Belltable:Connect bursary to help artists explore a new idea in May

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BELLTABLE Theatre in Limerick City has announced a new bursary to facilitate some “creative thinking time” for 10 artists during the COVID-19 emergency.

Following restrictions put in place by the government to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland, many artists have seen their shows postponed or cancelled, with many having to put full tours on hold.

Belltable:Connect has announced €10,000 worth of bursaries available to local artists to “explore” new ideas in May.

Since its inception in 2016, the initiative has supported a range of theatre makers through mentorship, residencies, commissions, professional development programmes, and many other events and facilities.

Marketta Dowling, Belltable:Connect programme manager said the group wants to play its part “to help local theatre-makers make it just a little easier to dream and research”.

She said, “We’re aware that when creative plans were disrupted, some of our colleagues may have more time on their hands, while others have taken on caring responsibilities.

“With this in mind, we have €10,000 in bursaries, thanks to Belltable:Connect’s principal funder, the Arts Council, and our partners.”

10 bursaries of €1,000 each are offered for local theatre artists to explore a new idea for about five days throughout the month of May.

A further €2,500 was made available by Limerick Culture and Arts Office via Creative Ireland: Made in Limerick funding strand for one Stage 1 bursary recipients to take their idea further.

Stage 1 of the bursary scheme will open to applications on Friday, 24 April 2020.

For more information visit www.belltableconnect.ie/10