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BLAST 2022

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The Department of Education is pleased to announce the launch of the 2022 Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme, which will enable up to 425 new Arts-in-Education Residencies in schools each year (Press Release).  The deadline for receipt of applications is 30th September 2022.


The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects.  

This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality. 

The artist’s fee is €1,000 per residency which is funded by the Department of Education.

Please see the following link for more details: Guidelines / Treoirlínte

Download an application form here: Application Form  /  Foirm iarratais

Completed applications must include the following and should be sent to the local full-time Teacher Education Support Centre.

  • A completed application form
  • A written proposal for the project indicating the aims of the project, the theme, materials, processes, anticipated outcomes, deliverability, number of contact hours and number of classes and pupils that will participate in the project.
  • Please also indicate the planned time-frame schedule and planned method of documentation for the project.

Any queries, please contact your local Education Support Centre or email Arts in Education Administration

Schools in the Limerick Education Centre Catchment area should submit their application forms for the attention of Noreen Kelly-Sheehan.  They can be sent by email to or by post to - Limerick Educaiton Centre, 1st Floor, Marshal House, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick, V94HAC4.

This initiative will be supported by the ESCI education centre network, Teacher Artist Partnership CPD programme, Arts in Junior Cycle, NAPD Creative Engagement Programme and the Arts in Education Portal.

Limerick Education Centre's List of Approved Artists
Artist Name Art Form Artist Link
Fiona Linnane Composer
Deirdre Power Photographer and Visual Artist
Maria Svensson Dance
Chelsea Canavan Multi-Disciplinary Artist
Triona Walsh Soprano
Rachel Fogarty Artist
Helen Blackhurst Drama facilitator and Writer
Ciara Meade Musician /Singer  

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