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This year’s latest round in the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme will fund nine ambitious Project Realisation awards and thirteen awards for research and development, two with mentoring.

The Scheme which funds artists to work collaboratively with communities to co-author contemporary arts projects will ensure that artists will create innovative work in a variety of community and social contexts including  Arts and Disability, Arts and  Cultural Diversity, Arts and Older People. There is a diversity of artform representation with successful awardees in the areas of dance, theatre, music, architecture and the visual arts.

Sarah Tuck, director Create said: 'We are delighted that such a broad range of communities all around the country will create work with key artists in the area of collaborative arts practice, and generally strengthening the links between the arts and civil society and bringing the local and the national together'.

Artist; Community; Artform; Location (Context)

Alison Cronin; Young People/GAA; Visual arts; Cork (Arts and Community)

Niamh O’Connor; Focus Ireland; Visual art/video animation/photography; Sligo (Arts and Health)

Sinead O’Loughlin; Irish Stammering Association; Theatre; Dublin (Arts and Community)

Rosemary Canavan; Foroige/Mercy Day Centre/ Kanturk; Literature; County Cork; Visual arts; County Cork (Arts and Older People)

Aislinn Delaney (Mentor Anthony Haughey) Inchicore Community Drug Team; Visual arts: photography; Dublin (Arts and Community)

Vukasin Nedeljkovic; Asylum seekers in direct provision hostel; Film; Dublin (Arts and Cultural Diversity)

Kellie Guilfoyle; Enable Ireland Adult Services; Theatre; Limerick (Arts and Disability)

Rosaleen Crushell; Kanturk Community Council & Kanturk Arts Festival; Architecture; Co Cork (Arts and Community)

Micheál Rowsome; Newcastle West Macra na Feirme; Visual arts; Limerick (Arts and Community)

Dylan Tighe; Mental health experts; Theatre; Dublin (Arts and Health)

Laragh Pittman; International Women’s Support Group; Visual arts; Dublin (Arts and Cultural Diversity)

Aileen Lambert; The Gap Arts Festival Committee; Visual arts; Wexford (Arts and Community)

Cara Konig Brock* (Lynn Kirkham); Connect Family Resource Centre; Visual arts; Louth (Arts and Community)

Community; Artist; Project Title; Artform; Location (Context)

Short Term

Sligo RAPID Area Implementation Team; Globe House; Sinead Dolan; Encounters; Film; Sligo (Arts and Cultural Diversity)

Rosaleen Crushell; Douglas Carson; Architecture; Skated8; Dublin (Arts and Community)

Long term

KCAT; Jeffrey Gormley; Callan Plus 500; Dance; Kilkenny (Arts and Disability)

Askeaton Contemporary Arts; Andrew Dodds; Paradise Regained; Visual arts; Limerick (Arts and Community)

Enable Ireland; Gráinne McHale; Access and Beyond; Music; Cork (Arts and Disability)

County Wexford School of Music; Laura Hyland and Deirdre Grant; OSAMI Project; Music + Dance; Wexford (Arts and Community)

Cork University Maternity Hospital; Marie Brett; The Amulet; Visual arts; Cork (Arts and Health)

Artlink and Donegal Fishing community; David Farquhar, Endurance; Visual arts; Donegal (Arts and Community)

Female stitchers; Niamh White; Subversive Stitch; Visual arts; Dublin (Arts and Community)


Encounters – Film maker Sinead Dolan will work with a group of asylum seekers and other participants from the RAPID area through a range of media – film –animation – to share stories and depict intercultural encounters.

Skated8 - Architects Douglas Carson and Rosaleen Crushell will work with communities in Dublin 8 to explore design options and ideas on architecture which will expand ideas about urban play-space and how such sites can be used as an amenity and cultural resource for the broader community

Callan Plus 500 - Dance artist, writer and choreographer Jeffrey Gormley will work with KCAT using social choreography and movement develop a number of artistic interventions that will form a year long artistic exchange between KCAT Studio artists and the pupils of Colaiste Eamann Ris.
Callan plus 500 will project 500 years into the future and imaginatively explore what Callan will look like.

Paradise Regained - Askeaton Arts with Andrew Dodds will develop a long-term community based project with the residents of Askeaton to develop fresh perspectives on the local physical environment, inviting participants, through dialogue, workshops and field trips, to collectively re-imagine the future of their surrounding landscape and explore alternative ways of defining ideas about land, property and value.

Access and Beyond – Musician Gráinne McHale will develop a multi media performance piece which will contribute to Cork’s Life Long Learning Festival. Participants with limited movement will use a range of Assistive Music technologies to compose and perform music.

Orchestra Sound and Music Improvisation - Musician Laura Hyland and dance artist Deirdre Grant will work with 20 orchestra musicians in the creation of a performance piece inspired by experimental improvisation workshops in dance/movement and music/sound, exploring ways in which shift of focus might change orchestral practices and the notion of what an orchestra can be, how the physical gesture in dance when applied to an instrument can elicit new ways of playing.

The Amulet - Visual artist Marie Brett will further develop ideas seeded through the Research and Development Award to develop an ambitious multi strand project. The Amulet will explore the concept of the amulet as an object signifier of ethereal farewell, a talisman for bereavement memory specific to pregnancy loss and use dialogue and creative expression with a key group of women to produce a series of artworks events and publications.

Artlink – Artist David Farquhar working with a local fishing community in Donegal to document through photography the struggles of a community hit by recession. Focusing on the trawler fleets based in Green castle, their families and also the local fisheries training college, David will create a collaborative exhibition.

Subversive Stitch – Artist Niamh White working with a community of stitchers to focus on the medium of stitch in contemporary art, exploring a collaborative approach to art-making – which moves beyond craft vs art; amateur vs professional. Niamh White is a visual artist with a background in contemporary sculpture interested in collaborative and participatory practices.


Dr Paul Roe, musician; Mary McCarthy, Director, National Sculpture Factory; Tony Fegan, Director, Tallaght Community Arts. Observers: Sheila Gorman, Officer, Arts Participation, Arts Council; Create Learning Development alumnus, Áine Kavanagh.


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