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Opportunity: Portal Documentation Award 2024

The Arts in Education Portal, Portal Documentation Award Recipient Project, ‘Up, Up, Up’ led by artist Helen Barry with Central Remedial Clinic School, Clontarf, Co. Dublin. Funded by by the four Dublin Local Authorities Exploring and Thinking Bursary Award, The Arts Council and The National Concert Hall.

Deadline extended: 6 March 2024

The Arts in Education Portal editorial team are pleased to invite applications for a documentation award. Through the award, successful applicants will receive services to the value of €5,000 that will support them in the documentation of a current or upcoming project and a €500 stipend.

The purpose of the award is to support the development of documented outcomes from Arts in Education initiatives in Ireland, which can be shared with the arts in education community and give insights into different processes of engagement. This is part of the Arts in Education Portal Editorial Committee’s commitment to supporting and recognising the value of documentation and reflection as key components within arts in education initiatives.

Two awards will be offered through this opportunity.

Outcomes of the documentation process will include: a project video, a project feature to be showcased on the Portal’s Projects/Partnerships, and the option of a critical essay, with a view to also presenting the work as part of the Arts in Education Portal National Day in 2024.

The process will involve meetings with the Portal Team and a schedule of up to 2 visits over the course of the project to capture video and photographic documentation and support reflective processes among participants. These visits and meetings can be conducted virtually if required.

The portal team will edit and produce a project video and will liaise closely with the project partners to develop the content for the project feature. The critical essay would be cited in the Portal’s Reading Room and is optional. The author and focus of the essay can be decided by the project organisers in collaboration with the Portal Team.


To be considered for this opportunity, projects must:

  • Have started in Autumn 2023 and continue into 2024, or take place in 2024. Please note if selected, filming of engagement sessions will take place after 19th March 2024.
  • Have a minimum duration of 8 weeks.
  • Involve a professional artist working collaboratively within an educational setting (early years, primary or post-primary).
  • Be underpinned by a strong ethos of collaboration and a commitment to excellence. Focus on the creative process, with children having an active and collaborative role.

Additional criteria

Successful applicants will be asked to ensure that relevant permissions/consent have been sought for the documentation of participants.
Please ensure your application has been approved by all project partners prior to submission.

How to make a submission:

  • Complete your application using this online form
  • Deadline for submission is 5pm, Wednesday 6 March 2024.

Note: this article was amended on 29/02/24 to revise the deadline for submission from Friday 1 to Wednesday 6 March



School Level

Early Years, Primary & Post-Primary