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Sculpture in Context is a pivotal event in the Irish arts calendar and the largest and most important sculpture exhibition in the country. The annual exhibition attracts a large public and critical audience and is the highlight of the National Botanic Gardens calendar.  Sculpture in Context is a key event for both public and private buyers of all levels.

Open to all artists working in three dimensions in any medium. Open to all artists working in three dimensions in any medium and at any stage in their career from students to established artists.

This year we will be celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Sculpture in Context and 20 years exhibiting in the Botanic Gardens.

We are also delighted to be announcing several new Awards. Goodbody will be sponsoring a suite of five awards  ‘The Goodbody Sculpture Awards’.  One of these, The Goodbody Outstanding Artist Award will be the largest monetary prize for sculpture in Ireland.


Closing Date for entries is 29th May


Entry forms, conditions of entry and full list of awards can be found on

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The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts (The Fund) will make a total of €1 million in arts funding available over three years, awarded to projects across the island of Ireland that are adapting due to the pandemic, or are inspired by and responding to our recovery. 

The Fund supports or commissions artists and arts organisations to develop arts projects that engage the individuals, audiences and communities involved. All art forms are eligible to apply to The Fund. With this second round, Bank of Ireland and Business to Arts are encouraging more applications from artists who specialise in fine-art film and craft-related disciplines and from community arts organisations, who were under-represented in round one.
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For this second round, only projects that plan to take place between December 2021 and December 2022 are eligible. The above criteria are applicable for this round and may change in round three.

Size of Grants
Applicants can request funds between €3,000 – €10,000 / (STG equivalent). Average grants will be €5,000 / (STG equivalent), with maximum grants of €10,000 / (STG equivalent). Artwork(s) / arts project(s) with larger budgets that have secured funds elsewhere are encouraged to apply. With each grant round the Fund aims to provide funding to an artwork / art project in each county on the island of Ireland.

Key Dates
Wed, 5 May, 2021: Open for applications
Tue, 18 May, 2021: Webinar 1: General Overview & How to Apply, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Thu, 20 May, 2021: Webinar 2: Audience, Budget, & Evaluation, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Wed, 23 June, 2021, 5:00pm: Deadline for applications
Tue, 31 Aug, 2021: Applicants informed by email
Dec 1 2021 – Dec 31 2022: Projects to take place

Key Documents
Eligibility Requirements and Criteria
Application Questions (for reference only)
Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply
1. Visit
2. Review the eligibility requirements to ensure the suitability of your application
3. Click 'Start your Entry'
4. Register your details with our application system (please ensure you click the link in your verification email. You will not be able to start your entry until you do this.)
5. Complete your application
6. Ensure you submit your application before 5:00pm on Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Should you require assistance, please consult the FAQs available here. There will be two information webinars for applicants to The Fund on:
Tuesday 18th May at 1:00pm: General Overview & How to Apply (register here)
Thursday 20th May at 1:00pm: Audience, Budget, & Evaluation (register here)

If you have any technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Fund team by email on or call +353 1 662 9238 and they will be able to assist you.

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