Theatre and Dance NI INVEST in artists!

Theatre and Dance NI are delighted to announce a new initiative to support artists in Northern Ireland develop their careers and practice.

INVEST is a freelance artist development programme based in Belfast with a national and international reach, designed to support, upskill and help create the next generation of inclusive artists to lead Northern Ireland’s theatre and dance sectors.

The programme, which includes 9 bursaries (2 at ÂŁ1000, 4 at ÂŁ3,000 and 3 at ÂŁ5,000), will enable professionals including directors, theatre and dance makers, choreographers, curators, technicians, producers or anyone involved in theatre and dance from diverse groups in Northern Ireland to reflect on and grow their creative practice.

These bursaries are intended to finance time taken to develop new creative ideas and to attend a programme of workshops, residentials and one-on-one industry mentoring dedicated to developing skills, creating a network of contacts with established practitioners in Belfast, regionally and internationally, and forming potential employment opportunities.

Who Can Apply?

Emerging talent and established artists (aged 18 & over) working professionally within the theatre and dance sector, residing in Belfast and wider Northern Ireland.

Key Dates

How To Apply

Please make sure to submit the application form along with your budget, supporting documents and monitoring form to

Invest Application Form

FAQs and Criteria

Theatre and Dance NI Monitoring Form

This project is funded by Belfast City Council, the Foyle Foundation, and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

TDNI is principally funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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