Kildare Arts Service : Grants and Opportunities : Arts Grants 2021

Arts Act Grants 2021

Below is a list of grants available from Kildare Arts Service in 2021 and a record of successful grant applications.

The deadline for application to 2021 Arts Grants was 18th March 2021.

  • Arts Act Grant Scheme
  • Arts in Education Residency Bursary Award
  • Artistic Entrepreneur Bursary Award
  • Denis O'Driscoll Literary Bursary Award
  • Drama League of Ireland Summer School Bursary Award
  • Emerging Visual Artist Exhibition Award
  • Executive Coaching for Creative Professionals Bursary Award
  • Local Publishing Award
  • Research and Thinking Bursary Award
  • Platform4 Recording Studio Bursary Award
  • Short Grass Short Film Bursary Award (€1,500)
  • Short Grass Short Film Commission Award (€12,500)
  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Bursary Award
  • Youth Arts Residency Bursary Award

In addition, Kildare Arts Service welcomed applications to the Kildare Creative Ireland Bursary Awards 2021;

the Creative Ireland Cruinniú na nÓg Bursary Award 2021; the Kildare Decade of Commemorations Artistic and

Creative Bursary Award 2021 and the Kildare Decade of Commemorations Short Grass Film Award. 

Information on the projects funded under these awards is published separately.







Arts Act Grant Scheme

Surname First NameOrganisationMunicipal District (Kildare)Artform  Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Burke Conor   Naas Theatre / Drama Perform 'Everything is Grand, and I'm Completely Okay' a one-person show. €2,000
Butler Frank Celbridge Camera Club Celbridge / Leixlip Visual Art Support an immersive 3-D virtual exhibition. €480
Carroll Tara   Naas Visual Art Research and develop a socially engaged art project in the mediums of performance art, video, sculptural objects and textile print. €1,900
Conway Natasha   Athy Visual Art Engage in studio practice supported by professional mentorship sessions. €1,255
Cregan Brian   Naas VisualArt Purchase a large format film camera for new portrait series based in Kildare. €1,000
de Bath Monica   Kildare / Newbridge Visual Art Research and document a visual art project; present a public event with contributions from lead artists and project participants. €1,800
de Brí Pamela   Clane / Maynooth Visual Art Develop a prototype for a large publishing and online interactive project, reviewing and combining documentation: notebooks, photographs, audio recordings, videos, etchings, paintings and drawings. €1,250
Fitzmaurice Edel Nás na Ríogh Singers Naas Music Record a video of 'A Little Jazz Mass' and perform a live concert. €1,000
Geoghegan John Moat Writers Naas Literature Publish an anthology of original work featuring poetry, fiction, memoir, reflective work and short stories from local writers. €500
Gibson Saidhbhín    Celbridge / Leixlip Visual Art Purchase a video editing programme and a battery.   €400
Griffin Emma   Celbridge / Leixlip Visual Art Support individual practice in preparation for a group show.  €400
Hendrick Pat Teresa Brayton Players Clane / Maynooth Theatre / Drama Support towards four productions in 2021.  €750
Hensey Noel   Kildare / Newbridge Visual Art Support three international exhibitions, one solo and two group including research and production of a new body of work for a solo exhibition.  €1,250
Higgins Claire   Kildare / Newbridge Circus / Street Arts Create a video to research street performance; engage a mentor in street performing, clowning and teaching.  €2,340
Hughes Kathrina Element 15 Naas Visual Art Create and present a site-specific contemporary textile art project and exhibition.   €1,750
Hynan Niamh   Kildare / Newbridge Visual Art Complete a new series of mixed media paintings.  €400
Kelly Denis   Celbridge / Leixlip Visual Art Develop a series of paintings, exploring colour, form, space, movement and presentation of new work in a solo exhibition. €1,800
Leahy Catríona   Clane / Maynooth Visual Art Site specific research on cutaway bogs and production of large format photographic prints. €2,500
Malone Sheena   Clane / Maynooth Visual Art Studio work on a new body of drawings; fine art scans and prints of these works. €1,230
Malone Valerie Martin Malone Athy Literature Draft a novel centred around the Curragh. €1,000
Maloney Mary Pat   Athy Theatre / Drama Develop a theatre performance inspired by the poetry of Pat Ingoldsby. €1,110
McCarthy Tamara Explore Youth Theatre Clebridge / Leixlip Theatre / Drama Produce a new radio play developed as part of Explore Youth Theatre's recent artist in residency project. €1,300
Mulhall Shirley Millicent Singers Clane / Maynooth Music Perform a summer concert, contribute towards choir costs and record a CD. €1,000
Murphy Claire KARE Clane / Maynooth Visual Art Support a portrait project involving people who live in Kildare who have an intellectual disability. €1,060
Murphy Kate   Kildare / Newbridge Visual Art Develop a new body of work for a joint exhibition and support research for a solo show. €800
Murphy Martina   Clane / Maynooth Theatre / Drama Work with a director/dramaturg to interrogate and develop a new play. €400
Murphy Sharon   Naas Music Produce an EP of 4 instrumentals. €1,200
Nevin Matthew   Naas Visual Art Curate and produce a visual arts project consisting of an exhibition, film and audience engagement. €1,250
O'Brien Geraldine   Celbridge / Leixlip Theatre / Drama Write a new play and direct it with a cast of local teenagers. €1,750
Ralli Matthew   Naas Theatre / Drama Develop new theatre project and workshop with actors. €1,875
Ryan Mary   Kildare / Newbridge Theatre / Drama Develop a play for a digital audience; create and edit a short promotional video. €2,000



