Ireland’s Arts Council’s ‘Next Generation Award’ sees 23 Artists receive €20,000

The Arts Council’s prestigious Next Generation bursary has been awarded to 23 artists from across the island from a fantastic range of disciplines.

The award means each will receive €20,000 to develop their talents.

These talented creatives will also take part in a collective week-long residential programme in The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan, in early 2021. There, they will have the opportunity to engage with mentors and other supports to help shape their work into the future.

Arts Council Director Maureen Kennelly said the agency had received a large number of applications for the award this year, and that the standard had been particularly high.

“All of these artists have demonstrated an exceptional ambition and vision for their work, and the Arts Council is delighted to support them,” she said.

“I look forward to following them in their work over the coming years.”

The awarded artists are from all over the country and include Opera singer Rebecca Warren from Wexford, Visual Artist Saoirse Wall from Mayo, film artist Shaun Dunne from Dublin and musician Maija Makela from Galway.

Previous recipients of the Next Generation award have included Donegal poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Kerry musician and composer Alma Kelliher and traditional musician Liam Scanlon.

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