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Artist in the Community Scheme Arts and Older People Bursary Award

Ríonach Ní Néill is the recipient of the first Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award, managed by Create.

In 2010 the Bursary Award was designed to support and nurture the professional development of an arts practitioner working in the practice area of arts and older people.

Create received 32 applications to the Artist in the Community Scheme Arts and Older People Bursary Award.

Ríonach Ni Neill is a dancer and choreographer who for the last number of years has been exploring the theme of dance and older people through specific performance and work programmes including: Palimpsest an intergenerational work she created for 27 -72 year olds, Macushla Dance Club, a club for over 50s residents in Dublin and Ar mo Sheanleim, an Irish language dance programme for over 50s in Connemara.

Ríonach Ní Néill often chooses to integrate professional and non-vocational artists in her work, she believes that ‘dance can be a form of civic dialogue, creating spaces for us to engage with one another and our surroundings, provoke reflection and allow us to imagine ourselves and others differently.’

The Bursary award panel was Orla Moloney, Head of Arts Participation, Arts Council; Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development, Create, and Dominic Campbell Festival Director, Bealtaine.

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