The Liam O’Flynn Award is a joint initiative of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the National Concert Hall/An Ceoláras Náisiúnta as part of its partnership for the promotion, appreciation and enjoyment of traditional arts, which includes the Tradition Now festival of traditional music.
Liam O’Flynn was a virtuoso piper of international renown who brought uilleann piping and Irish music to the world stage. He had many important artistic relationships in his life, including master pipers who had gone before him, such as Willie Clancy, Séamus Ennis and Leo Rowsome, and he played a crucial role in safeguarding and promoting traditional music. As a member of Planxty, which he co-founded in 1972 and also as a solo artist, he had a huge influence on the artistic life of Ireland.
In memory of Liam O’Flynn, the Liam O’Flynn Award celebrates the role of the individual creative traditional artist in the creation of new works, the inception of unique artistic collaborations and innovations, and in the transmission of traditional arts for future generations to enjoy and practice.
The purpose of the Liam O’Flynn Award is to provide a traditional artist with a period of artistic reflection, inspiration and creation in residence in the National Concert Hall and to enhance appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of the traditional arts across the rich milieu of the National Concert Hall.
For the Liam O’Flynn Award recipients, it will provide career-changing artistic opportunities, including the chance to work with a wide range of artistic collaborators in a supportive and professional environment where they will be positioned alongside high-performing artists from other genres and where there is high expectation of creative outputs.
NCH and Arts Council Liam O’Flynn Award
- An award of 15,000 Euro will be offered to one artist to create new work at NCH
- The work(s) will be performed as part of Tradition Now
- The award will support new ways of conceiving music
- The successful artist will be located at the NCH and the award will support collaborations with the other resident musicians at NCH (e.g. Crash Ensemble, RTÉ NSO, Chamber Choir Ireland)
The deadline for applications for the first Liam O’Flynn Award will be 5.30pm, Thursday 19 January 2021.
Information and guidance notes on the award will soon be available on www.artscouncil.ie