Feature Article
Welcome to the January edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Literature Bursary Award Information Clinic hosted by Munster Literature Centre
Places Matter Conference: creating diverse participation in the arts 28 March 2019 – Save the date
Arts Council seeks Per Cent for Art adviser
Grants and Awards
The Liam O’Flynn Award - Closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 17 January 2019
Bursary Awards next closing date - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 31 Jan 2019
Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Prize and Travel Award
Arts Council announces Anthony Cronin Award 2019
News from the community
Nollaig na mBan 2019
Jack Harte Bursary Award 2019 winner announced
Waterford Healing Arts Trust opens call for Artist in Residence 2019
Creative Europe Desk
A round up of events in 2018
Welcome to the January edition of our Newsletter

The new year is upon us, and already we can be confident that 2019 will be a great one for the arts in Ireland. Last month, the Council made its decisions in Strategic Funding and Partnership Funding, and organisations across the country have already started to log on to our online services website, where they can accept their offer of funding and their individual funding agreements.

These grants are vital for the arts, and mean that people right across the country will experience great work, but they still only form part of what the Arts Council funds and develops over the course of a year. Towards the end of this month we will issue details of how the Arts Council will invest our entire grant from Government of €75 million to benefit the arts in 2019, including Strategic and Partnership Funding, Arts Grant Funding, Projects, Festivals, Aosdána and many other awards, schemes and initiatives.

Of these, one of the most important is our Bursaries award. Its purpose is to support professional artists to develop their practice. Our aim is to give an artist the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art. With bursaries, the Arts Council is investing not just in the here-and-now, but in the development of the arts, through the individual artist, for many years to come.

This year’s deadline for bursary awards across more than ten artforms and areas of arts practice is 17:30 on Thursday 31 January. As always, I would encourage anyone applying to make sure they complete their application in plenty of time, just ar eagla na h-eagla.


With best wishes for 2019,


Orlaith McBride