Galway International Arts Festival's new commissioning/bursary strand supporting Irish artists. Submissions for Elevate 2021 are now closed.

The Elevate Bursary

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

Each commissioned artist will receive a maximum bursary of €5,000 in support of their projects. Short new works will be broadcast across GIAF’s digital platforms and/or be presented to a live audience during this year’s Festival (28 August-18 September).

The €30,000 Elevate scheme will include up to four artist bursaries with additional production support.


We welcome submissions across all genres including performance, music, visual arts, podcasts and video. Elevate aims to feature new projects from artists with backgrounds that reflect and represent the diversity of contemporary Ireland.

Elevate aims to foster new and innovative projects that may not otherwise be realised. The bursaries are 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. Projects which are in development and in need of completion funds are also eligible.

Application Materials

To apply you will need the following:

  • A summary of your proposal [max 500 words]

  • A budget in support of your proposed project

  • A list of all those involved with brief biogs [150 words] and links to no more than three previous projects

All relevant information should be contained within one Word or PDF document.

How to Submit

Completed applications should be compiled in one Word or PDF document and emailed to submissions@giaf.ie with ELEVATE written in the subject line. Submissions open Friday 7 May 2021 and close Friday 28 May 2021. Selected artists will be notified via email in June.

Applicants with queries should contact info@giaf.ie

Submissions are selected by a panel of industry professionals chaired by the Festival’s Artistic Director.

Elevate welcomes submissions from all Irish artists and artists working in Ireland. We encourage applications from artists who are currently underrepresented in the Irish arts sector, including but not limited to artists of colour, members of the Traveller community, artists who identify as LGBTQI+, migrants, and artists with disabilities.