RDS Irish Craft Bursary 2019 | Applications Open

Posted 08.08.19


In 2018, the RDS, as a key part of its continued strong support for craft in Ireland, created a new bursary valued at €10,000 which provides support for established makers of contemporary craft. The RDS Irish Craft Bursary is open to makers who are members of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's (DCCoI) PORTFOLIO Programme*; both those featured in the Critical Selection publication and those featured in the wider programme, dccoi.ie/portfolio.

The bursary may be used for a wide range of career and professional development activities such as: further education and training; research; development of new work; mentoring; purchase of equipment; studio improvements; technology; websites and residencies. The planned activity for the bursary must be taking place in 2020.

Last year’s winner was glass artist Edmond Byrne.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday 15th October 2019.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. A proposal outlining what they would do with the bursary, including timeframe, aims, objectives and expected outcome.
  2. A budget breakdown.
  3. Digital images of current work practice.
  4. C.V.

Judges will be assessing applications in terms of:

  1. Quality of proposal.
  2. Evidence of maker’s artistic ambition, the artistic quality, challenge of the proposal.
  3. Judges’ confidence in ability of maker to realise their proposal based on: Maker's track record.
  4. Judges’ confidence in ability of maker to realise their proposal based on: Quality of the financial breakdown.
  5. Evidence of how the proposal may develop the maker’s skills and career.
  6. Potential of how this proposal will be of benefit to Irish craft and design on an overall level.

Each of the above categories will be scored out of 10.

The applications will be assessed by an independent expert panel and a representative from the RDS. The Bursary winner will be officially announced at the launch of the Surface Matters exhibition at the National Design & Craft Gallery in November 2019. The award of €10,000 will be paid to the bursary winner in two instalments; €9,000 in November 2019 and the balance in 2020 on completion of a report.

*Please note:

  • A maker who wins a €10,000 RDS Craft Award must wait five years before being eligible to re-apply. It is only possible to win an RDS Craft Award twice in total.
  • Staff members of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland are not eligible to apply.



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