Funding, Awards, Bursaries


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Local Authority Awards
Most of the local authority arts offices in the country offer grants and bursaries to community groups and individual artists on an annual basis. Some of those are listed below. For further info contact your local arts office - the list of arts officers in Ireland and Northern Ireland can be viewed here:

Dublin City Council Arts Bursaries
Each year the City Council provides five Arts Bursaries of €4,000 each to assist Arts Students and professional Artists in the development of their career through further study or training or a specific project. One bursary of €4,000 is awarded in each of the following: Dance, Drama, Literature, Music and Visual Arts. Only residents of Dublin City are eligible to apply. Applications are invited by public advertisement in March each year and application forms are available at that time from the Arts Office.
Dublin City Council Arts Office
The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin 1
T: 01 2227846

Laois Council Council Patronage Award
A scheme that offers substantial financial support to an individual artist, giving him/her time to focus on their practice. Other awards and opportunities available
T: 057 86 74344

Mayo Council Councils Liam Walsh Award
Mayo County Council offers this award to artists living in / from County Mayo. The purpose of this award is to support practicing artists in their professional work. The Award is open to practitioners of all art forms: visual artists, musicians, composers, photographers, filmmakers, writers, choreographers, theatre directors, etc.
T: 094 9024444 ext. 7558, 7560

Wexford County Council & Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Artist Award
Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford County Council Annual Emerging Visual Artist Award. The initiative supports promising young visual artists in Ireland with an award of €8,000 and a solo exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre. This award is aimed at recognising and supporting the development of committed emerging artists, in kick starting their career and achieving professional recognition. Artists practicing any visual art form are eligible to apply for the award.

Galleries & Arts Organisations

Butler Gallery Tony O’Malley Travel Award
Open only to painters.The prize fund of €2,600 will go to the successful applicant resident in Ireland, North or South of a specific travel proposal. The proposal, alongside the artists work is an important consideration in assessing the awards.
T: 056 7761106

Crawford Open
The Crawford Open is a biennial juried exhibition of contemporary art at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland. Artist’s Prize €5,000Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland.
T: +353 (0) 21 4907853/57

Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts. It provides advice and support services to artists and arts organisations working collaboratively with communities of place and/or interest10/11 Earl Street South, Dublin 8
T: 01 473 6600

Ireland’s pre-eminent annual exhibition of contemporary art. Open and invited submissions. A number of prizes are awarded each year.e v+ a’, c/o Belltable Arts Centre, 69 O’Connell Street, Limerick
T: 061 318 240

The RDS Student Awards
The RDS Student Art Awards recognise excellence in young emerging Irish artists and provide support to enable them to further their talent and artistic development.

RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
T: 01 668 0866

RHA Annual Exhibition
The RHA Annual Exhibition - open and invited submissions. A prize-fund of over €65,000, awarded to a variety of disciplines from painting, sculpture and drawing to photography attracts a wide variety of both international and Irish artistsRoyal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: 353 1 661 2558

National Sculpture Factory Awards
The NSF offer 3 major residency awards for artists at all stages of their careers and open to any type of practice. These are: Emerging Irish Artist Professional Development Award, Award for an International or Irish Artist in Mid-Career and Australia / Ireland Exchange ResidencyNational Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork City
T: 021 4314353

Private, Independent or Corporate Foundations & Trusts

The AIB Prize
The AIB Prize is an annual award. Set up to give financial support to an emerging artist of exceptional talent; providing a springboard to help raise the profile of the artist nationally and internationally. Also facilitates the creation of new work for an exhibition in a publicly funded venue and assist in the publication of a catalogue that will document and promote the artist’s work.

Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholars Trust.
The Trust awards scholarships to people with talent and ability who, because of economic circumstances or other barriers such as disability, are prevented from reaching their full educational potential.T: 01 4498500

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
The UK Branch of the Portugal-based Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is responsible for grant aid in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Four grant programmes: Arts, Education, Social Change and Anglo-Portuguese Cultural Relations. The arts programme is principally for professional arts organisations or individual professional artists working in partnerships or groups.T: +44 2076365313

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grantmaking foundations in the UK. Application proposals must have a direct benefit to
the UK.T: 020 7297 4700

Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation set up an Awards scheme in 1993 to support artists by providing them with financial assistance at a critical point in their careers. The aim of the Awards was to give artists the freedom to develop their creative ideas and to contribute to their personal and professional growth.The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, 18 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1H 9AA
T: 020 7227 3500

The Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust believes the arts are an effective way of stimulating debate and engaging people with biomedical science. The Arts Awards support projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts
Arts Awards, Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK
T +44 (0)20 7611 7222

International Funding Organisations

European Cultural Foundation
The ECF Grants Programme supports projects that promote European cultural exchange and cooperation. It funds individual artists as well as small and medium-sized independent cultural organisations that work on cross-border and inter-regional projects.European Cultural Foundation (ECF)
Jan van Goyenkade 5, 1075 HN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)20 573 38 68

Irish American Cultural Institute
The IACI Cultural Awards are granted annually to artists, writers, and organisations in Ireland for their efforts in Irish history, literature, and art.
1 Lackawanna Place, Morristown, NJ 07960
T: (973) 605-1991

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) . UNESCO promotes international co-operation among its 192 Member States and six Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.The UNESCO programme aims to place art education at the heart of formal and informal education. Funding opportunities include The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture and the UNESCO - Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme

The Ireland Funds

The Ireland Funds is an international charitable organisation operating in 11 countries and has raised over $300 million for worthy causes in Ireland. The essence of the work of The Ireland Funds in Ireland is assessing where need exists and then guiding our donors on how these needs might be best met. The four areas that we fund are: Peace and Reconciliation, Education, Community Development and Arts and Culture.

Ealaíontóirí Radharcacha Éire, Visual Artists Ireland, 37 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1
Tel: +353 (0)1 872 2296 Fax: +353 (0)1 872 2364 Email:

One Response to “Funding, Awards, Bursaries”

  1. David Horkan says:

    RDS student art awards prize fund will exceed € 16,000 in 2010.

    As well as being displayed for five days at the Horse Show and also in the following
    week ,the winning entries will travel to two further venues in the Autumn, Lisburn in
    Co Down and Castlebar , Co Mayo

    Please include this in the blurb above .

    A great site for emerging artists in these recessionary times.


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