Fingal artists’ support funding increased to €200k

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal County Council invites applications for the Artists’ Support Scheme for 2022, offering professional artists an opportunity to apply for up to €5,000, writes Rose Barrett.

This funding provides Fingal artists a subsidy towards travel/professional development opportunities, a residency or towards the development of their artistic work.

The award, with a total combined fund of €200,000 (€50,000 increase on last year), is open to practising artists at all stages in their professional careers working in music, visual art, drama, literature and dance. 

To be eligible,  applicants must have been born, or studied, or currently reside in the Fingal administrative area.

Speaking about the award, CE of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly said “Last year, 89 applicants working in diverse disciplines were awarded a combined total of €150,000 through this bursary strand. The increase in funding again this year reflects the council’s continued commitment to support and invest in its artists.

Aerialist and artist, Emily Aoibheann McDonnell was among the 89 artists awarded under the Artists’ Support Scheme in 2021. The funding she received was used towards the research and development of a new ambitious work combining aerial dance and digital technologies.

McDonnell stated “Fingal’s Artist’s Support Scheme allowed me to collaborate with artists Liing Heaney and Rob Mirolo, as well as technical experts, to combine aerial dance and digital technology for a new experimental artwork.

“The funding allowed us time to work together, enhance our technical expertise and bring together elements of dance, digital art, illustration, animation and technology in exciting, beautiful ways. Although this phase of work focused on research and artistic process, we plan to finish and share our artwork with audiences through film and performance in the future.”

Projects/initiatives applying must take place from May 1 – December 31, 2022.  Applications close on Friday, February 25 at 4pm.

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