Artists to receive bursaries to mark Easter Rising

Programme aims to help young artists mark centenary landmark next year

President Higgins has presented 16 artists with bursaries to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sixteen young artists have been presented with bursaries by President Michael D Higgins as part of the Ireland 2016 centenary programme.

The 16 X 16: Next Generation bursaries are a once-off initiative of the Arts Council and Ireland 2016 in recognition of the role of artists in the events of 1916.

Each artist will receive €12,500 and be invited to take part in a collective week-long residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annamakerrig from April 3rd to 10th, 2016. The artists were presented with bursaries at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday evening.

President Higgins spoke of the centrality of creativity to the concept of democracy and to people’s right to participate fully in society.


Among those receiving bursaries are Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty, who will use performance, video, sound installation and storytelling to tell the story of the introduction of daylight saving time to Ireland in 1916.

Others include Mollie Anna King, and Sofie Loscher, who are visual artists; the composer David Coonan; and the writer Dylan Coburn Gray who won the Dublin Fringe 2013 award for his play Boys and Girls.

With Dan Colley as director and Matthew Smyth as producer, the Collapsing Horse theatre company has been given a bursary to develop a touring ensemble.

Another winner is science graduate turned filmmaker Jijo Sebastian who has made a number of films about the Indian community in Ireland.

Ronan McGreevy

Ronan McGreevy

Ronan McGreevy is a news reporter with The Irish Times