In this month’s newsletter we are happy to bring you the news that film-maker Alan Gilsenan has been appointed Film Artist in Residence, and that accordion player Danny O’Mahony has been announced as Traditional Artist in Residence, both at University College Cork.
On their own, these are significant appointments; both artists will make a real and very positive difference to the students, staff and visitors to the university and in the wider community. But the broader picture adds greater significance. Each year, the Arts Council supports more than 20 artists' residencies across a number of different artforms and in partnership with host universities across Ireland, including writer fellowships, film artist in residence, traditional artist in residence and artists in residence at initial teacher education.
Artform residency programmes provide university students with an opportunity to develop their skills with a practising artist during the course of their studies, while also allowing artists to develop their own work in a position of relative financial stability. Residency programmes in institutes of higher education support future teachers in developing the skills and confidence to facilitate meaningful arts experiences for their students, while also providing opportunities for artists to develop their skills and experience in education settings.
As Alan and Danny begin their terms we wish them, and all of the other artists in residence around the country, great success.
I would like to close with a reminder for those arts organisations applying for Strategic Funding. The window for applications closes at 17:30 on Thursday 5 September. As always, I would urge those making the applications to give themselves plenty of time, and to avoid leaving it until the last day to upload your documents.
With best wishes,