Arts Council Announces €350,000 Local Arts Collaborative Awards

The Arts Council has announced the recipients of the most recent round of the Invitation to Collaboration Scheme which sees €350,000 being awarded to five major local authority arts projects around the country.

The scheme, established in May 2016, aims to identify new ways of strengthening access to the arts for people across Ireland and to highlight the role of the arts in building sustainable, cohesive communities. The projects highlight the quality of perception and ambition within local authority arts, which have all identified unique approaches to the many facets of the arts that they are invested in.

Wexford County Council with Dublin City and Fingal County Council
An Urgent Enquiry builds on previously funded research on a collaborative and interdepartmental enquiry with public art and biodiversity specialists to research new models of commissioning art that focuses on the pertinent issue of art and biodiversity. The research has resulted in a new residency/commissioning model that includes international expertise, curatorial and research support to realize three new colloquial site specific works.

Cork City and Cork County Council with the HSE, Age and Opportunity, Music Alive, Cork Midsummer Festival and Sirius Arts Centre.
A creative enquiry through a curatorial partnership with Age and Opportunity to explore and develop quality arts opportunities with and for older people. The enquiry will be informed by three artists in residence hosted by the local arts partners.

Clare County Council with the Irish Memory Orchestra, 3L Online Music, DCU and National Council for the Blind.
The composition and performance of an orchestral symphony that explores perceptions of vision, informed by and performed by musicians who are visually impaired and the publication of a website that offers supports and resources for visually impaired musicians.

Galway County with Galway City and Roscommon County Council with the Irish Theatre Institute & Drama at NUIG
The award will support the development of regional multi-disciplinary creative producers to enhance cultural provision in urban and rural contexts in the West. There will be a focus on professional capacity building, recruitment, skills/needs analysis, training and creative concepts.

Limerick City and County Council with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance, Donegal and Kerry County Council
A participatory circus project exploring inter-generational topics with a focus on social inclusion, cultural participation and wellbeing. The themes are explored through artist residencies and multi-disciplinary immersive theatre performances in the three counties. The project evaluation findings will be presented at a symposium at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

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