Supports for Individual Artists

The principal means by which Leitrim County Council supports the professional development of artists is through Creative Frame (www.creativeframe.eu), which supports networking for artists in the region and provides a year-round programme of training events and activities.

Leitrim County Council operates the following programmes for emerging or established professional artists from any arts discipline ordinarily living or basing their practice in County Leitrim.

-Artists Colllaboration Programme
-Artists Mentorship Programme
-International Arts Programme
-Indiviudal Artist Bursary Programme
-John McGahern Award
-Platform 31

Further details, application forms and closing dates for these programme are provided below.

Please note the following:

-While the Mentorship Programme is principally aimed at artists based in Leitrim, artists living elsewhere that are members of Creative Frame may apply if their chosen mentor is based in Leitrim.
-The John McGahern Award is open to all Irish writers of fiction. See www.ironmountainfestival.ie for further information.
-Platform 31 is a collaborative programme involving all 31 local authorities. See Platform 31 for further information.

 


Artist Collaboration Programme 2021

Closing Date - Friday 26th March

The Artist Collaboration Bursary Programme is designed to support the development and realisation of high-quality innovative arts projects that involve a minimum of two Leitrim based professional artists from the same or different arts disciplines. Artists from elsewhere nationally or internationally may be part of the project, even crucial to the project, but it is the opportunity that accrues to the Leitrim applicants that the application is assessed upon.

Who can apply?

The application can be in the name of a group such as a theatre company or music ensemble, or where there is no formal arrangement or group bank account, in the name of a nominated lead artist. The collaborators must include a minimum of two Leitrim based professional artists from any arts discipline.

What can you apply for?

The application should be project based, where support is sought to research or realise new work for presentation, performance or publication. Eligible costs can be tangible such as equipment, materials, childcare, external expertise etc. or intangible costs such as the time that the applicants must give to the project.

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 2021.
-Where support from Leitrim County Council was provided in 2019 or 2020, a one-page report providing details of that application and its subsequent outcomes including any publications, press and publicity must accompany the application.
-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.
-Information submitted will only be returned if a stamped addressed envelope is submitted along with the application. If an SAE is not supplied, it is presumed that return of the information supplied is not required.
-All applicants must be members of the Creative Frame network. (see www.creativeframe.eu)

Applications are assessed using the following criteria –

-Likely impact from this activity on audiences in Leitrim and elsewhere.
-Track record of artists involved (or potential for emerging artists)
-Likely impact to professional Leitrim artists involved in the project.
-Proven commitment to high quality arts practice, particularly as evidenced in this activity, and where applicable, as evidenced in the outcomes arising from previous support provided by Leitrim County Council.  

The value of the awards rises to a maximum of €5,000.  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. 

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The closing date for receipt of completed applications is midnight Friday 26th March by email using www.wetransfer.com to leitrimartsoffice@gmail.com or by post to Leitrim County Council Arts Office, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

For further information contact - arts@leitrimcoco.ie; 071 96 21694.

 


Artist Mentorship Programme 2021

Closing Date - Friday 26th March

The Artist’s Mentorship programme is designed to support the development of Leitrim based emerging and established professional artists from any arts discipline who have identified particular gaps in their knowledge and expertise. The programme achieves this by providing funding to a leading professional to help the applicant make the next steps in their development.

A mentor is someone who can help you to develop your artistic practice, provide an objective critique and feedback on your work, or help you to work through a specific idea, no matter what stage of your career you may be at. Mentoring can be very broad, relating to your long-term goals, or changes in your career, or very specific, relating directly to taking the next crucial steps in a vital project. In all instances the mentor is more concerned with helping the mentee resolve questions than they are about solving them by providing information.

The application is completed by the mentee. In order to make an application, the applicant must have identified an appropriate mentor with which they have together developed a mentorship programme and schedule for the agreed fee and timescale. Each programme that a mentor/mentee develops will be unique. While some disciplines, such as literature, may require a greater amount of independent review of work, all mentorships should seek to maximise the amount of one-to-one contact. For this the mentee should expect to benefit from approximately 10 hours of one-to-one contact at €50/hr with €250 provided for review of work - total €750, which is paid as a grant to the mentee who in turn pays the mentor. The mentee is responsible for any other expenses that arise in relation to the programme.

