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Exploring and Thinking is a collaborative framework for early childhood arts in the Dublin region. It came about in 2016 when the four Dublin Local Authorities partnered for the first time to collectively consider early childhood arts provision in Dublin. 

Early childhood arts includes a wide range of different arts practices and creative experiences with/for children aged 0-5 years in different contexts. The Exploring & Thinking Bursary Award supports individual professional artists to develop their artistic practice working with and/or producing work for early childhood arts.

The first Exploring & Thinking Bursary Awards were allocated in 2019, funding a range of supports for artists such as postgraduate studies, development of an educational resource, travel to a renowned early years programme, practice-based research and workshops.

In 2020 the Awards were adapted to consider the Covid 19 pandemic and 11 artists were supported to further their practices in these challenging times.

We are delighted to announce a call for applications for the 2021-22 Bursary Awards:

Closing date has now passed

Full Application Details here

The 2020/2021 bursary recipients were: Clare Breen,  David Beattie,  Mark Joyce, Cliodhna Noonan, Diane Crotty, Helen Barry, Helen Keenan,  Angelica Santander, Mary O'Donnell, Liam McCarthy and Mark Ball.