Category: Funding / Awards / Bursaries

Funding | Arts Council Project Awards

Application deadline: Thursday 15 February, 5pm

The Arts Council will offer Project awards in the following:

  • Arts Participation
  • Circus
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Music
  • Street Arts and Spectacle
  • Traditional Arts
  • Theatre

The Arts Council’s Project awards support specific project activities under each of the above artform/arts practice areas. The Visual Arts Project Award deadline is in August.

The award guidelines for each award can be downloaded from the available funding section of the Arts Council’s website from mid December:

Who can apply:
The award is open to individuals and organisations.

Who cannot apply:
Organisations in receipt of grant funding for 2018 cannot apply. This means organisations in receipt of Strategic Funding, Venues Funding or Partnership Funding.

NOTE: you cannot make an application for both Project Funding and Arts Grant Funding in 2018.

Open Call | Henry Vaughan Fellowship, Public Engagement Department, NGI

Closing date for receipt of applications: 18 December, 4pm

The National Gallery of Ireland wishes to recruit a Henry Vaughan Fellow on a 12 month fixed term contract. Reporting to the Senior Marketing and Engagement Manager (or his/her nominated deputy).

The National Gallery of Ireland is Ireland’s major national cultural institution devoted to the collection and care of fine art. Comprising some 16,000 paintings, drawings, watercolours, miniatures, prints, sculpture and decorative arts, the institution’s extensive holdings include masterpieces by many of the most celebrated figures in the history of western European art. In addition, the Gallery houses the most representative collection of historic Irish art.

Salary: €20,000 per annum
Duration: 12 month fixed term contract

How to apply: Please send a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, degree transcript to or alternatively via post to the Ms. Michelle Serviss, HR Partner, National Gallery of Ireland, 89 Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. References (contact details) must be available upon request. Please state only Henry Vaughan Fellowship application.

For full job description and requirements see:

Open Call | Máire MacNeill Sweeney Fellowship, The National Gallery of Ireland

Closing date for receipt of applications: 18 December, 4pm

The National Gallery of Ireland wishes to recruit a Máire MacNeill Sweeney Fellow in the Curatorial Department on a 12 month fixed term contract. Reporting to the Head Curator (or his/her nominated deputy), the Curatorial Fellow will serve as an integrated member of the Curatorial Department.

The National Gallery of Ireland is Ireland’s largest national cultural institution devoted to the collection and care of fine art. The Gallery’s collection comprises some 16,000 artworks, including masterpieces by many of the most celebrated figures in the history of Western art. In addition, the Gallery houses the most comprehensive collection of historic Irish art, and the National Portrait Collection. Its collections of art and archives are invaluable resources for anyone with an interest in art, history and Western culture.

Salary: €20,000 per annum
Duration: 12 months fixed term contract

How to apply: Please send a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, degree transcript to or alternatively via post to the Ms. Michelle Serviss, HR Partner, National Gallery of Ireland, 89 Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. References (contact details) must be available upon request. Please state only Máire MacNeill Sweeney Fellow application.

For full description and requirements see:áireMacNeillSweeneyFellowship.pdf

Applications are invited for the 2018 Visual Artists Ireland Suki Tea Art Prize.

Art Prize 2018

The prize is open to all professional artists resident in Northern Ireland and all Visual Artists Ireland members in the Republic of Ireland working in all visual art forms at all career stages.

In its third year the Prize is directed at visual artists at all career stages. This year will provide a two month research based residency in The Irish Cultural Centre in Paris. The prize covers accommodation, one return flight, and a stipend of €700 per month. The prize offers great opportunities for visual artists to tap into the resources of the CCI and the City of Light, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland’s dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage.

How to apply

Please submit an on-line application form via the CCI website until 10 January 2018, 5pm GMT for residencies between August 2018 and July 2019. Applications by post or e-mail cannot be accepted. Application form

A clear indication of the focus of the residency will be required together with a record of professional achievement: details of publications, exhibitions, performances, compositions, prizes, awards and related aspects of practice, as well as experience of other residencies. Visual artists must have had at least one solo exhibition and writers one published work.

Please ensure that you tick the box for the Suki Tea Art Prize in the application form so that it can be considered. Republic of Ireland applicants must also include their up to date VAI membership number. Failure to do so will mean that you will not be considered for the prize.

Assessment Panel

The Assessment Panel will comprise of representatives from The Irish Cultural Centre, Visual Artists Ireland, and a representative from Suki Tea.

Terms and Conditions

  1. You must be a professional artist either resident in Northern Ireland or a member of Visual Artists Ireland in the Republic of Ireland to enter.
  2. The residency is open to practitioners in all visual art forms, within the limits of the facilities available in the Centre.
  3. The bursary covers travel and accommodation in the Centre Culturel Irlandais. The artist is expected to spend the period agreed in the Centre.
  4. Each resident artist will receive a stipend of €700 per month.
  5. The artist in residence will be asked to participate in the cultural programme of the Centre Culturel Irlandais.

