Minister Madigan Announces New Markievicz Bursaries, Five Annual Awards of €20,000 for Women Artists

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, T.D., has announced details of a new bursary scheme for women artists – the ‘Markievicz bursaries’.

Minister Madigan said: “On this the 100th anniversary of the enactment of legislation to allow women to stand in general elections, I am pleased to announce a new scheme that both honours Countess Constance de Markievicz – herself an artist – and provides support for female artists from all backgrounds and genres in producing new work that reflects on the role of women in the period covered by the centenary commemorations and beyond.”

Awards under the scheme will be made each year to up to 5 artists/writers (either individual artists working alone or in collaboration with others) to a maximum value of €20k per individual or group. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will partner with the Arts Council on the governance arrangements and the administration of the scheme, which will open for submissions from mid-January to mid-February with bursaries to be awarded in May 2019.

The scheme will be open via a public call to female artists working in all arts genres supported by the Arts Council. Given the importance of the language revival movement during the revolutionary period, and the Department’s particular responsibilities to support the Irish language and the Gaeltacht, one of the bursaries each year will be assigned to an artist working in the Gaeltacht and through the medium of the Irish language. Applications from individuals or groups within culturally diverse communities and from people with disabilities will also be encouraged under the scheme.

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