first_imgSix Donegal artists have been awarded prestigious arts bursaries by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, the organisation responsible for the development of the arts in the Gaeltacht.The presentation of the awards was made at a special ceremony in An Gailearaí, Gaoth Dobhair.The awards scheme was established in order to help Gaeltacht artists across a wide range of genres to further their careers by way of a series of national bursaries amounting to a total of €50,000. Bursaries are also awarded to artists who have made a substantial contribution to the arts in Gaeltacht areas.The Donegal artists who received the awards were the visual artists Seán Chathail Ó Coileáin and Caitlín ní Ghallchóir, both from Gaoth Dobhair; Gort a Choirce based film-maker, Máire Ní Fhearraigh; the poet Collette Ní Ghallchóir; and the hugely popular playwright from Downings, Francie Cullen.The King of Tory, Patsy Dan Mac Ruairí also received a bursary for his contribution to the visual arts scene in Donegal.Micheál Mac Aoidh from Ealaín na Gaeltachta, who presented the awards, said the bursary scheme plays a small but highly important role in ensuring that a vibrant arts community continues to exist in the Donegal Gaeltacht. “The artistic community has always contributed greatly to the life of the Donegal Gaeltacht and to its development” Mac Aoidh said.“Not only do the artists and crafts people contribute immensely to the life of the Gaeltacht, they are also vital components in the economy and have a huge impact on tourism.“The bursary awards are a way of acknowledging the contribution these artists make to the life of the Gaeltacht as a whole. More importantly, however, the bursaries acknowledge the individual artist themselves and the monetary award allows them to have the resources and the time they need to create new work. The creation of new work is the most important thing in the arts”.The highly talented Seán Chathal Ó Coileán, who is best known as the head of graphics with TG4, has being concentrating on becoming a visual artist over the last number of years.As a fledgling artist, he believes the bursary award is a huge stepping stone for him and has helped him develop his art and to further his career. “It’s not just the money”, Ó Coileán said, “but, it’s also the recognition that this award brings. It is like a validation or appreciation of my work, an acknowledgement that I have reached a certain standard. The award really gives an artist extra motivation and confidence and it ultimately allows them to produce new work”. Ó Coileán has already begun producing a new body of work – modern art pieces that are rooted in the traditions of the Donegal Gaeltacht – and such has being the standard of the first number of painting, the gallery in Gaoth Dobhair has offered him an exhibition which is due to be be held next spring.  “It’s really exciting”, Ó Coileán said, “the bursary has given me that little bit of extra incentive and drive. Now, I find myself in a position where I can hold my first major exhibition”.Ealaín na Gaeltachta revealed at the ceremony that the 2015/2016 bursary awards will be announced next month. The awards will be open to artists of all disciplines from the Gaeltacht.DONEGAL GAELTACHT ARTISTS RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS BURSARIES was last modified: August 7th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BURSARIESdonegalDowningsEalaín na GaeltachtaGaoth DobhairTorylast_img