The Arts Council’s Arts Participation Bursary Award supports individual professional artists working in any artform to develop their arts-participation practice, including collaborative, community and socially engaged arts practices.

Who is this award for? 

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
  • 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 in the research, development, planning, making, presentation and evaluation of work (as relevant to proposal).

What is this award for? 

The Arts Participation Bursary Award is intended to support the professional development of practicing artists by enabling them to do one or more of the following:

  • Spend focused time working at their practice, including critical reflection and evaluation
  • Spend time researching/thinking about/developing a new idea for future dissemination
  • Spend time developing their technical skills in a particular area
  • Spend time developing/learning new skills related to their practice or area of interest
  • Spend time working with a mentor or collaborator(s) to develop an idea or to assist in developing or upskilling within a particular area of their practice or an area related to their practice
  • Spend time developing an idea in collaboration with a potential partner(s)
  • Undertake a short period of training by way of master classes or other professional training opportunities (whether national or international)
  • Purchase a limited amount of equipment and materials to assist with the development of their practice (Note: this can be no more than 15% of the value of the overall request for support)
  • Spend time undertaking a combination of the above activities.

The maximum awarded is €20,000.

Closing date: Thursday 3 February 2022 at 17:30 

Guidelines and application process:


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