Four Dubliners to be selected for artist development scheme

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

Mid-career artists across Ireland may be able to benefit from the Platform 31 artist development scheme, arranged by the Association of Local Authority Arts Offices (ALAAO) in collaboration with the Arts Council, which is currently open to applications.

Designed to support and offer career development for 31 mid-career artists, one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland, participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in a developmental and networking framework.

Christodoulos Makris, artist recipient of the 2021 bursary for Fingal, said: “For me, the enduring benefit of participation is the capacity to forge meaningful connections with peers across artform, location and temperament.”

Ray Yeates, Arts Officer, Dublin City County, welcomed the 2022 scheme, saying: “While Dublin City Arts Office offers a range of opportunities for artists practice development, Platform 31, with its focus on mid-career artists from across the 31 local authority regions, offers a distinctive inter-disciplinary mechanism for peer support, critical reflection and mentorship. We hope that the awarded Dublin City artist will benefit from the time and resources offered to significantly develop their practice.”

“The bursary seeks to provide artists with the time and resources to think, test new ideas, research new approaches and to develop new work”, said Maureen Kennelly, Arts Council Director.

“The Arts Council is delighted to partner with local authorities, who are responding thoughtfully and ambitiously to the ongoing challenging environment for artists. The carefully considered support network built into Platform 31 sets this bursary scheme apart”, she added. 

The award is open to artists of any discipline and practice and applications are open until March 30th. For more information see

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