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Local Artist Martin Hughes welcomes Fingal County Council 2017 Artists’ Support Scheme.

I am delighted to see Fingal County Council's announcement of the 2017 Artists' Support Scheme. This funding allows professional artists to avail of up to €4,000 of an award towards the development of their work. Far too often are Artists left to their own devices with little support from the State bodies in developing their practice. Fingal County Council Arts Department are a shining beacon in this regard because of their continuing support of Fingal Artists over many Years.

I am grateful for their support in the past in the various exhibitions and projects I have been involved in, and equally delighted each time they step up and offer support to the Artistic community in Fingal. We have an amazing community of Artists in our area, and they are most deserving of the kind of support offered each Year by Fingal county Council. Long May it continue!

Martin Hughes

Fingal County Council Announce 2017 Artists’ Support Scheme for professional Fingal Artists.

Fingal County Council is delighted to announce the 2017 Artists’ Support Scheme. This strand of funding allows professional artists to avail of an award towards travel/professional development opportunities, a residency, or towards the development of work.

The objective of the Artists’ Support Scheme is to support individual professional artists from Fingal to develop their artistic practice. The purpose of the award is to provide artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their artistic practice.

The award is open to practising artists at all stages in their professional careers working in music, visual art, drama, literature & dance. To be eligible to apply, applicants must: have been born, have studied, or currently reside in the Fingal administrative area.

Speaking about the award, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council Paul Reid said “I am pleased to announce this funding scheme, which assists artists to develop their professional careers. The Council awarded 29 artists through this scheme last year and continues to nurture artistic excellence in Fingal.”

Commenting on the award, Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Darragh Butler said “As a strong supporter of the Arts, I am confident this scheme is of great benefit to artists from and living in Fingal, working across all art forms”.

The funding is for projects/initiatives which will take place between 1 June - 31 December 2017. Closing date for receipt of applications is 24th March, 2017 at 4pm.

For further information and application forms please see or

Contact: or Tel: 01 890 5099

‘Decomposition IV after Rembrandt’, 2015 by Sean Molloy, a recipient of the 2016 Artists’ Support Scheme for Visual Art.

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