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Opportunity: Kilkenny County Council Arts Office EDI Bursary

Posted: 5 April, 2024

Kilkenny County Council Arts Office is delighted to announce a new bursary supported by The Arts Council offering financial support of €5,000 for artists across all artforms.

This opportunity from Kilkenny County Council is specific to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, including those based on age, civil or family status, disability, gender, membership of the Traveller Community, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

The bursary aligns with The Arts Council’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Implementation Plan, recognising the challenges faced by such artists who are striving to advance their careers and enhance their artistic practice. By providing an element of financial relief, the bursary will allow the successful applicant the freedom to focus on the development of their practice and if relevant a specific project.

To maximize the impact of the bursary, recipients are encouraged to allocate a portion of the funds toward engaging a mentor, a coach, or participating in a short professional development course or retreat of their choice. Kilkenny Arts Office is prepared to provide guidance and signpost available options within the artist’s specific artform.

Who can apply

  • Artist must be from an underrepresented background (see further information on the Arts Councils EDI Implementation plan here)
  • A professional artist for at least 3 years 
  • An artist residing in Kilkenny for a minimum of 2 years
  • Applicants cannot be an undergraduate student at the time this bursary is offered
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18 years

The closing date to apply is April 30 at 4pm.

For more information regarding application guidelines and the application form required please visit Kilkenny Arts Office Website here.

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