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The Young People, Children and Education (YPCE) Team wishes to advise that applications will be accepted for the Young Ensembles Scheme 2015 from Tuesday 10 March 2015 for projects taking place between July 2015 and June 2016.

The primary purpose of this award is to support groups of young people between the ages of 12 and 23 to create ambitious and original work together in any art form (e.g.; circus, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, architecture or any combination of the above). Groups/ensembles must be made up of 3 or more members. 

The maximum award available is €10,000.

The deadline for the Young Ensemble Scheme 2015 is Thursday 9 April 2015 at 5:30pm.

Further information

Young Ensembles Scheme 2015 guidelines are available to download here. If you require further information, please contact Karen Whelan, YPCE Assistant at 01 619 7805 or


Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme Deadline Round 2 29 June 2015
managed by Create
Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects.
The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts. The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts eg arts and health; arts in prisons; arts and older people; arts and cultural diversity.
The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. It is essential that consultation take place between the artist and the community group, so that both parties are involved in deciding on the nature of the project realisation. Group ownership of the art should be maintained at every stage. The Project Realisation may result in a variety of outcomes.
There are two phases to the scheme.
Phase One
Research & Development
is open to artists who wish to research and develop a project in a community context.
Research & Development/Mentoring is open to artists who wish to develop a community based project and who have identified an artist mentor they want to work with during the research and development phase.
Phase Two
Project Realisation
is open to communities of interest or place (or their representative organisations) with an artist.

To book an advisory session about the Scheme, please contact Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development, 01-4736600 or email support (at)

Forms available at weblink:


Arts Council Travel & Training Award

Artform & practices: Architecture, Arts participation, Circus, Dance, Film, Literature (English language), Music, Opera, Spectacle, Street arts, Traditional arts, Venues, Visual arts, Young people children and the arts.

Maximum awarded: €8000

There are no formal deadlines for the Travel and Training Award. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Applicants seeking support for formal courses (postgraduate or equivalent) and for other eligible opportunities must submit their application at least six weeks before their course or work programme begins. You are advised that the Arts Council cannot guarantee to assess applications received less than six weeks before a course or work programme begins.

Purpose and priorities of award

There are three strands to this award. The principal strand is Travel and Training Outbound, for which the majority of funding is available; the secondary strand is Travel and Training Inbound; a third strand is the CCP International Award.

Full details on


The Arts Council announces 2016 opportunities

Ireland is on the eve of a great anniversary; the centenary of the proclamation of the republic. In response the Arts Council is planing a national programme, an open call to artists and arts organisations, to surprise and renew the state.  Through support from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the programme will take place throughout 2016. It is a platform to the public and the state, and a unique opportunity for artists to invigorate the Irish imagination.

Celebrating the Centenary of the Easter Rising 1916 in art and ideas, the state again has turned to its artists. In the century since the rising artists have been the great signifiers of our island. Their work, created in hope has been the enduring imagination of what Ireland can become. Irish artists once, created a body of work, inseparable from the rising. Now this call is to create work that will be forever inseparable from its centenary.

In remembering, we begin by renewing. We call artists to share their vision, to allow others see as they do. This is an open call to the Irish imagination. Its response will be shared with the world.

The Arts Council is placing the artist and the arts at the centre of how we respond to the Centenary of the Easter Rising 1916.

The Arts Council’s programme, which forms part of the Government’s Ireland 2016 Programme, will include an Open Call for National Projects, 16x16 Artists' Bursaries, a special 2016 strand of touring as well as a large scale national event to be announced later.

Details will be released over the coming weeks on all aspects of the programme. 

The Open Call for National Projects gives artists and arts organisations the opportunity to engage with the centenary through the creation of ambitious projects.  An International Jury will select the final projects.

The 16 x 16 Artists’ Bursaries will allow a new generation of artists to pursue their practice. 

The current Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme will have a specific 2016 strand.

Open Call for National Projects is now closed


Artists’ Bursaries 16 X 16

In recognising the part played by artists in the events of 1916, and in recognising the role of the artist in contemporary Ireland, a series of special bursaries for emerging artists will be funded.  There will be 16 bursaries, each to the value of €12,500.

The bursaries will enable a new generation of artists to develop their practice and provide them with the opportunity to reflect on the role of artists in Irish society in 2016.

Successful bursary artists will be offered a group residency opportunity during 2016.

The selection panel will comprise;

 a non-voting Council Chair,

2/3 Council members,

a number of external panellists. 

Closing date for completed bursary applications is 16 July.


Touring Programme

An additional allocation will be made to the 2016 Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme to encourage and enable applications from companies seeking to tour work which responds to the centenary of the Easter Rising 1916.

