Arts Council | Visual Arts Bursary Award 2017

arts_council_logoDeadline: Thursday 19 January 2017, 5.30pm
Apply from 20 December 2016

The objective of the Visual Arts Bursary Award is to support individual professional artists to develop their artistic practice.
The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice. The award seeks to provide artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their artistic practice.

Maximum awarded: €15,000

Potential proposals could be those that demonstrate:

  •  How the award will assist with the development of your artistic practice (this may include support with time, workspace, research facilities, training, residencies, etc.)
  •  How the award will assist with developing and/or resolving a specific body of work
  •  How the award will assist with re-engaging with your practice after a break
  •  How the award will assist you in re-evaluating your practice after a continuous period of outcome-based and deadline-driven project work.

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:

Who is eligible to apply?
The award is open to practising visual artists working in all genres and at all stages in their professional careers. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  •  Be resident in the Republic of Ireland. There are certain exceptions where the Arts Council may deem eligible applications made by those based outside the Republic of Ireland. However, before admitting as eligible any such application, the Arts Council would need to be satisfied that the outcomes of any such proposal would benefit the arts in the Republic of Ireland.
  •  Be professional practising artists – although you might not earn income continuously or exclusively from your artistic practice, you must identify yourself, and be recognised by your peers, as a professional practising artist.

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