Category: Funding / Awards / Bursaries


Open Call | Golden Fleece Award 2018   Recently updated !

goldenfleeceDeadline for receipt of applications: Friday 17 November, 2pm

The Golden Fleece Award broadens selection criteria for 2018 prize worth €20,000.

The trustees of the prestigious Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the most significant changes to the selection criteria of the award since its inception over 17 years ago.

The Golden Fleece Award, the most generous art award in Ireland with an average of €20,000 awarded annually to recipients, will now be open to all art forms. The award was established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell. In the past the award was limited to craft and figurative visual art. Now artists working in all forms of visual arts and craft are invited to enter their work for consideration for the Golden Fleece Award 2018.

We feel the new parameters reflect contemporary art practice and we are hoping that as broad a range of artists as possible may now benefit from our aunt’s great generosity. Geraldine Mitchell – trustee and niece of Lillias Mitchell

The Golden Fleece Award is governed by a board of trustees which includes members of Lillias Mitchell’s family, professional fund managers and arts professionals who work closely together to fulfill her wishes. They are supported by a distinguished advisory panel whose knowledge and experience are invaluable in guiding the development of the award. This year the panel is delighted to welcome Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy as their new chairperson. Also joining the panel is jewellery designer and NCAD academic Angela O’Kelly. The other panel members are graphic artist Robert Russell; painter Eoin Mac Lochlainn and Dara O’Leary, Manager of the RDS Art Programme.

This year also marks the retirement of ceramic artist Neil Read who has chaired the award’s advisory panel since 2011. The trustees want to acknowledge Neil’s extraordinary support and commitment to the Golden Fleece Award and to ensuring that Lillias Mitchell’s wishes were respected and fulfilled.

Entry to the award is now free.

For more informational please contact Dairne O’Sullivan at dairnemosullivan@gmail.com or call 087 680 1443

For more information and to apply online: www.goldenfleeceaward.com


Funding | Arts Council Visual Arts Curator Residency Scheme

Application deadline: Thursday 7 September, 5.30pm.

The purpose of the Visual Arts Curator Residency Scheme is to offer visual arts curators the opportunity to research and develop their practice, while developing a year-long work programme in partnership with an arts or non-arts organisation, such as a company, venue, festival, local authority or other. The specific content of the work programme will be designed by the curator in collaboration with the partner organisation.

The objectives of the Visual Arts Curator Residency Scheme are:

  • To offer opportunities to curators across the country to research and develop a programme of work relevant to the progression of their own practice
  • To offer opportunities to arts and non-arts organisations to benefit from contact with curatorial practice
  • To encourage a considered approach to, and innovative ways of, engaging new audiences with high-quality contemporary visual arts at local/regional/national level
  • To encourage the development and sustainability of high-quality visual arts activities within different contexts
  • To encourage a coordinated approach between curators and organsiations, the maximum amount awarded to each successful application will be €20,000.

All applications must be submitted using the Arts Council’s online services website. Application forms submitted via email/post/fax will not be accepted.

For further information on the Visual Arts Curator Residency Scheme please contact Jenny Walton, Visual Arts & Architecture Officer on 01 6180236 or by email at jenny.walton@artscouncil.ie

www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Visual-arts-curator-residency-scheme/


Funding | Rosy James Memorial Trust Award 2017

Applications are now open and will close at 4pm on Friday 22 September 2017.

Administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Rosy James Memorial Trust Award, worth £15,000, is now welcoming applications. This unique bursary aims to assist craft makers to develop their careers by creating a new body of work which would otherwise have been unattainable without the funding award.

Established in 2014, the Award came about thanks to the generosity of Rosemary James (Rosy), a local pioneer and patron of the arts. Originally from Belfast, Rosy had a lifelong commitment to the arts and following her death in 2010, bequeathed over £500,000 to help artists and craft makers pursue their careers.

Previous recipients of the prestigious award include glass artist, Scott Benefield (2015) and silversmiths, Stuart Cairns (2014) and Cara Murphy (2016).

Who Can Apply?