Our Sponsor:

Northern Ireland based Suki Tea specialise in artisan loose leaf teas. First set up in 2005 by business partners Annie and Oscar who were inspired by their travels in Asia where they had the opportunity to taste many different types of really (really) good ethically-sourced teas, which they wanted to share with everyone. They have since made ethical sourcing their priority whilst delivering the finest loose leaf teas, herbal infusions and fruit blends to their customers. Winners of over 37 Great Taste Awards and multiple industry awards Suki Tea truly is ‘Tea as it should be’.

Our Project Partners: Centre Culturel Irlandais and Arts & Business Northern Ireland

Funding | Galway County Council Artist in Schools Scheme 2018

Application deadline: 30 November, 4pm

The Artist in Schools Scheme is about to commence its 2018 programme. This scheme is run by Galway County Council’s Arts Office and is open to all primary schools in Galway County Council’s administrative area. Its aim is to offer children the opportunity to work with a professional artist on a once-off project in visual arts, dance, literature, drama, music, photography, film, etc.

While it is not possible to offer this scheme to every school that applies, the programme seeks to encourage, in so far as possible, an art-form and geographic spread and also to award the scheme to previously unsuccessful applicants.

Please note that successful applicants in 2017 are automatically ineligible for this round of funding.

Application Form and Guidelines here:

Completed applications must be returned to:

Artist in Schools Scheme 2018
Arts Office
Galway County Council
County Hall
Prospect Hill

For further information, contact Sharon or Breeda in the Arts Office, Galway County Council on 091 509177/509584 or email

Funding | Arts Council Bursary Award

The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council’s Bursary Awards is Thursday, 25 January 2018

The window for making an application opens on Tuesday, 19 December 2017.

The Bursary Award is available in the following artforms:

  • Architecture
  • Circus
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Literature (English Language)
  • Music
  • Opera
  • Street Art & Spectacle
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

The Arts Council provides Bursary Awards in order to assist individual artists in the development of their art practice. The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development that is derived from a focused period of engagement with their practice.

Guidelines for each award are published on the available funding section on their website:

Funding | Arts Council Northern Ireland Annual Funding Programme 2018-19

Application deadline: Thursday 14 December, 4pm

The Arts Council is now inviting organisations to submit their applications to the Annual Funding Programme 2018-19.
The Arts Council’s Annual Funding Programme aims to support Northern Ireland’s arts infrastructure through grants to organisations working across all art forms and practices.

Organisations receiving support for core and programming costs must demonstrate that they require a year-round resource and should apply for their complete programme for the year.

The Arts Council’s Annual Funding Programme has been independently reviewed by the Strategic Investment Board to ensure strategic alignment with the draft Programme for Government (PfG) 2016-2021 and the Minister’s emerging Strategy for Culture and Arts (2016-26).

Sample application forms are now available and organisations are encouraged to download and read through the programme guidance notes and the appropriate art form criteria documents before submitting their applications. Guidance documents for new applicants are also available.

For full details please visit

Open Call | Design and Crafts Council of Ireland External Exhibition Fund 2018

Submission deadline: 19 November

The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland [DCCoI] invite applications to the External Exhibitions Fund for exhibitions taking place in 2018. The External Exhibitions Fund was established to support curators in developing high-quality, craft and design exhibitions in Ireland or abroad. The Fund primarily supports exhibitions which include DCCoI members.

This annual fund will support a small number of professionally produced exhibitions featuring Irish craft and design in Ireland or abroad. This call will fund activities due to take place in 2018. The maximum that will be allocated to any individual proposal is €5,000. Projects must demonstrate match-funding, revenue or funding from other sources. Exhibitions can be in recognised venues or one-off/ site-specific projects, organised by individuals, groups, partnerships or organisations.

For more information and to download an application form see:

Funding | Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work 2018 / Advance Planning 2019

The closing date for application for both touring schemes: 11 January 2018

Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme for tours beginning between July and December 2018. Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Advance Planning 2019

We are delighted to announce that the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has confirmed that funding will be made available in 2018/2019 to touring applications which include a north / south element.

Touring in 2018 and 2019 will be supported through both the Touring and Dissemination of Work scheme and through the annual funding schemes Strategic Funding and Venues Funding.

If you are considering preparing an application for 11 January 2018, remember that a Memorandum of Understanding is required for each date on the tour and these take some time to agree.

Application forms and guidelines will be available from mid December 2017 through Online Services.

If you would like to discuss a possible application to the Touring Scheme, then please contact Val Ballance at

Funding | Arts Council Artist in Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017: Collaborative Art and Activism

Closing date: 17 November

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017 aims to support individual professional artists working in the area of collaborative art and activism. The Arts Council provides this €10,000 bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, on behalf of the Arts Council.

The purpose of the Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice and it is specifically aimed at an artist who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect on practice. More particularly, the Bursary allows the artist to consider key questions associated with arts and activism using collaborative methodologies.

It is expected that the successful applicant will share the learning arising from the Bursary with the wider activist community and collaborative arts sector. Create will work in partnership with The Fire Station Artists’ Studios in providing information sessions and on the selection process.

For further information, please email and see

Mayo Arts Service | Tyrone Guthrie Regional Bursary 2017

Application deadline: 6 November

Mayo County Council is offering two bursaries to artists born or living in Mayo, to enable them to spend two weeks at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan.

The centre has a variety of workspaces including studios, a large rehearsal and performance space.

This bursary is open to practitioners in all art forms.

Application forms and information available on: