Individual Artists Digital Evolution Awards – closing 30 Sept

Programme Objectives:

  • Upskilling NI artists in the use of Digital Technology
  • Creation of excellent Digital Art*

Programme Priorities:

  • Creation of digital arts
  • Supporting artists to make digital art for the first time or working with digital technology which they have not used before.
  • Encouraging cross-sectoral collaboration

*What is Digital Art within the context of this programme?

For this programme digital art is artwork that is created exclusively in the digital space; it can either exist in the digital space or be translated into a physical object or tangible experience through technology. Work that exists only in the digital space can be artwork that is consumed online or offline; the latter having some form of installation in a venue.

This grant programme does not cover the simple digitisation of art (in any artform) or performance and must relate to the development of your artistic practice and digital capability. Filmed performances, audio recordings or video capture of material that would be intended for in-person performance is not suitable as the output of a project proposal, and applications applying for such output activity will be rejected as ineligible. Such filmed or recorded elements can be used as assets within a piece of digital art, for example within animation, virtual experiences, or app development.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants to this scheme are as follows:

  • Individual artists of all artistic disciplines and all types of working practice.
  • Artists who are employees of statutory bodies (including Universities), undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply but they must prove that their proposal is not properly the concern of their employer and/or that the proposal is not related to their academic study (see p.9 in guidance notes for more detail).
  • Partnership projects with creative industries freelancers or organisations are possible; however the individual artist must be the lead partner.

Eligible applicants must also be:

  • Resident in Northern Ireland
  • Have made a significant contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of 1 year within the last 5 years
  • At least 18 years old and not in secondary education.

Who Cannot Apply?

  • Eligible applicants who received an Individual Artists Digital Evolution award in 2021/22
  • Applicants who have broken the conditions of any previous ACNI award within the previous 4 years (taken from the date of the letter of offer) and
  • Applicants who remain in breach of any previous letters of offer (regardless of the letter of offer date).

To apply

Read the full details, and apply online, at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland website below.

Individual Artists Digital Evolution Awards

Deadline for applications: Friday 30th September 2022 at 12pm

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