International Arts Bursary Scheme

The International Award programme is designed to support Leitrim based professional artists from any arts discipline to develop new opportunities to perform, exhibit or have their work presented outside the island of Ireland.

Requirements and notes:

-The programme is open to professional artists* ordinarily basing their practice in County Leitrim.
-The activity for which the artist wishes to apply must be completed before 31 December 2023.
-The activity for which the artist wishes to apply must be completed before 31 December 2023.
-Completed application forms must be accompanied by artists C.V. images/recordings etc. of previous work and details/supplementary information about the subject of the application.
-Applications are accepted online only.
-All applicants must be members of Creative Frame (

Eligible purposes or goals include:

-Performances by professional companies or individuals. (Music, theatre, circus, dance etc.)
-Filmmakers presenting work at key international film festivals.
-Visual artists exhibiting at recognised art fairs/galleries.
-Readings by writers/poets at recognised venues or literary festivals.
-Unique high-quality one-off or site-specific events in any arts discipline.

Ineligible purposes include:

-Events which have already taken place.
-Workshops/conferences, study or professional training.
-Events of a competitive or amateur nature.
-Events for which applicants are expected to pay a fee to participate.

Eligible Costs

-Travel and travel related costs such as transport, accommodation and subsistence.
-Production costs relating specifically to international activity only.
-Research costs leading to participation in international exhibitions, performances and presentations.

Applications are assessed by an independent external expert panel using the following criteria

-The significance and extent of the impact on the applicant’s career development
-Proven commitment to high quality arts practice.
-Quality and innovation of the work to be performed, exhibited or presented.
-Likely benefit of activity on artist’s practice
  -In the case of exhibitions and performing artists – the reputation and quality of venues involved and those of the curators/organisers and co-exhibitors/performers is a determinant of likely benefit.
  -In the case of composers/playwrights etc. – the reputation and quality of theatre companies or orchestras etc. producing the applicant’s work, the quality and excellence of venues and the prominence, extent and scale of its presentation is a determinant of likely benefit.
  -In the case of research applications – the likelihood that such research will lead to tangible results, which may be inferred by, among other things, the reputation and commitment from international venues, promoters, curators, collaborators etc.

The value of an award rises to a maximum of €2,000 (Maximum €500 for research).  While there is no fixed number of awards, there is generally a larger number of lesser value bursaries and a small number of maximum value ones. The quantity and value of bursaries will depend on available resources, number of applicants and the quality of applications. 

Applications may be made on-line only.

Closing Date for applications: Sunday 18th September 2022.

For further information contact -;  071 96 21694.

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* A professional artist can be defined as someone for whom their artform is their whole-time occupation or who holds a third level qualification in their field of practice or has been paid and advertised as a solo or leading performer/exhibitor in a state funded institution or has been published or produced by a recognised publisher or theatre/film company or venue or is recognised as a professional by his/her peers and received recognition in the form of commendations, rewards, awards, grants, appointments to panels, etc.

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