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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 announces funding opportunities for Artists

This month sees the first of the open calls for artists for funding for 2020 from the arts office in Roscommon County Council. The annual Artist Bursaries programme has re-opened, along with the opportunity to apply for the much coveted Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Bursaries.

Both bursary programmes are aimed at professional artists either currently living in the county or who were born here.

The bursary programmes provide valuable financial support to Roscommon artists working in all disciplines. The criteria for what the artist bursary awards can be used for are deliberately broad as we recognise that the types of supports artist need can be very different” Majella Hunt Director of Services for Community and Enterprise at Roscommon County Council told us. “In 2019, 20 artists received financial support via the artist bursary scheme and we anticipate supporting a similar number of artists this year. Four Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency awards were also made last year and again we hope to offer a similar number this year”.

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, participation in exhibitions and various other activities. Applications are assessed by an external selector and awards made on their recommendation.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Awards provide 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 and quiet to develop their work, together with the stimulation of living alongside other artists from all disciplines, enabling a rich cross-fertilization of ideas.

The closing date for submissions is 14th February 2020 at 5pm. Further information, together with applications forms can now be downloaded here:

Tyrone Guthrie Application Form 2020.doc (size 82.9 KB)

Tyrone Guthrie Centre Information Sheet 2020.doc (size 65.5 KB)

Individual Artist Bursaries Application Form 2020.doc (size 95.2 KB)

Individual Artist bursaries Information Sheet 2020.doc (size 74.2 KB)


Enquiries can also be sent via email to:

These two bursary programmes are the first of the 2020 announcements, with the Artists in Schools call out and the New Roscommon Writing and Chapbook bursaries also to be announced later this Spring as part of Roscommon County Council’s ongoing commitment to supporting artists.

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

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