Arts in Education Residency Bursary Award

Surname First NameSchoolMunicipal District (Kildare)Artform   Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Pluincéid Eoin S N Cill Cae Athy Visual Art With artist Angelina Forster, explore print processes through the centuries, including eco-printing and the sustainable nature of this style of art. €2,500
McConnon Catherine Coláiste Chíaráin Celbridge / Leixlip Visual Art Work with artist and mural maker James Kirwan to develop and create a large scale street art mural using two shipping containers on the school grounds. €2,500
Farrington Marie Confey Community College Celbridge / Leixlip Visual Art Work with artist Brian Cregan to create photographic artworks that can be shared and displayed around the school. €2,500



Artistic Entrepreneur Bursary Award, in association with Kildare LEO

Surname  First Name                          Municipal District (Kildare)Artform   Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Fay Michael   Clane / Maynooth Music Build online music courses and begin to create, perform and sell original musical arrangements online. €1,500



Denis O'Driscoll Literary Bursary Award

SurnameFirst Name                                Municipal District (Kildare)Artform   Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Emerging Writer            
Cox Jade   Celbridge / Leixlip Literature Develop a coming of age Young Adult novel set in the Irish midlands in the early 2000s, by engaging in professional mentorship. €1,500
Professional Writer            
Clooney Pauline   Kildare / Newbridge Literature Research and write a draft of a historical novel re-imagining the relationship of poet William Butler Yeats and Georgie (George) Hyde Lees. €2,000



Drama League of Ireland Summer School Award

Surname First NameOrganisationMunicipal District (Kildare)Artform  Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Brady-Conor Tom An Nuadh Players Clane / Maynooth Theatre / Drama Participate in the 'Dare to Dream -Dare to Direct' workshop with Geoff O'Keeffe. €600
Higgins Caitríona An Nuadh Players Clane / Maynooth Theatre / Drama Participate in the 'Dare to Dream -Dare to Direct' workshop with Geoff O'Keeffe. €600



Emerging Visual Artist Exhibition Award with Riverbank Arts Centre

Surname   First Name              Municipal District (Kildare)Artform   Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Whyte Katie   Naas Visual Art Exhibit recent work exploring the changing paradigms of the modernisation of the art world in Ireland and ideas of iconoclasm and Damnatio memoriae (the condemnation of memory) of the social archive in the past and how it applies to artwork today. €2,500



Executive Coaching for Creative Professionals Busary Award

Surname   First Name             Municipal District (Kildare)Artform   Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
McLaughlin Mary   Kildare / Newbridge Theatre / Drama Identify goals and aims as a creative artist following recent work changes and challenges to practice. €600
Gildea Orla   Celbridge / Leixlip Theatre / Drama Reflect and identify ways to progress as a creative artist while balancing a career as a drama teacher and creative arts therapist. €600
Hynan Shane   Clane / Maynooth Visual Art Refine the focus of artistic practice; explore current lines of enquiry, skills and processes and set bespoke goals. €600



