Category: Funding / Awards / Bursaries

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:

Funding | Dublin City Council Arts Grants Awards 2018

Application deadline: Wednesday 1 November, 5pm

In accordance with the Arts Act, Dublin City Council invites applications for funding towards arts projects and programmes in Dublin city which are complementary to the following objectives:

– Stimulating public interest in the Arts,
– Promoting knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, or
– Improving standards in the arts within its functional area (Dublin City).

Application forms, guidelines and criteria below or may be downloaded from:

Or obtained from: City Arts Office, Dublin City Council, The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1, D01 N5H6
Tel: 01-222 5455 or E-mail:

Open Call | Roscommon Visual Artists’ Forum Award 2018

Deadline for applications: 30 October, 5pm

The Roscommon Visual Artists Forum supported by Roscommon County Council arts office and Roscommon Arts Centre was established to provide visual artists based in or from the county with a platform to develop their practice through professional training, events, talks and exhibitions while also providing access to information and opportunities from beyond the region.

In response to the needs and requirements of the artists in the county, resident curator Linda Shevlin developed the Roscommon Visual Artists Forum Award.

The 2018 award will focus on recent graduates or artists in the early stages of their careers (maximum 3 years practicing). With a view to extending opportunities to artists, groups or collectives with a connection to County Roscommon the award will facilitate the realization of an exhibition in 2018 at a venue OUTSIDE the County.
The selected artist will be supported with a production budget of €2000 plus the organisational and curatorial support of the Roscommon Arts Centre curator, Linda Shevlin. Applicants must also demonstrate that the project can be realised within the specified budget and timeframe.

The 2018 award will be selected by Oonagh Young, director of the Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin.

For info on how to apply contact:

Open Call | Trinity Creative Challenge Awards 2017-2018

Application deadline: 8 November, 12pm

The Trinity Creative Challenge 2017-2018 is open for submissions.

To nurture, promote and develop new approaches to interdisciplinary creative and cultural arts practice in Dublin and Ireland, including projects by staff and students of Trinity College Dublin and Associated Colleges
To foster new collaborations between the Trinity community and the cultural and creative industries sector
To identify emerging creative talent and support innovative and ambitious projects in and around Trinity College Dublin and the wider community

Selection Criteria
Applications will be evaluated with the following criteria in mind:

  • Trinity Creative Challenge are looking for interdisciplinary collaborative projects exploring new developments in creative arts practices
  • Projects should be ambitious, innovative and experimental
  • Projects should show potential for long-term growth and sustainability
  • Proposals will be assessed on their artistic impact but consideration will also be given to social, creative innovation and entrepreneurial value
  • Projects should show the potential for impact and serving as a creative arts catalyst
  • Projects should include collaboration with Trinity College
  • We will consider the projects’ practical viability based on the indicated budget and production plan

AWARD CATEGORY ONE: Trinity Creative Challenge Award 2017-2018

Who can apply
Applications are accepted from individuals, collectives and organisations. Proposals that include collaborations with co-production partners are also permissible
Proposals should identify how they intend to collaborate with Trinity College Dublin, what support might be required to facilitate the development of the project, and how the project might serve as a catalyst.

The aim of the award is to foster the development of ambitious, impactful and innovative projects, ideally involving collaboration with Trinity College Dublin. We want to hear of ideas that cut across disciplines such as performance, visual art, music, film, design, new media, animation, gaming and creative technologies.

AWARD CATEGORY TWO: Continuing to Catalyse Award 2017-2018

Who can apply
Applications are accepted from previous recipients of the Trinity Creative Challenge.

Entry for both categories is by electronic application, and submissions are to be emailed to
For more information and application form see:

Funding | Emerging Artist Bursaries, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

The closing date for applications: Tuesday 10 October, 12 noon

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council would like to invite proposals from emerging artists for the development and creation of new work.

Individual artists working in all art-forms (architecture, circus, craft (designers/makers), dance, film, literature, music, opera, spectacle, street art, theatre, traditional arts and visual arts) are eligible to apply.

Successful recipients will receive a bursary of €1,500 for the development and creation of new work. There will be a maximum of five bursaries awarded across a variety of art forms.

For guidelines and application form see:

Funding | dlr Arts Grants 2018

The closing date for all applications is Friday 13 October 2017.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Arts Office runs an annual grant scheme. Grants are available to provide financial assistance to individual artists, arts groups and arts organisations engaged in arts projects or events at local or county level and to support the professional development and arts practice of individual artists, arts groups and organisations.

