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Eligible artists (see Who can apply section) are invited to apply to participate in Platform 31 via a two-stage open competition.

Application deadline:
Wednesday March 30th 2022 at 17.00 (5pm).

Stage 1 selection

March-April 2022

Artists around the country are invited to apply for consideration in this scheme via a national Open Call. Applicants are asked to provide their CV, evidence of their track record, and to complete a short application form (see How to apply section).

All submitted applications are checked for eligibility (see How to apply section). Ineligible applicants will be informed by email of the reason for their application’s ineligibility.

Eligible applications are compiled centrally and sent to the Local Authority Arts Officer of the region in which the applicant lives.

Each relevant Local Authority Arts Officer will engage the assistance of an external assessor of their choice to assess the applications on the basis of the scheme’s selection criteria (see About Platform 31 and Selection criteria sections). Two artists from each Local Authority region will be recommended for consideration in Stage 2.

Stage 2 selection

April 2022

Up to 62 recommended artists – two from each Local Authority region - will be considered by a national selection panel (composed of Local Authority Arts Officers and  arts practitioners).

Artists will be ranked 1-2 by Local Authority region on the basis of the scheme's selection criteria and the compatibility of their application with the scheme’s objectives (see About Platform 31).

The 31 artists ranked number 1 in their county will be offered a place on the pilot scheme in early May 2021.

Selected artists will be contracted by Wicklow County Council (lead Local Authority on this scheme) and required to sign up to the scheme’s participation terms of reference.

If, for any reason, a number 1 ranked artist is unable to take up the place they are offered, the second-ranked artist from that county will be offered the place on the scheme instead. The scheme will run May to October 2022.

NOTE: to best benefit from the scheme, participants should be available to attend the first artist networking session, currently planned for May 26 & 27 2022. Please hold these dates if you are applying to participate in Platform 31 this year. Details and location tbc.