Local Publishing Award

No funding awarded



Research and Thinking Bursary Award

Surname First Name         Municipal District (Kildare)Artform    Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Blennerhassett Claire   Kildare / Newbridge Theatre / Drama   Reflect on practice and explore a shift in direction involving a large and dynamic body of new work. €1,700
Kelly Clodagh   Celbridge / Leixlip Visual Art Investigate the internal and external space we occupy, the seen and unseen, boundaries interpreted and misinterpreted. €1,700
Freeman Lisa   Athy Visual Art Work with a curator and researcher as mentor to expand current research in the social, cultural and economic power of linguistics. €1,700



Platform 4 Recording Studio Bursary Award

SurnameFirst Name    Organisation       Municipal District (Kildare)Artform   Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Phelan Emer   Celbridge / Leixlip Music Record an original song composed in the last year. €900
Boyd Pat St Mary's Brass Band Clance Maynooth Music Record a full brass band cd. €900
Breheny Vince   Clane Maynooth Literature Create an audio book of poems and complement them with associated stories. €900



Short Grass Film Bursary Award

Surname    First NameOrganisationMunicipal District (Kildare)Artform    Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Gildea Orla Wishful Collaborative Productions Celbridge / Leixlip Film Shoot a short film dealing with the search for romance in later life. €1,500
O'Rourke-Glynn Ryan   Athy Film Shoot a short film about one man's epic journey to discover himself and, learn how to ride a bicycle. €1,500
Weldon Colin Veridian 3 Films Ltd Naas Film Explore the landscape of HP Lovecraft's Irish themed 1921 horror short story 'The Moon-Bog', contrasting the fictional Kilderry with its real life inspiration of Kildare. €1,500



Short Grass Film Commission Award

Surname   First Name                                  Artform   Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
McNeice Katie     Film When his baby is born intersex, a young rural dad must face his own father’s gendered bullying, and the scars it has already left him. €12,500



Tyrone Guthrie Residency Bursary Award

Decision deferred due to Covid19 restrictions 



Youth Arts Bursary Award

Surname   First NameOrganisation    Municipal District (Kildare)Artform  Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Ennis Lisa Newbridge Family Resource Centre Youth Club Kildare / Newbridge Circus / Street Arts Deliver circus skills workshops for young people aged 10 - 18; explore the basics of circus. €2,500



The deadline for applications to all awards was 18th March 2021.


Kildare Creative Ireland Artistic and Creative Bursary Awards 2021

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As part of Kildare's 2021 Creative Ireland programme bursaries are awarded to develop bodies of work with a public interface/engagement.

For the Kildare Creative Ireland Artistic and Creative Bursary Awards applications were invited from individuals and groups to creatively explore themes of:

