Age & Opportunity Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Award 2024

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Information for Applicants

Age & Opportunity is the national organisation that provides a range of opportunities for older people who want to get more involved in arts and culture, sport and physical activity, civic engagement and personal development.

Specifically, our Arts programme aims to support and provide resources for artists, arts participants/audiences and arts organisations. We do this through our annual Bealtaine Festival, which is Ireland’s month-long (May) national festival celebrating the arts and creativity as we age and our Resource, and Development Programme.


Residency Award

The Age & Opportunity Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Award in partnership with Kilkenny County Council Arts Office aims to support older professional artists to develop their practice, by creating time and space to think and reflect on their work and to bolster their peer network. This will be achieved through a dedicated bursary to attend a residency over the course of a week.

This award is a partnership between Kilkenny County Council Arts Office and Age & Opportunity and is in association with the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

One artist will receive a funded week-long residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre including a small stipend.

 The residency must take place between July and December 2024.


Call for Applications

The Application Process:

Those wishing to apply for the Age & Opportunity Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Award should complete the application form, as well as sending a short biography, CV and three samples of work.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be a professional artist (working in any artform) aged 50+.
  • Be recognised as professional artists by their peers – for example, membership of an associated professional organisation;
  • Have a proven track record in their field of endeavour, for example:
  • Authors across all genres including playwrights must have a piece of work published
  • Visual artists must have had one solo exhibition in a recognised professional venue and/or work selected for a group exhibition by a professional curator, and/or work in a recognised public collection;
  • Musicians / composers / theatre makers etc. must have proven professional experience;
  • Demonstration of ambition and vision for their work with dedication to their artistic development.
  • Demonstration of how this award will benefit the development of their creative practice.
  • Applicants can be working in any artform but must be based in Kilkenny for a minimum of two years for consideration.


Download the application form and guidelines here:

Application Form

Application Guidelines


Applications should be submitted to no later than 4pm, Tuesday 4th June 2024.

Any queries relating to the award may also be directed to


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