The Arts Council has announced the Young People, Children, and Education (YPCE) Bursary Award to support the professional development of artists by enabling them to spend time developing their practice.
The award is specifically focussed on helping artists to improve their capacity to develop or present high-quality arts experiences with or for children and young people. It is open to individual artists and practitioners working in a creative capacity in any artform, including arts facilitators, curators or programmers.
The Young People, Children and Education Bursary Award specifically supports artists to engage in professional development1 that will improve their capacity to develop or present high-quality arts experiences with or for children and young people. The bursary aims to support artists at all stages of their careers. Potential proposals could be those that:
- Enable a professional artist with significant experience in their artform but with limited experience in developing work with or for young people to develop their knowledge and capacity in this area
- Enable a young artist (aged 18–24) who has demonstrated artistic leadership and innovation in their artistic endeavours as a young person to develop their professional capacity to engage other young participants or audiences in the arts
- Enable an emerging, mid-career or established artist to explore new ideas, skills or ways of working that will improve their capacity to create highquality work with or for young people.
The Arts Council has identified the following as priorities for support through this award:
- Proposals that demonstrate the benefits to the development of the artist’s practice and how this will in turn benefit children and young people during or following the bursary (i.e. there is clarity regarding the context in which the artist’s learning will be applied)
- Proposals that demonstrate how an artist will document, share and disseminate with their peers any findings that emerge from the bursary period
- Proposals that enable the artist to work with a mentor who is well placed to support them to develop their practice
- Proposals that enable artists to reflect on and develop their practice in partnership with key stakeholders, such as potential audiences, participants, professional colleagues, youth workers, carers and educators. However, such proposals should be developed in a manner that is adaptable should social-distancing measures impact on what is possible.
- The maximum amount that may be awarded to each successful applicant is: €20,000
- The minimum that can be applied for is €5,000.
The award is open to artists working in all genres and at all stages in their professional careers. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
- Be resident in the Republic of Ireland. There are certain exceptions where the Arts Council may deem eligible applications made by those based outside the Republic of Ireland. However, before admitting as eligible any such application, the applicant would need to explicitly outline within the application how the outcomes of any such proposal would benefit the arts in the Republic of Ireland, and the Arts Council must be satisfied with same.
- Be professional practising artists. Although they might not earn income continuously or exclusively from their arts practice, applicants must identify themselves, and be recognised by their peers, as professional practising artists.
The Arts Council particularly welcomes new applicants who represent the diversity of Irish society. They encourage applications from all areas of the community regardless of your gender, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller Community, or socio-economic background.
For more information, visit https://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Young-People,-Children,-and-Education-Bursary-Award/