Feature Article
Welcome to the June edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Exhibitions showcasing the Arts Council Collection taking place this June 2019
Grants and Awards
Project awards – deadline 5.30pm Thursday 15 August 2019
Authored Works Award 2019 Closing Date
Travel & Training awards for festivals in 2019.
Forthcoming architecture awards including new Architecture Project Award
Visual Arts Workspace Scheme
Visual Arts Bursary Award Round 2
Visual Arts video testimonials
Young People, Children and Education Bursary Award 2019
Open Call 2020
News from the community
Music Generation announces expansion into five new areas of Ireland
Music Generation Development Officer: Sligo
Call for applications: artsandhealth.ie documentation bursary 2019
Three Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Musicians-in-Residence appointed for 2019.
Creative residency by the Honorable Society of King’s Inns and Dublin City Council Culture Company
Music Generation Development Officer (x 5 POSTS)
Irish Writers Centre: Cill Rialaig Residences 2019
Irish Writers Centre: Florence Writer-in-Residence 2019
Irish Writers Centre: Marian Keyes Young Writer Award
Irish Writers Centre: Irish-Norwegian Writers’ Exchange Autumn 2019
Irish Writers Centre: Submit to Novel Fair 2020
Music Network is seeking to appoint a Finance Manager (part-time)
Creative Europe Desk
Free event! Culture in Motion – European culture networks and the value of connecting: Galway 27th June 2019
Pilot Mobility Scheme for Artists and Culture Professionals (Performing arts and Visual Arts) – two more deadlines between now and September 2019!
Congratulations to Jan Carson who was announced as one of the fourteen laureates of the 2019 European Union prize for Literature on 22nd May 2019.
Welcome to the June edition of our Newsletter

It’s June already, the stretch in the evening is undeniable, and everywhere in Ireland the summer festivals are already surprising, engaging and delighting us.


The Arts Council has always recognised the unique role of festivals. From a policy perspective, we see festivals as key producers and presenters of the arts, and critical for engaging large and diverse audiences. They provide opportunities for artists to develop their practice, and often showcase the arts in new and challenging ways, and in conventional as well as in non-arts spaces.


What is truly remarkable about festivals, though, is the unique nature of each one, reflecting so much about its locality and creating a real sense of belonging in a community. We know from research that 78 percent of people in Ireland believe that local arts help give each county or region is distinctive identity, that special sense of place. Festivals are the beating heart of that statistic.


So I encourage you this season to support and enjoy to the full your local festival, and as many others as you can. On social media, the Arts Council will place a special focus on festivals this summer, using the special #FindMyFestival hashtag, and everyone is welcome to join in celebrating the work right across the country with words, pictures and videos.


In other news, there are no fewer than four separate exhibitions featuring work from the Arts Council Collection running this month – details are here -- so catch them if you can.


With best wishes,



Orlaith McBride