Galway International Arts Festival

Elevate 2021

Artist's Bursary

Elevate is Galway International Arts Festival’s new commissioning/bursary strand to support Irish artists, and artists based in Ireland, as they create and present original, contemporary and captivating ideas to engage both live and digital audiences.

Elevate aims to foster new and innovative projects that may not otherwise be realised. These bursaries were awarded to artists to assist them in further developing their work, exploring their craft and creative practices and transforming their ideas into realised works of art.

Meet the Artists

The Elevate 2021 artists are Joselle Ntumba and Beulah Ezeugo for their work on Éireann and I, a digital archive which documents the experiences of Black migrants in Ireland; dancer and choreographer Kristyn Fontanella who will create a new short solo dance based on her Irish step dancing lineage; director Andrew Flynn and writer Donal Ryan who will workshop a new play adapted from Ryan’s novel From a Low and Quiet Sea; musician and composer Michael Chang for his project Cuimhne Uisce; and singer–songwriter Niamh Regan who will record and release new music In The Meantime.

These projects will be developed and performed across 2021 and 2022. Further updates will be announced in the coming weeks.