  • Makers steeped in practice using materials singly or in combination in all types of working practice, who have made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of one year within the last five years.
  • Professionally engaged makers.

For information on how to apply visit: www.artscouncil-ni.org


Funding | Creative Ireland South Dublin Awards 2017   Recently updated !

Closing Date for receipt of completed applications: 1 September, 1pm

The Creative Ireland South Dublin Awards 2017 support community engagement, participation, and creative development across arts, culture and heritage in South Dublin County.

These awards will be delivered using the Creative Ireland funds allocated to South Dublin County Council under Pillar Two of the Creative Ireland Programme for 2017 – Enabling Creativity in Every Community.

Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016 – a five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy

1. Artist and Creatives – Collaborative Practice Award
This 2017 initiative seeks to support an artist or creative in any discipline in their collaborative practice. The successful proposal will have both a professional development element and a community element to it. It will engage with one of the cultural venues or organisations in the county and may have access to mentoring opportunities by these venues and organisations. The amount of the award is €15,000.

2. Emerging Artists and Creatives – Group/Collective Incubation Award
The intention of this award is to support collectives/groups of emerging young artists and creatives in any discipline, to develop their practice and to promote their presence as a creative and distinctive voice in the County. The amount of the award is €5000.

All Projects must be initiated in 2017 and completed before March 31st 2018.
For further information email: hedwards@sdublincoco.ie

Application forms are available on: www.sdcc.ie/services/arts/arts-grants-and-bursary-awards

Completed applications should be sent to: hedwards@sdublincoco.ie


Funding | Arts Council Visual Arts Workspace Scheme 2018

Application deadline: Thursday 12 October, 5.30pm

The Arts Council invites applications for grants of up to a maximum of €40,000 towards the cost of running visual artists’ workspaces for 2018. The Visual Arts Workspace Scheme is for the calendar year 2018. This scheme is open to all visual artists’ workspaces in the Republic of Ireland (except those currently in receipt of Annual Funding or those who wish to apply for Strategic Funding 2018 grants from the Arts Council).

The scheme is administered by Visual Artists Ireland on behalf of the Arts Council.

Only applications made through the online system will be considered.
Access the form online from 14 August.
Access the form here: www.tfaforms.com/448480

Read the guidelines carefully and use the checklists and examples when preparing your application. Confirmation that you have done so is contained in the final declarations that you will sign at the end of the application process.
Access the guidelines here: WORKSPACE SCHEME GUIDELINES 2018

Who is eligible to apply?

• Applications from groups/collectives of visual artists and/or workspaces for professional visual artists;
• The scheme is open to workspaces/studios/collectives that accommodate at least four visual artists working on site;
• Artists working on site must be professional visual artists;
• Groups / collectives must be located in the Republic of Ireland.

Who is not eligible to apply?

• Individual artists;
• Organisations that have applied to Strategic Funding for 2018 from the Arts Council;
• Groups with fewer than four working artists on site;
• Groups who do not yet have an established workspace. This application may not be used for set up costs.

All queries regarding this application should be directed to:
Bernadette Beecher
T: (01)672 9488
E: info@visualartists.ie

To view a list of last years Workspace Scheme decisions see: visualartists.ie/visual-artists-work-space-scheme-decisions-2017/


Open Call | S+R Washington Award 2018

Application deadline: 5 October

Since its inception in 2001, the Washington Award has recognized talented artists in the fields of, music, dance, and visual arts especially those who contribute to international cultural collaboration.

Each winner is awarded a cash prize of $5,000. In addition, the Awards Committee may designate a Grand Prize winner who receives an additional $5,000. Award winners are honored annually in the spring at the Washington Awards Ceremony.

Why apply?
• Winners receive an unconditional cash prize of $5,000 to support their career development.
• An additional $5,000 may be awarded as a Grand Prize to an artist of outstanding ability.
• Award winners become part of the S&R Foundation network of artists, scientists, and social entrepreneurs.
• Award winners are invited to present their work at the S&R Washington Award Ceremony in Washington DC in Spring 2018

To learn more and to apply online visit:
www.sandr.org/programs/washington-award

Applicants must not be enrolled part/full time in a degree granting program. International applicants are welcome to apply.


