Yeats 2015 Programme Awards

Creative/Artistic Programme Awards

The Western Development Commission on behalf of the Steering Group for Yeats 2015 invites artist(s), creative individuals, organisations to express their interest in applying for funding to develop creative, artistic, innovative and contemporary programme elements which will form part of the national celebration of W.B. Yeats in 2015.

Application Forms for this Award are available at: Yeats 2015 EofI Creative Artistic Programme Awards

Regional Programme Awards

The Western Development Commission on behalf of the Steering Group for Yeats 2015 invites applications from interested parties in the arts, cultural, heritage, tourism sectors to apply for funding to develop new innovative programme elements which will form part of the national celebration of W.B. Yeats in 2015.

Application Forms for this Award are available at: Yeats 2015 EofI Regional Programme Awards

Closing date for receipt of completed applications for both Awards is Monday 29th September at 12 noon.

Late applications cannot be accepted.

About Yeats 2015

W.B. Yeats is a poet and writer of world renown. His Nobel Prize, won in 1923, was awarded for his “always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” Although he was born in the 19th century, Yeats’ works continue to speak to a modern audience and his influence on the literary world continues to be significant.

Yeats 2015 is intended to be a year-long national and international celebration of the life and works of the Nobel Prize winning poet William Butler Yeats, run in 2015. It will mark 150 years since his birth on June 13th 1865. Institutions and organisations from around Ireland and the world are intended to partner with Yeats 2015 to celebrate this important event. Initial discussions with key stakeholders have yielded a strong level of support. Yeats 2015 will offer a diverse and rewarding series of events to acknowledge and celebrate the range and depth of his work.

In November 2013 the Government under the auspices of the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht set up a Yeats 2015 Steering Group chaired by Senator Susan O’Keeffe, in order to prepare a plan and implement the Yeats 2015 programme.

In May 2014 the Government formally announced that Yeats 2015 formed part of the national decade of commemoration initiative and as such would be the chosen emphasis for 2015 and had an allocated budget of € 500,000. Subsequently on Yeats’ Day June 13th – Jimmy Deenihan TD, former Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, formally launched the Yeats 2015 initiative.