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Roscommon County Council funding for Artists 2021


Roscommon County Council, together with the Arts Council of Ireland, is pleased to announce increased funding for artists in 2021 under the annual Artist Bursary Programme. This includes the opportunity to apply for the much coveted Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Bursary.


Professional artists either currently living in the county or who were born here, are eligible to apply.

This programme is designed to further the development of professional practitioners in all art forms, for any purpose that will demonstratively contribute to the artist’s development.Rhona McGrath, Arts Officer, told us. “We understand that funding to artists is especially critical in the current climate and we are looking for quality applications which will benefit the artists and in turn the cultural life of County Roscommon.”


The Artist Bursary Awards provide financial support to professional artists to allow them to develop their practice. The award can be used towards the costs of attending courses, mentoring, developing new work, investment in equipment, participation in exhibitions and various other activities.  Applications are assessed by an external expert and awards made on their recommendation.


The Award also includes the Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Award which provides opportunities for artists to spend a period of time at the world-renowned artists retreat in Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan. The residential workplace for artists is dedicated to supporting and facilitating creativity within a home-like environment. Here artists can find peace, quiet and facilities to develop their work, together with the stimulation of living alongside other artists from all disciplines.  The Application Guidelines can be accessed at this link:  Individual Artist Bursary Information Sheet 2021.doc (size 127.5 KB)


Applications can only be accepted via Roscommon County Council’s My Online Services


You can watch a short video on how to register for My Online Services here:!62BO41


Once you have registered, you will find the application form under “A-Z Services” 

The closing date for submissions is 26th February 2021 at 5pm.


Enquiries can also be sent via email to: or Contact Áine on (09066) 37271


The Artist Bursary Programme is the first of the 2021 announcements, with the Roscommon New Writing and Chapbook awards also to be announced later this Spring, in addition to a number of artist commissions, as part of Roscommon County Council’s ongoing commitment to supporting artists.


Roscommon County Council Music Commission 2020/2021

Roscommon County Council Arts Office invites professional composers to submit applications for consideration for The King House Piano Commission 2020/2021.

This marks the first in a series of music commissions by Roscommon County Council, in celebration of the grand piano at King House.

The commission invites composers to respond with a work for small ensemble (approx. 4 players). This work must include piano and should be developed in collaboration with a pianist.The 2020 commission (for performance in 2021) should cross the genres of classical and traditional Irish music. The piece will be premiered by the ensemble at a concert during Boyle Arts Festival 2021 (15th – 24th July).

The commission is funded by the Arts Office of Roscommon County Council together with the Arts Council of Ireland, in collaboration with Boyle Arts Festival and in association with the Contemporary Music Centre. 

For further details on the criteria and application process are here:  King House Piano Commission.docx (size 746.5 KB) or visit: Closing date for applications is 4pm Friday 30th October, 2020


Roscommon County Council Arts Office invites professional artists, born in or currently living in County Roscommon, to submit applications for consideration for the Culture Night – Decade of Centenaries 1920::2020 Commission. This marks the second in a series of visual art commissions for County Roscommon celebrating our extraordinary citizens through exceptional, challenging and unexpected visual art projects.


The 2020 artist commission to the value of €5,000 is supported by the Arts Office/Arts Council of Ireland Culture Night Programme, together with the Community Strand of the 2020 Decade of Centenaries Programme. The commission seeks visual/ film/ multidisciplinary artists to respond to Roscommon’s Struggle for Independence around the period of 1920, with 2020 vision. The work will be produced as an outdoor projection on a number of buildings in County Roscommon on Culture Night, 18th September 2020 and for 2 further nights 19th and 20th September.

 CLICK HERE FOR GUIDELINES ON HOW TO APPLY:  CultureNight-Decade_Roscommon_CommissionBrief.pdf (size 359.7 KB)

Closing date Monday 6th July 2020.


Roscommon County Council Bursary Awards 2020


The Roscommon Chapbook Bursary has been established to assist Roscommon writers with the costs associated with publishing a modest collection of poems (15 – 20) or a compact collection of short stories (3 – 6). One award of €500 will be offered in 2020.



  1. All applicant writers must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in).


  1. A typical length of a chapbook is 30 pages. This is a guideline only, though submissions that fall considerably short of this, or which are considerably longer, will not be considered suitable.


  1. Grant aid provided by Roscommon County Council must be acknowledged in all publicity material associated with the project. Council logos are available from the Arts Office. Roscommon County Council reserves the right to publicise the awarding of the bursary. The successful applicant will receive a copy of the Roscommon County Council logo. The logo must be included in the published chapbook.    


  1. The intended work must be completed and proof of publication will be necessary for the successful applicant to claim the bursary – two copies (to be provided free of charge) to Roscommon County Council at the time of publication.


  1. The Bursary Award will be adjudicated by Poet and Novelist, Kerry Hardie.


  1. All applicants will be advised of Council’s decisions in writing.


  1. All applications must be accompanied by:


  • The completed Application Form
  • A hard copy of the proposed content of the chapbook (poems or stories. In addition, please email proposed content to
  • A current biography and/or CV, outlining details of career to date.


Further details and application form are available on:

Roscommon Chapbook Bursary - Application Form.doc (size 669.2 KB)

Roscommon Chapbook Award - Information Sheet.doc (size 72.2 KB)

Return Completed Applications to:

Roscommon County Arts Office, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, F42 VR98




Email to:bursaries@roscommoncoco.iewith ’Roscommon Chapbook Bursary (applicant name)’ typed in the subject box.


The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm, Friday 26th June 2020.

Late applications will not be considered.


Roscommon County Council reserves the right not to award a bursary should the submissions, in the opinion of the adjudicator and the Council, not achieve a sufficiently high standard.


For further information, please contact Aine Butler at or telephone 090 6637271

Roscommon County Council Arts Office, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon. Ireland

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