PLATFORM 31 is a national artist development scheme by Local Authority Arts Offices, supporting artists to investigate how they might develop their practice or make work in a different way. Following on from its successful pilot in 2020-21, the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers (ALAAO) is once again collaborating with the Arts Council on the scheme. 

Designed to support and enable career development for 31 mid-career artists – one artist will be selected from each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland – there are two elements of support for participating artists in this pilot scheme: financial and developmental.

Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in a developmental programme.

Informed by last year’s pilot, the PLATFORM 31 developmental programme will provide coaching, advisory support and networking opportunities for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts.

PLATFORM 31 is open to mid-career artists of any artform, medium and practice, as well as multi-disciplinary artists, living in any of the 31 Local Authority regions in Ireland.

The online application form will be open from 3 – 30 March 2022.

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