Requirements and notes:

-The applicant is the Mentee.
-The mentee must either be a professional artist* ordinarily basing their practice** in County Leitrim or be a member of Creative Leitrim that lives elsewhere but whose chosen mentor lives in, or has their practice base, in Leitrim.
-The mentorship must be completed before 31 December 2021
-Completed application forms must be accompanied by artists C.V. images/recordings etc. of previous work of both Mentor and Mentee and an outline programme schedule for the mentorship.
-Information submitted will be returned if accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope.
-All applicant mentees must be members of the Creative Frame network (see www.creativeframe.eu.) While mentors do not necessarily have to be members of the network, as an objective of the programme is to encourage learning amongst members, we particularly welcome applications where both mentor and mentee are Creative Frame members.

Applications are assessed using the following criteria –

-Track record (or potential) and proven commitment to high quality arts practice.
-Track record of mentor, and suitability and ability to meet the mentees needs.
-Likely benefit of activity on applicant’s practice.
-Level and quality of planning for the mentor programme.

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Completed applications should be returned along with additional information by email using www.wetransfer.com to leitrimartsoffice@gmail.com before 12 midnight on Friday 26th March or in an envelope marked ‘Artists Mentoring Programme’ to Leitrim County Council Arts Office, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

 


International Arts Award

Closing Date - Friday 23rd July 2021

The International Award programme is designed to support Leitrim based professional artists from any arts discipline 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 2021.
-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.
-Information submitted will only be returned if a stamped addressed envelope is submitted along with the application. If an SAE is not supplied, it is presumed that return of the information supplied is not required.
-All applicants must be members of Creative Frame (www.creativeframe.eu).

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 international 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 –

-Track record of artist (or potential for an emerging artist)
-Proven commitment to high quality arts practice
-Quality and innovation of the work that is planned 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 €1,000. (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. 

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Completed forms must be marked ‘IAA 2021’ and returned before 12 midnight on Friday 23rd July 2021 by email using www.wetransfer.com to leitrimartsoffice@gmail.com or by post to Leitrim County Council Arts Office, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

For further information contact - arts@leitrimcoco.ie;  071 96 21694.

 


Individual Artist Bursary Programme 2021

Closing Date - Friday 19th November 2021

The individual artist bursary programme is designed to support the development of Leitrim based professional artists from any arts discipline through any means that will demonstratively contribute to an artist’s development such as -

-Costs relating to the development or production of new work - development of new work for exhibition, publication or presentation.
-Research and costs relating to improving your knowledge – Research, residencies or short-term courses including on-line courses; participation in conventional part-time or full-time education where other sources of public funding are unavailable. The extent to which that research is relevant to on-going and planned work, and the creativity and innovation of those ideas and their importance to future audiences, should be clear from your application.

Applications for mentoring and support towards research for performing or exhibiting abroad are not supported under this programme as there are specific separate funding strands for these purposes. Eligible applicants may apply to all three strands in the same year.

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 2022.
-Where support from Leitrim County Council was provided in 2019 or 2020, a one-page report providing details of that application and its subsequent outcomes including any publications, press and publicity must accompany the application.
-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.
-Information submitted will only be returned if a stamped addressed envelope is submitted along with the application. If an SAE is not supplied, it is presumed that return of the information supplied is not required.
-All applicants must be members of the Creative Frame network. (see www.creativeframe.eu)

Applications are assessed using the following criteria –

-Track record of artist (or potential for an emerging artist).
-Proven commitment to high quality arts practice, particularly as evidenced in this activity.
-Likely impact of artist’s practice on audiences in Leitrim and elsewhere.
-Likely benefit of activity to artist’s practice.
  -In the case of courses, services etc. likely benefit is determined by the quality and excellence of those activities, companies or services. In the case of third parties such as theatre companies or orchestras etc. producing the applicant’s work; the quality and excellence of those companies and the extent and scale of its presentation is a determinant of likely benefit.

The value of the awards rises to a maximum of €2,500.  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. 

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The closing date for receipt of completed applications is midnight Friday 19th November 2021 by email using www.wetransfer.com to leitrimartsoffice@gmail.com or by post to Leitrim County Council Arts Office, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

For further information contact -  arts@leitrimcoco.ie;   071 96 21694.

 


*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.
**Having primary residence in Leitrim or maintaining a full-time dedicated studio space in Leitrim for minimum six months prior to application orhaving current lease/residency agreement for a studio in Leitrim of minimum 6 months duration. (Dedicated Studio Space includes studios at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, The Dock, Drumshanbo Library Studios etc. or rented space where utilities are in the applicant’s name.)

 

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