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The Arts Council has €1 million to give to projects about 1916

Is your project ambitious? You could get €500,000.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE ARTS COUNCIL is making €1 million available for artists interested in making projects about the 1916 Rising.

The Council said it would back “ambitious” projects up to €500,000, in one or a combination of art forms. The work will be presented to the public in 2016 and represent a “key response by our contemporary artists to the centenary of the Easter Rising”, the council says.

The funding which forms part of the Government’s Ireland 2016 Programme, will also include a number of special bursaries for a new generation of emerging artists, additional touring support in 2016 as well as a large scale national event to be announced later.

“This is a very exciting moment for us. We are hoping for work so innovative and special, that it will inspire the people of Ireland for the next hundred years,” said Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride.

The award is open to artists and organisations who are resident in the state, although the Arts Council may accept an application from outside the state in exceptional circumstances and where the final outcome will “benefit the arts in the state”.

Starting from today, there will be a six-week ‘open call’ for applications, followed by a two-stage assessment process: shortlisting by an international jury, with shortlisted applications providing fully developed artistic proposals before a final decision in July.

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