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Welcome to the February edition of our Newsletter.
News this month
Visual Arts Workspace Grant Awards 2018
Procurement of Arts Advisers
Public Art Commissioner - Seamus Heaney: A Work of Public Art
Changes to Traditional Arts Funding in 2018
John Broderick – a writer’s gift to Athlone
Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools Opportunities
Theatre Information Session | 14th February in Dublin
Laureate for Irish Fiction 2018-2021: Announcement Events
Grants and Awards
Festival Investment Scheme 2019 Round 1
Commissions Award next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 3 May 2018
Deis Recording & Publication Award next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 5 April 2018
Project awards – deadline 5.30pm Thursday 15 February 2018
News from the community
glór welcomes Film Shorts Submissions for Spring 2018
PlatForms - a new glór initiative to support artists in creating new work
€245,500 announced for Music Capital Scheme
What Next: Dive In, Discover Dance
Creative Europe Desk
European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 – Irish programme
Have your say on EU Culture funding after 2020 – consultation period up to 10th January to 8th March 2018
EU Copyright Law: What does it mean for artists?
Support for European Cooperation Projects 2018
John Broderick – a writer’s gift to Athlone

The late John Broderick bequeathed monies to the Arts Council with the intention they would be for; '...the benefit and assistance and advancement of the arts in Athlone'. He had 12 novels published in London, the best known being The Pilgrimage (1961). His bestseller was An Apology for Roses (1973), which sold 30,000 copies in the first week of its publication in 1973. Both these novels, along with The Fugitives and The Flood are all set with Athlone as a backdrop.


The Arts Council in partnership with Westmeath County Council have agreed a three year residency programme beginning with literature in 2018


The successful writer will be supported with time to develop their own work as well as being asked asked to stimulate greater awareness of the works of John Broderick, the art of creative writing and encouraging more opportunities for people to engage with the work of writers. Athlone Library contains a selection of Broderick’s collection of books, gramophone records, discs and tapes as well as artworks bequeathed by Broderick to the library.

The residency will take place over a 10 week period later in 2018 and the value to the successful writer is €15,000 to include all expenses.

The residency is being managed by Westmeath County Council and the deadline for applications is Thursday 1st March at 3pm. Further information can be sought from miriam.mulrennan@westmeathcoco.ie