Arts Grants and Bursaries

South Dublin County Council Artist Bursary Awards

Throughits annual bursary award scheme, the Council supports the artistic andprofessional development of artists of all disciplines from across thecounty. The recipients of the Awardsfor 2014 have been announced. Eight IndividualArtists Bursary awards were made totalling €10,000 in the categories of music,literature, performing arts, and visual arts.

Three awards were made totalling €2,000 forthe Annette Halpin Memorial Award for Young Musicians.

Mayor Dermot Looney met with the award winners inCounty Hall to congratulate them on their achievements and he acknowledgedtheir valuable contribution to the artistic development to the County.

The meeting provided awonderful opportunity for all of the Artists to meet the Mayor, and for theArtists to meet each other and exchange information about their ideas andprojects.

The winners for 2014 are as follows:

The IndividualArtist Bursary Awards which enablecareer development through innovation, education, travel, and projectdevelopment, have been awarded to:

  • Colm Keegan: Category Literature: To work on 3 projects 1. 100 poems for the hundred years since 1916. 2: A short play and 3: A night time crackle – Short stories.
  • Michael J Whelan : Category Literature: For the completion and publication of his 1st collection of poetry “PEACEKEEPER”. and for writing a historical based novel titled “The allegiance of Ghosts”.
  • Jane Hackett : Category Music: She will use the money to attend master classes in Violin in Europe and the UK with five leaders in this field
  • Abigail McDonagh : Category Music To assist ongoing professional development in playing the violin.
  • Michael McCabe : Category Performing Arts He has been accepted by the prestigious SITI, a New York based Theatre Company to participate on a 4 week long physical theatre movement and dance training programme.
  • Michael Dignam : Category Visual Arts - Assistance towards a Masters degree in Fine Art in Goldsmiths University London
  • Olivia Hassett : Category Visual Arts She will use the money utilising innovative software and 3D printing technologies to produce a new body of work for display in an art, science and medical venue.
  • Nora O’Murchu: CategoryVisual Arts/Digital Arts Towards production of GLITCH festival in Rua Red from June 18th to July 19th

L to R  Olivia Hassett, Mayor Dermot Looney and Colette Ryan, Arts Office

The AnnetteHalpin Memorial Award for Young Musicians which is now in its fifth year has been made possible by the generosityof the Halpin Family working together with the Arts Office, South Dublin County Council. The award is madeto young musicians/composers/singers, in the county to support their musicaldevelopment. Three awards have been madethis year:

  • Daniel Halpin , - Gangs Band: GANGS are a group of four teenagers from Tallaght. The money will be used to purchase a new guitar.
  • Jane Hackett: She was also an individual winner and will use the money to attend master classes.
  • Nicholas Cooper : To create a band to plan and record the music he has been writing over the last few  years

 L to R Blaithin Keegan, Arts Office, Gangs Members with Mayor Dermot Looney and Andy Halpin


For further informationcontact: Arts Office, South Dublin County Council. Tel: 01-4149000.


Arts Grants - Ongoing Programme
South Dublin County Council allocates grants under Section 6 of the Arts Act 2003. The Council is empowered to make grants to groups and organisations involved in all art forms. Applications can be made under event subsidy, professional support, project completeion and training. Applications are accepted all year, - all subject to availability of resources.You can now download the application form~

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