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BLAST 2024 - Bringing Live Art to Students and Teachers

The Department of Education is pleased to announce BLAST Arts & Creativity in Education Residency 2024/2025 applications are now open. (Press Release )

Please see the following link for BLAST Application Guidelines and further details: (Department of Education BLAST Guidelines )

BLAST Arts & Creativity in Education Residency 2024/2025 apply online here: LINK

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10th May 2024.

Please contact your local Education Support Centre for queries or support, or email National Arts in Education, Tralee Education Support Centre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eligibility :

All schools in receipt of capitation grants from the Department of Education or Education and Training Boards (ETBs) can apply for BLAST.

Fee Paying Schools are not eligible to apply for BLAST Residencies. Schools that are not in the free-education scheme cannot apply for BLAST. 

Schools participating in either Creative Clusters or Creative Schools can apply for BLAST.


BLAST is an initiative of the Department of Education, under the Creative Youth Plan 2023-2027. It is led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland - ESCI).


BLAST Application Form (English Version)

BLAST Application Form   (Irish Version)