axis Assemble: Applications Now Closed

By axisdirector
Wednesday, 28th July 2021
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We are excited to launch this years axis Assemble Bursary opportunity...

axis Assemble  IamIrish(pic. Artist Lorraine Maher axis artist in residence 2019/2020).

Our 2021 Axis Assemble programme aims to create opportunities for artists to explore and develop new ideas through:

  • financial support
  • development space
  • dramaturgical guidance
  • engagement with fellow artists

Read on below for all info or watch this useful video with axis Interim Director Niamh Ní Chonchubhair...

Over the years, Axis has offered resources and production support to a range of artists, becoming a cultural hub on the Northside of Dublin and a space where artists and the public gather to encounter new work and new ideas. Since 2004 we have worked to develop and produce new writing (and theatre making) locally, nationally and internationally, while also facilitating the growth of hundreds of artists through our many programmes and initiatives, including the Axis Assemble support scheme.

Axis Assemble is for artists who have at least some professional experience or training, but their work need not necessarily have been professionally produced by an arts organization. This bursary is for practitioners from the Greater Dublin area. While the programme is primarily focused on performing arts disciplines, there may be scope to support artists who wish to engage with other art forms.

The Axis Assemble programme offers artists the chance to make time for their work, get feedback, access the facilities of the building, and build their professional network. It is an investment in process. Bursaries cannot be used to fund training, accommodation, equipment purchase, or productions.

We are especially keen to hear from:

  • Artists with a connection to Ballymun and/or the Northside of the city (please note, you don’t have to be living in these areas to apply)
  • Artists from communities who are underrepresented in Irish arts, and artists who face barriers to accessing opportunities to develop their practice and work including (but not limited to) Black, Brown or anyone who identifies as a member of a Minority Ethnic Community within Ireland, including Mincéir/Traveller and Roma Communities.
  • At least one bursary will be allocated to an artist who identifies as being from an underrepresented community. There is no expectation for you to draw on your life experience in the work that you make. Please feel encouraged to make the art you wish to make.
  • Should you wish to nominate someone to draft your application with or for you, please note that the application should be in your name. Please tell us also who drafted it with or for you.
  • Artists who identify as having a disability.
  • At least one bursary will be allocated to an artist with a disability under the Axis Playground scheme. There is an additional budget available to help meet access requirements and Axis works with Arts & Disability Ireland to better support individual artist needs where applicable.
  • Please note that travel for yourself and/or a carer/personal assistant can be covered under this access budget. As this humble bursary is for artists based within the greater Dublin area we regret that accommodation costs cannot be covered by the access budget. For more info on Axis’ accessibility, please click here.
  • Should you wish to nominate someone to draft your application with or for you, please note that the application is on behalf of yourself and name the person who has drafted it with or written it for you.
  • Artists working as Gaeilge/bi-lingually.
  • Beidh ar a laghad sparánacht amháin dírithe ar ealaíontóir(í) atá ag forbairt saothar trí Ghaeilge/saothar dátheangach. At least one bursary will be allocated to an artist working as Gaeilge/bi-lingually.
  • Parenting artists who may require a more flexible support structure.
  • This may be spread out over a longer period of time or concentrated into a short intensive period depending on your needs. We understand that your schedule may be subject to change at short notice and we’ll accommodate this with as much adaptability as possible.
  • While we regret that we cannot provide childcare, we do welcome parenting artists who may wish to bring their children to a workshop or development space/session with them. There is no age limit restriction on the age of the child/ren. Axis has child protection policies and procedures in place.
  • Artists who work in/with languages other than English.
  • Should you wish to nominate someone to draft your application with or for you, please note the application should be in your name. Please tell us also who drafted it with or for you. Please let us know how best to communicate with you in relation to your application.

Our aim is to support artists in the best way we can within our resources to develop themselves and their practice. If we haven’t listed a barrier or support here to your application, please do let us know. We will do our best to see how we can accommodate you.

What you get:

  • Bursary funding of €2000 (a limited number of €5000 bursaries will be available) from an overall bursary fund of €40,000.
  • Up to €2000 worth of support in kind as follows:
  • Dramaturgical support and feedback with the Axis Pop Up Lit Department (via lead artist Aoife Spillane Hinks) subject to an agreed number of sessions.
  • Development time in Axis studio spaces and/or Theatre (subject to availability and restrictions)
  • The opportunity to showcase your work if you wish (this showcase may be digital or in person and combined with other showcasing artists, depending on availability and guidelines)
  • Rehearsal space (up to an agreed amount)
  • Hot desk space (subject to availability and restrictions)
  • Advice from axis production, sales and tech team
  • Technical support for showcasing where feasible
  • The opportunity to share highlights of your work or process via Axis’ online platforms (if you wish)
  • The opportunity to attend a session with Axis’ Pop Up Green lead Artist Maeve Stone re self-scanning your practice with a view to making it more sustainable or adapting its climate impact.
  • Invites to axis and other productions, artist gatherings, networking opportunities

What can you do in the Axis Assemble programme? Some suggestions...

  • write a new play
  • devise a new piece of work (solo/ with a collaborator/ with an ensemble)
  • choreograph a new dance piece
  • explore a new idea
  • develop your artistic practice
  • present work in progress
  • seek advice or mentorship about elements of your practice that you find challenging
  • build supportive relationships with the other participants


Please send the following items, either as a written document or a video or audio file (maximum five minutes via google drive or wetransfer if possible) to on or before Wednesday 28th July at 6pm:

  • An outline of your idea: what are you looking to develop and why?
  • An outline of what you would use the time and bursary for
  • An initial budget - this doesn’t need to be too detailed, but please provide us with a basic breakdown of how you propose to pay yourself and (where applicable) your collaborators.
  • An outline of why you particularly want to come and work in/with Axis.
  • Sample of the work, or sample of previous work.
  • An indication of your access requirements (if any) and how we can assist with these.
  • If you need assistance in drafting your application, please let us know.

The small print....

  • Applicants must be over 18 in June 2021.
  • Applicants may be shortlisted for interview.
  • Axis will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applicants.
  • The bursaries may be broken into smaller amounts at Axis discretion.
  • We may also offer non funded support to unsuccessful applicants.
  • In line with our efforts to improve equality and diversity in Axis, if you would like to identify as an artist from an underrepresented community, please let us know in your application. This is not essential or expected. It would help us to understand more about the artists and people we are engaging with. This information has no bearing on your application assessment, it is purely for internal reporting and analysis. Information collected will only be used in an anonymised fashion. In line with GDPR regulations, your information will not be shared with any third parties.

Have a question? Need help? Email to ask your question or request a call back. If email is tricky, please phone 01 883 2148 (please note that this phone number isn’t monitored constantly so you may need to leave a message with your name and number and we’ll call you back).

Axis Assemble is supported by The Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge and Dublin City Council

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