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Funding and opportunities

The Arts Office of Clare County Council supports arts events, programmes and artists in a variety of ways annually. Support is available for the arts, as defined in the Arts Act 2003.

Any creative or interpretive expression (whether traditional or contemporary) in whatever form, and including, in particular, visual arts, theatre, literature, music, dance, opera, film, circus and architecture and includes any medium when used for those purposes.

Details of tenders currently open are available on the Arts Office page.

The following are the arts grants and bursary programmes supported by Clare Arts Office in 2019.

Community Support Scheme - Arts Act Grants - Applications Closed

Ennis Arts Studios Initiative - Ongoing

Tulla Stables Artists Studios - Applications Closed

Tyrone Guthrie Bursary - Applications Closed

Drama League of Ireland Summer School Bursary - Applications Closed

Meitheal Summer School Bursary - Applications Closed

Arts Act Grants

In 2019 the Assistance under the Arts Act Grant Scheme is being coordinated by the Rural Development Directorate through the Community Supports Scheme. Applications must be made under the Community Supports Scheme

Assistance shall be given to arts activities which when held would stimulate public interest in the arts, provide knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts or improve the standard of the arts in Clare. There are 3 categories of support:

  1. Artist Support – Support for individual artists / artists projects
  2. Organisational Support / Events & Projects Assistance – Support for arts organisations general activities and for once off or key events in the county
  3. Traditional Arts – Support specifically relating to the traditional arts e.g. music & dance

Ennis Artists Studios Initiative

Ennis Artists Studios Initiative has been developed by the Clare Arts Office in response to the need for artists /arts organisations workspaces in Ennis.
Based in Tracklands, Tobartoascáin, Ennis it comprises of:

  • a) seven shared studios
  • b) 2 independent units
  • c) space for group work / exhibitions etc.

Each studio / workstation has access to power, broadband, water and bathrooms. There is free parking, 24 hour access to the studios and a communal kitchenette.
The studios are not suitable for heavy duty sculptural work or the creation of large scale artworks.
Clare County Council will insure the building for public liability but it is the artists’ responsibility to insure their artworks / equipment etc.
Clare Arts Office and or their agents will work until this date with the successful artists / organisations to establish an artists' co-operative /society / collective with the intention that this new artists' body will take over the lease and the running of the studios.

  • The cost of a shared studio is €120 per month inclusive of all utilities etc.
  • An individual space is €150 per month inclusive of all utilities etc.

The license fee is due in advance monthly by standing order along with one months’ deposit.

Applications are now being accepted for use of the shared workshop spaces for immediate use. Arts organisations, cultural practitioners, artists, writers and multi-disciplinary practitioners are welcome to apply.

How to apply

  • EASI Studios Application Process

Please note that only shared workshops are currently available and applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

Frequently Asked Questions on EASI Ennis Artists Studios Initiative

How long will the licences be issued for?

12 months

What happens after this date?

The newly formed co-op / committee / society will take over the running of the space and will determine:

  1. how long licences / leases will be issued for
  2. to whom they will be issued
  3. the selection process
  4. the monthly licence / lease / rent being charged.

How much is the rent?

An individual space is €150 per month and a shared space is €120 per month (inclusive of all utilities). One month's rent is required in advance as well as a deposit of one months rent.

Who decides which space I get?

A panel of artists will be established through the selection process. The artist who places first on the panel will be given the studio of their choice, then the second, third and so on until the spaces are filled.

If more artists apply than we have space for, a panel will be put in place in case vacancies arise.

What will happen in the room to the front of the studios?

The artists in the studios are welcome to make suggestions/ proposals as to the use of this room which will be considered by the Arts Office. Suggestions may be discussed with the other artists so as to determine ground rules as to what the space may, or may not be used for, going forward.

Who is responsible for maintaining the building.

The Arts Office of Clare County Council is responsible for the general maintenance of the building until such time as the licence expires.

Who is responsible for care taking?

Roles and responsibilities will be self determined by the occupying artists.

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Tulla Stables Artists Studios 2018

This award winning facility is currently fully occupied. To be placed on the waiting list please email

Tyrone Guthrie Bursary Scheme 2019

The bursary for the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan allows an artist of any discipline the opportunity to stay at the internationally renowned centre for a week, all expenses paid. Each artist is allocated their own studio in this spectacular setting of woodland and lakes. Interaction with the other resident artists is encouraged and a group dinner takes place each evening. This bursary is open to all professional artists in the county.

The date for receipt of completed applications was Friday, May 17th, 2019. 


Drama League of Ireland Summer School Bursary 2019

One bursary for the Drama League of Ireland Summer School which takes place in the University of Limerick enables someone to attend the school free of charge and covers all tuition fees and accommodation costs. This bursary is open to anyone involved in drama in the county.

The date for receipt of completed applications was Friday, May 17th, 2019.

Meitheal Summer School

Our bursary for the Meitheal Summer School which takes place in St.Flannan's College, Ennis and Villiers School Limerick enables one young person to attend the school free of charge and covers all tuition fees and accommodation costs. This bursary is open to any young person, accepted into the Summer School, who needs financial assistance to attend.

The date for receipt of completed applications was Friday, May 10th, 2019


For further information on all of the above schemes contact:

County Arts Office
County Library
Mill Road
Co. Clare

Telephone: (065) 6899091

Page last reviewed: 12/09/19

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