Sky Academy Arts Scholarships


– Applications now open for Sky Academy Arts Scholarship 2016
– Dublin Briefing Session on 13 January at The Liquor Rooms
– €40k fund for an emerging Irish artist
– Closing date 10 March 2016

Business to Arts is delighted to continue to support Sky’s investments in emerging talent in the arts in Ireland.  In 2016, Sky Academy will again award one scholarship to an artist living in ROI, aged 18 – 30. The successful recipient will receive €40,000 to go toward living costs and the development of an artistic project plus high level mentoring – giving them the time and support to develop their creative practice and take their career to the next level.

Sky Academy Arts Scholarships, which is run in partnership with Hiive, will support talented emerging artists in the areas of Music, Dance, Visual Art, Theatre and Comedy, Film Production and Creative Producing.

A Briefing Session in Dublin on Wednesday 13 January 2016 will guide potential applicants through the application process, giving tips and hints on how best to communicate their creative vision in the materials submitted. The briefing session will be attended by Sky Academy and Hiive representatives who will travel from the UK, as well as the Ambassador for the Irish application process, Kris Nelson, Director of Tiger Dublin Fringe, and 2015 Irish Scholarship winner, visual artist Kevin Gaffney. Kris Nelson will screen Irish applications to help create the shortlist and sit in on interviews in Dublin, and so will be able to give useful insight into how and why particular applications stood out to the panel last year.

Since 2011, the Scholarships – formerly known as the Sky Arts Futures Fund – have supported twenty young artists. Each scholar receives £30,000 (€40,000) towards the development of an artistic project and living costs for one year, as well as mentoring from Sky and the Arts industry, giving access to new skills and networks.  In addition, each artist receives a short film about their project and practice, and wider developmental support from Sky and Hiive. As part of the initiative, one scholarship will be awarded to an artist living in Ireland and four scholarships will be awarded to artists living in the UK.

Mark Deering, Director of Corporate Affairs, Sky Ireland said: “Sky Academy is all about helping young people fulfil their potential and so we are thrilled to continue our support of emerging artistic talent. Supporting the development of young artists is crucial to the future vitality of the arts, and we are proud to once again be working with Sky Arts, Business to Arts and Hiive, to do this. We can’t wait to support another brilliant young artist from Ireland.”

 Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are open to artists aged 18 to 30 living in the UK and Ireland.  Applicants need to be a member of Hiive, which is free to join, and can submit either a written or filmed application by 10 March 2016. Applications will then be assessed by industry professionals as well as individuals from Sky and Hiive, with winners announced at the South Bank Awards in June 2015.

Business to Arts and Sky Academy will host a briefing session in Dublin on 13 January for artists interested in applying. Book a place here.

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