Congratulations to everyone who recently completed the 'Inspiring Communities' and 'Event Production' Courses in Kilkenny and Arklow. The participants organised a fantastic range of events including a Lace Exhibition, a Fashion Show with a Difference, Charity Fundraisers, Art and Craft events, and more!
Looking forward to starting our exciting new Cultural Event Training Programme in Callan, Co. Kilkenny later this month in association with Callan Community Network and KCAT. This is a 10 month programme which will develop event production, organisation and administration skills and generate inspiring events in the region. More details shortly!
"You warmed my heart", " Best gig I've seen in years", "Gave the place such a lift", "We were spoilt", they said, and so did the 500 other people who were blessed to share in the sheer brilliance, the endless jokes and the magic of our Arts Council funded week with Seamus Begley and Tim Edey and all those great, great people around the country who made them feel 'so appreciated and welcomed'. 'more. more, more....!'
It's now possible to see the Artlands, South Tipperary Rural Arts Group and Voluntary Arts Ireland joint presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht on the 27th March which was considering 'Utilising the Arts to combat disadvantage' at the following Oireachtas web-site link (our presentation starts after 5 minutes approximately):
The transcript of the proceedings is available here:
This committee met over five weeks with various groups, arts officers, etc to discuss the issue and will subsequently make a submission to the relevant Departments on the issues raised.
Thanks to everyone who made submissions from around the country.
Artlands is delighted to announce that the Inspiring Trad Community Tour 2012 which is funded by the Arts Council will visit 6 counties in April, 2012. Renowned West Kerry accordion player and singer Seamus Begley will be joined by the BBC Radio 2 FolK Awards Musician of the Yer 2012, Tim Edey for 6 nights of music to raise the spirits and soothe the soul! Starting in Cloverfield in Co. Limerick on Tuesday, 17th April, the tour will tavel on subsequent nights to Burncourt in Co. Tipperary, Rahanna in Co. Carlow, Ballickmoyler in Co. Laois, Baltinglass in co. wicklow and Milltown in Co. Westmeath on Sunday, April 22nd. All the events are hosted by local voluntary promoters and it should ot be missed.
Artlands is currently delivering it's exciting 'Inspiring Communities' programme in Arklow with the support of the Community Education Service of Co. Wicklow VEC and the Arts Office of Wicklow County Council. Already the participants have identified a range of events which they plan to organise in their local communities.
Ballyhoura in Co. Limerick is the location for a Parades and Festivals Project with t he support of Ballyhoura Development Ltd. which seeks to assist local communities to access training which would enhance events and parades in the region and encourage them to support each other in their efforts.
While in Westmeath, a Festival and Event Training initiative which was supported by Westmeath Community Development is coming to an end. The most recent group to be worked with, in Kilbeggan has committed to organising a really worthwhile community festival on the June Bank Holiday weekend whilst other groups have organised various community based events.
And Artlands has been invited to make a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht on the 27th March which are considering the following:
‘Utilising the Arts to combat disadvantage, among the young, the old, and the socially disadvantaged and to encourage their greater integration and social inclusion within local communities’
We'll be joined on the day by two members of South Tipperary Rural Arts group and Kevin Murphy, Chief Officer with Voluntary Arts Ireland
I want to hear from the following:
Voluntary promotors and individuals and communities interested in promoting arts events and discuss what your needs are and explore how we can help.
Artists who are interested in performing in or working with local communities so that I can share this information with local communities or look at potential joint projects we can work on.
Arts Administrators, policy makers and funders who wish to encourage and support arts activities in local and rural communities to discuss how we can help to bring this about.
I'm currently developing project proposals to develop new arts networks and also alternative methods of working with communities which I hope to deliver in the coming months.
You can e-mail me directly at email@example.com with your ideas or post your comments.
Artlands (formerly known as Rural Arts Network) is a Social Enterprise and was founded by Conor O'Leary.
Over the last five years, Artlands (formerly known as Rural Arts Network), has inspired, trained and supported local volunteers to host and promote arts and cultural events in their communities. This work has taken place across the country and has resulted in the formation of Arts Networks in South East Laois, West Wicklow, South Tipperary, South Kerry, Westmeath, and the Ballyhoura region of Co. Limerick and individual communities being supported in Carlow, Kilkenny, South County Dublin, Clare, Galway, Cork, Waterford, Leitrim, and Kildare.
As a result over 400 professional arts and cultural events have been organised and promoted by these volunteers.
These events have ranged accross all artforms and ages, from theatre to childrens puppet shows, writing workshops to dance, singer-songwriters to welsh choirs, storytellers, rock stars, poets, and visual artists.
23,000 people have attended these events.
You can get involved in the following ways:
If you're a community group or individual who'd like to develop arts activity in your area or you're already promoting events then contact me directly by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Conor O'Leary is a level 2 awardee for 2008 with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and wishes to acknowledge their funding and support. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland invests in and supports people with innovative ideas for social change to turn them into a reality.
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The Arts Networks in South-East Laois, West Wicklow, South Kerry and South Tipperary were set up with the generous support and funding of the local LEADER company in each area and also received funding from the local county council arts office.