Arts Grants and Bursaries

South Dublin County Council Artist Bursary Awards

South Dublin County Council supports talented young artists of all disciplines from across the county through its annual bursary award scheme. The recipients of the Awards for 2013 have been announced. Eleven awards have been made this year, totalling €13,000 in the categories of music, literature, film, dance and visual arts through three award schemes.

Mayor Cathal King met with the award winners in County Hall on 29th May 2013 to congratulate them on their achievements and he acknowledged the award winners valuable contribution to the artistic development to the County. Orla Scannell, Arts Officer, spoke about the history of the Bursary Awards which were established in 2000. Over ninety awards have been made to the arts community over the past twelve years which indicates the high standard and diversity of artistic practice in the county.

The meeting provided a wonderful opportunity for all of the Artists to meet the Mayor, and for the Artists to meet each other and exchange information about their ideas and projects.

There were three categories of awards and the winners for 2013 are as follows:

1. The Individual Artist Bursary Award, which enable career development through innovation, education, travel, and project development, was awarded to:

  • Molly Dwyer, Visual Arts - €1,500: To complete a visual arts residency and exhibition, Room with a View at Rua Red.
  • David Fagan, Visual Arts - €2,000: To produce his first solo exhibition, Everything, Everywhere, All the Time.
  • Jessica Kennedy, Dance - €2,000: To research and create a drive-in dance, Songs from a Car Park, in the Square car park.
  • Daniel Figgis, Music - €1,000: To access rehearsal and recording facilities for new computerised interactive drum work called Trigger.
  • Karl Whitney, Literature - €1,500: To fund the writing of a non fiction book entitled Broken City; Adventures in Dublin.
  • Phoebe White, Music - €1,000: To attend master classes in violin.
  • Brian Kirk, Literature - €1,000: To create and edit a collection of poetry for submission to publishers

Individual Artist Bursary Awards 2013 Winners
Back Row L to R: Phoebe White, Orla Scannell-Arts Officer, Mayor Cathal King , Karl Whitney
Front Row L to R:, David Fagan & Molloy O’Dwyer

2. The Annette Halpin Memorial Award for Young Musicians which is now in its fourth year has been made possible by the generosity of the Halpin Family working together with South Dublin County Council. The award is made to young musicians/composers/singers, in the county to support their musical development. Three awards have been made this year:

  • Sinead Finnegan , €1,000: To fund the completion of three movement work for piano trio based on diverse literary themes.
  • Abigail Mc Donagh: Music, €500 to attend master classes for Classical violin.
  • Killian White: €500 To attend master classes in cello

The Annette Halpin Memorial Award for Young Musicians 2013 Winners
L to R: Killian White, Sinead Finegan, Mayor Cathal King ,
Orla Scannell-Arts Officer & Abigail Mc Donagh

3. Young Artists Development Award is designed to support the practice and/or career development of young artists aged 18 – 25. One award has been made this year to

  • Brian Gregory, Film: €1,000 Towards creating a short film on the theme of domestic violence using contemporary dance

Young Artists Development Award 2013 Winner
L to R: Orla Scannell-Arts Officer, Mayor Cathal King
& this years winner Brian Gregory.


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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