RDS Irish Craft Bursary 2021 | Applications Open

Posted 03.02.21

The RDS Irish Craft Bursary, worth €10,000 is open to makers who are members of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO Programme. The RDS (Royal Dublin Society) is one of the oldest philanthropic organisations, founded in 1793. Its aim is to see Ireland thrive culturally and economically by working across a number of areas including craft.

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 2021. Last year’s winner was Seliena Coyle, the winner in 2019 was Edmond Byrne.

To be eligible for this opportunity, you must also submit an application for Portfolio 2021–2022.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 9th April 2021.

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. CV

Judges will be assess 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 award of €10,000 will be paid to the bursary winner in two instalments; €9,000 in April 2021 and the balance at the end of 2021 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 Ireland are not eligible to apply


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