Funding and Support for Artists

This page contains information about support platforms, both financial and otherwise,  available for children’s authors and illustrators.

The Arts Council

The Arts Council is a government agency for developing the arts in Ireland. It works in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life. The Arts Council offers a range of grants, funding and bursaries across art forms.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the development and funding agency for the Arts in Northern Ireland. They distribute public money and National Lottery funds to develop and deliver a wide variety of arts projects, events and initiatives across Northern Ireland. From theatre and literature to art in the community, they work in partnership with hundreds of artists, arts organisations and venues.

Culture Ireland

Culture Ireland operates a range of funding programmes to support and promote the presentation of Irish arts internationally. The current initiatives include a Regular grants round, the See Here scheme, Delegate Scheme and a Showcase programme. Under the Regular grants round, Culture Ireland offers support to Irish professional artists, arts organisations and international presenters to present work by Irish artists at significant international venues and festivals. In supporting an event, Culture Ireland offers grant funding towards costs which relate directly to the international presentation of the event, i.e. travel and travel related costs such as transport, accommodation and subsistence. The See Here scheme is specifically designed to support the inward travel of international promoters and programmers to see work in Ireland with a view to booking the work for their venue or festival. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Priority is given to cases where the invitee will see a range of work by Irish artists e.g. during a festival, or where a number of artists/companies agree to present their work to international promoters over a fixed period of time. Culture Ireland’s showcase programme creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international and national arts markets, art form festivals and trade fairs. The programme is particularly focused on building awareness of new and emerging Irish artists and enhancing Ireland’s reputation abroad as a leader in creative and cultural practice through partnerships with strategic festivals, presenters and promoters.

IBbY Ireland

IBbY Ireland, The Ireland Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (iBbY Ireland) is a non-profit organisation, which promotes children’s books at an international level. It endorses all the aims and objectives of the International Parent body, founded in 1953, of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. IBbY Ireland is a membership organisation of interest to anyone interesting in promoting children’s books at an international level.

Ilustrators Ireland

Ilustrators Ireland Illustrators Ireland is a non-profit organisation that supports the development of Illustration in Ireland by showcasing the work of their members and fostering links with similar organisations at home and abroad. As a professional organisation they aim to raise the profile of Irish illustration as a dynamic and cutting edge art form, as well as promoting the work and skills of our individual members. Application for membership is assessed by portfolio review.

Irish Copyright Licensing Agency

ICLA – Public lending rights ICLA (Irish Copyright Licensing Agency) is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 1992 to ensure authors, visual creators and publishers are compensated for the copying of their published works. They issue licences for the re-use of print and digital works to educational establishments, businesses and other organisations, permitting copying within certain rules from a wide repertoire of Irish and overseas publication. Many authors are unaware that they can be compensated for use of their books in libraries under Public Lending Rights (PLR). Authos can also be compensated for the copying of their works in the UK, through an agency agreement between ICLA and PLR UK.

Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature

Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (ISSCL) The purpose of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature is to promote academic research into children’s literature. Membership is open to scholars from Ireland and other countries, and to researchers at all career stages, including postgraduate students.

Irish Writers Centre

The national resource centre for Irish literature, with a mission to support and promote writers at all stages of their development. It offers a diverse programme of writing courses and workshops led by established writers across a range of genres including memoir, poetry, playwriting, short-stories and the novel. The centre also runs seminars, lectures and readings related to the art of writing. Welcomes writers, readers and international visitors keen to develop their career as a writer.

Irish Writers’ Union

A membership organisation that offers support to professional writers as well as acting as a watchdog across the sector, for example in terms of contracts and royalty payments.

Literature Ireland Literature

Ireland brings the finest of Irish literature in the best possible literary translations to readers around the world. It does this by awarding translation grants to publishers, by hosting literary translators in Ireland, and by representing Irish writers at international events, book fairs and festivals.

Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools Scheme

The Writers in Schools scheme part-funds visits by writers and storytellers to primary and post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland (funded by The Arts Council) and Northern Ireland (funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland). The scheme requires writers to have at least one book published, and writers must be a member of the Writers in Schools directory to be eligible to take part in these events.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

SCBWI is a professional organisation for those creating children’s books. Members benefit from a wide range of awards and grants, reduced entry to events around the world, publications, online community and more.

Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmekerrig

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is a residential workplace for artists, dedicated to supporting and facilitating creativity within a welcoming, home-like and trusted environment. Annaghmakerrig belongs to the Irish State and as such the house and grounds are maintained by the Office of Public Works. Individual artist residencies are offered for a maximum period of one month in the Big House and two months in the self-catering Farmyard Cottages. Artists of all disciplines may apply to become a Tyrone Guthrie resident, via application.

Visual Artists Ireland

Visual Artists Ireland provides practical support to visual artists in all art forms throughout their careers. It provides services, facilities and resources for artists, operates an artistic programme and acts as an advocate for the interests of artists. At their professional development page, users can find upcoming workshops on topics such as Filing Your Tax Return, Writing About Your Work, Developing Creative Proposals, and so on.

Words Ireland

Words Ireland is a group of seven literature organisations, working to provide coordinated professional development and resource services to the literature sector. The aim is to increase oportunities for writers and illustrators at all stages of their careers. Words Ireland includes the provision of professional development opportunities, with a particular focus on mid-career and advanced career practitioners. Words Ireland provides mentoring and assessment services, as well as workshop opportunities and an online resource of complementary factsheets on practical topics such as pay, writers’ contracts, insurance and self-promotion.

An online resource for writers and readers, including articles, events and other supports, including services such as cover design, proof reading, typing services and web design.


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