Closing dates 

7 May 2015 for tours from January to June 2016

3 December 2015 for tours from July to December 2016


Arts and Disability Connect

The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the second phase of Arts and Disability Connect, a new awards scheme for artists with disabilities in the Republic of Ireland. Supported by the Arts Council the scheme will have a fund of €25,000 to distribute in 2015.

Specifically targeted at individual artists with disabilities Arts and Disability Connect includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards. The scheme offers artists the opportunity to: connect with other practitioners or venues; make a change in their practice; ‘step up’ in terms of scope and scale; reach new audiences and to engage in mentoring and training.

Application forms and guidelines for 2015 will be available to download from Thursday 2 April 2015 at

Deadline: Thursday 21 May 2015 at 4pm

For general queries about the awards please contact: 01 8509002 Documentation Bursary: Call for Applications

A bursary of €4000 will be made available to the successful applicant for the production of film / audio documentary and / or publication about an arts and health project. invites applications from arts and health practitioners (artists working in healthcare settings, healthcare professionals, arts and health partnerships etc.) for a bursary to produce documentation of an arts and health project. The proposed documentation can take the form of a short film/audio documentary or publication which can be widely disseminated with a view to encouraging high quality, creative documentation of arts and health practice and creating a greater national understanding of the nature of this practice.

Examples of existing documentation of arts and health practice can be found in the Resources section of

Given the nature of arts and health practice, particularly around the confidentiality of health service users, much of it happens behind closed doors and there are challenges in terms of making the process and outcomes of this work public. With this in mind, WHAT partnered with Create in 2012 to deliver a continuing professional development workshop for artists working in healthcare settings entitled ‘Documenting Arts and Health’. WHAT and Create also hosted follow up clinics for individual artists. A resource pack produced from this initiative which offers guidelines in terms of ethically documenting practice through a range of media was produced. Other useful resources regarding documentation are available on such as the Arts Council’s guidelines for taking and using images of children and young people in the arts sector.

This bursary is funded by the Arts Council and the Cork Arts and Health Programme, HSE South.

Eligibility Criteria
Anyone responsible for delivering/co-delivering an arts and health project in the Republic of Ireland, in keeping with’s definition of arts and health, may apply

Who can not apply?
Projects managed directly by WHAT or managed directly by members of the Editorial Panel of cannot apply.

Criteria for selection
The criteria for selection are:
Quality of arts and health practice
Quality of proposed documentation in which the viewer is given an insight into the methods, processes and outcomes of the project / programme
Accessibility of documentation to a range of audiences
Evidence of good planning, sufficient funding and strong partnerships to support the project / programme
Potential for wide dissemination of the documentation produced
Clarity of proposal
Track record of lead documenter
Track record of artist(s) / arts and health practitioner(s) in terms of arts and health
Value for money
Preference will be given to projects / programmes that have not previously been and would not otherwise be documented
TimeframeApplication Procedure

Please complete the application form available on and submit with:

CV(s) of artist(s) / arts and health practitioner(s)
CV(s) of lead documenter(s)
Up to five captioned photographic images of project and / or examples of previous, relevant work of lead artist(s) / arts and health practitioner(s). Website links are acceptable.
Examples of previous, relevant work of lead documenter(s). Website links are acceptable.
Support letter(s) from partner(s)

Applicants will be notified of decisions by 19 June 2015. It is expected that the final documentation will be completed and submitted to by 31 March 2016.

Submissions should be sent by email to
The deadline for application is Friday, 29 May at 12 noon.


Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Artist's Bursary

As part of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, a €10,000 bursary will be awarded towards the development of an artist’s craft or the evolution of a body of work or project by an emerging artist(s) in any art form. The bursary is designed to develop an artist’s creative practice or help take an idea to realisation, whether that be in writing, composing, performing, or creating in a visual or other medium. Nominations must be made by a partnering business, arts or other organisation, and should include up to 800 words on the artist(s), the partnership, the idea, and how the TileStyle Bursary will be used to realise that. Note that the Bursary applications will be judged by a panel from TileStyle, who will be looking for opportunities to support an artist’s development. Full details on the nomination process here. Full nomination documentation must be received by Business to Arts by 5 May 2015 at 5pm.


2014 / 2015 Dates and Deadlines for Culture Ireland Grant Rounds 

Please note Culture Ireland has set funding rounds and deadlines for 2015. There will be three funding rounds in 2015 and separate calls for showcasing opportunities and Edinburgh Festivals will be announced during the year.

Application Deadline | Timing of Project/Event   | Decision Due
15 June 2015         | September 2015 onwards   | Early August
15 October 2015    | January 2016 onwards        | Early December


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