Applications are now being invited for the seventeenth annual Ted & Mary O’Regan Arts Bursary. The Bursary was inaugurated in 2005 to honour the memory of a couple who made a lasting contribution to the cultural and artistic life of Waterford city and beyond. The purpose of the Award is to assist an individual or individuals, either from or with a strong connection to Waterford City or County, to pursue and develop their chosen arts discipline.

Applicants should note that the criteria for the Bursary are open and flexible and that people of all ages may apply. Whilst the Bursary has, in the past facilitated recipients to attend a third level arts course, this is not a pre-requisite. The Award will aim to fill the financial gap which prohibits an arts worker or arts student of any age or any arts discipline achieving their artistic goal.

The Bursary is funded by a combination of local arts organizations, statutory agencies and by individual contributions from friends and family of the late Ted and Mary O’Regan. Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford Youth Arts, Spraoi, and Theatre Royal are among the local arts groups who make the award possible and this combined with support from the Arts Office at Waterford City & County Council make it possible each year. Together, these organisations have enabled the awards committee to offer local artists a total of more than €95,000 in support of their activities since the foundation of the Bursary.

The closing date for this year’s awards is Friday, May 30th at 5pm. For copies of application forms and guidelines CLICK HERE.
For further information please contact Ollie Breslin at Waterford Youth Arts, The Arch, Barrack St. Waterford (Email: ollie @ Tel: 051-879377).

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