  • Well-being
  • Sense of place
  • Heritage (which may include historical exploration)
  • Music
  • STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)
  • Irish language
  • Climate change
Organisation / SurnameFirst Name           Municipal District (Kildare)     Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Run of the Mill Theatre / Byrne Aisling   Celbridge / Leixlip   A community film project that will explore the history and legacy of the St. Raphaels campus in Celbridge, led by a group of its former residents. €8,000
Conway John   Naas   An immersive virtual reality (VR) and live-performed theatre work occurring in people's homes, informed by lived-experiences of older people in the area. €6,000
Speak Up Sing Out     Clane / Maynooth   Choral and performance festival in Kilcock to include performances, workshops and activities for people within the community. €6,000
Creative Sewing     Kildare / Newbridge   Community project involving transition year students and members of the local community, working, learning and connecting together to create textile wall hanging that depicts life around the RATH €3,000
Foster Angelina   Athy   Exploring burial grounds of County Kildare, through the process of gravestone rubbing, revealing stories from our past which connect with our sense of place, heritage and language. €5,000
Creative Rathangan - Meitheal       Kildare / Newbridge   Explore the transformation of Rathangan's people and environs, its streetscapes, bog lands, and waterways through a programme of interdisciplinary and arts-based workshops.  €6,000
Gilligan Shauna   Kildare / Newbridge   Explore the heritage symbolising Brigid through place and archival artefacts, creating new representations of her as an archetype of the sacred feminine in corporating public readings, workshops and a publication. €4,000
Hardiman Josephine   Naas   Develop 'The Book of Kildare', facilitate calligraphy workshops with schools, exhibition in Kildare. €5,000
Kearney Brenda   Clane / Maynooth   Develop a series of public workshops to develop a community seed-sharing project 'Tea by Post'. €4,000
Kildare Art Collective     Kildare / Newbridge   Miniature outdoor exhibition installed within a specified radius in Newbridge, as part of an outdoor art trail for JuneFest. €3,000
Lynch Roseanne   Clane / Maynooth   An online Work-in-Progress performance of extracts of a new play about motherhood and climate change with post-show discussion and creative workshop. €6,000
St John of God's     Celbridge / Leixlip   A sound art project that creatively explores themes of cultural rights and happiness using the human voice and accessible recording editing software applications. €3,000
Down at Heel Productions     Maynooth   A War of Independence podcast soap opera set in Kildare, telling the story of a Maynooth family living through this turbulent period. €1,500
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann     Celbridge / Leixlip   Four 30 minute programmes as part of Fleadhfest to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Kildare through music, song, dance and the language. €2,000
John Sullivan Centre Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Clane     Clane / Maynooth   Biodiversity Citizen Scientist Workshops with  members & local schools on new habitats which have been created in a Biodiversity Garden. €6,000
O'Brien Martina   Naas   'Mapping the Significant' will look to activated phenological methodologies and practices throughout the county. This will be done through the creation of a novel network of phenological observers; the installation of digital wild-sensing cameras in seven sites; the creation of a limited-edition publication and production of a film to be screened at a pop-up event.  €8,000
Woods Paul   Naas   A series of public artworks exploring local fauna, flora and biodiversity in Monasterevin. €4,000



Creative Ireland CRUINNIÚ NA NÓG Bursary Award 2021

Cruinniu na nOg

Cruinniú na nÓg, the national day of creativity for children and young people takes place on Saturday, 12th June 2021.  It aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity by providing free, activity-based action in their own locality.

For the Creative Ireland Cruinniú na nÓg Bursary Award 2021, Kildare County Council’s Creative Ireland team accepted proposals from creative practitioners and organisations to host and facilitate creative engagements for and with children and young people across the county for Cruinniú na Óg 2021. More details on projects supported through this award can be found here.

Creative Ireland is a Government of Ireland Initiative.




Kildare Decade of Commemorations Bursary Award 2021

Curragh Camp c.1916. Image credit Kildare Local Studies Collection

Image credit: Kildare Local Studies Collection

The Decade of Commemorations Bursary Award 2021 welcomed applications from individual artists, art groups, and community projects from county Kildare for artistic and creative community-led responses in all artforms based on some of the following themes:

It is envisaged that the interpretation of the historical events by Kildare based artists and creative practitioners will provide a platform to encourage reflection and the consideration of issues, both past and present, which may be challenging, difficult and sometimes deeply personal. 

SurnameFirst Name                                          Project DescriptionFunding Awarded
Greene Sharon       Artist's reconstruction of the scene of the Graney Ambush (24 October 1922). €3,300
Woods Paul       Large scale mixed media artwork exploring personal, national and social-political aspects of the 1921-1923 timeline combining imagery, objects, photography, soundscapes, portraiture and textures. €5,600
Walsh Lorraine       Research into local & national archive collections and exploration of the Civil War through drawing. €7,500
Coy Stephen       100th anniversary of the handover of the Curragh Camp €1,600



Decade of Commemorations Short Grass Film Award

Kildare County Council Decade of Commemorations/Short Grass Films further develops its support for film production in the county. This commission welcome applications for films with a Kildare focus which may focus on human/personal stories, real or imagined. Under this commission scheme, one award of €12,500 was made available towards the cost of the film production. Short film, feature film, documentary, animation, experimental and artist films were welcomed.

Supported by Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemorations Committee and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.

No funding was awarded.