Over an eighteen month period Create and Common Ground undertook an action research project – Connect Mentoring Programme – to examine mentoring for collaborative and participative arts.

As a result of the research findings Create and Common Ground administered two mentoring awards available to artists working in collaborative/participative arts in two specific context areas: Arts and Health and Cultural Diversity.

The mentoring awards were open to artists, across all art forms, working collaboratively in culturally diverse contexts. The awards were intended to support the establishment and development of mentoring support with a named mentor.

The Connect Mentoring Programme is an Arts Council funded initiative.

Arts and Health Mentoring Award (€1,000)

The recipients were: Sheelagh Broderick mentee; Marie Brett, mentor

Eligible applicants needed to describe arts and health practice which was of a collaborative nature – i.e. work produced with staff, service users and/or families in a health care setting. This seed funding was not available to support mentoring in arts and health where the practice prioritised therapeutic outcomes.

Cultural Diversity Mentoring Award (€1,000)

The recipients were; Melatu Okorie (mentee) and Lia Mills( mentor)

Eligible applicants needed to describe collaborative/participative arts practice produced with communities of place and/or interest where the focus of interest was cultural diversity.

Create is involved periodically in commissions and awards with partner organisations.

Information on these opportunities and how to apply will be available here, along with details of past initiatives.

And the award goes to… TheatreClub

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, is delighted to announce the award recipient of the Create/NCAD Bursary Award.

Doireann Coady of TheatreClub, a Dublin based collective founded in 2008 will work collaboratively with groups in the Liberties area, using the lecture theatre space in NCAD Gallery as a creative base for the week of 9 August, interacting with the neighbourhood and people living in the Dublin 8 area.

The process will feed into the work that will be shown as part of Absolut Fringe 2010.

The Create/NCAD bursary award is designed to offer practitioners who are taking part in  Absolut Fringe a week long space to undertake research and reflection on what it is to collaborate with communities in the making of new work.

In addition the Bursary award recipient is offered creative producing support from Create.

For this inaugural award, Create worked with Absolut Fringe Festival to support theatre artists who work collaboratively.

 

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