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Arts funding and opportunities

The Arts Office of Clare County Council supports arts events, programmes and artists in a variety of ways annually.

In line with Government guidelines all cultural venues and galleries are closed during Level 5 restrictions.

Funding schemes are open. Staff are working remotely but are available to advise by contacting

Information on current public art commissions can be found at commissions

(065) 6899091
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Support is available for the arts, as defined in the Arts Act 2003 any creative or interpretive expression (whether traditional or contemporary) in whatever form, and including, in particular, visual arts, theatre, literature, music, dance, opera, film, circus and architecture and includes any medium when used for those purposes.

Arts grants and bursary programmes supported by Clare Arts Office

Assistance under the Arts Act Grants Scheme - Closing date for 2021 applications is Friday January 29th, 2021

The Assistance under the Arts Act Grant Scheme is coordinated by the Rural Development Directorate through the Community Supports Scheme. All enquiries to In 2021 applications are only being accepted online.

Under the scheme assistance is given to arts activities that

  • stimulate public interest in the arts
  • provide knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts
  • improve the standard of the arts in Clare.

There are 3 categories of support:

  1. Artist Support – Support for individual artists / artists projects
  2. Organisational Support / Events & Projects Assistance – Support for arts organisations general activities and for once off or key events in the county
  3. Traditional Arts – Support specifically relating to the traditional arts e.g. music & dance

Cúram - Keeping Well Initiative - Closed for Applications

We are seeking proposals from artists that fit with the current Keeping Well National Initiative, a response to COVID 19.

Artists (musicians, visual artists, dancers, writers, performers etc.) are invited to submit a proposal based on any of the following themes for projects in their community up to a value of €1200. Projects must be completed before the end of March 2021.

Themes are: 

  • Staying Active                                                  
  • Keep Connected
  • Eating Well                                                        
  • Minding your Mood
  • Switching Off

Decade of Centenaries Arts Project Awards 2021 - Closing date Friday, February 5th , 2021 at 12 noon.

Applications are now sought from artists of all disciplines who wish to commemorate events which happened in Clare in 1921 or explore events / developments which happened in the wider context of Irish society in 1921, in a respectful, measured and non-partisan manner. This initiative is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries Programme.

3 awards of €4,500 will be granted.

Late applications will not be considered.

Guidelines for Decade of Centenaries Arts Project Awards 2021[741KB]

Application Form for Decade of Centenaries Arts Project Awards 2021[471KB]


Drama League of Ireland Summer School Bursary - 2021 dates to be announced

This bursary was not awarded in 2020 due to the cancellation of the summer school. We plan to resume it again in 2021 subject to COVID restrictions.

Clare County Council is offering a bursary award to drama practitioners living in Clare to enable them to attend the Drama League of Irealnd Summer Schoo at the University of Limerick during the summer, on a non-residential basis.

Duala Creator in Residence 2021 - Closing date 5pm January 22nd, 2021

In partnership with Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) we are delighted to provide an exciting opportunity for an emerging or established artist from any artistic genre to become Creators in Residence with us in 2021.

Artists (musicians, visual artists, dancers, writers, performers etc.) are invited to reflect /respond creatively to the collections and materials that are of relevance or reference County Clare, which are held in ITMA.

This is a unique opportunity for the recipient to create/develop new work through the exploration, discovery and creative re-use of archival materials held in ITMA.

The closing date for applications is January 22nd, 2021.


Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary - 2021 dates to be announced subject to COVID restrictions

Clare County Council offers a bursary award to artist(s) born or living in Clare to enable them to spend up to two weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, the artists' centre in County Monaghan. Each bursary covers all board and lodging expenses for a two week period, plus the use of a studio if necessary. Clare County Council reserves the right to split the bursary into two x 1 week stays if two artists are deemed to be worthy recipients.

2020 Application form and guidelines for the Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary [MS Word, 924KB]


Artist studio opportunities supported by Clare Arts Office 

Ennis Artists Studios Initiative

Ennis Artists Studios Initiative was developed by the Clare Arts Office in response to the need for artists /arts organisations workspaces in Ennis. Based in Tracklands, Tobartoascáin, Ennis it comprises of:

  • seven shared studios
  • 2 independent units
  • space for group work / exhibitions etc.

Each studio / workstation has access to power, broadband, water and bathrooms. There is free parking, 24 hour access to the studios and a communal kitchenette. The studios are not suitable for heavy duty sculptural work or the creation of large scale artworks.
The cost of a shared studio is €120 per month inclusive of all utilities etc. An individual space is €150 per month inclusive of all utilities etc. The license fee is due in advance monthly by standing order along with one months’ deposit. Licences are initially issued for one year.

Applications are currently being accepted for use of the shared workshop spaces. Arts organisations, cultural practitioners, artists, writers and multi-disciplinary practitioners are welcome to apply.

How to apply

Tulla Stables Artists Studios

A call for available studios will be made in early 2021. To be placed on the waiting list for information please email

Work opportunities offered by Clare Arts Office

Artist in Schools Scheme Panel - Closed

Clare Arts Office invites applications from multidisciplinary artists to join its Artists in Schools panel 2020-2023. Artists working across all disciplines are invited to apply eg music, dance,writers etc.

The Artists in Schools Programme run by Clare Arts Office is designed to create opportunities for artists and schools to work together over a specific duration of time. We favour projects that are innovative, unique and that foster creativity, skills development and an introduction to the language used in art making.

We also encourage projects that introduce children to experience the cross disciplinary nature of the arts, projects which connect ideas and art making to other subjects e.g. history, science, the environment, local, national and global cultures and traditions.

Clare Arts Office are specifically seeking professional artists who have proven experience of working collaboratively and who are excited about working across artistic disciplines.

Applicants must have experience of working with children and young people and an interest in the field of arts and education. We welcome applications from artists who have undertaken a TAP, Teachers/Artists Partnership Course.

This opportunity is primarily for for artists residing and working in Clare but artists from neighbouring counties will also be considered if they offer an additional skill set to the panel.

Please note that the inclusion on the artists panel is not a guarantee of work through the Artist in Schools scheme. Click here for details on how the scheme works.

How to apply

Page last reviewed: 20/01/21

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