to make an appropriate time commitment;
• act on a fully informed basis, in good faith, with due diligence and care, informed by the priorities of Culture Ireland’s Strategy available to view here.

Culture Ireland is committed to facilitating an application process whereby applications can be submitted and assessed through either the English or Irish language. Therefore applications from candidates with the ability to conduct assessments and provide the necessary feedback and advice in the Irish language are particularly welcome.

Tá Cultúr Éireann tiomanta do phróiseas iarratais a éascú trínar féidir iarratais a chur isteach agus a mheasúnú trí Bhéarla nó trí Ghaeilge. Dá bhrí sin cuirtear fáilte ar leith roimh iarratais ó iarrthóirí a bhfuil ar a gcumas measúnuithe a dhéanamh agus an t-aiseolas agus an chomhairle riachtanach a sholáthar i nGaeilge.

Submitting your Expression of Interest

Your submission should be made by email to with a subject line of “Culture Ireland Panellist Expression of Interest”.  It should comprise a cover letter outlining  the specific expertise you would bring and all relevant experience and a curriculum vitae.

Submissions must be received by 3 pm on 19th May 2023.


Subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts, 2014, applications will be treated in strict confidence. All enquires, applications and all aspects of the proceedings are treated as strictly confidential and are not disclosed to anyone, outside those directly involved in that aspect of the process. Certain items of information, not specific to any individual, are extracted from computer records for general statistical purposes.

Data Protection Acts 1988 & 2003

Please note that your submission may be retained by Culture Ireland for up to one year.

Posted: 04.04.23