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Invitation to a Journey Photo: Ros Kavanagh
Emma O'Kane Bursary


BURSARY LOGO RELEASED with an open invitation to attend the launch on 25 November 2021.
The announcement of the existence of this bursary on 18 November 2021 was coupled with an open invitation to attend the launch on 25 November online and in-person through an open studio event at 42 Fairview Strand running over the afternoon from 2pm - 6pm.


The Emma O’Kane Bursary is a new award for independent artists who want to think beyond the boundaries of their art form and practice and to explore dance or a physical language in their work. It honours the exceptional ethos and artistic practice of artist Emma O’Kane who died earlier this year.

‘Go big or go home’ was an Emma expression. She would say it to encourage (and challenge) those she worked with to be ambitious and brave about what they wanted to achieve artistically. Emma believed in people’s potential and in trying things out. She was never afraid of failure. The purpose of the bursary, why it exists and its unique contribution to artists, aims to capture this essence.

Bursary partners include: ANU Productions, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Crash Ensemble, Dublin Dance Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Pavilion Theatre, Project Arts Centre, The Ark together with a number of independents artists and producers and has been developed with an Arts Council Collaborative Capacity Building Grant.

News Post by BW,  18 November 2021

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