Arts Council NI: SIAP - Mike Moloney Award

In 1985, Mike Moloney and Donal McKendry founded the Belfast Community Circus School as a tool for personal development and creative expression for young people. Sadly, Mike Moloney passed away in 2013, but he left a legacy forged by an unfaltering belief in the value of the arts in impacting positively in the lives of young people.

Reflecting Mike’s passion for Circus and Street Theatre and his work with young people, the Arts Council administers an annual Mike Moloney Award. The Mike Moloney Award has a total dedicated budget of £5,000 and aims to support the development of young people working in the field of Circus Arts and Street Theatre.

Scheme details

You may apply for an amount between £1,000 and £5,000. Depending on the quality of applications received the Council may choose to make a number of small awards or one larger award.

Who can apply?

Young people between the ages of 16-25 who wish to enhance the quality of their performances of Circus/ Street Theatre. The award is targeted at young people at the beginning of their artistic career and/or those who already have some accomplishment under their belts.

What is the fund designed to support? 

The award will be based on the impact of the funding for the applicant; how the funding will make a difference to the applicant’s engagement with Circus/Street Theatre; and the potential for the quality of work that follows. This award will support the development of new shows; learning new skills which can be applied to performance or teaching; or gaining inspiration from other artists or organisations. The award aims to support formal or informal courses, mentoring, coaching, supervision, research and cultural/research visits.

For further guidelines and online application form visit the SIAP funding scheme on the Arts Council website.