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What are Artists Awards?

Artists’ awards are a key way to support artists to take time out, reflect, develop new work or acquire new skills. These awards aim to support the work of older artists, including those who are emerging as artists later in life.

How do they work?

Emerging Artist Award

The Age & Opportunity Emerging Artist Award aims to encourage and support older artists who are at an early stage in their career. We would like to celebrate the determination and achievements of someone in the second half of their life who has embarked on a full-time artistic path with a view to becoming a professional artist. Applications for 2024 are now closed. 

Past Award Recipients – 2023 Recipient: Katie Nolan 2022 Recipient: Colette Cullen

Professional Development Award

The Age & Opportunity Professional Development Artist Award aims to celebrate lifelong learning by encouraging and supporting professional older artists who wish to further develop their career and practice through specific activities to meet their development needs (training, research, etc.). It is not intended to support formal third or fourth level education.

Applications for 2024 are now closed. 

Past Award Recipients – 2023 Recipient: Maree Hensey 2022 Recipient: Siobhan Piercy

Creative Ageing Writing Bursary

Launched in 2021, the Age & Opportunity Creative Ageing Writing Bursary aims to generate discussion, debate and knowledge about creative ageing (the arts and older people/ageing) in Ireland. The essay/reflection is intended to be useful for people who work with or are thinking of working with older people (including older artists).

Applications for 2024 now closed.

Past Recipients – Read the 2023 essay by Laurence McKeown and the 2022 essay by Michelle Read

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day Award

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day takes place on the third Friday of May as part of Bealtaine Festival, Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age. Three innovative art projects are selected from entries received from nursing homes and care centres across the country to receive the National Arts in Nursing Homes Award.  Applications for the 2024 award are now closed.

Past Award Recipients – 2023 Award Recipients: Mooncoin Residential Care Centre, Kilkenny; Borris Lodge, Carlow; and Highfield Healthcare in Whitehall in Dublin. 2022 Award Recipients: Esker Lodge, Cavan, Dealgan House Nursing Home, Louth and Kiltipper Woods Care Centre, Dublin.

Bealtaine Hero Award

This award is granted to individuals and/or organisations who create an exciting new event which is presented during the Bealtaine Festival.  Applications for the 2024 award are now closed. 

2022 Award Recipients: Gráinne O’Carroll in partnership with Sophie Kasser, Tearmann Éanna, and T57 in Co. Galway, and Musical Milestones by Suzanne Buttimer in partnership with Bramleigh Lodge Nursing Home in Co. Tipperary.

How can I get involved?

Age & Opportunity offers annual awards in the areas listed above. To keep up to date on this, and all our opportunities, sign up to our Arts E-Zine here.

Contact

For information or support, speak to our Arts team.
 01 805 7713
 arts@ageandopportunity.ie

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT: This strand is intended to encourage and facilitate more older people to participate in the arts, and to enhance the experience of audiences.

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long collaborative festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Cultural Companions

Works with the local authorities to create local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Arts Events Listings

A national arts listings advertising age-friendly events that take place throughout the year (apart from May). Find out more here.

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day

A day that celebrates the creative activity taking place in Irish care settings. Find out more.

Artists' Supports

Age & Opportunity runs a number of initiatives that support artists. Find out more.

Supports for Arts Organisations

Age & Opportunity supports arts organisations through a number of initiatives. Find out more here.

Supports for Care Settings

We have a range of creative supports for care settings. Find out more.

Arts Resources

We have a variety of resources available here.

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists, and community groups, working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Cultural Companions

Creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Arts Events Listings

A national arts listings advertising age-friendly events that take place throughout the year (apart from May). Find out more here.

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day

A day that celebrates the creative activity taking place in Irish care settings. Find out more.

Artists' Supports

Age & Opportunity runs a number of initiatives that support artists. Find out more.

Supports for Arts Organisations

Age & Opportunity supports arts organisations through a number of initiatives. Find out more here.

Supports for Care Settings

We have a range of creative supports for care settings. Find out more.

Arts Resources

We have a variety of Arts Resources available here.

We believe that, whether you are 8 or 80 years old, we all should have access and opportunities to attend and participate in the arts and to realise our creative potential. Fresh thinking, bold experimentation and creativity are all fundamental to delivering a high quality of life for older people.

Research shows that arts programmes involving music, visual arts and drama, among other activities, have a profound influence on the quality of life of older people, with positive impacts on health, psychological well-being, confidence and autonomy as well as other benefits such as:

  • happiness
  • mental wellbeing
  • reduced stress
  • improved cognition
  • sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence
  • reduced boredom.

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