18 artists have been awarded prestigious Next Generation bursaries by the Arts Council, the state agency for funding and developing the arts has announced.
The Next Generation programme recognises and promotes a selection of artists from different disciplines, such as traditional arts, music, dance, film, theatre and literature, and gives them the time they need to develop their practice. The artists are based right across the country.
Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said: “What makes the Next Generation award special is that it identifies an artist at an early but pivotal moment in his or her career. Our investment buys them time, and the opportunity to engage with mentors or other supports that we hope will have a transformative impact on their work in future years.”
And she added: “The Arts Council also recognises the significance of contact and engagement with peers, and one of the distinguishing features of this award is a week-long shared residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, which has in the past sparked collaborations, new ideas and concepts, and helped forge long-lasting friendships.”
The artists who received the bursaries are from all over the country including Cork, Tipperary, Dublin, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Galway, Mayo, Louth and Monaghan.
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