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Art and Design / December 18, 2020

Government announce an increase in Markievicz Award scheme

Art and Design / December 18, 2020

Government announce an increase in Markievicz Award scheme

Applications open in January 2021 and will see an increase of €20,000 to the bursary for the period 2021-2023.

Today, Catherine Martin announced that the Markievicz Award Bursary Scheme for artists will increase significantly for the period of 2021-2023.

Each year up to 10 artists will now be able to avail of up to €25,000, a €20,000 increase from previous years.

The goal of the award is to support artists develop their craft and commemorate the role of women in the historical period covered by the Decade of Centenaries and beyond.

Partnering with the Arts Council, the department of culture intends to announce the award recipients for 2021 early in May next year.

Speaking on the announcement, Minister Martin said, “I am pleased to announce this significantly enhanced scheme for the Markievicz Award for the period 2021-2023.  The Award continues to both honour Constance de Markievicz – herself an artist – and to provide support for artists from all backgrounds and genres in producing new work that reflects on the role of women in the period covered by the centenary commemorations and beyond.  2021 is the third year of this successful scheme and I am particularly committed to supporting and sustaining artists, in this meaningful way for the development of their craft, during the on-going public health emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“It is important that the role of women for the remainder of the Decade of Centenaries continues to be highlighted and my Department is currently developing a new online women’s project that I will launch next year.  The project will engage with the Award recipients and their work as part of an exploration of the diverse and vital role played by women in Ireland 100 years ago and over the course of the intervening century.”

Applications from individuals or groups within culturally diverse communities and from people with disabilities are also encouraged under the scheme.

Applications open Tuesday 5 January 2021 and close Thursday 4 February 2021 at 17.30.

Click here to visit their applications portal.