The closing date for applications for the Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Bursary is Thursday, February 3. The award – which is worth up to €20,000 – is designed to support professional artists to develop their art practice. It provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art.
The award is intended to enable practising artists to do one or more of the following:
- Spend focused time working at their practice
- 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 production 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 award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice. The award, therefore, provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their art practice. Potential proposals could be those that support the applicant to:
- Compose a piece of work in the tradition or in collaboration with musicians in other genres
- Choreograph a piece of dance within the tradition or in collaboration with dance artists in other genres
- Explore traditional style and repertoire in the fields of music, song, dance or storytelling, including informal mentorship programmes with established individuals or masters in these areas
- Develop a body of work from the tradition and/or in collaboration with other artforms.
- All awards are informed by the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (2016–25), Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland.
The award is open to professional artists working in all genres and at all stages in their professional careers. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
- Be resident in the Republic of Ireland. There are certain exceptions where the Arts Council may deem eligible applications made by those based outside the Republic of Ireland. However, before admitting as eligible any such application, the applicant would need to explicitly outline within the application how the outcomes of any such proposal would benefit the arts in the Republic of Ireland, and the Arts Council must be satisfied with same.
- Be professional practising artists. Although they might not earn income continuously or exclusively from their arts practice, applicants must identify themselves, and be recognised by their peers, as professional practising artists.