Artist in the Community Scheme

AIC Bursary

AIC Bursary
Making a Mark. Aisling Byrne, AIC Scheme Bursary recipient 2019: Collaborative Arts and Theatre. Photo: Luca Trufarelli

The purpose of the annual AIC Scheme Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice. It is specifically aimed at an artist who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The Bursary Award provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect on practice. More particularly, the Bursary allows the artist to consider key questions associated with their practice using collaborative methodologies.

In 2023, the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme Bursary award underwent 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 focuses 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 that multiple barriers apply to accessing funding, some more visible than others, and this evolution in the bursary award was designed to minimise barriers in multiple forms.

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

Since its establishment in 2010, this bursary has been awarded to:

  • 2010 – Ríonach Ní Néill –  Collaborative Arts and Older People
  • 2011 – Ailbhe Murphy – Collaborative Arts and Community Development
  • 2012 – Sophie Motley – Collaborative Arts and Disability
  • 2013 – Anthony Haughey – Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity
  • 2014 – Cathy Coughlan – Collaborative Dance
  • 2015 – Tara Kennedy – Collaborative Arts and Architecture
  • 2016 – Eoin Heaney – Collaborative Film
  • 2017 – Vukasin Nedeljkovic – Collaborative Art and Activism
  • 2018 – Marielle MacLeman – Collaborative Arts in Health Contexts
  • 2019 – Aisling Byrne – Collaborative Arts and Theatre
  • 2020 – Amir Abu Alrob – Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity
  • 2020 – Tobi Balogun – Collaborative Arts and Human Rights
  • 2021 – Gea Gojak – Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity
  • 2021 – Kate O’Shea – Collaborative Arts and Community Development
  • 2022 – Rehan Ali – Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity
  • 2022 – Karen Aguiar – Collaborative Arts and Dance
  • 2023 – Evelyn Broderick
  • 2023 – Kathryn Maguire

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