The Arts Council’s Professional Development Award 2020 is now open for applications. The purpose of the award is to support practicing artists and arts practitioners to upskill through access to a professional development or training opportunity.

Applicants can propose a specific once-off training or developmental opportunity. This can be accessed digitally or in person, in-line with COVID-19 guidelines. Examples might include:

  • Creative development supports, such as participation in workshops, specialist courses, master classes, research projects, residencies, coaching/mentoring, attendance at conferences/seminars
  • Career development supports, such as strategic and/or financial planning, promotional, presentation or digital skills, proposal writing

The proposal may be to work with an individual or organisation based in Ireland or abroad.

Priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Demonstrate the benefit to the applicant’s creative and/or career development
  • Will contribute to the development of the arts in Ireland.

The maximum award available is €3,000.

Ongoing. Applications will be accepted until 5.30pm on Thursday 19 November 2020.

Guidelines and application form:


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