Emma O’Kane Bursary

The Emma O’Kane Bursary is a new award for independent artists who want to think beyond the boundaries of their art form and practice and to explore dance or a physical language in their work.  It honours the exceptional ethos and artistic practice of artist Emma O’Kane who died in 2021.

Emma O'Kane was an exceptionally gifted artist who moved effortlessly across artforms and media as a performer, a choreographer and a participation project leader. She was passionate, professional and highly articulate about interdisciplinary performance, holding a first-class honours degree in Contemporary Dance Performance (MA) from the University of Limerick. 

WHO IS THE BURSARY FOR AND WHAT IS IT

The Emma O’Kane Bursary is open to artists of all types and talents. Whatever your background, lived experience or artistic practice, if you have the CURIOSITY to explore and integrate dance, movement or other forms of physical language in your work, the COURAGE to push art form boundaries and to challenge norms and the AMBITION to be the best that you can be as an artist, we would love to hear from you. 

The application window runs from the beginning of November until mid December 2021 with interviews taking place in mid January 2022. The announcement of the selected artist takes place on March 1st giving the recipient up to nine months to avail of the residency supports. 

Each bursary award is tailored to meet the artists needs and includes the following:

  • A six week stipend of €500 / week equating to €3,000
  • A research and materials budget of €500
  • A six week residency in the atrium space at 42 Fairview Strand, Dublin 3 including access to the main studio space as mutually agreed
  • Up to five mentorship sessions as defined by the artist with members of the Mentor Pool​

In addition, artists will have unrestricted access to a series of seven commissioned Visual Resources that capture the unique ethos and practice of Emma O’Kane across multiple artforms to help inform and advance the practice of artists selected. 
Find out more about these Resources.

WHO PAYS FOR THE BURSARY AND HOW IS IT SELECTED

The Emma O’Kane Bursary is made possible through individual donations and support from production companies who worked with Emma over the years.  It has been designed as an independent opportunity where state support is not envisaged.

The commissioning and filming of the seven Visual Resources together with key expertises to set up the bursary were funded through a Collaborative Capacity Building Grant from the Arts Council of Ireland.   

The selection of the bursary artists is by an independent panel of three practicing artists / curators / producers against the core criteria of CURIOSITY, COURAGE and AMBITION in relation to the development of an individual's artistic practice.   No tangible outcome is expected - this opportunity is designed to focus on the journey rather than a destination. 

READ MORE ABOUT EMMA, THE BURSARY,  AND HOW TO APPLY HERE.