To view guidelines and to download an application form view: /

Funding | Arts Council Festivals Investment Scheme 2018

Application deadline: Thursday 26 October, 17:30

The Arts Council announces a single round of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place in 2018.

The Council recognises the distinctive role arts festivals play in sustaining a vibrant and sustainable arts profile at a local level. Festivals provide opportunities for artists and audiences to experience new work and ways of making work. The Council acknowledges the valuable contribution made by voluntary committees in developing these festivals. The scheme will be open to multi-disciplinary festivals, single artform festivals and ‘linked events’ that take place throughout the calendar year over a number of months (e.g. a concert series).

There are three bands of funding available:

Band A: Up to €5,000
Band B: Between €5,001 and €20,000
Band C: Between €20,001 and €35,000

The Festivals Investment Scheme is open to organisations promoting festivals with a clear artistic purpose and which will take place in the calendar year 2018.

For more information see:

Funding | Limerick Arts and Culture Office International Mobility Award

Limerick Culture and Arts Office is delighted to announce the new International Mobility Award 2017. The objective of this scheme is to encourage international mobility and opportunities for Limerick artists and creative practitioners who wish to:

  • Pursue professional opportunities
  • Tour work
  • Develop collaborative relationships and projects
  • Network
  • Attend training opportunities which support the development of their practice and provide for knowledge transfer within the cultural sector.

This scheme is in line with the Limerick Cultural Strategy Aim and Objective 1:”To grow Limerick’s cultural capacity by retaining and attracting creative practitioners to live and work in Limerick”. To support the delivery of this objective Limerick Culture and Arts Office is actively working to encourage international mobility and touring opportunities and attract international cultural productions and artists to Limerick.

There are no formal deadlines for the International Mobility Award. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis while there is an available budget. Applicants seeking support for all eligible opportunities are advised to submit their applications as far in advance of their proposed date of travel as possible, but no later than four weeks before their proposed date of travel.

For further information see:

Open Call | Limerick Festivals and Events Funding Scheme 2017

Application deadline: 28 September, 4pm

These open calls offers opportunity for funding under three strands:

  • Strand 1 – Delivery and Programming of Small and Community Focused Festivals and Events
    The maximum amount which can be applied for is €2,500
  • Strand 2 – Delivery and Programming of Medium and Large Scale Festivals and Events
    The maximum amount which can be applied for is €30,000
  • Strand 3 – Festival/Event Development and Sustainability
    The maximum amount which can be applied for is €10,000

For further information and to download the guidelines and applications forms go to:

Open Call | 2018-2019 Fulbright Irish Awards

The application deadline: 31 October, 4pm

The 2018-2019 Fulbright Irish Awards supporting Irish and E.U. citizens to study, research or teach in the USA are now open for application.

These globally-recognised and prestigious awards, operating between the United States and 155 countries, were founded by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 “to expand the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy and perception” through educational and cultural exchange. Fulbright Awards were first offered in Ireland 60 years ago giving rise to a rich and diverse fellowship of Irish and U.S. Fulbrighters. Their value is as evident today as it was when they were first offered.

The Fulbright Commission in Ireland is seeking applications from all disciplines – projects relating to Big Data, Sustainable Development and Diaspora Interactions are particularly welcome for selected 2018-2019 awards. This year, the Commission partners with several agencies to offer funding in the areas of Museum Studies, Health, Geoscience, Marine Studies, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Business Innovation, Law and Irish language.

Successful candidates will receive a monetary grant, accident and emergency insurance, visa administration, cultural and professional programming, ongoing support while on their Fulbright Award in the United States, and introduction to a vast international professional and academic network.

The diversity of the 2018-2019 Fulbright Irish Awards ranges from the Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowships – offering post-graduate students the opportunity to complete short-term research at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, or the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. – to the Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Awards, supporting health professionals to undertake research or professional development at a U.S. institution of their choice.

This Fulbright Commission in Ireland recently launched its new website and a promotional video called “Across the Waves” created by IADT student Gary Boyd. Visit for further information and to sign up for information webinars.

Open Call | Sir Alfred Beit Research Bursary

The closing date for applications: Monday 16 October, 5.00pm

The aim of the bursary is to support and assist postgraduate students, art practitioners and researchers in carrying on research in the practice and history of the Fine Arts in Ireland. The Sir Alfred Beit Research Bursary recognises and supports research excellence and innovation across all genres of art history from antiquity to present, including but not limited to medieval, renaissance, impressionism, modernism, contemporary, post-modernism, performance, new media, design and architecture.

Up to two bursaries are available to full-time postgraduate students, studying in any third level institution in the Republic of Ireland. The value of each bursary is €1,000.

