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Pavilion Theatre’s Patron Donation Award 2018

08 December 2017
Pavilion Theatre’s Patron Donation Award 2018
Pavilion Theatre is delighted to announce its 2018 Patron Donation Awards for artists, companies and producers in theatre, music and dance.
The aims of this year’s award is to support individual artists and companies to develop and complete projects which are original and ambitious and which at the same time demonstrate relevance to Pavilion’s audiences and venue capacity (midscale, 324-seater theatre).
This award is made possible by the generous private donations of Pavilion’s loyal patrons.


Since 2015 Pavilion Theatre has supported artists and companies across the performing arts in a variety of ways including mentorship programmes; short- term residencies in Pavilion’s first floor Gallery Space; a wider range of co-commissions; co-productions and the Patron Donation Awards for artists, companies and producers in theatre, music and dance. Between 2018 and 2020 Pavilion will formalise its commitment with the establishment of a new artist development programme to support artists and generate work for audiences.

Conditions of funding for Patron Donation Award 2018

For 2018 a sum of €20,000 has been allocated to the Awards. It is likely that 3-4 proposals will receive support. The maximum level of any single award is likely to be €7,500. 
Artists, Companies and Producers will first apply by application which is available for download by clicking here.
Proposals will be assessed by an expert panel according to the criteria published below. The panel will make recommendations and their decision will be final; it will be made in a competitive context of limited resources.  Pavilion Theatre will not be in a position to enter into correspondence with applicants or offer feedback at any stage of the process.
Conditions will apply to funding offers including: contractual engagement with Pavilion; one-to-one meeting and updates with Pavilion in support of the development of the project; appropriate acknowledgment of Pavilion’s support and investment in any work co-produced, co-commissioned or presented; a short synopsis/report of work in progress supported by the award will be required.

Keys dates

8 December 2017                       Announcement of Open Call
15 January 2018                         Closing dates for applications
26 January                                 Selection Panel meets
1 February                                  Applicants contacted
8 February                                  Successful applications announced


Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:
  • Eligibility of Application – the application form is completed in appropriate detail and is submitted on time; that the proposal meets the aims of the Patron Donation Awards including support of ambitious and original projects that can be brought to completion within 12-18 months and which are audience focused.
  • Quality and Nature of Proposal – the excellence and originality of the project or piece of work being proposed in terms of theme or idea and/or in terms of formal approach; its congruence with the kind of work that might be presented in or promoted by Pavilion Theatre on its own or in partnership with other venues, festivals or funding bodies. Pavilion welcomes co-funding partners for projects.
  • Public Engagement – the quality and ambition of the project in its ability to connect to audiences.
  • Track Record of Artists Involved – the achievement to date of the individual maker or group of artists making the proposal; evidence of previous collaboration in the case of companies. Where applicants are considered to be ‘early career’ letters of support/references can be supplied.
  • Feasibility of the Proposal – demonstrable evidence of the following:
  1. That an award, if made, will allow for the significant development / completion of the proposed project or piece of work
  2. A credible project time-frame and budget
  3. Capacity to deliver the project and to communicate and dialogue with Pavilion or its representatives. It will be a condition of funding that the artists and/or company has a nominated producer in place  
  4. Evidence (e.g. through letters of support) that any nominated collaborators or project partners including the producer are explicitly committed to the project
  5. An outline of how, after the completion of the work, it might be brought to production or presentation stage


Artists, Companies and Producers will first apply by application which is available for download by clicking here.