The Debi O'Hehir Visual Arts Bursary 2024 is now open for application.

‘What a generous legacy by Debi O’Hehir - to give time and space to other artists! I have made the most if my time here, immersing myself in my work in a beautiful bright studio, then relaxing in the company of other artists at mealtimes. Such a gift.’        

Noelle Gallagher Artist and Recipient of The Debi O’Hehir Bursary 2023.

Applications are now open, closing date is Monday 11th of December 2023. Please submit applications using the form at the bottom of this page.


The 2024 the award is for a visual artist working in paint or print, and applications are open to artists living and working in: Antrim, Down, Armagh, Derry/Londonderry, Tyrone, Fermanagh, including artists from Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, and Leitrim.


We are particularly interested artists who are highly committed to their practice, who need time and space to develop a new body of paintings or prints, or who working towards an exhibition, publication or project opportunity. We welcome and encourage applications from artists who are under-represented. We welcome applications from artists at early or late career stages and particularly those who have not been to the centre before. The award will be selected by three peers in the visual arts. 

Artist Debi O’Hehir was a was a regular visitor to the centre valued member of the Tyrone Guthrie Community. A talent artist, she lived and worked in County Leitrim, having grown up in Kinvara, County Clare. Her paintings are imbued with vitality – each one characterised by a dynamic, fluid handling of ink and paint. She worked primarily in ink on Arches or Fabriano artist’s paper. Horses were Debi’s passion and often the subject of her work.

Thank you to Debi’s sister Siobhan and family for their vision, work in support this making this award in memory of her. With thanks also to The Lavelle Gallery. 

The Arts Council | Funding the Arts The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Res Artists | Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht National Lottery Office of Public Works

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