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Strategic Arts Projects

The strategic arts projects funding scheme offers financial support for new collaborative arts projects in the county.

Funding 2019

Wicklow County Council announces the closing date for submissions to the 6th Strategic Projects application process.  The Arts Office invites applications from artists, national resource organisations, individual curators, and / or artist collectives who have the potential to propose projects which will nurture practice, create connectivity, generate new perspectives and voices within County Wicklow and support a diversity of approach. 

In 2019 there will be two streams of application:

A.      New applicants and proposals

B.      Consolidation / development of strategic projects previously awarded under this scheme

Under Stream A proposals should be for new initiatives which add significant value to arts practice, experience and participation in Wicklow and support the Arts Office strategic goals.  Under Stream B as the Scheme has now been in operation for a six year period, we will also consider repeat applications for existing recipients who wish to consolidate or develop an area of practice previously awarded under this Scheme.  This is relevant only where the work previously awarded under the Scheme has supported new practice in the following areas – arts and health, dance and community, early years, arts and disability and visual arts engagement. 

The Scheme is open to individuals and organisations from across all arts disciplines.  Reflecting the balance of other elements of the Arts Office programme, the Arts Office would particularly welcome strong applications in the artform areas of literature, film, dance, artist development, music and the visual arts.  “Arts Officer Jenny Sherwin says that we are open to all imaginative projects.  Examples of possible outcomes from proposed projects may include the following:

  • Development of the artist collection(s) / community(ies) of practice within the county
  • Inter-regional collaborations by County Wicklow based artists for work to culminate in presentation in the county
  • Development and/or presentation of ambitious new work sited / situated in the county
  • Projects which will create strategic connections for artform development
  • Those which propose high quality public participation opportunities
  • Projects which may increase artists’ networking and professional exchange in the county

The total amount of the fund available is subject to finalisation of the Council’s own funding for 2019 but is likely to be a maximum of €40,000.

The Arts Office may fund up to four individual projects to a maximum of €15,000 for any one application as a result of this call. The Arts Office will particularly welcome applications where the support from the Arts Office may form part of a wider budgetary framework for the initiatives proposed by applicants. In such cases, applicants are asked to specify confirmed other sources of income which may contribute to the application including those in-kind. 

For application details and further information please contact lian.bell@gmail.com.  Lian Bell is the Scheme Manger for 2019 and will assist with queries.  

The closing date is Thursday December 6th at 4pm.  The return address is Arts Officer, Arts Office, Bray Municipal District, Civic Plaza, Main Street, Bray, County Wicklow.  Late and / or incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications will not be accepted by email.