Funding | Arts Council Northern Ireland Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP)

Deadline for applications: Thursday 24 August 2017, 4pm

All applications to the programmes listed immediately below must be for projects that will take place between 1st November 2017 and 31st October 2018.

  • General Arts Awards
  • Artists’ Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES)
  • Major Individual Awards (MIA)
  • Artists’ International Development Fund
  • Self-arranged residencies
  • Mike Moloney Award
  • Anne O’Donoghue Award

Who can apply?

  • Artists of all disciplines and in all types of working practice, who have made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of one year within the last five years.
  • In a limited number of cases, individual technical staff/administrators of professional artistic companies may also be eligible.
  • Employees of statutory bodies, undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply but they must prove that the funds which they are seeking are for work/costs which are not properly the concern of their employer and/or are not related to their academic study.

For more information and application details: artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/SIAP


Information Sessions | Support for the Individual Artist (SIAP)

The Arts Council’s Visual Arts team and Participatory Arts team are hosting Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP) information sessions. Arts Council Officers will provide guidance and advice on the application process.

Visual Arts session:
– Visual Arts Ireland, Belfast Office, Wed 26 July, 11am-1pm

Participatory Arts sessions:
– Bluebell Arts Project, The Gasyard, Derry/Londonderry,
Friday 28 July, 10am-1pm

– The ARC (Arts Resource Centre) – Community Arts
Partnership, Belfast, Friday 4 August, 10am-1pm

Registration is essential as places are limited: visualartists.org.uk/services/professionaldevelopment/


Funding | Arts Council Visual Arts Project Award 2018

Application deadline: Thursday 17 August, 5.30pm

The visual arts project award supports specific projects and initiatives in the field of visual arts commencing on or after 1 January 2018.

Maximum awarded €40,000

There are two strands to the award.

Strand 1: New Work
The purpose of the New Work strand is to support the making of innovative and challenging new work in the visual arts.

Potential proposals under this strand could be those that:

  • Enable the creation of work that embraces artistic risk
  • Enable collaborative practice
  • Enable the completion of a body of work.

Strand 2: Audience Initiatives
The purpose of the Audience Initiatives strand is to support:

  • Ambitious and/or large-scale initiatives that specifically focus on producing an event, project or exhibition for a sizeable audience

and/or

  • The publication of material on visual artists or the visual arts that has a clearly defined readership and distribution strategy.

Potential proposals under this strand could be those that:

  • Seek to engage the public with the visual arts through the production of a one-off project
  • Enable visual artists, groups, studios or organisations to produce up to a twelve-month programme of events and/or exhibitions, with an ambitious vision for audience development.

All awards are informed by the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (2016–2025), Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland (see here: www.artscouncil.ie/arts-council-strategy/).

Queries by email awards@artscouncil.ie or phone 01 618 02 00.

For guidelines and to download application form: www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Visual-arts-project-award/


Open Call | Irish Concrete Society 2017 Sculpture Award

The closing date for the return of nominations: Friday 8 November

The Irish Concrete Society is pleased to announce the return of a special Award scheme for sculpture. This Award scheme enables the Society to acknowledge the work of sculptors who use concrete as a medium of expression. Entries are eligible which use concrete as the main visual element in the sculpture. €1,000 is awarded to the winning sculptor.

Nominations for the award may be made by sculptors or others directly involved in the nomination. Nominations must refer to work completed since August 1st 2015 which is currently in Ireland and which can be made available for inspection by the jury later in the year, if requested.

The adjudication will be carried out by an independent jury convened by the Council of the Society.

The winner will be announced at the Irish Concrete Society’s 36th Annual Awards evening held in March 2018.

Nomination forms may be obtained here: www.concrete.ie/downloads/.pdf

Or by contacting the Society at 041 9876466 / info@concrete.ie


Deadline Reminder | Strategic Art Projects 2018, Wicklow County Council EMAILED

Application deadline: Friday 21 July, 5pm

Wicklow County Arts Office is seeking applications for funding from artists and arts organisations to collaboratively develop and deliver new projects of high quality and impact during 2018.

