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AIC Scheme 2023 Bursary Award now open for applications
Learning Lab, Cork City: Create and Counterpoints Arts. Imagery by Esther Blodau. Photo: Marcia Chandra

AIC Scheme 2023 Bursary Award now open for applications

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In 2023, the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme Bursary award will undergo a period of evolution, moving from an award which focused on elevating themes, artforms and specific context areas, to one offering a more developmental approach.

The bursary will focus on practice, offering equitable access points which includes two bursary awards, each offering €15,000 (an increase on the €10,000 offered in previous years). We acknowledge multiple barriers apply to accessing funding, some more visible than others, and this evolution in the bursary award is designed to minimise barriers in multiple forms.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday 16th October 2023. An information session is available on the 20th September – read more here. 

About the Bursary Award

The purpose of the award is to support and nurture professional arts practice, for an artist in any artform who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest in the making and interpreting of art. This is a developmental bursary aimed at practitioners who are facing particular barriers and/or challenges in developing their collaborative socially engaged arts practice.

The bursary of €15,000 will provide the selected artist with time and resources to engage with and reflect on their practice. This may include time to carry out research. More particularly, it allows the artist to consider key questions associated with their collaborative arts practice and collaborative methodologies.

In addition, this bursary award offers bi monthly mentoring support from Create and up to two mentoring sessions with one of the experienced collaborative socially engaged practitioners from the Artist Mentor Panel.

The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development of an extended process of engagement with their practice, and seeks to provide artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage deeply with their practice.

Application process

Find out more about the Bursary and how to submit your Expression of Interest, here.

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Artist in the Community Scheme