Minister Foley invites applications from schools for new arts in education initiative – BLAST 2022

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the launch of the 2022 Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme, which will enable up to 425 new Arts-in-Education Residencies in schools each year (Press Release).  The deadline for receipt of applications is 30th September 2022.

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 €1,000 per residency which is funded by the Department of Education.

Please see the following link for more details: 

Download an application form here:  

Completed applications must include the following and should be sent to the local full-time Teacher Education Support Centre.

·       A completed application form

·       A written proposal for the project indicating the aims of the project, the theme, materials, processes, anticipated outcomes, deliverability, number of contact hours and number of classes and pupils that will participate in the project.

·       Please also indicate the planned time-frame schedule and planned method of documentation for the project.

Any queries, please contact Monaghan Education Centre at 047 74000 or email
Arts in Education Administration 

This initiative will be supported by the ESCI education t centre network, Teacher Artist Partnership CPD programme, Arts in Junior Cycle, NAPD Creative Engagement Programme and the Arts in Education Portal.

Visit HERE for more information.

Please return your completed application form to Monaghan Education Centre on or before 30th September 2022 by post to Monaghan Education Centre, Knockaconny, Armagh Road, Monaghan H18 E890 or via email to

Monaghan Education Centre Register of Approved Artists will be added to over the coming weeks




Eimhin Farrell

Printmaking & Drawing

Grace Collender

Drama and Creative Writing

Marie Smith

Sculpture / Clay Modelling

Carmel Rudden

Sculpture, Book Binding, Print & Painting

Helen Keenan

Drama, Dance, Physical Theatre & Creative Writing

Grace Haynes

Visual Arts

Brenda McGinn

Ceramics / Pottery

Denise Sewell

Author / Creative Writing

Alice Lynch