Wicklow Arts Office is particularly interested to hear from national resource organisations, individual curators and artist collectives who can propose projects which will nurture arts practice, connect, generate new perspectives and support a diversity of approach. This programme is open to individuals and organisations from all over Ireland across all arts disciplines. The Arts Office would particularly welcome applications in the areas of literature, film, dance, artist development, music and visual arts. The Arts Office is open to all imaginative projects and examples might include development of artist collectives, inter-regional collaborations and public participation initiatives. Applications are welcomed from artists and arts organisations where the support forms part of a wider budgetary framework and in such cases, applicants are asked to specify complementary sources of income which may contribute to the application.

The total amount of the fund available is subject to finalisation of the Council’s own funding for 2017 but is likely to be a maximum of €30,000 over each year of the two years of the programme. The Arts Office may fund up to four individual projects to a maximum of €15,000 as a result of this call.

Applications are assessed based on artistic merit, impact on arts practice, development and participation, quality of proposal, track record of applicant, financial and operational feasibility (with particular reference to likelihood or evidence of other necessary finance being available)

Applications and information are available online from the arts office here: www.wicklow.ie/artist-support-scheme-2018 or from this gmail address wicklowartsprojects2018@gmail.com


Funding Information Clinic | Arts Council Strategic Funding (Organisations)

This event will take place on Friday afternoon, 28 July at the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin and will also be available to view online for those unable to attend.

The event is aimed at organisations that wish to apply for Strategic Funding from the Arts Council in September. We will go through the application form and guidelines with you and we will be launching a tool on targeting audiences to support you in completing your application.

If you wish to attend the event in person, please express interest before Thursday 13 July by filling out this form: www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90039428/information-clinic

Please note that in in the interests of achieving a good geographical and artform spread, places will be allocated amongst those who have expressed interest. Those who have been allocated a place will be notified by email on Tuesday 18 July.

www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Strategic-Funding/


Funding | Arts Council Northern Ireland International Programme for Organisations

Deadline for applications: Thursday 24 August 2017, 4pm

All applications in this funding round must be for projects that will take place between 1st November 2017 and 31st October 2018. There are two funding streams included within this programme:

  • Artists’ International Development Fund (Organisations)
  • Professional Arts Abroad

Who can apply?

  • Professional Arts Abroad
  • Professional arts organisations based in Northern Ireland, which can show both a credible track record of contributing to artistic activities here and a commitment to a continued artistic programme in Northern Ireland in the future.

For more information and application details: artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/international-programme-for-organisations


Funding | Arts Council Northern Ireland, Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP)

The deadline for applications is Thursday 24 August 2017 at 4pm

All applications to the programmes listed immediately below must be for projects that will take place between 1st November 2017 and 31st October 2018. Applications for these programmes must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday 24th August 2017.

  • General Arts Awards
  • Artists’ Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES)
  • Major Individual Awards (MIA)
  • Artists’ International Development Fund
  • Self-arranged residencies
  • Mike Moloney Award
  • Anne O’Donoghue Award

Applications for the Indian Residency Schemes must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday 10th August 2017

  • Vedaaranya Artists’ Residency at Ramgarh Shekhawati Rajasthan
  • The Sanskriti Foundation

Artists may apply to more than one scheme but you will only be awarded one grant in any funding round. If you choose to apply to more than one scheme:

  • You must complete a separate application form for each scheme.
  • The projects within each application must be significantly distinct.

For more information and to download application form: artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/SIAP


Funding | Strategic Art Projects 2018, Wicklow County Council

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 21 July, 5pm

Wicklow County Arts Office is seeking applications for funding from artists and arts organisations to collaboratively develop and deliver new projects of high quality and impact during 2018.

The strategic projects initiative is now in its fifth year and examples of projects realised in 2017 include a short film written and produced by playwright Sinead O’ Loughlin, an ‘arts in business’ residency by Sven Anderson and an Art & Philosophy series in Wicklow primary schools by Jennie Guy, Katy Fitzpatrick and philosopher Aislinn O’ Donnell.

