Please see information below and links in relation to the launch of a new round of Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers (BLAST) and Creative Clusters (2023 intake).
The Department of Education is pleased to announce the launch of the 2023 Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme and Creative Clusters. BLAST and Creative Clusters (Press Release).
The deadline for receipt of applications is as follows:
The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects.
This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality.
The artist’s fee is €1,100 per residency which is funded by the Department of Education.
Please see the following link for Guidelines and to download the Application Form: BLAST 2023 Guidelines and Application Form
Completed applications must include the following and should be sent to your local full-time Education Support Centre, please use the following link for the List of Education Support Centres
Creative Clusters information:
Each Creative Cluster will receive grant funding of €3,000 per school over a two-year period to implement their project in the 2023–2025 school years
(e.g. a cluster of 3 schools would receive €9,000 over two years while a cluster of 5 schools would receive €15,000 over two years).
Clusters will receive 50% of the total grant funding in Year 1, with the second 50% being provided in Year 2.
In addition, but separate to the grant funding, all successful clusters are further supported with: A fully paid Creative Cluster Facilitator; paid Teacher Substitution to attend training and meetings; room hire, travel & subsistence.
Please see the following link for Guidelines and to download the Application Form: Creative Clusters 2023 Guidelines and Application Form
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