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The Department of Education is pleased to announce BLAST Arts & Creativity in Education Residency 2024/2025 applications are now open. 

BLAST Arts & Creativity in Education Residency 2024/2025 apply online here: LINK

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10th May 2024.

Please contact your local Blackrock Education Support Centre for queries or support at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Eligibility :

All schools in receipt of capitation grants from the Department of Education or Education and Training Boards (ETBs) can apply for BLAST.

Fee Paying Schools are not eligible to apply for BLAST Residencies. Schools that are not in the free-education scheme cannot apply for BLAST. 

Schools participating in either Creative Clusters or Creative Schools can apply for BLAST.

BLAST is an initiative of the Department of Education, under the Creative Youth Plan 2023-2027. It is led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland - ESCI).


BLAST Application Form (English Version)

BLAST Application Form   (Irish Version) 

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List of TAP trained artists 2022/23.

Liz McMahon Visual Artist 

Tunde Toth Visual Art and Interdisciplinary Practice

Adrienne Geoghegan Visual Artist

Kim Doherty Visual Art and Interdisciplinary Practice

Juliette Saumande Writer

Sophie Lawlor Visual Artist

Susie Fortune Visual Artist

Liadh Connolly Photographer

Shane Ha Visual Artist

Rebecca Reilly Dance

Kelly Hood Visual Artist

Sharon Wells Visual Artist

Mary Daughtery Jewellery and Visual Artist

Philip St John Playwright

Amy Flood Drama/Film

Paula Mongey Drama, Art and Multidisciplinary Artist

Tamar Lazar - 23M Graphics


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