Wicklow Arts Office is particularly interested to hear from national resource organisations, individual curators and artist collectives who can propose projects which will nurture arts practice, connect, generate new perspectives and support a diversity of approach.

This programme is open to individuals and organisations from all over Ireland across all arts disciplines. The Arts Office would particularly welcome applications in the areas of literature, film, dance, artist development, music and visual arts. The Arts Office is open to all imaginative projects and examples might include development of artist collectives, inter-regional collaborations and public participation initiatives. Applications are welcomed from artists and arts organisations where the support forms part of a wider budgetary framework and in such cases, applicants are asked to specify complementary sources of income which may contribute to the application.

The total amount of the fund available is subject to finalisation of the Council’s own funding for 2017 but is likely to be a maximum of €30,000 over each year of the two years of the programme. The Arts Office may fund up to four individual projects to a maximum of €15,000 as a result of this call.

Applications are assessed based on artistic merit, impact on arts practice, development and participation, quality of proposal, track record of applicant, financial and operational feasibility (with particular reference to likelihood or evidence of other necessary finance being available).

Decisions will be made by Wicklow County Arts Office during early August 2017 and applicants will be notified of the Arts Office decision shortly thereafter.

Guidelines and application forms will be available here: call-for-proposals-form-digital2017

Any queries on the application process should also be directed by email to Wicklowartsprojects2018@gmail.com


Funding | EUCIDA Mobility Visit Fund for European Digital Artists and Cultural Workers

Please apply by 30 August for the first mobility visits.

Creative Europe Project EUCIDA (European Connections in Digital Art) are delighted to announce the EUCIDA Mobility Fund and to launch this call out for digital artists and cultural workers (registered on the EUCIDA platform) to take part in 21 European Mobility visits from 2017 to 2019. EUCIDA supports transnational cooperation between eligible countries funded under the Creative Europe Programme (Including EUMS, EFTA, EEA, ENP and Swiss Confederation are eligible).

The Mobility Visits include supporting mobility of people, ideas and expertise, the development of cultural diversity within new media/ digital arts, and will also include research and publishing activities. The Mobility Fund supports artists and practitioners to travel, to show their works and exchange experiences and will support each successful applicant with a financial contribution of up to €500.

The duration of the project must fall between September 2017 – June 2019

Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate one or more of the three priorities of the EUCIDA Project – Transnational Mobility, Audience Development and/ or Capacity Building – Digitisation.

The EUCIDA Mobility Visits Fund will consider:

  • Applicant has been selected for a project in another EU country (collaboration project, residency, participation in an event like a festival etc.) but requires funding for transportation;
  • Applicant has developed a project with an transnational component and wishes to invite in another EU artist and/ or cultural professional for co-production, touring, market development;
  • Applicant is interested in working experiences (including training) in another EU country and wish to find opportunities covering travel costs.

For full details on how to apply visit: www.eucida.eu/news/mobility-visit-fund


Funding | Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary Award

Application deadline: Thursday 13 July, 5.30pm

The objective of the award is to support individual professional artists whose practice centres on collaboration with groups of people in any of the following contexts: communities of place and/or interest, health, disability, cultural diversity and older people.

The award seeks to provide artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their arts participation / collaborative arts practice. Please read section 1.2 of the Award Guidelines for more information about the objective and priorities of this award.

For more information and application details:
www.artscouncil.ie/Arts-participation


Funding | Arts Council Young People, Children, and Education Bursary Award 2017

Closing date: Thursday 13 July, 5.30pm

The Young People, Children, and Education Bursary Award supports individual professional artists working with, and producing work for, children and young people across a range of artforms. The purpose of the award is to support professional artists to develop their art practice.

Maximum awarded €10,000
For more information and application details: www.artscouncil.ie

YPCE Bursary Clinic Thursday, June 29, 2017. 3.30 to 5.30pm in the Lab Foley Street, Dublin 1.
An information clinic will take place to share the objectives and priorities for this award and to offer practical guidance on the application process. There will also be an opportunity to hear from previous recipients about how they have used the award to develop their practice.

