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A nationwide artist development scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council

The Association of Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council, present PLATFORM 31: a national opportunity for artists to develop their practice and test new ideas of collaboration, research, audience development, place-making and sharing their work

Designed to support and offer career development for 31 mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), there are two elements of support for participating artists in the scheme: financial and developmental.

Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in an advisory and developmental framework and a national peer network.

The scheme will establish a peer networking framework for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and learnings, and encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts. The exact nature of this artist support framework, which will last for approx. 6 months from February 2021, will be informed by the proposals and interests of the 31 artists selected.

The aim of the scheme is to allow artists time to reflect on how they might test new ideas, research new approaches and make work in a different way, while being connected with and supported by peer practitioners, advisors and mentors.