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Mayo County Council Tyrone Guthrie Regional Bursary Scheme 2011

Mayo County Council are offering two special bursary awards to artists born or living in Mayo, to enable them to spend two weeks at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan. Each bursary covers all board and lodging expenses for a two-week period, plus the use of a studio if necessary.

There are a variety of workspaces available including studios, a music room for composers and musicians, and a large rehearsal and performance space.

The bursaries are open to practitioners in all artforms born or domiciled within County Mayo. There is no age limit.

Applicants should show significant achievement in their chosen field. This would normally mean that writers should already have published in book form, painters and sculptors should have had one-person shows in reputable galleries and that composers and musicians should have had their work commissioned, recorded or performed, or whatever might be appropriate to the particular artform. Otherwise the applicant must demonstrate a high degree of promise attested by references or other forms of support from established figures in the arts.

To receive an application from, please contact Mayo County Council Arts Office,

Tel: 094 90 24444 ext 7471 or 7558


The closing date for return of applications forms is:

Friday 6th May 2011


Music Network Performance and Touring Award

With funding from the Arts Council, the Performance and Touring Award was developed by Music Network, the national music development organisation, to assist Irish and Ireland-based musicians in realising performance opportunities.  Closing dates for applications are Monday 14th February, 5pm and Monday 13th June, 5pm, 2011. The scheme is open to musicians and ensembles of all genres that are of Irish nationality or resident in Ireland.

Further information:  


Arts Council 2011 - Funding deadlines

A listing of upcoming closing dates for Arts Council financial support programmes.

19 May 2011: Traditional arts commissions award

Ongoing: Writers in schools scheme

Ongoing: Travel & training award

Ongoing: Deis

Ongoing: Visual artists in prisons scheme

Ongoing: Writers in prisons scheme


Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme 2011

Managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts

Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work collaboratively on arts projects. The scheme covers all art forms –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.

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. Maximum time frame is 3 months. The maximum amount awarded in Phase One is €1,000.

Phase One, 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. The maximum award is €1500, which includes E500 fee payable to the mentor. 

Phase Two, Project Realisation, is open to communities of interest or place (or their representative organisations), planning a project of between 6 weeks and 5 months with a maximum award of €5000, and those who are planning a project of between 6 months and 9 months with a maximum award of €10,000.

The deadlines in 2011 are Monday 14 March 5pm and Monday 27 June 5pm.

For further information, application forms or to book an advisory session, contact Katherine Atkinson, Project Support & Professional Development, 01-4736600 or email .  Also visit  the Professional Development page Artist in the Community


Foras na Gaeilge schemes

For more details of Foras na Gaeilge Funding schemes please follow this link.


Culture Ireland Funding

Culture Ireland is the state agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide, working under the aegis of the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. Culture Ireland creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists to present their work at strategic international festivals, venues, showcases and arts markets. Culture Ireland’s principal funding scheme is designed to support the presentation and promotion of Irish arts internationally. Full details:

Deadline: 15 May 2011


Arts Council Deis Award

The Deis Award provides support for traditional arts projects, or projects involving collaboration between the traditional arts and other artforms. Deis supports one-off or short-term projects only and other funding will not be granted under the scheme. Proposals are accepted from all areas in the traditional arts (traditional music, song, dance and oral artforms such as storytelling and agallamh beirte) and priority will be given to projects that demonstrate attention to artistic quality, innovation and significant benefit to the traditional arts community. Deis proposals are currently accepted on a rolling basis, submitted at least twelve weeks before the project is due to start. From 15th April onwards, the award will operate with a series of specific deadlines for applications throughout the year. The next application deadline is 9th June 2011 (for activities is due to commence on or before 21st October 2011).

Further information

Contact: Eimear Harte

Position: Traditional Arts Assistant

Telephone: 01 6197807



Arts Council: Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme

As part of the ongoing implementation of its Touring Policy, the Arts Council is further developing a scheme to support the touring and dissemination of work in a broad range of artforms. Following on from the 2010 scheme, which offered c. €1m in support of tours taking place throughout 2011, the initiative is now being extended.

Each year, commencing in 2011, applications will be received on two deadlines falling in April/May and October. Building on the audience focused approach that characterises the Touring Policy, the expanded scheme is designed to support genuine collaboration between those who produce work and wish to tour and the presenting venue or local promoter. The deadline for Round 1 of the 2011 Medium Term Planning strand of the scheme, primarily intended to contribute towards the costs of tours planned to be on the road during the period August 2011 - June 2012, is 5:30pm, Thursday 5 May 2011.

Application forms and guidelines will be available shortly.For additional information on these developments please consult


Arts Council Young Ensembles Scheme 2011: Call for Applications

Applications are invited for activities beginning between 1 July and 31 December 2011 and completed by 30 June 2012.

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 artform (e.g: circus, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, or any combination of the above). Groups/ensembles must be made up of 3 or more members.The maximum award available is €10,000. For more information on how to apply, see or contact Audrey Keane, Young People, Children and Education Officer, at


Permanent TSB Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards 2011: Call for Entries

 Is your youth group trying to help make Ireland a better place or maybe their efforts have focused on those further a field? Have they worked together to try and bring about positive change in their community? Then the Permanent TSB Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards want to hear from you!

So if your group is involved already in doing something for their community or is planning to do something for their community then they would love to hear from you. Simply email  with your group’s name, contact person, postal address, email and a contact telephone number.  On receiving your expression of interest we will send you a citizenship pack, complete with project report form, guidelines for filling it out and more information on what is involved in being part of the youth citizenship awards. For more informationcontact Rosie at  or 086 6064110 or check out


NYCI Artist in Youth Work Scheme 2011

The NYCI Arts programme announces a call for applications for 2nd round of the 2011 Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme. The Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme offers grants to youth arts organisations or youth work organisations working in an arts context, who would like to engage with a professional artist.The aim of the scheme is to encourage artistic collaboration between professional artists and young people. Young people will have the opportunity to work with and learn from practitioners of excellence in their field. Equally, artists will have the opportunity to enrich their own professional practice through the contextual experience of working with young people. There are two awards under this scheme, The Artist in Residency award and the Youth Arts Development award. Grants of up to €5,000 are awarded to organisations following the application procedure.

For more information, please contact Fiona Smith, youth arts project officer at NYCI.

T: 01 4784122


Selected Programmes:

I Could Read the Sky – April 2013

Bealtaine 2013

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2013


Manchán Magan

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2013 – June 2013


Culture Night 2013

Countywide programme of cultural events – 20th September 2013

Facebook: Mayo Culture Night

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