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AIC Bursary Award 2019: Collaborative Arts and Theatre
Image courtesy Cathy Coughlan, 2014 AIC Scheme Bursary Award Recipient: Collaborative Dance

AIC Bursary Award 2019: Collaborative Arts and Theatre

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Create, in partnership with Dublin Fringe Festival, are delighted to announce that the 2019 AIC Scheme Bursary Award takes the focus of Collaborative Arts and Theatre.
Closing date for applications: 11th November 2019, 5pm.

The objective of the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme Bursary Award, offered once a year, is to support individual professional theatre artists whose practice centres on collaboration with individuals or groups (non-arts professionals). The AIC Bursary Award 2019: Collaborative Arts and Theatre aims to support individual professional artists working in collaborative socially engaged forms of theatre practice.

The purpose of the award is to support and nurture professional arts practice; it is specifically aimed at an artist with a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The bursary of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect and engage with and reflect on their practice. More particularly, it allows the artist to consider key questions associated collaborative methodologies in theatre practice.

It is expected that the successful applicant will share the learning arising from the bursary with the wider theatre community and collaborative arts sector. Create will work in partnership with Dublin Fringe Festival providing information sessions and on the selection process.
The closing date for applications to this bursary is the 11th November 2019, at 5pm. 

The Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award is an initiative of the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create.


Dublin Fringe Festival is home to brave ideas, bold performing arts and adventurous audiences. Each year we present a curated, multi-disciplinary festival focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. Dublin Fringe Festival is a year-round organisation; we support the development and presentation of new work by Irish and International artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms. An active curator, Dublin Fringe Festival provides an environment in which participating artists challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practice. Dublin Fringe Festival provides a context for work and demands audience engagement and dialogue. We champion voices that defy the mainstream. The scale and environment of the festival broadens arts participation, playing a vital role in the fabric of Dublin’s cultural life. FRINGE LAB provides year-round practical and artistic support, responding to the needs of both developing and established artists, technicians, producers and practitioners. FRINGE LAB is both a space and a platform of activities for training and learning. FRINGE LAB rehearsal studios, private office space and drop in facilities, used by over 200 companies for 6,000+ hours in the last year.


Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts. Our work initiates cross-sectoral national and international partnerships which support artists and communities to co-create work of depth, ambition and excellence.Our mission is to lead the development of collaborative arts practice by enabling artists and communities to create exceptional art together.

As a resource organisation we offer supports for artists working in social and community contexts. These include professional development, mentoring, project development support, commissioning and project opportunities as well as research and training. We also manage the Artist in the Community Scheme for the Arts Council. Create believes that by working together, artists and communities can purposefully explore how collaborative arts engage in distinct, relevant and powerful ways with the urgent social, cultural and political issues of our times.

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2019 Bursary Award Further Info