AIC Bursary

2021 Bursary: Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity

2021 Bursary: Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity
Traveller Collection. Image: Vance Lau

Application form and guidelines

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Create is delighted to offer two Artist in the Community Scheme bursaries in 2021.

The first, themed on Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity, is offered in partnership with the Immigrant Council of Ireland, and is designed to support individual professional artists whose practice centres on collaboration with individuals or groups (non-arts professionals). The second bursary and its theme will be announced in September.

The AIC Bursary Award 2021: Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity specifically aims to support an individual professional artist working in collaborative socially engaged arts practice who is from a minority ethnic background, has first-hand experience of displacement and/or is shaped by histories of intergenerational migration. For this bursary, candidates may self-identify as Traveller, Roma, refugee, migrant or otherwise through lived experience and/or second generational memories.

The purpose of the award is to support and nurture professional arts practice; it is 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 engage with and reflect on their practice. More particularly, it allows the artist to consider key questions associated with their practice using collaborative methodologies.

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.

It is expected that the successful applicant will share the learning arising from the bursary with the wider collaborative arts sector. Create will work in partnership with the Immigrant Council of Ireland to provide an information session on the selection process.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday the 16th of August.

Full details of the award, as well as the application procedure, are available in the Guidelines document, linked on this page.



The Immigrant Council of Ireland is a national, independent non-governmental organisation that promotes the rights of migrants. Their vision is of a society that is fair, respects human right and diversity and is committed to everyone, including people from a migrant background, having the opportunity to fulfil their potential. They support and advocate for the rights of immigrants and their families and act as a catalyst for public debate, legal and policy change


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