The ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts will support artists working with partner organisations on creative ideas that will engage the public in a positive way around sustainability and the energy transition. The projects can be in any art form, and the fund is open for applications until 8th September 2021.
Through the Fund, ESB will support projects that imagine a more sustainable world, look towards a brighter future, consider the steps necessary to get there, and the importance of this in tackling climate change. These artworks and arts projects can be in any art form that takes place on the island of Ireland including visual arts, spoken word, music, theatre and much more.
Artists are encouraged to work in collaboration with a partner organisation such as festival, venue or event organisers, arts, community, environmental, technological or heritage/architectural organisations or another funding agency to develop and realise their work and projects.
Themes or Interests
- What does a Brighter Future look like?
- A low-carbon future
- Best-practice in environmental sustainability
- Addressing environmental issues and sustainable development goals
- Enhancing participation of communities and audiences in the environment
- Active partnership between artists and partner organisations
Size of Grants
Grants may be requested in the range of €20,000 – €40,000 (or STG equivalent). The total amount available through the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund open call is €120,000 – €140,000. This means we expect between 4 and 6 artworks / arts projects to be funded.
- Applications with larger budgets that have secured funds elsewhere are encouraged to apply
- Applications with larger budgets must demonstrate proof of other funding secured and disclose the relevant funding source
- Applications can be for 100% of the budget required
Tue, 13 July, 2021: Open for applications
Tue, 20 July, 2021: Webinar 1: General Overview & How to Apply – register here
Thurs, 20 May, 2021: Webinar 2: Audience, Budget, & Evaluation – register here
Wed, 8 September, 2021, 5:00pm: Deadline for applications
Before 31 Oct, 2021: Applicants informed by email
March 1 2022 — December 31 2023: Artwork / Arts Project Realisation
How to apply
- Visit businesstoarts.ie/artsfund/esb/
2. Review the eligibility requirements to ensure the suitability of your application
3. Click ‘Enter Here’
4. Register your details with our application system (please ensure you click the link in your verification email. You will not be able to start your entry until you do this.)
5. Complete your application
6. Ensure you submit your application before 5:00pm on Wednesday 8th, 2021
Should you require assistance, please consult the FAQs available here or sign up to our upcoming webinars:
- Tue, 20 July, 2021: Webinar 1: General Overview & How to Apply, 1:00pm – 2:00pm (register here)
- Thurs, 22 July, 2021: Webinar 2: Audience, Budget, & Evaluation, 1:00pm – 2:00pm (register here)
If you have any technical difficulties with your application, please contact The Fund team by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +353 1 662 9238 and they will be able to assist you.
ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts
Business to Arts & Fund it
Lower Ground Floor, 17 Kildare Street
Dublin 2, D02 CY90
CHY: 9871 Company No.: 134968 RCN: 20024741
T: 353 (01) 662 9238
Social: @businesstoarts @ESBGroup #BrighterFutureArtsFund
Start your application here today!
Submissions are now being accepted for the
2021 John McGahern Award
Closing Date: Friday 23rd July 2021
As part of the Iron Mountain Literature Festival Leitrim County Council developed the John McGahern Award with the support of the McGahern Estate to encourage the development of emerging Irish writers and to pay tribute to the exceptional contribution of John McGahern to literature, and to Leitrim.
John McGahern is one of Ireland’s most respected and celebrated authors. His fiction is critically acclaimed internationally, has been translated into many languages and has appeared in many anthologies. He was a member of Aosdána and won numerous awards, including the Irish-American Foundation Award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and the Prix Etranger Ecureuil. He taught at universities in Ireland, England, the USA and Canada. Amongst Women, which won both the GPA and Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a BBC television series.
The recipient of the 2021 John McGahern Award, who receives a prize of €2,500, will be announced on Saturday 9th October 2021 during the festival.
Submissions may be made online through the festival website HERE. Closing Date for receipt of submissions is midnight Friday 23rd July 2021.
For further information to go www.ironmountainfestival.ie or phone 071 96 21694.
Please click here for full information.
THE RADHARC AWARDS 2021
Call for Entries
The Radharc Trust is delighted to announce the call for entries of documentary films of outstanding quality in the spirit of Radharc, to be honoured at the 2021 Awards Event.
The Radharc Awards honour the legacy of the Radharc Films production unit and its reputation for thoughtful and provocative religious affairs programming for Irish television. The Radharc Awards aim to encourage similar high standards in documentary production, and are presented to documentary films of outstanding quality that address national or global topics of social justice, human rights, spirituality, religious faith and heritage.
There are two categories for entries.
An award for Irish produced television documentaries broadcast for the first time on any free to air channel on the island of Ireland between 22 September 2018 and 1 September 2021.
An award for documentaries produced in Ireland for first time digital distribution on a publicly accessible platform between 22 September 2018 and 1 September 2021.
The closing date for the receipt of all entries is Friday 3 September 2021.
