Following the success of the inaugural PLATFORM 31 artist development scheme the Association of Local Authority Arts Offices (ALAAO), in collaboration with the Arts Council, has announced that applications are now open for the 2022 iteration.
Designed to support and offer career development for 31 mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), there are two elements of support for participating artists in the scheme: financial and developmental.
Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in a developmental and networking framework.
Speaking about the initiative, artist Vivienne Byrne, recipient of the bursary for Louth in 2021 said:
“The Platform 31 experience was my game changer. The support it offered allowed me the time and financial breathing space to develop my practice in ways I could not have foreseen.
"It gifted me access to and connection with artists of varying disciplines and the confidence to undertake more ambitious projects for myself. Incredibly valuable.”
Art Officer for Louth City Council Moya Hodgers welcomed the scheme, saying:
“Louth County Council Arts Office are proud to support the Platform 31 initiative.
"Artists are at the heart of the culture and creativity sector in Louth and it is a key focus of ours to support them and their development.
"This bursary will give one artist in our county the time and resource to develop and enhance their skills which will in turn be a benefit to our county through their work and contribution.”
"For over 35 years Local Authority Arts Offices have worked directly with artists to ensure the arts thrive in all communities.
"Working in a grass roots and foundational way has allowed Arts Officers to identify and to respond to the needs of artists, keeping the arts and cultural agenda focused and relevant in changing environments.
“In the complex Covid times of 2021, it was important for us to be able to give 31 artists the opportunity to work without financial burden or pressure of output for a period of time through the inaugural Platform 31 scheme”, said Jenny Sherwin, Wicklow County Arts Officer and Chairperson of the ALAAO.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with Local Authority Arts Offices all over the country and the Arts Council to offer this opportunity to another group of artists in 2022.”
“The bursary seeks to provide artists with the time and resources to think, test new ideas, research new approaches and to develop new work”, said Maureen Kennelly, Arts Council Director.
“The Arts Council is delighted to partner with local authorities, who are responding thoughtfully and ambitiously to the ongoing challenging environment for artists. The carefully considered support network built into Platform 31 sets this bursary scheme apart.”
The award is open to artists of any discipline and practice as well as multi-disciplinary practice and design of all kinds. It is designed to support mid-career artists living in each of the 31 Local Authority regions of Ireland.
Applications are open until March 30th.
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