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.

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

-Indiviudal Artist Bursary Programme
-Mentorship Programme
-International Performance / Exhibition Award Programme

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


Individual Artist Bursary Programme 2020

Closing Date - Monday 11th November, 2019

The Individual Artists 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 production of new work - development of new work for exhibition, publication or presentation; purchase of equipment or consumables.
-Costs relating to improving your knowledge – research, residencies or short-term courses; participation in conventional part-time or full-time education where other sources of public funding are unavailable.
-Any other purpose that contributes to the removal of existing barriers to an artist’s development except mentoring and support towards performing or exhibiting abroad 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 2020.
-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
-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, mentoring, services etc. – the quality and excellence of those activities, mentors, companies or services is a determinant of likely benefit.
  -In the case of 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 €2,000.  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. 

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM

DOWNLOAD INFORMATION SHEET

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon, Monday 11th November, 2019.

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

 


Artist Mentorship Programme 2020

Closing Date - Sunday 29th March 2020

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. The programme provides a fee of €750 which is paid directly to the mentor. 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. The mentee is responsible for any other expenses that arise in relation to the programme.

Requirements and notes:

-The applicant is the Mentee.
-The programme is open to professional artists* ordinarily basing their practice in County Leitrim.
-The mentorship must be completed before 31 December 2020
-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.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM

DOWNLOAD INFORMATION SHEET

Completed applications should be returned along with additional information by email using www.wetransfer.com to leitrimartsoffice@gmail.combefore 12 midnight on Sunday 29th March 2020 or in an envelope marked ‘Artists Mentoring Programme’ to Leitrim County Council Arts Office, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

 


International Performance/Exhibition Award

Closing Date - Sunday 29th March 2020

The International Performance/Exhibition Award programme is designed to support the development of Leitrim based professional artists from any arts discipline to perform or 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 2020.
-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 Costs

-Travel and travel related costs such as transport, accommodation and subsistence.
-Production costs specific to the these events (e.g. equipment hire, technical assistance etc.)

Eligible purposes include:

-Theatre, circus and dance performances by professional companies
-Film-makers presenting films at key international film festivals
-Performances by professional or professionally-led musicians and ensembles
-Visual artists exhibiting at recognised art fairs/galleries
-Readings by writers/poets at international literary festivals

Ineligible purposes include:

-Events which have already taken place
-Research, 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

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
-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.

The value of an award rises to a maximum of €1,000.  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. 

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM

DOWNLOAD INFORMATION SHEET

Completed forms must be marked ‘IPEA 2020’and returned before 12 midnight on Sunday 29th March 2020 toLeitrim County Council Arts Office, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim, or by email using www.wetransfer.com to leitrimartsoffice@gmail.com

 


For further information contact - ckelly@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.

 


 

  • Ireland Structural and Investment Funds
  • EU European Regional Development Fund
  • What's on in Leitrim
  • Leitrim One Call
  • Leitrim Sports