THE SIX recipients of Artlinks bursaries have been announced by Kilkenny County Council.
The awards were designed to support artists who are resident within the ArtLinks five county partnership region of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow and is supported by the Arts Council. The Kilkenny recipients were:Annette O’Shea (theatre) - €5,000,
Léonie Bluett (music) €4,000, Alison Comerford (music) €3,500, Ross Costigan (visual artist) €2,000, John Morton (theatre) €2,000
and Maria Kelly (music) €1,500.
County Kilkenny Arts Officer, Mary Butler said that this year they received the largest amount of applications ever to the scheme and the standard was extremely high. ‘I would like to thank everyone who took the time to make submissions and I urge all artists to register on www.artlinks.ie to be eligible for other supports such as mentoring, future bursaries and opportunities. This website has been recently re-launched and provides opportunities for artists to network between themselves. This is a free service to all artists in the partner counties and Kilkenny County Council’s is fully committed to this partnership with the other local authorities and the Arts Council.’
A full list of all Artlinks 2012 bursary recipients from the partner counties can be seen on www.artlinks.ie