Applications now open & Dublin Briefing Event Confirmed for Sky Academy Arts Scholarship 2016

€40k fund for an emerging Irish artist aged 18-30

Dublin Briefing Event : The Liquor Rooms, 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

5.00-7.00pm, Wednesday 13 January 2016

Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are back, offering €40,000 funding and mentoring to a talented artist aged 18-30 based in Ireland. We’re delighted to confirm that Business to Arts is working with Sky Academy to support the application process and selection here in Ireland. Run in partnership with Hiive, the aim of the scholarships is to give young people the time, space and money they need to develop their creative practice and unlock their potential.

A Briefing Session in Dublin on Wednesday 13 January 2016 will guide potential applicants through the application process, giving tips and hints on how best to communicate their creative vision in the materials submitted. The briefing session will be attended by Sky Academy and Hiive representatives who will travel from the UK, as well as the Ambassador for the Irish application process, Kris Nelson, Director of Tiger Dublin Fringe, and 2015 Irish Scholarship winner, visual artist Kevin Gaffney. Kris Nelson will screen Irish applications to help create the shortlist and sit in on interviews in Dublin, and so will be able to give useful insight into how and why particular applications stood out to the panel last year.

Each artist will receive £30,000/€40,000 towards the development of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year, along with mentoring from senior Sky staff and professionals from the arts industry. In addition, the artists will receive a short film about their project and practice, and wider developmental support from Sky and Hiive. Four scholarships will be awarded to artists living in the UK and one scholarship will be awarded to an artist living in Ireland.

Applications are now open – to apply, artists will need to be a member of Hiive and submit an idea for an artistic project under one of the following six categories: Music, Dance, Visual Art, Theatre and Comedy, Film Production and Creative Producing. Applications can be either written or filmed, simply click here to visit the Hiive Competitions page for more information. Applications must be received by 5.00pm on Thursday 10 March 2016. Shortlisted artists will be interviewed in Dublin in May. The winners will be announced at the South Bank Awards in June.

Please let us know if you would like to attend the Briefing on 13 January 2016. Please also pass this information on to others in your network who might apply or spread the word.