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Artist Bursary Scheme


Artist Bursary Scheme 2021 has now closed

Donegal County Council recently sought applications from individual professional artists of all disciplines for assistance towards arts projects which were on-going or proposed, through its Artists Bursary Scheme 2021. The scheme is designed to support individual artists at any stage of their career, to sustain and further their practice.


The objective of the Scheme was to facilitate artists in the development or the completion of specific bodies or programmes of work. It supported artists to sustain and develop their practice through the research, design, creation and presentation of events, performances, exhibitions and other artistic projects. In particular, and with regard the current restrictive Covid 19 environment, the scheme assisted artists to explore and devise new ways of working and of reaching the public with their work. It was designed to assist artists to stabilize their existing activity while looking to the future.


In 2020 the following artists were awared bursaries;


Alan Finan, Musician.

Complete recording and mixing of debut album of original compositions. On-going promotion and dissemination of existing work.


Andrew William Tinney, Actor, Playwright.

Researching and developing new literary and theatre works on the life of Manorcunningham born novelist, Erminda Rentoul Esler (1852-1924)


Ann Quinn, Visual Artist.

Complete new solo exhibition and accompanying catalogue, inspired by the artist’s home in East Donegal and a recent residency in Northern Norway.


Anne Gallagher, Actor, Theatre Maker.

Completion, online dissemination and promotion to film festivals, of a new short film in the horror genre, No. 3 Crawford Square, with Mockingbird Theatre.


Bernadette Hopkins, Visual Artist.

Researching and developing a new body of work based on Donegal shorelines, in particular the geographical impact of seeing shorelines as boundaries.


Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Traditional Musician, Dancer.

Researching and choreographing a new repertoire of traditional music and percussive step dance works.


Celina Muldoon, Visual Artist.

Creating a new work in response to the findings of ongoing neuroscientific research into the development of identity in the human brain, through live performance, film and visual installation.


Cliodhna Timony, Visual Artist.

Creating a series of multi-diciplinary works, incorporating sculpture, performance art, video and photography, drawing on memory, youth culture and vernacular language in a rural context.


Dáinne Nic Aoidh, Visual Artist.

Research towards a new project exploring the complex and transformational experiences of motherhood, through photography, film, painting and sculpture.


Dean Fee, Writer.

Completion and preparation for publication, of a collection of essays exploring a range of issues prevalent in contemporary Irish society.


Deirdre Brennan, Visual Artist.

Creation of a twenty five year retrospective exhibition, and a collection of new works, for presentation in 2021.


Denise Blake, Writer.

Completion and preparation for publication of a memoir.


Denise Boyle, Musician.

Creation of a series of compositions, drawing on regular one-to-one conversations between the artist and a number of isolated older people, living in her locality.  


Ed Devane, Sound Artist.

Research and upskilling in the areas of film making and video editing. Development of a suitable interactive platform to facilitate participation and collaborative engagement between artist and audience/ project participants.


Emily Cooper, Writer.

Research towards the completion of a new creative non-fiction literary work on Irish women visual  artists.


Heidi Nguyen, Visual Artist.

Creation and exhibition of a new body of work and linked publication, inspired by an ongoing residency and incorporating painting, printmaking and video.


Jess McKinley, Writer.

Completion and publication of debut poetry pamphlet.


Joe Fahy, Visual Artist.

Researching an creating a new textile-based body of work and ongoing development and promotion of the artist’s own Minecraft-based, virtual visual art gallery.


Julie Griffiths, Visual Artist, Social Practice.

Developing a suite of online/onsite blended workshops, which will enable the artist to continue her practice, including working with womens’ groups in Donegal, around issues of gender, equality and abuse.  


Kate O'Callaghan, Musician, Composer.

Sound recording of a previously completed work for string quintet and voice –Small Behaviours – Songs From a Witness Statement.  Development, composition and arrangement of a new set of works.


Keith Mannion, Musician, Producer

Creation and production of new work as slowplacelikehome and progressing the online, live concert performance platform, Treehouse.


Kevin Callaghan, Visual Artist.

Support towards the artist’s forthcoming residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in March/April 2021, and ongoing work.


Laura McCafferty, Visual Artist.

Research and experimentation towards the creation of a new body of work in response to the artist’s relocation to rural Donegal, incorporating textiles, performance and free standing installation.


Loic Jourdan, Film Maker.

Distribution and promotion of latest film, The Tribe of The Gods. Development of a new film work based on a mystery historical event in Donegal. 


Mairéad Nic Ghallchóir, Ceoltóir, Aisteóir, Taighdeóir Ealaíne.

Le haghaidh taighde cuimsitheach a dhéanamh ar an cheangal agus an difir atá idir ceol  traidisiúnta na hÉireann agus an ceol claiseachach, agus sraith cláracha teilifíse a dhéanamh as sin.


Malachy Doyle, Writer.

Research towards the creation of new material for the artist’s popular ‘Molly and …’ series of illustrated childrens’ story books.


Manus Lunny, Composer, Musician, Producer.

Recording and producing an album collection of a series of previously commissioned and performed compositions, created in response to the works of playwright Brian Friel.


Maria McKinney, Visual Artist.

Research and preparatory work towards a forthcoming residency which will explore the relationship between humans, cattle and landscape, in particular the indigenous Irish Moiled breed. Exploring new digital media as a means of dissemination of the artist’s work.


Maura Logue, Actor, Theatre Maker.

Development of new online platform to facilitate ongoing and future audience engagement with new and archived works by the artist. Ongoing development of new theatre works for educational and for general audiences.


Megan Armitage, Actor, Playwright.

Development and presentation of a new theatre work exploring Irish mythologies, traditional and contemporary.


Megan Nic Ruairí, Musician, Composer.

Recording, completion and promotion of debut EP of own original compositions.


Melissa Culhane, Film Maker, Animator.

Support towards the completion of a new animated short film.


Michael Murray, Musician.

Development of repertoire and new compositions. Curation of new online jazz performance series in Spring 2021.


Orla Walsh, Writer, Film Maker.

Research and completion of new historical novel for young people.


Patrick Quinn, Actor, Theatre Maker.

Development of new theatre work exploring the world of car culture and young people in Donegal, and other ongoing performance projects.


Paul McIntyre, Musician.

Development of a specific repertoire for saxophone and jazz electro-acoustic harp duo, with a series of planned public performances in Donegal in 2021. 


Roisín McGrory, Musician.

Research and creation of a new musical work in response to a historical theme, incorporating traditional music, visual and audio technology.   


Ronan Carr, Writer, Actor, Theatre Director.

Development of new play scripts and upskilling in the area of film recording and video editing, in the interests of wider dissemination of work and increased audience engagement.


Rory Corbett, Musician.

Continuing academic research into the history of the African American claw-hammer banjo in Irish traditional and American folk musics. Using the findings as the basis for an album recording.


Sinéad O'Donnell-Carey, Theatre Director, Designer.

Development of a new performance work exploring and responding to the Irish experience of mental asylums and institutions.


Siobhán Sheils, Musician, Composer.

Creating a new body of work incorprating voices and sounds of resilience and hope, derived from recordings collected by the artist in the course of her activist activities over time. Exploring, and upskilling in, the creation of new music through digital technology.


Tara Hegarty, Writer, Film Maker.

The bursary will help the artist progress the development of a series of film and theatrical projects set in Donegal. 

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