101 artists from all across Ireland are just some of the exceptional promise that have been given bursaries by the Arts Council, the government agency for funding and developing the arts. The total amount awarded to artists totals an amount of €1,001,699. The innovative artists awarded the bursaries work across music, literature, circus, theatre, film and visual arts and are based in all four provinces of Ireland.
“This award is significant for me in that it will allow me valuable time to merge and develop the different artistic strands of my practise. As someone who performs and creates across a variety of mediums; dance, theatre and screen, this bursary will allow me the opportunity to explore how these mediums can exist together, surrounded by a team of collaborators that I am deeply passionate about working with. I am deeply grateful to the Arts Council of Ireland for this support and encouragement at this; a formative moment in my career,” said dance artist Stephanie Dufresne.
Choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller said:
“It provides me with time to further research and develop new multidisciplinary dance work Flora+Fauna together with dancers, musicians and designers.”
Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said;
“Each year we’re tasked with a difficult job of going through the dozens of applications we receive and once again this year, we have identified those deserving recipients who are experts in the areas of music, opera, theatre, dance and architecture. Work in the arts sphere is ever-evolving and I look forward to seeing what is produced over the next number of years. I wish each of our recipients every success.”
The Arts Council received 427 eligible applications for Bursaries and just some of those receiving the bursaries are Matthew Noone from Clare for music, Kate Guelke from Donegal for Opera, Sinead Diskin from Dublin for theatre, Sharon Whooley from Galway for film, Samuel Cunnane from Kerry for visual arts and Donn Holohan from Mayo for architecture.
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