Bursary Opportunities

axis Ballymun announces details of #axisonline; a range of bursaries, supports and programme available to artists and audiences. 


Axis Ballymun is delighted to announce the development of #axisonline, a series of initiatives developed by the Axis team to bring a range of bursaries, supports, work and programme online during these strange times. These include five unique bursary schemes offering artists of many career stages and backgrounds the opportunity to develop new work and ideas remotely initially, and in residence when possible. The total funding value of these bursaries is in excess of €20000 with an additional €12000 in support in kind available via mentorship, residency and development space, access budget, presentation and tech support.


  • Axis Assemble Bursaries: Up to €8000 available for a series of mini bursaries for theatre makers (includes devised as well as scripted work) to develop new ideas, Supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. 
  • Axis as Gaeilge: a fund in excess of €6000 towards a dedicated Axis Assemble Bursary for artists wishing to develop work as Gaeilge/bi-lingually and two mini-commissions of new work to be developed into Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021, supported by Foras na Gaeilge. 
  • Axis Playground Bursary: A six month residency (remotely and in-house) and up to €6000 bursary for artist(s) with a disability. Includes mentoring and staff support as well as a dedicated budget to assist in meeting the individual artist’s access requirements. Supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
  • The Michael Byrne Young Theatre Artist Bursary: to support the development of a young (16 - 22) actor / director / theatre maker from the North West Area of Dublin. Includes studio time, mentorship and coaching, one on one support, participation in Axis’ audience access scheme, attendance at axis rehearsals and a €500 bursary towards books / materials / tickets. Axis are honored to announce this award in memory of Michael Byrne, a local legend and friend to many who facilitated so much creativity on Axis’ stage and others who sadly passed away last year.
  • The John Duffy Young visual artist Bursary: the second iteration of bursary to support the development of a young (16 - 22) visual artist from the North West Area of Dublin in the name of John Duffy, the extraordinarily talented Ballymun artist who sadly passed away in late 2014. The successful candidate will get free studio time, mentoring and a funding award worth €500 towards materials.

Speaking about the #axisonline initiative, Axis Director Mark O’ Brien said; “In addition to offering artists a bursary and support to develop work and ideas at this key time, #axisonline is a way of us staying in touch and collaborating with our community in Ballymun and beyond. We are opening up our archives across social media, highlighting our work and the work of artists we collaborate with and admire. #axisonline allows us to take stock of where we are at right now and to innovate around mechanisms for the arts community and public to be creative. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the importance of the live and tangible arts in our lives and in society, and in their enforced absence, to look at reframing relationships and the way artists engage with the public”

Based in the heart of Ballymun on Dubin’s Northside, Axis serves the public as an arts and community centre, a production company and an arts development organisation. Since 2004 Axis has produced new writing locally, nationally and internationally while also facilitating the development of hundreds of artists through their many programmes and initiatives. These have seen scripts and plays develop from floor and page to stage, some of which have gone on to be professionally produced and toured nationally.

Speaking about the artists' supports announced Niamh Ní Chonchubhair, Axis Programme Manager commented; “We’re aware that current circumstances have made for strained and strange times for many. The creative community have seen many of their projects, productions, festivals and tours postponed or cancelled. We’re aware that some of us currently have more time than we expected on our hands. With this in mind, we have moved all 2020 bursary call out dates forward in the hopes that the weeks ahead may be a fruitful time in which to explore ideas and make an application. We’ll also be ensuring a quick turnaround in decision making and a prompt upfront payment of the initial bursary drawdown in case that’s of help to artists”. 

Further information and applications for all of the above mentioned bursaries are open as of Friday 3rd April 2020 and the deadline for each of these is Thursday 30th April 2020. EXTENDED TO MAY 15th

Further information on the #axisonline bursaries including info on how to apply will be found at the following links:

axis Assemble / axis as Gaeilge 

axis Playground

Michael Byrne Bursary

John Duffy Bursary

Axis’ social media channels are regularly updated with links and info on all other #axisonline materials.