Great News For Limerick Artists

There isn’t too much good news about of late what with the country in lockdown over covid 19 but there is a development in the mid west that will excite Limerick artists.

A bursary scheme worth 10k opens to applications this week to facilitate creative thinking time for local theatre makers.

Accountants wouldn’t understand the concept, but artists getting paid for thinking time will be music to the ears of those living within a 25 kilometre radius of the famous Belltable Arts Centre.

Limerick city’s arts HQ the Belltable Arts Centre. Pic Ballywire Archive

Ten 1k bursaries are being made available to theatre makers in any form and are aimed at practitioners who have professional experience.

On the downside, only those who have worked (in any capacity) on a production/piece funded by either the Arts Council or Limerick Culture and Arts Office will be deemed eligible, and the bursaries are strictly for practitioners living and working in Limerick City, Limerick County and within 25km radius of Limerick City.

That being said it will be a serious shot in the arm to creatives who like many other sectors are set to struggle in the short term and even when the country opens up again.

The invitation to apply says the scheme is intended ‘to buy you time – approximately five working days – and head space to explore a new idea, perhaps way of working, writing, designing, sharing with audiences, supporting the production team technically or collaborating with other artists. They should help alleviate immediate financial worries and allow you think creatively. Applications are welcome for ideas as Gaeilge or bi-lingually.’

Lovely concept. Applications open this Friday here.

The scheme will close either once ten eligible applications have been received, applicants contacted and accepted the offer of the bursary, or on 1 May 2020, whichever is sooner.

Well done Belltable!👍👏👏👏👌