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Thursday 15th September 2016 at 12pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Public Tenders issued by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and on behalf of client organisations.

The Bunting Harp Collection: A Digital Commission

Music Network (MN) and The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) are offering an opportunity for a professional sound or visual artist to create an installation work, using as its inspiration the historically significant harp tunes collected in 1792 by Edward Bunting.

Artists are invited to submit proposals outlining their creative response to a range of multimedia digital materials relating to the collection held by MN, ITMA, and Special Collections & Archives, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). Materials are comprised of digitised 18th century publication and manuscript sources, and 21st century audio-visual harp studio performances.

This is a unique opportunity for the recipient to create and present new work through the exploration, discovery and creative re-use of archival materials, and to bring this valuable collection to the attention of the wider public.

Who can apply?

  • Professional sound or visual artists, as recognised by their peers, resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland
  • Partnerships of up to 2 artists
  • Artists aged over 18 only.
  • MN/ITMA are committed to equity and inclusion, and welcome applications from individuals within culturally diverse communities and from people with disabilities.
  • Applications in Irish are welcome.

For more information, visit

Closing date for applications is 4pm on 24th July 2019.

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