Winners of The Radharc Awards will be announced in October 2021.
Conditions of Entry & Entry Forms: https://www.www.radharc.ie/Awards
Radharc Films information: www.radharc.ie
Note on the Radharc Awards
The Radharc Awards were established in 2002 to honour the legacy of the Radharc Films production unit and its achievements in religious affairs programming for Irish television. Between 1962 and 1997, the Radharc series earned a national and international reputation for its thoughtful and at times provocative religious documentary films. The Radharc Team strove to present challenging subject matter to a sometimes conservative Irish audience through well-researched and technically skilful productions, made popular by their common-sense lyricism and occasional humour.
The Radharc Awards are intended to encourage and promote similar high standards of craft, content and commitment in documentary production, and are presented to the makers of Irish documentary films of outstanding quality that address national or global topics of social justice, human rights, spirituality, religious faith and heritage.
The very best of luck to all entrants!
As the lead agency for collaborative arts, Create operates within the context of important policy frameworks and actions by the State in the field of the arts and culture, including the Arts Council Strategy Making Great Art Work 2016 to 2025 and its policy on Equality Human Rights and Diversity.
Create is committed to broadening access to the arts, in line with its organisational strategy Connect Create Change. Create’s work supports artists and communities to co-create work of depth, ambition and excellence. The Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC) managed by Create on a devolved basis for the Arts Council is a primary vehicle for such collaborations.
We are now seeking a suitably qualified project coordination service provider, to commence immediately, to develop the pilot Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme Artist Mentor Panel project. Applications for this contracted role close on the 22nd June 2021.
Create is seeking a suitably qualified project coordination service provider, to commence immediately, to develop the pilot AIC Artist Mentor Panel project.
It is proposed that implementation of this pilot project is divided into phases, activated as follows:
- Phase 1 – Research and development to scope mentoring needs and develop mentor training and embed ongoing monitoring and evaluation processes in the work
- Phase 2 – Formalise the model and devise the process and protocols for mentor and mentee engagement.
- Phase 3 – Roll-out support for mentors and mentees, with ongoing monitoring, analysis and reporting.
This engagement is for a period of 9 months. Create reserves the right to extend the contract further, for up to a total period of 12 months, subject to agreement with the contractor.
Creative Writing Award 2021
Arts Office – Waterford City & County Council – Oifig Ealaíon Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge
Since 1998 the Arts Office has been running this national annual Creative Writing Award to celebrate the rich literary life of the late Molly Keane. Molly lived in Ardmore, Co. Waterford until she died in 1996. She started writing at a young age to ‘supplement her dress allowance’. Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell. She married into the Keane family of West Waterford but sadly her husband died at the age of 36. Molly ceased writing until 1981 when ‘Good Behaviour’ was published under her real name. It became a publishing sensation and was well received as a masterpiece of black comedy for which she was short-listed for the prestigious Booker Prize in 1981.
The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council by kind permission of the Keane family is now inviting entries for a previously unpublished short story for this years’ award.
The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday 25th June 2021 at 12 noon. There is a prize fund of €500 for the winner and there is no entry fee. Full guidelines and the online submission details are now live on the Waterford Submit platform see: https://submit.link/98
An Táin Arts Centre currently have a number of artist residency opportunities and are creating a panel of artists from all artistic disciplines who are interested in completing a residency at An Táin
Arts Centre in 2021 / 2022. Whether you are a filmmaker, writer, musician, visual artist, dancer, actor or performer, our residencies offer space and time to develop your practice while being
supported by a financial stipend. Applicants must be from or based in Co. Louth.
The programme is open to established artists from all artistic disciplines from or based in County Louth, looking to develop their practice in a community setting. The aim of the residency is to assist creative practitioners to research and develop new work and give them the time and space to develop their practice in a supportive and vibrant environment.
“Being part of a residency programme allowed me to make connections with other artists, which has led to projects where I have been able to make a creative contribution directly from the work
supported by An Táin Arts Centre.” – Dylan Connolly, Soundscape Artist in Residence 2020. Applications from individual practitioners and/or collectives working in any artistic discipline are
welcome. The resident practitioners will be provided with studio space for three months and a living stipend for the same period. A panel of successful candidates will be created and residency places will be offered as they become available throughout the remainder of 2021 and 2022.
For application form and further details on how to apply, visit www.antain.ie. Application deadline is Friday 11th June 2021.
Public art commission: Westport Town, County Mayo.
Mayo County Council invite artists to submit proposals for a public art commission in Westport, County Mayo. This commission is a unique opportunity for a professional artist(s) to collaborate with the local community of Tubber Hill, Westport on a public art project. Proposals are welcome from both individuals and collaborative artistic teams. This commission is open to all art forms.
This commission is part of Mayo County Council’s Public Art Programme, funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.
The total budget for this commission is €35000.
There will be an information session for artist on Wednesday 28th April at 12 noon. Email email@example.com to register.
Closing date for receipt of application 31st May 2021.