The Arts Council is now accepting applications for the Arts Participation Bursary Award 2021. The objective of the award is to support individual professional artists working in any artform to develop their arts-participation practice, including collaborative, community and socially engaged arts practices.

The Arts Participation Bursary Award seeks to provide artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage deeply with their practice. The award is for individual professional artists who:

  • Have a track record of working collaboratively with individuals and groups of non-arts professionals in the making and interpreting of artwork e.g. artists might work in any of the following contexts: health, disability, cultural diversity, creative ageing, community development, other communities of place and/or interest
  • Demonstrate clear artistic vision and commitment to artistic outcomes alongside any other goals e.g. in areas such as health, disability, community development etc.
  • Consider and prioritise quality of engagement (as appropriate) at all stages e.g. in the research, development, planning, making and evaluation of work.

In preparing your application, you should base it on the best public-health advice and guidance available at the time you are making your application. Given this, you should ensure that what you are proposing is feasible or adaptable should social distancing and/or other public-health measures impact on all or part of the bursary period.

The maximum awarded is €20,000.

Closing date: Thursday 28 January 2021 at 17:30 

Guidelines and application process:


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