The Arts Council has announced a new closing date for its Bursary Awards round 1 2009. This has been brought about by an increase in applications of over 25%. The new closing date is Thursday 27 November 2008 at 5.30pm.
It is planned that all applications received prior to the closing date will receive a decision in February 2009. The closing date for round 2 will be in April 2009.
The purpose of an Arts Council bursary is to support professional artists at all stages in their careers and in the development of their arts practice. The aim of the award is to allow artists, working in any context or in any artform, to buy space and freedom to concentrate on a body of work and provide the equipment, facilities and third party expertise to develop practice. Recipients can receive up to a maximum of €15,000 per year through the Bursary award. A number of multi-annual bursaries, which offer artists funding for up to a three-year period, are available each year.
New guidance notes and application forms will be available online at www.artscouncil.ie after Monday 27 October 2008. and hard copies will be available at the Arts Council from Monday 10 November.