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Who can apply

The Platform 31 scheme is open to applications from those who meet all three of the following criteria:

  • Artists living in any of the 31 Local Authority regions in the Republic of Ireland.

  • Artists of any artform, medium and practice, as well as multi-disciplinary practice.

  • Artists who have received Local Authority Arts Office or Arts Council funding within the last 3 years (2018, 2019, 2020).

In line with the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty, the Local Authority Arts Offices and the Arts Council are committed to ensuring that they take positive policy measures to promote equality of opportunity for all those living in Ireland, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, civic or family status, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller Community. Furthermore, the Local Authority Arts Offices and the Arts Council note the ground of socio-economic background as a further basis for which equality of opportunity must be guaranteed. Therefore, we welcome applications that are representative of the diversity of Irish society, including but not limited to any of the characteristics outlined here.

Please note: this scheme has been put in place to support and benefit mid-career artists. While several schemes exist to support emerging and debut artists, this pilot scheme is designed to support more experienced artists who require time and space to focus on their practice, and access to expertise that will benefit their continuing careers.

Qualifying criteria

The Platform 31 scheme is open to applications from those who meet all three of the following criteria:

  • Artists living in one of the 31 Local Authority regions of the Republic of Ireland.
  • Artists of any artform, medium and practice, as well as multi-disciplinary practice.
  • Artists who have received Local Authority Arts Office or Arts Council funding within the last 3 years (2018, 2019, 2020).

Selection criteria

Once applicants meet all three of the qualifying criteria above and submit an eligible application (See How to apply section), their applications will be assessed on the following basis in Stage 1:

  • CV – 20%
  • Track record / body of work to date – 30%
  • Written proposal –50%

The written proposal must address two aspects:

1. Evidence how participation in the scheme will benefit their artistic practice at this time, and what they would want to achieve by having the time to pause and reflect as a participant on the scheme. This should involve undertaking one of the following:
> To identify new collaborations / ways to adapt their work in the current context
> To test new ideas for partnership
> To test/put in place new ideas for public engagement for their work
> To consider connecting their work to their local context
> To consider placing their work in a new, global context
> A research proposal for their practice

2. What contribution they feel they could bring to the peer network and exchange conversations.

In Stage 2, applications will be ranked 1-2-3 by county on the basis of their compatibility with the scheme’s objectives (see About Platform 31).