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Arts Council Bursary Awards next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday, 20 January 2011

The deadline for the next round of Bursary Awards is Thursday 20 January, 2011 at 5.30pm.

The following awards are available:

Architecture Bursary Award Arts Participation Bursary Award Dance Bursary Award Film Bursary Award  Literature Bursary Award Music Bursary AwardTheatre Bursary AwardTraditional Arts Bursary Award Visual Arts Bursary Award

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

Please note

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website. Applicants who have not previously used this system must register in advance of making an application.  It is recommended that applicants allow five days for registration prior to making an application.

Dingle Film Festival offers €5,000 cash prize for Irish language Short Film Proposal.

The Dingle Film Festival is delighted to announce ‘Físín’, a call to filmmakers to submit a short film proposal in the Irish language. The competition has a cash prize fund of €5,000 and €1,000 worth of lighting equipment hire sponsored by Cian de Buitléar’s company Teach Solais.

Five filmmakers will be selected to travel to the next Dingle Film Festival which  opens on St. Patrick’s day 2011. Each of the five will be treated as festival guests and  will be given the opportunity to pitch their proposal to a panal and a live audience in The Phoenix Cinema during the festival. A wonderful panel has been put together, including the iconic Eamon de Buitléar, writer Louise Ní Fhiannachta, who writes for TG4, local writer Marina Ní Dhubháin, Micheál Ó Fearraigh, Ealain Na Gaeltahta director.

The opportunity has been put together by the festival to encourage writing of film scripts in the Irish language. Tor Cotton, one of the festival sponsors came up with the idea.

“As an ardent supporter of the Dingle Film Festival  I asked Maurice (the director) why he wasn’t screening much, if ever, ‘as gaeilge’ in order to reflect the festival’s location in the Corcha Dhuibhne Gaeltacht. The reply I got saddened and alarmed me, it couldn’t be true. Were there really virtually no films being shot through Irish? There must be some and I am sure there are some, only a few mind.” Tor went on to say “Just as I am shy to speak and thus progress my Irish, it may be that others are cautious about taking the risk to develop their films through Irish. However unlike my toe in the water of the language, the risk of making a bad film is equal in either tongue, I hope to speak more Irish and to see more films ‘as gaeilge’. It seemed a logical conclusion to be constructive rather than critical and set up a competition to encourage film making through Irish.”

The competition is aimed at people who combine a special interest in film alongside a commitment to the Irish language. The festival is keen to see proposals from all local dialects. This opportunity is open to any individual or group from Transitional students right through to professionals. The application is available to download at or you can email The closing date for entries is January 31st 2011.

The winning pitch at the festival will receive €3,000 cash prize and €1,000 worth of rental lighting equipment and will return to Dingle with their finilised film in 2012. . Four of the pitches will receive a cash prize of €500 and each filmmaker will receive a personalised commemorative leather notebook designed by Conor Holden.

The Dingle Film Festival, established in 2007, home to The Gregory Peck Award and who’s guests have included Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Jim Sheridan, Sir Alan Parker, Saoirse Ronan & Sarah Miles,  will have its 5th edition next March opening on St. Patrick’s Day, the 17th March and running until Sunday the 20th March 2011.

For further information please contact Festival Director, Maurice Galway: on 00 353 (0) 87 9139962 or email

Wellcome Trust Arts Awards: Next Deadlinesdeadline: 28 January & 29 April 2011

The Wellcome Trust Arts Awards support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science. All art forms are covered by the programme - dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media - and the Trust invites applications for projects which engage adult audiences and / or young people. Applicants are usually affiliated to organisations, but can apply as individuals. Organisations might include: museums and other cultural attractions; arts agencies; production companies; arts venues; broadcast media; schools; local education authorities; universities and colleges; youth clubs; community groups; research institutes; the NHS; and science centres. There are Small Awards (up to and including £30,000) and Large awards (over £30,000). For more information on how to apply visit

Colmcille seeks innovative and iconic projects which develop new original ways of representing Gaelic Ireland and Scotland.

Colmcille has returned to fixed date Commissions Rounds and I would like to bring to your attention that the next closing date for applications is less than five weeks away on the 17th December 2010. The commissioning rounds after that will close on  3rd June 2011 and 4th November 2011.

As you may know, Colmcille is now a partnership programme between Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the body charged with promoting Gaelic language and culture in Scotland and internationally, and Foras na Gaeilge, the body charged with the promotion of the Irish language. Colmcille fosters understanding of the diverse experience and culture of the Irish and Scottish Gaelic communities, as well as encouraging debate on common concerns in social, cultural and economic issues with a view to building self-confidence within the Gaelic language communities.

I am enclosing a copy of Colmcille’s new Strategic Business Plan for 2011-2013. To fulfil its aims, Colmcille requires the participation of a wide range of communities and groups, and as such we welcome applications from yourselves and other organisations that develop new relationships between communities which speak Scottish Gaelic and communities which speak Irish Gaelic, and enhance the links already existing.

One of the underlying principles of Colmcille is that its work and grant aided projects heightens awareness of the contribution of Gaelic to the cultural identity of both Ireland and Scotland. All applications must have a strong focus on language, and link Scottish and Irish Gaelic. Receipt of Colmcille funding in the past, does not guarantee future funding for the same initiative. Priority will be given to strong Community Partnerships and linkages, and we especially welcome applications for fresh and innovative projects which develop new original ways of representing Gaelic Ireland and Scotland. Application Forms are available at or from your local Colmcille Development Officer. Contact details for the officers is given below. Completed applications should be emailed to the Officer in the region where you are based and it is always best to discuss your application with the officers before submission

Organisations applying must be constituted community groups, not for profit organisations, voluntary organisations and organisations working in partnership with these groups. In exceptional circumstances, individuals or profit-making companies may apply provided that there is a clear benefit to the broader language communities.  Applicants must demonstrate a link between their organisation and their project and partners in Ireland for Scottish organisations or in Scotland for Irish organisations. It is unlikely that Colmcille will fund all projects in their entirety and evidence that your project has already secured funding from other sources will often add weight to your application. A signed hard copy of the application must be submitted, but applicants are asked to submit a further copy in digital format, to facilitate sharing the form between the offices of Colmcille.

The officers of Colmcille will be happy to answer any question you have regarding the application process, and we shall look forward to successful partnerships in 2011 fostering new relationships  between the Gaeilge and Gàidhlig communities.

Scotland:Iain Macaulay, Colmcille Development Officer ,Bórd na Gàidhlig, An Lèanag, Glasgow Gaelic Centre, 22 Mansefield Street, Glasgow. G11 5PQ, Tel: +44 (0) 1236 732 981, E-Mail:

Ireland, North :Maolcholaim Scott, Colmcille Development Officer, Foras na Gaeilge, West Gate House, 2-6 Queen Street, Belfast.  BT1 6ED. Tel: +44 (0)28 90 890 983. E-Mail:

 Ireland, South: Noeleen Ni Cholla, Colmcille Development Officer , Foras na Gaeilge, An Chrannóg Srath na Corcra, Na Doirí Beaga, Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal, Telephone: + 353 (0) 74 95 60 113, Direct Line: + 353 (0) 74 95 58 121, E-Mail:

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