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The Connect Mentoring Programme, a partnership from Create and Common Ground, is an Arts Council funded initiative that responds to the professional development needs of the collaborative arts sector.

The aim of the Connect Mentoring Programme - and the learning resource tool that has been developed from it - is to enable and build capacity within the collaborative arts sector to undertake mentoring.

Read more on the Connect Mentoring Programme blog. This blog is intended as a platform through which the learnings of the Connect Programme, the DVD and accompanying Booklet, can be further debated, explored and tested by mentors and mentees.

All information posted on the blog will be collated for cumulative learning and research.

Connect Mentoring Programme participants

Mentors and mentees taking part in the year long programme are: Paul Roe, Pia Dunne, Elaine Agnew, Nick Roth, Fiona Whelan, Anne Maree Barry, Jay Koh, Mark Ellison.

List of Partners:

  • Roscommon County Council Arts Office
  • Fishamble: The New Play Company 
  • Civic Theatre Tallaght & Tenderfoot 
  • Artlink, Donegal 
  • Daghdha Mentoring Programme, Limerick 
  • Limerick School of Art and Design 
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) 
  • Northside Learning Hub, Limerick 
  • Irish Chamber Orchestra 
  • Arts Council’s Artist in Community Scheme 
  • Ealaín na Gaeltachta 
  • Firestation Artists Studios 
  • Artlinks, South East

Connect Mentoring Awards: Arts and Health and Cultural Diversity

Over an eighteen month period Create and Common Ground undertook an action research project – Connect Mentoring Programme – to examine mentoring for collaborative and participative arts. As a result of the research findings Create and Common Ground administered two mentoring awards available to artists working in collaborative/participative arts in two context areas: Arts and Health and Cultural Diversity.

Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC)

A new Research & Development/Mentoring award has been introduced in the Artist in the Community Scheme. It is open to artists who wish to develop a community based project and who have identified an artist mentor they want to work with a during the research and development phase.

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