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11 May

Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Round One: Successful Applicants

An innovative Arts Council Scheme offers artists and communities a unique opportunity to work together. the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects. The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.
The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. The communities who take part do so not as passive observers but as active partners and co- authors of the work. The contemporary art practice of collaborative arts is now attracting emerging and established artists as a dynamic way of making art that can be challenging and exciting as well subverting notions of the artist as solitary genius.

The Artist in the Community Scheme is managed by Create the national development agency for collaborative arts. Create’s remit is to give support and advice to both artists and communities to explore the many facets of collaborative arts.

The most recent recipients of the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme are:

Research and Development Award

Sound artist and composer George Higgs will conduct research with the Dublin Deaf
Choir to explore possibilities of developing a music and performance piece and investigate the area of vibrations in music.

Visual artist Tadhg McGrath will carry out research with a community of interest, the Justice for Terence Wheelock campaign.
Visual artist Ciara McMahon will research with members of the Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association, exploring possibilities of an event based work or work in multi media

Research and Development Award/Mentoring

Artist Fiona Hallinan will conduct research with the Palmerstown Active Retired Walking Group, with a view to creating a site specific audio work. She will be mentored by composer Alex Synge

Visual artist Martina Cleary is researching socio cultural issues connected to concepts of Safety and Refuge with the Clare Women’s Network. During the research phase she will be mentored by Seamus McGuinness.

Project Realisation Awards

Limerick Community Education Network will be working with the artist Christina Gangos-Klien to create a series of ‘one shot documentaries’ (1-5) minutes, featuring everyday events that can reveal the potential and beauty of subjective observation.

Donegal Chamber Orchestra will be working with composer Ian Wilson, interviewing them so that the members of the DCO will actively become part of an original composition, and musical transcriptions of fragments of the conversations will be used as the basis of the sections of the proposed 20 minute work

St Margaret’s Traveller Community Association, Ballymun will work collaboratively with artist Seodin O’Sullivan on the Nomadic Mapping Project

The re-formed Sligo United Trades Club will work with artist Seamus Nolan to devise a living monument to the club, its history and social significance, using social memorabilia and diverse archive material. Events and an exhibition to look at using the Trades Club premises, its site and architecture as a place of collective development will also form part of the artwork.

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