Agenda

• Networking and refreshments on arrival at 3.30pm
• Event begins 4pm
• Introduction, the objectives of the bursary award
• The experience of previous recipients
• The application process
• General Q+A Session
• Event closes 5.30pm


Fingal Arts Office Graduate Award Opportunity 2017 in Partnership with Block T

The closing date for applications is Friday 25 August 2017

Fingal County Council Arts Office and BLOCK T are delighted to announce a Graduate Award as part of FUEL, Block T’s Visual Arts Programme dedicated to the support and professional development of recent graduates.

As part of an ongoing commitment to professional artists Fingal County Council’s Arts Office are offering a one-year Graduate Studio Award in BLOCK T with a Solo Exhibition in 2018.

This residency will be offered to one graduate, the opportunity is part of a series of initiatives by Fingal Arts to promote and support the professional practice of emerging artists. It will provide an ideal environment for the development of creative projects, development of a graduates practice and an opportunity to network with other artists.

The Award is based on an open submission for under and post graduate students graduating in 2017. To apply for this award the graduate must live in, be originally from or have studied in Fingal.

For further details log onto www.fingalarts.ie or contact Sarah O’Neill, Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal County Council sarah.oneill@fingal.ie


Funding | Dig Where You Stand, Galway Film Centre

Deadline for applications is: Monday 17 July, 5pm

Galway Film Centre is delighted to announce a new funding scheme for young filmmakers in Galway City and County called Dig Where You Stand.

Galway Film Centre has worked with a large number of filmmakers over the past number of years creating over 70 community films under the ID Projects scheme as well as nurturing new filmmaking voices in the recent Galway Stories Film Production Camp with Screen Talent Europe. Through Dig Where You Stand, the plan is to build on this experience, to develop a pool of young filmmaking talent in Galway and to offer emerging local filmmakers a chance to develop their talent as documentary filmmakers.

By exploring the richness and potential of our own communities and embracing their diversity, the intention is that young Galway filmmakers will find interesting and worthy documentary subjects in both Galway City and County. Filmmakers are encouraged to look at the broad themes of Migration, Landscape and Language which resonate not just in Galway but throughout Europe, and tie-in with the themes invoked by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

The Dig Where You Stand project will also provide opportunities for young and emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to link into the Screen Talent Europe Network and the project will offer a professional progression route for filmmakers with opportunities to connect with their European counterparts.

Guidelines:

  • Two individual short documentary films, 10 to 15 minutes in duration, will be produced, with one based in the Galway City and one in the County Galway.
  • Participating filmmakers must be based in Galway and be under 35 years of age.
  • A budget of up to €6000 is available per film.
  • The participating filmmakers will be mentored by established documentary filmmakers.
  • Themes include Migration, Landscape and Language in line with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.
  • Galway Film Centre will provide support through equipment, advice and assistance.

For more information and application details see: www.galwayfilmcentre.ie/dig-where-you-stand


Black Church Print Studio Recent Graduate Curator Award

Deadline for applications: Friday 30 June

Black Church Print Studio is now inviting applications for its new Recent Graduate Curator Award. This addition to Black Church’s program is designed to provide a platform for emerging curatorial research. The Studio’s exhibition program has involved significant Irish artists and curators who have approached shows with a keen sense of experimentation. Although the studio activities tend to prioritise print processes, the exhibitions often include alternative forms. This contemporary and inclusive approach to production is what characterises the studio. This award is open to recent graduates from academic backgrounds including Art Theory, Art History, Aesthetics and other related disciplines. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to realize a public exhibition of work at the prime location of The Library Project in Temple Bar in January 2018.

Black Church Print Studio is offering the successful applicant:

– A €500 curatorial fee
– A three week exhibition slot at The Library Project with an additional week for installation/take down
– Full creative autonomy
– Equitable payments for selected exhibiting artists
– Professionally designed graphics and invite
– PR, marketing and administrative support
– Technical installation support
– An ‘A+E Session’, a public dialogue event specific to the exhibition

Applicants procedure is included on www.print.ie