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Kildare County Council welcomes applications from individual artists and/or collectives to the Kildare Arts Service First Fortnight Award for projects that addr

The Kildare Arts Service First Fortnight Award aims to support the development and presentation of new work in any artform that challenges the stigma attached to mental health. Applications to this award are welcome from Kildare-based individual artists and/or collectives with existing or ‘in development’ projects.
Applications for funding through the Kildare Arts Service First Fortnight Award is available up to €3,000. Applications are particularly welcome from projects that consider the theme of this year’s First Fortnight Festival, ‘Open’. Read more about the theme of this year's festival here. Submissions are welcome from individuals and/or groups of artists. Selected artists will present their work at an event in the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge (auditorium) on 14th January 2022, as part of the First Fortnight Festival. 
Kildare Arts Service is committed to supporting health and wellbeing through engagement and participation in the arts, and developing opportunities for professional development. Kildare’s Arts, Health and Wellbeing programme supports public engagement, provides opportunities for artists working in this area, and aims to promote artistic ambition and inclusive participation.
Kildare Arts Service is committed to projects that Pay the Artist and projects that consider equality, inclusion, accessibility and diversity.  Applications from artists who are representative of all Kildare’s communities are particularly welcome.
About First Fortnight
First Fortnight is Ireland’s Mental Health Arts & Culture Festival. First Fortnight challenges mental health prejudice and stigma through arts and cultural action and programmes events that create spaces for unscripted conversations around mental health.
First Fortnight Festival 2022 will run from January 2nd-16th.
Application Process
To apply for the Kildare Arts Service First Fortnight Award, please apply via the online application form. 
Deadline for applications: Friday 12th November, 12pm

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