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The Connect Mentoring Programme, a partnership from Create and Common Ground, is an Arts Council funded initiative that responds to the professional development needs of the collaborative arts sector.

The aim of the Connect Mentoring Programme - and the learning resource tool that has been developed from it - is to enable and build capacity within the collaborative arts sector to undertake mentoring.

Read more on the Connect Mentoring Programme blog. This blog is intended as a platform through which the learnings of the Connect Programme, the DVD and accompanying Booklet, can be further debated, explored and tested by mentors and mentees.

All information posted on the blog will be collated for cumulative learning and research.

Connect Mentoring Programme participants

Mentors and mentees taking part in the year long programme are: Paul Roe, Pia Dunne, Elaine Agnew, Nick Roth, Fiona Whelan, Anne Maree Barry, Jay Koh, Mark Ellison.

List of Partners:

  • Roscommon County Council Arts Office
  • Fishamble: The New Play Company 
  • Civic Theatre Tallaght & Tenderfoot 
  • Artlink, Donegal 
  • Daghdha Mentoring Programme, Limerick 
  • Limerick School of Art and Design 
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) 
  • Northside Learning Hub, Limerick 
  • Irish Chamber Orchestra 
  • Arts Council’s Artist in Community Scheme 
  • Ealaín na Gaeltachta 
  • Firestation Artists Studios 
  • Artlinks, South East

Connect Mentoring Awards: Arts and Health and Cultural Diversity

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 context areas: Arts and Health and Cultural Diversity.

Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC)

A new Research & Development/Mentoring award has been introduced in the Artist in the Community Scheme. It is open to artists who wish to develop a community based project and who have identified an artist mentor they want to work with a during the research and development phase.

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Arts and Civil Society Symposium

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Kevin Murphy

Voluntary Arts Ireland Chief Officer Kevin Murphy introducing the Create and Voluntary Arts Ireland Arts and Civil Society Symposium, 20 and 21 October 2011, Christchurch, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.

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Pat Cooke

Defining Participation and Practice - Policy Perspectives. Martin Drury, Pat Cooke, Marian Fitzgibbon, Pauline Conroy. Chair: Fiona Kearney.

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Participation and Practice

Defining Participation and Practice – Policy Perspectives panel. Seated left to right: Martin Drury, Pat Cooke, Fiona Kearney (Chair), Marian Fitzgibbon, Pauline Conroy.

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Sarah Tuck, Dr Anthony Downey

Create Director Sarah Tuck introducing the keynote address by Dr Anthony Downey.

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Engaging Communities debate

Engaging Communities – The Permeable Institution. One of three concurrent LAB Debates. Left to right: Lisa Moran, Topher Campbell, Declan McGonagle (Chair), Tom Creed, William Ring.

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LAB Reports panel

LAB Reports panel. Left to right: Liz Burns, Robin Simpson,  Tony Fegan (Chair), Declan McGonagle.

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Cultural and Civic Space

Rethinking Cultural and Civic Space. Pictured (left to right): Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Annette Moloney, Bernadette Quinn (Chair).

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Annette Moloney

Rethinking Cultural and Civic Space. Pictured (left to right): Annette Moloney (presenting), Bernadette Quinn (Chair), Frank McDonald, Faisal Abdu’ Allah.

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Arts, Civil Society and Crisis

Arts, Civil Society and Crisis panel. Pictured (left to right): Augustine Zenakos, Carlota Álvarez Basso, Daniel Jewesbury (chair), Gabriel Gbadamosi, Silvana Carotenuto.

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Nuno Sacramento

Arts, Civil Society and Crisis. Pictured: Daniel Jewesbury (chair), Nuno Sacramento. Arts and Civil Society Symposium, Cork, October 20-21, 2011. All photos: Susan Walsh.

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Create volunteers

Christian Buchner, Katia Rush-Hall (Symposium Coordinator), Aoife O'Leary, Pamela Murray. All photos: Susan Walsh.