The artist bursary 2021 is now open for applications. This bursary is being offered to artists working in participatory arts and health contexts to reflect on their practice.

The artist bursary was first introduced in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and curtailment of arts programming in health settings. Over the past year, artists have shown great resolve and imagination in adapting and developing participatory arts experiences for healthcare communities at a time when face-to-face engagement is often not possible. In light of the continued challenges faced by the health and arts sectors, providing artists with the time and headspace to reflect on and interrogate their participatory practice in healthcare contexts remains a priority.

The bursary is open to individual professional artists working in any artform within the field of participatory arts and health practice in the Republic of Ireland.

Successful applicants will share learning arising from the bursary with the wider arts and health community via How this learning is presented is at the discretion of selected artists.

Three awards of €2000 each will be offered to successful applicants.

Application process 
Download the application form, eligibility criteria and FAQs here:

Closing date
The closing date for applications is Thursday 27 May 2021 at 12pm.

For queries please email is the national website for arts and health in Ireland, and is managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust. The bursary 2021 is funded by the HSE and the Arts Council.  


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