Wicklow County Arts Office, Wicklow County Council announces the criteria and closing date for its three funding streams in 2017; the Artist Support Scheme, Arts Groups and Organisations Bursaries and the Arts Festival Fund. It is our intention through the extension of these schemes that rich and diverse projects will be cultivated for the county, which will nurture artists’ practice, create connectivity, generate new perspectives and voices within the cultural life of the county and support a myriad of high calibre arts events.
Important Please Note:
As with 2016, in 2017 there will be a merged countywide application process for these funds. This is to reflect the strategic shift in local government in the development of Municipal Districts in place of Town Councils. This means that where previously, arts organisations or individuals may have applied to a Town Council or both Wicklow County Council and a Town Council. Funding from all of the previous Town Council areas for the arts has now been centralised through the Arts Office. Budgets and funding have been adjusted accordingly to reflect this. There is now one streamlined application process to take place in January & February of 2017 for all applicants. This includes individual artists, arts organisations and arts festivals.
Artist Support Scheme:
The objective of the Artist Support Scheme, established in 2013, is to assist artists to develop their practice. The awards should make a significant contribution to the professional life or development of artists from, or living in, County Wicklow. The purpose of the Scheme is to allow artists working in any context to realise a specific body of work/training that will enhance practice development. This could include their participation on short-term courses, specialist workshops, mentorships etc, but is not intended to fund undergraduate third-level or ongoing study. The intention is to offer artists time to undertake residencies, or buy time to research a new body of work with a particular focus on career development. Professional practicing artists working in any artform discipline are eligible to apply for this scheme. Due to increased demand for funding the maximum amount any proposal can request is €5,000.