16 x 16 ARTISTS BURSARIES
In acknowledgement of the part played by artists in the events of 1916, and in recognition of the role of the artist in contemporary Ireland, the Arts Council will award a special bursary to sixteen emerging artists. The successful applicants will receive €12,500 each and will be invited to participate in a collective week-long residency in 2016. An independent jury met on 9 September and made its selection. Details will be announced during October – watch this space!
NATIONAL CHORAL PROJECT
On Easter Sunday 2016, in Collins Barracks Dublin, one thousand voices from all over Ireland will join with the RTE Orchestras and Performing Groups in presenting a major new orchestral and choral work, composed, by commission, by Shaun Davey and Paul Muldoon. This free concert promises to be one of the highlights of the 1916 commemorations. The Arts Council, in conjunction with RTE, is working in partnership with the Association of Irish Choirs and Music Generation.
On 6 August, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D, announced the selection of nine projects for the Open Call Awards. The projects are:
Coiscéim / Anu Productions – THESE ROOMS
CoisCéim Dance Theatre and Anu Productions will create a live performance and film installation incorporating dance, theatre and visual art based on a historical incident in North King Street, Dublin in April 1916.
Fearghús Ó Conchúir – The Casement Project
Drawing inspiration from the life of Roger Casement, choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir will create a stage performance, a dance festival, a dance film, an academic symposium and a series of engagement opportunities.
Garrett Phelan – HEED
A public sound work made by artist Garrett Phelan, in collaboration with groups of Dublin-based young people, with the support of social services providers.
Irish Writers Centre – A Poet’s Rising
Filmed performances of new poems by Jessica Traynor, Thomas McCarthy, Paul Muldoon, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Theo Dorgan, with an original score composed by Colm Mac Con Iomaire.
Lorcán MacMathúna – 1916 – Visionaries and their words
A cycle of songs inspired by the writings and ideals of the Easter Rising leaders to be performed at 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and Temple Bar Trad Fest.
Performance Art Live Foundation – Future Histories
A dawn-to-dusk live art and video event with 16 acclaimed Irish artists at Kilmainham Gaol.
Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny – Willie Doherty Commission
A new video work by Willie Doherty, shot in Donegal and Dublin, which examines the legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Rita Duffy – The Souvenir Shop
Rita Duffy will create a shop in Dublin city centre, filled with everyday goods, which examines how the images, objects and themes of the 1916 Easter Rising have become ‘souvenirs’.
Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones – In the Shadow of the State
A collaboration between visual artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, exploring statehood from the perspective of the female body.
For more information, please visit http://www.artscouncil.ie/programme/