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Strategic Arts Projects

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

Art from the Very Start

Each year in June/July, Wicklow County Arts Office invites applications for arts strategic projects, funding for artists and arts organisations wishing to develop and deliver new collaborative projects of high quality and impact in the following year. The strategic projects initiative is now entering its sixth year.

In 2017, awards were made to three projects:

  • Anna Newell, for the development of an immersive music/theatre work for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties, which will take place in hydropools around the county
  • Nell Regan and Alchemy Music, who will develop the scope of the Londubh Festival, making it a poetry and music event of national significance
  • Oonagh Murphy, who will develop a collaborative community song cycle juxtaposing the experience of refugee immigrants to Ireland with the experience of Irish emigrants of the last 50 years

All work will be developed and delivered in 2018.

This scheme is open to national resource organisations, individual curators and artist collectives who can propose projects that will:

  • nurture arts practice
  • create or strengthen strategic connections
  • generate new perspectives
  • support a diversity of approach

It is open to individuals and organisations from all over Ireland across all arts disciplines. In the past, the Arts Office has encouraged applications in the areas of literature, film, dance, artist development, music and visual arts as well as proposals for the development of artist collectives, inter-regional collaborations and public participation initiatives. Applicants are asked to specify complementary sources of income that may contribute to the application.

The total amount of the fund available each year is subject to finalisation of the council’s own funding but is likely to be a maximum of €30,000. The maximum amount that can be requested is generally in the region of €15,000.

Applications are assessed based on artistic merit, quality of proposal, track record of applicant, financial and operational feasibility (with particular reference to likelihood or evidence of other necessary finance being available), and impact on arts practice, development and participation.

More detailed information about the awards for 2019 will be published in Spring/Summer 2018.