€10,000 fund for performing artists Monday, 5th December 2016

Four theatre bursaries totalling €10,000 have been awarded following an open call for practitioners in the Limerick Theatre sector.

In an new initiative developed by the Limerick Arts Office through consultations with the Theatre Strand of Limerick Arts and Culture Exchange (L.A.C.E.) the theatre bursary aims at supporting theatre practitioners based in Limerick city and county in their professional development, building capacity in the sector and delivering the highest standard in creativity and excellence in all aspects of cultural activity.

The four awards for 2016 have been made to:

CallBack Theatre – Kilmallock

Wildebeest Theatre Company

Ann Blake

Bottom Dog Theatre

Limerick Theatre Bursaries were open to individuals and organisations working in the Limerick theatre sector and offered four individual bursaries.

Three of the awards were Limerick Theatre Research and Development Bursaries, while the fourth award was a Limerick Theatre Production and Presentation Bursary. All awards are to the value of €2,500, meaning €10,000 in total has been awarded.

Following an open call an independent panel convened to assess the 11 applications and make their decision. Jim Culleton, Artistic Director of Fishamble: The New Play Company was on the panel. He said:

“It was a pleasure to be part of the recent Limerick Theatre Bursary Awards panel. There is a strong and dynamic theatre sector in Limerick, and a community of highly imaginative and resourceful theatre artists. This award allows some of the great work being developed and produced to gain much needed support from Limerick City and County Council.”

Another panel member Jane Daly of Jane Daly Arts Management said: “I am delighted to see that theatre artists in Limerick are engaged in such a range of diverse practice – support like these bursaries is essential in assisting their development and encouraging them to make work in and for Limerick city and county. I hope these bursaries continue and that the funding available grows.”

Sheila Deegan, Arts and Culture Officer with Limerick City and County Council said:

“Limerick is at an important phase in the history of its cultural development. The Limerick Cultural Strategy was designed in partnership to effect change in the way things are done in relation to culture in Limerick. This is the first example of that partnership approach and in awarding the bursaries, Limerick is meeting the first objective in the cultural strategy which is, ‘to grow Limerick’s cultural capacity by retaining and attracting creative practitioners to live and work in Limerick’”.