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Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2019

March 25, 2019 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, Professional development opportunities, Waterford City & County Arts Office


Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting entries for the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2019.

The late writer lived, until her death in 1996, in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell. In 1981 ‘Good Behaviour’ became a publishing sensation for which she was short listed for the prestigious Booker Prize. Annually since 1998, to celebrate this rich literary life, the Waterford Arts Office, by kind permission of the Keane family has invited entries for a previously unpublished short story to a maximum of 2000 words. There is no entry fee, no age limit and no restriction on the subject matter. A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony during the IMMRAMA Literary Festival in Lismore, Co. Waterford in June 2019.

The closing date for receipt of entries is: Friday 5th April 2019 at 12 noon.

Full details and an entry form can be downloaded from or by contacting the Arts Office on 058-41416

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Music Generation Job Opportunity- Waterford

May 1, 2018 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, Job Opportunities in the Arts Sector, Waterford City & County Arts Office



Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board invites applications from suitably
qualified persons to be placed on a panel for part-time musicians/music tutors for the
following Music Generation Waterford Programmes:

A. Singing Programme – vocal/choral and/or instrumental musicians with
experience relevant to introductory music-making in group contexts.

B. Early Years Programme - vocal/choral and/or instrumental musicians with experience
relevant to working with the under-5s.

C. Instrumental Music Programme – Traditional Irish instruments, woodwind, brass,
strings, guitar and percussion.

Post details and application are available to download from

Shortlisting may apply
Garda Vetting will apply
Canvassing will disqualify
Late applications will not be considered

The closing date for receipt of online applications is 5:00pm Monday 14 May 2018.

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Artlinks Bursaries 2018

December 8, 2017 in ArtLinks Bursaries, ArtLInks News, Carlow Arts Office, Featured News, Kilkenny Arts Office, Professional development opportunities, Uncategorized, Waterford City & County Arts Office, Wexford Arts Office


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The ArtLinks partners in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford are pleased to announce that they are currently accepting applications for the ArtLinks Bursary Awards 2018.  

Artists must be a member of ArtLinks to avail of these supports.  Membership is free and is open to both Professional and Emerging Artists who are resident within the four partner Local Authorities. If you are not already a member you can register here:

If you are a registered member to download the application forms, sign in using your email address and password, then head to 'Application Forms' in the main menu.

Artlinks Bursary applicants 2018 must have applied for and have had their registration approved on or before 5.00pm on Monday 22nd January 2018 to be eligible to apply for Artlinks Bursaries 2018.

Bursaries are available in the following areas

  • Emerging Artist Award (for those commencing a career in the arts sector)
  • Professional Development Award (for professional artists)
  • Collaborative Award(for collaborative projects between ArtLinks members)

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday 29th January 2018 at 12 noon.

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Artlinks recipient and Co. Waterford Winner of the “Irish Poem of the Year” in The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards

November 29, 2017 in Featured News, News from the Arts Sector, Uncategorized, Waterford City & County Arts Office


Dungarvan’s Clodagh Beresford Dunne, has won the Irish Poem of the  “Seven Sugar Cubes” which appeared in the The Irish Times last April.

Clodagh has been the recipient of a number of literature awards and bursaries from the Arts Office,Waterford City and County Council and ArtLinks.

The Arts Office would like to thank everyone who responded to their call to vote for Clodagh’s poem.  

Comhghairdeas Clodagh, a worthy winner!Clodagh with her award

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Waterford ArtLinks recipient nominated for Poem of the Year Award

November 7, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, News from the Arts Sector, Waterford City & County Arts Office

It was announced at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, last Thursday, Nov 2nd, at the unveiling of the 2017 shortlists,  that Dungarvan poet, Clodagh Beresford Dunne, features on a list of four poets nominated for the Listowel Writers’ Week “Irish Poem of the Year” category in The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.

Now in its twelfth year, the Irish Book Awards were founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing, to the widest range of readers possible.

Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books and writing – readers, authors, bookseller, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent.

The public are invited to vote for their favourite poem, before midnight on the 21st November, and the winner will be announced at a televised awards ceremony, in Dublin, on November 28th.

Clodagh Beresford Dunne, whose nominated poem “Seven Sugar Cubes” appeared in the The Irish Times last April, has been the recipient of a number of literature awards and bursaries from the Waterford City and County Arts Office and Art Links, and in 2016 she received the Arts Council of Ireland Emerging-Writer Award. Her poems have appeared in Irish and international print and online journals and she has given readings and interviews about her poetry in several universities in the USA.

She lives in Dungarvan with her husband and four children, and is currently assembling her first full collection for publication.


Click HERE to vote!

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Bursary Recepient becomes IAC member

September 27, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, News from the Arts Sector, Waterford City & County Arts Office

Waterford ArtLinks member Jane Jermyn from Lismore received an ArtLinks bursary in 2016 enabling her to attend the International Academy of Ceramics Congress and General Assembly in Barcelona. Jane found it a stimulating and exciting experience. Earlier this year Jane applied to become a member and is delighted to learn that she has been elected as a member of this prestigious organisation.

The International Academy of Ceramics was founded in 1952 and is the only organization devoted to the medium of clay at an International level – there are over 550 members from 55 countries. IAC combines ceramists, potters, artists, designers, authors, collectors, gallerists, conservators, restorers’, curators as well as a panel of prestigious institutions. Every two years the Academy holds a major congress and Jane hopes to attend the next one in Taipei in 2018 where she will be welcomed into the organisation. The Arts Office of Waterford City & County Council congratulate Jane on this news and says that it is a direct positive outcome from the bursary support she received from ArtLinks.



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Waterford Poetry Prize 2017

April 26, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Events from the Arts Sector, Featured News, Waterford City & County Arts Office


Waterford City & County Council

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce details of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Imagine Arts Festival incorporating the Waterford Writers Weekend which runs from October 19th - 29th 2017 in venues throughout Waterford city and county. This prize has emerged from the influence of the late Waterford writer Seán Dunne whose poetry still continues to inspire.  

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2018. 2nd prize €300. 3rd prize €200. The closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon on 26th June 2017.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded from and or by contacting the Arts Office on 058/41416.

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Bursaries available for Waterford Artists

April 12, 2017 in ArtLinks Bursaries, Featured News, Waterford City & County Arts Office

Waterford City & County Council


The Arts Office of Waterford City & County Council has announced that applications are currently open to attend The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, the artists’ workplace in County Monaghan during 2017. Artists in all disciplines can avail of residential stays during 2017 to work on specific artistic projects. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 8th May 2017. 

Full details and the application form is available from and


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Training Opportunity for Waterford Musicians

January 9, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, Waterford City & County Arts Office

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to offer an opportunity to musicians to participate in an introductory workshop exploring the idea of bringing music into hospital, healthcare and community settings.

‘Exploring the Role of a Hospital Musician’ will take place on Thursday 26th January 2017 from 10am to 12.30pm
in the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

The Arts Office is making this introductory workshop available free of charge but interested participants MUST register in advance as numbers are limited. The workshop will be delivered by Kids Classics CLG which is a non-profit organisation which designs, manages and delivers professional music projects and programmes in healthcare, educational and community settings around Ireland. Kids’ Classics expanded its programmes in 2013 to include ‘Training Notes’, a programme that offers training and mentoring to musicians and healthcare professionals.

This workshop is the precursor to delivering a ‘Training Notes’ programme for musicians in Waterford interested in working in healthcare settings. The training will be delivered by European qualified trainers with National and International experience, Gráinne Hope and Liam Merriman who undertook extensive training with Musique et Santé as part of a pioneering European ‘ Train the Trainers’ programme with Music- Network (Ireland), Musique et Santé (France), Turku (Finland) and the Royal Northern College of Music (UK). Both trainers have delivered music in many settings including Paediatric ICU, Neo-natal special care, Oncology, Renal Dialysis, Acquired Brain Injury, Coma, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Acute and Chronic Psychiatry, Geriatric, Surgical and Burns Unit.

The objective of the ‘Training Notes’ programme is to understand the roles of a musician and the appropriate placement of music in healthcare setting. It will explore the skill set and best practice methods necessary to deliver quality interactions in Hospitals and Nursing Homes.

The programme Content will include:

  • The approach and methods required for successful musical interactions in hospital and care home environments
  • Vocal and instrumental repertoire and improvisation
  • Challenges of working in a team within a clinical space
  • Ethics and confidentiality
  • Practical music placements in local healthcare settings


Arts Officer, Margaret Organ explained, ’We are looking to support Waterford musicians who may want to work in healthcare settings as an additional income stream. This introductory workshop will give an overview of what is involved and details of an intensive course we propose to run in the coming months. We are delighted to have the expertise of Liam and Gráinne to assist us with this exciting programme’.

Musicians must register their interest in attending by emailing on or before Friday 20th January 2016.
More information is available by calling the Arts Office on 058/41416.


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Art for Buoys Project, Dungarvan

October 10, 2016 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, Waterford City & County Arts Office


As part of Waterford City & County Council’s programme to redevelop the landscaping on the roundabouts on the N25 Dungarvan Bypass. The Council’s Environment Department in partnership with the Arts Office is pleased to announce the result of their call out to artists to submit proposals.

The commission for the buoy at the Cork Road/Youghal road roundabout has been awarded to Dan Leo, a multi-disciplinary artist based in Co. Kilkenny with a maritime inspired piece titled ‘The Undercurrent’. His works span a variety of mediums, from digital illustration to large scale mural work but he is better known for his brushwork on canvas. Dan has a graphic style born from a steady consumption of obscure cultures, cartoons, music and street level art movements. His work most often depicts nature and animals in a style that has heavy line work, pattern elements and is bold in colour. Dan's work has helped him travel and paint across Europe and the USA, he has many significant corporate clients and the Kingfisher piece with Waterford Walls is one of his works locally. Arts Officer, Margaret Organ said that they were pleased to have someone of Dan’s calibre to lead off on this project.

Owing to the high quality of submissions received, two further commissions have been awarded to the artist Brigid Shelly from Ardmore for the buoy beside the Cathy Barry boat on the Cork Road with a Seagull inspired piece. Shona Shirley Macdonald, An Rinn will also be working on a buoy, details of which will be released in the Spring.

Raymond Moloney, SEO Environment Department thanked all the artists who submitted work and said that they planned in 2017 to advertise for submissions for the painting of some more of the remaining buoys in the vicinity. In the meantime, work on the above commissions will take place over the coming months.