The Department of Education is pleased to announce the launch of the 2023 Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme and Creative Clusters. BLAST and Creative Clusters (Press Release).

BLAST information:

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.  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.

The artist’s fee is €1,100 per residency which is funded by the Department of Education

Please see the following link for Guidelines and to download the Application Form: BLAST 2023 Guidelines and Application Form

BLAST Application Form 2023

BLAST Foirm Iarratais 2023

BLAST Guidelines 2023

BLAST Treoirlínte 2023

Completed applications must include the following and should be sent to Monaghan Education Centre, at following email address

  • 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 people’s voice.
  • Please also indicate the planned time-frame schedule and planned method of documentation for the project. 

The deadline for receipt of applications is as follows: BLAST – 19th May 2023

Additionally, please see below link to our new completed promotional videos for TAP+, BLAST. 

TAP+ and BLAST video

Live Register of BLAST Artists (additional artists will be added over the coming weeks)


Discipline/Art Form

Hyperlink to artist’s work

Marie Smith

Clay Modelling

Helen Keenan

Drama & Dance

Alice Lynch


Denise Sewell


Eimhin Farrell

Visual Arts

Orlagh Meegan-Gallagher

Visual Art: Painting & Textiles

Fiona Keenan O’Brien