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Meath County Council Arts Office


Arts Act Funding – Awards & Bursaries 2019

Meath County Council Arts Office is seeking applications for various awards and bursaries. The awards are intended to support organisations, community groups, schools and individuals with projects to enhance long-term development and sustainability of the arts in the County.

Visit Meath.ie for information on the different arts grants and to complete application forms. Completed and signed application forms for all grants with accompanying support material, must be sent by post and received by 12pm, Wednesday, April 3.


For further information please email artsoffice@meathcoco.ie   or phone 046 9097414


Bursaries Offered

The Places Matter Conference 2019 will take place on 27th and 28th March in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway.

Hosted by the Arts Council and local government, the conference will address the theme of Ireland’s rapidly changing demographics and ask: ‘how are we collectively responding in growing and diversifying our audiences and the artists that we work with’.

The conference is suitable for anyone interested in improving how we build inclusion in the arts based on the principles of inclusivity and equality.

Meath County Council Arts Office is offering 2 x travel bursaries of €150 each for artists working in culturally diverse contexts.

In order to apply for a bursary, please send an expression of interest to artsoffice@meathcoco.ie by 4pm on Wednesday 13th March briefly outlining how attending the conference will benefit you professionally.


For further information contact the arts office on artsoffice@meathcoco.ie  or 0469097414


Artist Talk Saturday 23rd March 2019

Meath County Council Arts Office is thrilled to announce a new visual arts-based programme of talks entitled: COMHRÁ.

Comhrá will be hosted in a relaxed atmosphere at Toradh Gallery during which audience members will be invited to engage in conversation with artists over tea, coffee and croissants.

The first event in the 2019 Comhrá series will feature current exhibiting artist Dermot McNevin in conversation with gallery owner and artist Valerie Walshe.

Dermot Mc Nevin’s exhibition the Fragility of Culture based on themes of colonialism and cultural casualty, will form the backdrop and basis for this informal artists talk. Valerie Walshe, independent curator and director of the Blackbird Gallery in Kilkenny will lead the discussion, touching on the artist’s motivation, methods and madness!

Audience participation will be welcome and encouraged in what promises to be an interesting and interactive arts discussion.

Comhrá: The Fragility of Culture is scheduled to take place on Saturday 23rd March from 10am to 11.30am. All are welcome to attend.

This is a free event but registration is required.  Please register your attendance on artsoffice@meathcoco.ie  or by phoning the arts office on 0469097414. Event is subject to participant numbers.


Call for Writer-in-Residence

Meath County Council invites applications for a Writer in Residence for the period April 2019

to October 2019. The residency will be managed by Meath County Council Library Service.

More details at http://www.meath.ie/Community/Libraries/LibraryEvents/

Closing date for receipt of applications is March 19th at 5:00pm


Meath County Council seeking input in the development of a Digital Strategy

Meath County Council is developing a Digital Strategy to set out ambitions to meet the needs and aspirations of the people of County Meath enabling them to benefit from digital technologies and infrastructure throughout the county. We want to get your contribution to the strategy and would like to understand what your priorities- both personally and professionally.

Digital is the nearly instant, free and flawless ability to connect people, devices, physical objects and information anywhere. It involves not just Broadband telecommunications being delivered under the National Broadband Plan, but considers mobile & wireless networks, the introduction of new technological tools & equipment, online services and supporting the development of the skills for citizens to use the technologies and systems available.

The Meath Digital Strategy is about delivering better informed people, better business, better jobs and opportunities, better education, better business services and public services, and a better experience for visitors and investors.

To support the development of this strategy and to better understand citizen’s needs Meath County Council are engaging in a public consultation to understand the priorities for the County. We are seeking your input in the development of this strategy. The closing date for the survey is the 15th March 2019.

This survey can be completed online on the Consult.meath.ie Portal


Apply to be a Creative School

Creative Schools aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives and this year 150 new schools will join the programme.

Selected schools will receive a package of support in the 2019-2020 school year including an award of €2,000 and a Creative Associate who will work with them to develop and begin implementing their own Creative School Plan. It is anticipated that successful schools will continue to receive a similar package of support in the 2020-2021 school year.

All Department of Education and Skills primary and post-primary schools, special schools and Youthreach centres across the state are eligible to apply.

Opportunities for schools to apply open on 19 February and close on 21 March 2019.  Schools are encouraged to get on line and register today.

What schools applying should do now:

Step 1 – Get online, read the guidelines and find out more

Step 2 – Register your school as an organisation/group with the Arts Council’s Online Services.

Step 3 – Apply online between 19 February and 21 March 2019.

Scoileanna Ildánacha / Creative Schools

Telephone: +353 (0)16180 291| e-mail: creativeschools@artscouncil.ie  | 70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2


Open call to Artists – OnSight 2019

OnSight 2019 is open for project proposals.  The annual arts project is a partnership initiative involving the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Mayo Artsquad and Mayo Arts Service. The purpose of the project is to have artists create work in a site-specific location and to encourage visitors to explore the themes of the Museum through these art works.

In 2018, the project was led by an individual artist and this is the proposed format for 2019.  The aim of this year’s project is to enable an artist time to develop new work, dedicate time to research and develop new ideas in response to the collection at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.  There will be an expectation that the chosen artist will engage with Mayo Artsquad and the general public in the delivery of the final artistic outcome.

A brief, with full details of what needs to be included in artist proposals, is now available to download on http://www.mayococo.ie/en/Services/ArtsOffice/ArtsNews/StoryIfNoFilesToUpload,31603,en.aspx.

There will be a site visit for artists on Wednesday 20th March at 2.30am at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar.  Please inform Liam Doherty via ldoherty@museum.ie  if you are planning to attend.

Closing date for submission of proposals is 12th April 2019 at 1pm

For further information please contact Liam Doherty at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life at ldoherty@museum.ie


DeCare Dental Insurance, Claremorris seeks entires for Sculpture Artwork

DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland with its head office in Claremorris Co Mayo is celebrating 20 years in Claremorris this year. As part of the 20-year celebration, DeCare seeks to include a permanent/temporary sculptural artwork within the ‘Land of the Giants’ park in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.

Watch this video to view the area – The Land of the Giants

The commissioned artwork will mark 20 years of DeCare Dental in Claremorris and will represent a thank you for the support of the local community throughout those years.

Entry deadline is Friday 29 March 2019 (5.00pm).

For full details please visit – ‘DeCare 20 Year Celebration Sculpture Commission’ 

We look forward to receiving all the entries.

Should you have any questions, please contact DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland at inspired@decaredental.eu.

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