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Blast 2023

Arts in Education Residency Initiative in Primary and Post-primary Schools

The Department of Education is announcing the launch of the 2023 Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme, which will enable up to 425 new Arts-in-Education Residencies in schools each year.

Applications will open on 23rd March 2023.The closing date is 19th May 2023.

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This initiative aims to support the integration of the principles and key skills outlined in the Arts in Education Charter and the Creative Ireland Programme (2023-2027), Pillar 1 Creative Youth.

The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects to be originated and planned between the artist, the teacher and the school under the coordination of the Education Support Centres Ireland ESCI network of 21 full-time education support centres. This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality.

What is proposed is a unique streamlined process whereby schools apply for an artist on the Online Register of Approved Artists who are already trained for the new BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme managed by the local education support centre. The education support centre will also pay the artist which will further remove the administrative burden on teachers and schools.

Applications will open on 23rd March 2023.The closing date is 19th May 2023.

Watch the promotional video here.

Please see the following link for full details: Guidelines / Treoirlínte

Download an application form here: Application Form  /  Foirm iarratais

Completed applications must include completed general information section.

A completed application section outlining the following information:

  • Theme of the project,
  • Rationale for application,
  • Benefits to teaching and learning,
  • Capacity and commitment
  • Children and young peoples voice.

Please also indicate the planned time-frame schedule and planned method of documentation for the project

  •  The application should demonstrate a whole school commitment to the project. It is a specific condition of this residency programme that a teacher works closely and collaborates with the artist to plan the learning experience for their class and is present at all times with the artist while working with students in the class in the school to enhance further teacher-artist partnership. (This means that the whole school should be supportive and flexible in facilitating the project)

Any queries, please contact your local Education Support Centre or email Arts in Education Administration

Schools in the Limerick Education Centre Catchment area should submit their application forms for the attention of Noreen Kelly-Sheehan.  They can be sent by email to or by post to - Limerick Education Support Centre, 1st Floor, Marshal House, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick, V94HAC4.

Limerick Education Centre's List of Approved Artists 2023


Artist Name

Art Form

Artist Link

Fiona Linnane


Julianne Hennelly

Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Alison Barry

Visual  Artist

Chelsea Canavan

Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Triona Walsh


Rachel Fogarty

Visual Arts, craft, photography, printmaking

Damien Drea

Musican/ Songwriter /Music Therapist  https:/ /

Ciara Meade

Musician /Singer

Yvonne Edmonds

Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Fionnuala Mc Kenna

Sculptor, Multimedia Professional Practice!1710&ithint=file%2cpptx&authkey=!AFesx8jTUq2Hbhs

Simone Phelan

Storytelling/Poetry/Creative Writing/ Puppetry

Georgina Sweeney

Multi-Disciplinary Artist &  Murals


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