Galway Arts Centre Artist Bursaries

Project Name

Artist Bursaries Open Call – Galway Arts Centre

Project Partners

Galway Arts Centre and Galway Culture Company

Role of Galway Culture Company

Partner and Funder

Strategic Aim

This project falls under our second aim;
Support and Develop Place based Cultural programming

Project Description

Galway Arts Centre in partnership with Galway Culture Company are delighted to announce an open call for eight bursary awards for artists based or from Galway City and County.

The aim of this bursary award is to provide opportunity and support for artists from or living in Galway City and County to develop their work and practice through support of their time, research, materials, and mentorship/training (if applicable). This round of awards furthers the strategic aims of Galway Arts Centre and Galway Culture Company to support artists to live and work in the Galway region and to develop sustainable creative practices and ambitious careers.

There are eight bursary awards of €5,000 each:

– Two bursaries are for professional artists who wish to develop their practice through a new body of artistic work or research.
– Two bursaries are for emerging artists either from or living in Galway City/County who have graduated or qualified within the last three years.
– Two bursaries are for artists who have lived experience of displacement or intergenerational migration, or are from historically marginalised communities or groups. (If you are uncertain if you are eligible for this strand, please contact us and we will be happy to help)
– One bursary is for an artist working or developing research in the area of environmental sustainability, art and ecology or climate change.
– One bursary is for an emerging/independent curator who wishes to develop their practice through the development of an exhibition or through expanded curatorial practice that may span research, writing, editorial work and pedagogical programmes.

In addition, one awardee will be offered a solo exhibition of their work in Galway Arts Centre in 2025.

Projects outcomes-what we expect from this project

We received 93 applications and these have been assessed. Due to the high level of demand, two additional residencies were added to this programme. The selected artists were: 

  • Fiona Hession
  • Marielle MacLeman
  • Dolores Lyne
  • Colm Keady-Tabbal
  • Luke Donnelly
  • David McDonagh
  • Jennifer Cunningham
  • Sarah Deane
  • Sheenagh Geoghegan
  • Kate McSharry

The artist selected for a solo exhibition at Galway Arts Centre is Colm Keady-Tabbal. Colm Keady-Tabbal’s solo exhibition will debut in December 2024.

Read more about the project here. 

Read more about the artists here.

How this project is funded

Funded by Galway Culture Company, which is supported by the Government of Ireland under the National Development Plan through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.


This project takes place from January 2024 through 2025.

See the full details of the open call here.