The selection panel for this year’s bursary award is chaired by Dr Carmel O’Sullivan (TCD, ABF) and also includes Dr Christine Casey (TCD), Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald (UCD), Ian Lumley (An Taisce, ABF), Pauline Swords (Russborough).

For more information and application details:

Funding | Atlantic Fellows Program at GBHI

Application deadline: 30 September

The Atlantic Fellows program at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) provides innovative training in brain health, leadership, and dementia prevention to a broad array of promising leaders from various professions, including medicine, science, business, law, journalism, and the arts.

Through their work, Fellows are expected to emphasize local and global health inequities that need to be addressed by practitioners and policymakers, with the goal of reducing the scale and impact of dementia in local communities around the world.

Fellows are provided with:

  • A customizable 6 or 12-month experience with a base at the University of California, San Francisco or Trinity College Dublin
  • One-to-one mentoring on projects aimed at advancing brain health
  • Weekly courses on health economics, leadership, ethics, policy, brain health, and dementia, among other topics
  • Observation and participation in clinical cases
  • Access to a network of researchers, clinicians, and policy makers for career-length mentoring
  • Opportunities for pilot funding
  • A stipend during the course of their training

All suitable candidates are encouraged to submit a full application, which are competitively reviewed by a selection committee from each partner organization. Applications require two letters of support to demonstrate regional commitment to an applicant’s success, as well as a personal statement from the applicant that describes their passion and interest in the program. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed virtually by a GBHI representative, after which a final selection will be made. Up to 40 positions will be filled annually.

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Open Call | South Tipperary Arts Centre/Tipperary Arts Office Residency Award 2017

Application deadline: 22 September, 5pm

South Tipperary Arts Centre in partnership with Tipperary Arts Office is delighted to announce that applications are now open for an artist residency from October 2017 – January 2018.

The residency is open to Tipperary-based artists from all disciplines, including (but not limited to) film, photography, literature, performance, painting, sound, architecture, music, installation and digital platforms, theatre and dance. The artist will be given a space to research their project, as well as the opportunity to experiment in the workshop. The artist will give a work-in-progress presentation at the arts centre at the end of their residency.

The aims of the Residency Award are:

• To develop a new partnership model of artistic support in Tipperary which encourages and supports the development of new work by Tipperary artists
• To support artists in getting work through the stages of research and experiment towards production and/or presentation
• To provide a support structure for an early or mid-career artist to develop new work or ideas.

The manager of South Tipperary Arts Centre will accommodate access to the workshop space where possible and as agreed in advance. An office space will be available for research purposes.

The Residency Award is €3,000.

For more information and application details:

Deadline Reminder | 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

Funding | Art and Ageing Fellowship, Irish Museum of Modern Art

Application deadline: 25 August, 5pm

The Irish Museum of Modern Art wish to appoint a Fellow to work with our Art and Ageing Programme.

In the past year IMMA has worked within the institution to develop both awareness and skills with its staff in relation to welcoming and facilitating people living with dementia and their families/carers to the museum. The purpose of the Fellowship is to create the potential for more interventions for people living with dementia and embed practice in our programmes through adopting an action research model which will allow for testing out new ways to develop the Azure model, identify evaluation methodologies that are sensitive to the ‘social model ‘ of engagement that we are adopting and to work in partnership with our medical colleagues in the MISA institute and Trinity College to both grow the number of participants in our programmes and to reflect on its effectiveness and to disseminate the learning through our national and international networks.

For more information and how to apply, download the Fellowship Profile here: Web:

Fingal Arts Studio Award 2017 | RHA School

Deadline for receipt of applications: 15 September

The RHA School in partnership with Fingal Arts are offering an opportunity of a funded studio space for a professional artist for the period of one year, the residency will commence at the end of November 2017. The award offers an artist the opportunity to develop their practice within the institutional framework of the RHA and covers the cost of studio rental and administration.

The award is open to practicing artists at all stages in their professional careers working in visual art. To be eligible to apply, applicants must: have been born, have studied, or currently reside in the Fingal administrative area. The selection panel is Colin Martin, RHA School Principal, Val Connor, Lecturer and Curator and Sarah O’Neill, Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal Arts.

To apply, please complete the application form on the RHA School website:

For more information, please contact Academy Co-ordinator, Kate McBride –

Deadline Reminder | 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 or contact Sarah O’Neill, Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal County Council

Open Call | Golden Fleece Award 2018

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

For more information and to apply online:

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:

Funding | Creative Ireland South Dublin Awards 2017

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:

Application forms are available on:

Completed applications should be sent to: