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Artlinks Visual Arts Workshops

May 11, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, Professional development opportunities

The ArtLinks partners of the Arts Offices of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford local authorities are pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for Visual Artists who are ArtLinks members. ‘Art Projects from Concept to Delivery’ is a workshop which will be delivered by Eamonn Maxwell, Curator and Cultural Consultant. Until December 2016, Eamonn was Director of Lismore Castle Arts. Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts, he has been involved in over 60 exhibitions in the UK, Ireland and Europe, including curating the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2011. As Curator at the University of the Arts, London he founded the Emerging Artists programme and is a passionate advocate of emerging artists. He has worked with many international artists and advised some of the leading collectors of contemporary art.

This workshop will cover all aspects of project delivery from research, to funding, to pitfalls which artists should avoid.
You must be a registered ArtLinks visual artist to apply. It is aimed at those who are considering initiating a project such as an exhibition, commission or competition. This is an interactive session where participants are invited to contribute to the session around their own projects.


The workshop will be held in the following locations:

June 7th 2017 – The Arts Office, 5 Dean Street, Kilkenny

June 8th 2017 – The Old Market House Arts Centre, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

June 13th 2017 – The Arts Department, Council Offices, Carricklawn, Wexford.


All sessions start at 10am and the group workshop runs for 90 minutes approximately.

This will be followed by a limited number of 30 minute One to One sessions with artists. Artists who are interested in availing of these sessions can indicate this on the booking form. Places for the One to One sessions will be assigned in advance by lottery and are included in the fee. Successful artists will be notified accordingly. This workshop is subsidised by ArtLinks and the cost to members is a nominal €20 fee.

Booking forms are available from your local Arts Office only.


ArtLinks acknowledges the ongoing support of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.



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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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Artlinks Bursary Recipient Scoops IFTA Award!

April 12, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Featured News




The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council and the Artlinks partners congratulate James Phelan from Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford who won the top award for script writing at the Irish Film and Television Awards. James is a current Artlinks bursary recipient.

James won for the funny and clever script he wrote for the mini-series ‘Wrecking the Rising’ – a look at what happens when three history enthusiasts from 2016 find themselves transported back to the heart of the action in the Easter Rising in Dublin 1916.It aired as part of the 1916 commemorations last year to critical and popular acclaim, and starred actor Peter Coonan, of Love/Hate.

James also wrote the script for the hit RTE drama ‘Striking Out.’ The star of that series, actress Amy Huberman, won the best actress in a lead role in a drama IFTA for her role. The IFTA Awards took place in the Mansion House in Dublin on Saturday 8th April 2017. 

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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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Artlinks Bursaries 2017 Awarded

February 27, 2017 in ArtLinks Bursaries, ArtLInks News, Featured News


The Artlinks partners of the Arts Offices of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford local authorities are pleased to announce that over €50,000 in bursaries has been awarded to artists by Artlinks. The partners gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

These awards will enable both emerging and established artists who are resident in the four partner counties in the South East region to access professional development opportunities across all art forms.

The Artlinks Arts Officers would like to thank all those who took the time to make submissions. Details of Artlinks mentoring and forthcoming workshop opportunities will be posted on this site throughout the year.

If you are not already a member, artists who are resident within the four partner Local Authorities can register for membership free of charge by going to our Registration page





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Imagine Festival seeks Artistic Director

February 20, 2017 in Featured News, Job Opportunities in the Arts Sector, Professional development opportunities

Imagine Arts Festival seeks a dynamic, experienced and highly motivated Festival Director to assume responsibility for the year round management of the Festival including the financial management and the devising and delivery of its artistic programme.

Imagine Arts Festival is an 11-day Arts Festival that runs in October each year in Waterford City and County. Imagine incorporates the John Dwyer Trad Weekend and in partnership with Waterford Council now includes Waterford Writers Weekend.

Over the past 15 years IAF has grown to become a firm fixture on the regional arts calendar with thousands of attendees each year enjoying the celebration of all artforms and including a childrens / youth programme and a history and heritage programme.

Imagine aims to show off the beautiful architecture of the area and has used the tagline ‘Arts in unexpected places’ over a number of years. The festival aims to highlight local talent and give such creativity a wider platform as well as bring in the best of national and international talent

In recent years Imagine has begun commissioning new arts work and we plan to develop this in the coming years. The festival aims to celebrate Waterford both culturally and historically and has developed a reputation as a friendly and open event with festivalgoer’s returning each year and visiting artists spreading positive feedback about their time here.

Imagine Arts Festival is a not-for-profit organisation and works closely with the local arts community to help produce the annual festival. The organisation strives, through the support of our funding partners, programme partners, patrons and sponsors, to bring the highest quality arts events to Waterford and its environs, enriching the community, stimulating debate and nurturing a love of the arts.

The role will include normal AD responsibilities and a full list of these are available on request or see our facebook / website. For further information email 


Contract and Timetable : The equivalent of 2.5days per week – with the actual working times to be agreed between the appointee and the Imagine Board. Remuneration €17K per annum. Applications to be submitted by March 22nd. Interviews will take place Thurs. 30th March. Fixed term contract, March to Dec. 2017. Following this first year and providing both parties are happy to proceed Imagine will offer a further two-years contract until Dec. 2019.

Application Process – please submit detailed CV and letter of application by email to  
If you have questions in relation to the role you can call Ollie Breslin : 086-1759188 or email



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Waterford Healing Art Trust – Artist-in-Residence Programme 2017

January 30, 2017 in Featured News, Job Opportunities in the Arts Sector, Professional development opportunities

Call for applications for Artist-in-Residence

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) invites artists of all arts disciplines to apply for its 2017 Artist-in-Residence programme. WHAT has been running an Artist in Residence programme since 1994. This year, the focus of this residency will be the artist’s engagement of patients in University Hospital Waterford in participatory / collaborative arts experiences.

The successful artist will receive a studio space for a six month period in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health, a bursary and support from WHAT staff. The closing date for applications is Thursday, 2nd March at 2pm.

Interested applicants are invited to attend a briefing session in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health on Tuesday, 14th February 2017 at 2pm.
Please phone 051 842664 or e-mail no later than 10th February to book your place.

This residency is funded by the Arts Council.

For further details and application requirements please see:

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Carlow Arts Act Grants for 2017 are now open!

January 17, 2017 in Carlow Arts Office, Featured News





Carlow County Council will consider applications from Practicing Artists for the Carlow Arts Act Individual Grant, and Arts Organisations and Community Groups for the Carlow Arts Act Organisation and Groups Grant.

Applicants must be working in Carlow or be from Carlow the purpose of the grant is to enable them to pursue their practice and to develop within their chosen discipline, including research and development, project realisation or project completion.

The closing date for Grant Application is Thursday 16th February 2017 at 4:00pm.

See application forms below:

Individual Arts Grants Scheme 2017

Arts organisations and Community Groups Grant Scheme


For more information please contact:
Carlow Arts Office,
(059) 9170300 /

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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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Artlinks Bursaries 2017

January 4, 2017 in ArtLinks Bursaries, ArtLInks News, Featured News

The ArtLinks partners in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford are pleased to announce that they are currently accepting applications for the ArtLinks Bursary Awards 2017.

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. Registered members can find Bursary Award forms and guidelines under ‘Application Forms’

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 30th January 2017 at 12 noon.