Sunday 19 August 2018

Over €1m awarded to 101 'exceptional' artists

Dance artist Stephanie Dufresne and choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller at the announcement of arts bursaries
Dance artist Stephanie Dufresne and choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller at the announcement of arts bursaries
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Poi spinners, circus performers and an Australian-Irish sarod player are among the 101 Irish artists of 'exceptional promise' to receive special arts bursaries.

The total amount awarded to artists totals €1,001,699.

The majority of these grants were awarded to artists based in the capital, with close to €600,000 being granted to artists in Co Dublin.

The maximum amount the Arts Council have awarded to any one individual is €15,000.

Bursary recipients include Genevieve Hulme Beaman, who starred as Brid in RTÉ's 'Nowhere Fast', and Waking the Feminists founder Lian Bell.

Author Dave Rudden, 'Song of Granite' filmmaker Sharon Whooley, and Ronan McLoughlin, a world-renowned fire and object manipulation artist, were also awarded bursaries.

Dancer Stephanie Dufresne, who starred as Karen in the Gate Theatre's recent production of 'The Red Shoes', was awarded €9,700.

She said the grant was "a formative moment in my career".

The Arts Council received 427 eligible applications for bursaries.

Irish Independent

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