PLATFORM 31 | Artist Development Scheme by the Local Authority Arts Offices

The Association of Local Authority Arts Offices (LAAOs), in collaboration with the Arts Council, present PLATFORM 31 – a national opportunity for artists to develop their practice and test new ideas of collaboration, research, audience development, place-making and sharing their work.

Designed to support and offer career development for 31 mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), there are two elements of support for participating artists in the scheme: financial and developmental. Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in an advisory and developmental framework and a peer network.

PLATFORM 31 promotional image of a violin, headphones, paper, coloured pens and dance shoes

Who can apply

The PLATFORM 31 scheme is open to applications from those who meet all three of the following criteria:

  • Artists living in any of the 31 Local Authority regions in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Artists of any artform, medium and practice, as well as multi-disciplinary practice.
  • Artists who have received Local Authority Arts Office or Arts Council funding within the last 3 years (2018, 2019, 2020).

The exact nature of this artist support framework, which will last for approx. 6 months from February 2021, will be informed by the proposals and interests of the 31 artists selected.

The aim of the scheme is to allow artists time to reflect on how they might test new ideas, research new approaches and make work in a different way while being connected with and supported by peer practitioners, advisors and mentors.

Applications will close on Monday, 30 November 2020.

For further information and to access the application form, please see