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Local groups invited to apply for up to €5,000 through national arts and youth scheme

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 11:00
  • Deadline for applications: Friday 28th July 2017
  • The Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme will see local projects nationwide receive grants of up to €5,000
  • Both Minister for Children and Director of Arts Council commend initiative

Local groups in every county are being encouraged to apply for funding under the Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme 2017. Open to youth groups and artists, this grant helps those selected to work with a professional artist on a creative project within their local community. It is managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) - whose members work with over 380,000 young people each year - and funded by the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).

Anne O’Gorman of the NYCI said: “If you have an idea for working with young people in a creative way, and need funding to make it happen, we’d encourage you to consider this grant. Each year we are delighted with the calibre of local projects that apply.

“They really highlight the quality and variety of ways in which young people are working creatively with each other and in their local communities. Previous successful applicants have scripted, shot and edited films; designed and constructed pieces of public art; written and performed plays; photographed their neighbourhood and much more,” added Ms O’Gorman.

“We look forward to working with our funding partners The Arts Council and DCYA to resource this sceme for the future, ensuring that young people are supported to access high quality arts experiences in their local communities,” concluded Ms O’Gorman.

The artist and youth work residency scheme is designed to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and arts organisations. Residencies can take the form of an artist in residence in a youth work setting or a youth group in residence in an arts setting.

Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said: “We are delighted that the scheme is supported by both the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and delivered by the National Youth Council of Ireland. NYCI’s arts programme is well placed to ensure groups who apply to the scheme receive the support they need to begin to develop effective partnerships that foster dynamic arts practice in a youth work context.”

According to the NYCI, the demand for funds from this scheme ran at almost three times the available fund last year demonstrating a strong need for more funding for young people’s participation in the arts. The National Youth Arts Programme runs a range of other activities to promote and develop youth arts in Ireland. See for more.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD, welcomed the announcement saying that she was pleased that her Department could contribute to such a worthwhile initiative. She said that the initiative “Demonstrates the principle of partnership, which is a key priority for my Department. It is also in keeping with Outcome 2 of the National Youth Strategy 2015 – 2020, which provides that young people benefit from involvement in recreational and cultural opportunities including youth work, arts, and sports.”



Contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or

Notes to Editors:

National Youth Council of Ireland

NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.


The National Youth Council of Ireland Arts Programme is a partnership approach to promoting and developing youth arts in Ireland. The programme receives funding from the Arts Council, and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.


List of last year’s award recipients:


1.St Michael’s Youth Project, Goldenbridge, Dublin 8

Re introduce high quality arts practice after years of recession via a photography project and test new ways of working with young people through the arts.

Artist: Aislinn Delaney

Award: 5,000

Residency Strand


2.Activate Youth Theatre, Cork

To develop new ways of self expression through drama and scriptwriting workshops that produce a play.

Artist: John McCarthy

Award: 1500

Development Strand


3.West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen

To provide a sole purpose studio space with creative and administrative supports that allows young people to develop multidisciplinary issue based art.

Artist: Alison Cronin/Caoimhe Pendred

Award: 1500

Development Strand


4.Letterkenny Youth and Family Service , Donegal

Documentary Filmmaking workshops for young people with learning/intellectual disabilities supporting the young people to make a documentary of their choosing

Artist: Paul Bonar

Award: €1500.00

Development Strand


5.Dublin Youth Theatre

A workshop series exploring homelessness, advantage and disadvantage through theatre

Artist: Veronica Coburn/Dylan Coburn Gray


Development Strand


  1. GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health and HIV), Limerick

Art workshops and public ‘positive wall of art’ to consolidate an inclusive LGBT+ group

Artist: Beverley Ashton

Award: €1500.00

Development Strand


  1. County Limerick Youth Theatre

Workshopping and developing a community TV drama

Artist: Fiona Quinn

Award: 5,000

Residency Strand


  1. Kildare Youth Service

To invite an artist to be resident with Kildare Youth Service for a period of time and produce a short film with the young people.

Artist: John Conway

Award: 4,635

Residency Strand


  1. Loft Youth Project Donegal Youth Service

To engage 25 young people from ethnic minority backgrounds in creating a lasting piece of public art that is mobile and directly tackles hate speech.

Artist: Frank Saucian

Award: 5,000

Residency Strand


  1. Galway Arts Centre

To expand membership of Red Bird Youth Collective to Child and Mental Health Services in the area and to work together on a high quality artistic project.

Artist: Louise Manifold

Award: 5,000

Residency Strand