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Deadline approaching for artists to apply for ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund

  • ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund to provide €250,000 over the next three years to support an open call for arts projects and new art commissions to imagine a more sustainable world
  • Selected projects will positively engage communities around sustainability and the energy transition  

Monday, August 16th, 2021: Artists planning to apply for project funding from the new ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund, in partnership with Business to Arts, have until 5pm on Wednesday, September 8th to submit their application online.

The €250,000 fund is open to artists working with organisations on creative ideas that will engage the public in a positive way around the energy transition. 

These artworks and arts projects can be in any art form that takes place on the island of Ireland including visual arts, spoken word, music, theatre and much more. Potential project themes include environmental sustainability, engaging communities around climate change, sustainable development goals and imagining what a brighter future might look like.

For more information on the fund and for details on how to apply, visit: 


For media queries contact:
Graham King, Press Officer & Digital Content Creator, ESB

For further information contact:
Emily Carson, Head of Communications & Partnerships, Business to Arts

High-resolution photography is available FOC from Conor McCabe (085-7057255).

Image caption:
Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB with his two-year-old granddaughter Eve O’Doherty and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, pictured painting a sustainable future with a 3D artwork by artist Mark Cronin at the announcement of ESB’s Brighter Future Arts Fund. The €250,000 fund will support artists working collaboratively on creative ideas that will engage the public in a positive way around sustainability and the energy transition. For full details and how to apply visit:

Please use with credit to Conor McCabe. 

About the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund:
The ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund will distribute a total of €250,000 between 2022 and 2023 for a range of artworks and arts projects connected to the question of ‘what does a Brighter Future look like?’.

The fund has two strands, the first being an open call to artists across the island of Ireland to create artworks or arts projects, in collaboration with a partner organisation that sustainably enhance their communities.

The second strand is a limited call to environmental artists to create an artwork or project that will be exhibited or performed at ESB’s new headquarters at Project Fitzwilliam, Dublin 2.

Full information can be found at: