Case Studies

Bridge: Croi Glan and West Cork Inclusive Dance Group 

Bridge: Croi Glan and West Cork Inclusive Dance Group

Funded by the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme

Report by Kath Gorman, independent producer, who attended the performance of Bridge 31st May 2014 on behalf of Create

There was a sense of occasion and anticipation as hundreds of people gathered at the Pier at Ballydehob, West Cork to see the site-specific performance of Bridge by integrated dance company Croi Glan. This was a fine summer’s evening on the last Saturday of May 2014, attracting and audience from Ballydehob and neighbouring villages. Live music and local artisan food set the scene as the audience looked out at the bridges before them. In particular, catching the attention was the imposing 12 Arch Bridge, which crosses the estuary at Ballydehob and originally carried the West Cork railway..

This project has been many months in the making, involving different local partners - COPE Foundation, West Cork Arts Centre, CoAction and West Cork Mental Health as well as dance and arts participants from West Cork Arts Centre. The diversity of groups involved was clearly evident in the numbers of people both attending as audience members and as performers. Performing with Croi Glan members were also the newly formed West Cork Inclusive Dance Group - created specifically for this project - a diverse group of people from teenagers to older people, with and without disabilities. The group had been working on the project since the autumn, with rehearsals at the site over the last week before the public performances.

A lone voice signaled the beginning of the performance. As the singer, backed by a live band, moved slowly towards the audience, dancers in red and black began to move across the lower footbridge. The footbridge became a moving stage as over time thirty plus performers moved back and forth, arching and bending their bodies athletically and gracefully in solo, duet and group performances. The footbridge became a dance barre, demonstrating the dancers’ physicality, strength and finesse. Mary Nugent, a performer with Croi Glan, and other performers, used their wheelchairs playfully, both as vehicle and dancing partners.

Behind and above them on the imposing 12 Arch Bridge performers moved creating a sense of scale and drama as they reached to the sky. Other performers perched birdlike across the entire width of the same bridge. Aerialist Tara Brandel and her companion lowered themselves to the soulful sounds of ‘strength, courage and wisdom’ and scaled down the side of the bridge on ropes, like mountaineers and arching and circling their way down until they released yellow silks billowing like sails in the breeze. Two rowing boats waited beneath them and this aerial finale ended with a solo figure watching from on high as her two companions were rowed towards the shore and the audience.

Music for the performance was provided under the guidance of musician and composer Eoin Nash of Suisha Inclusive Arts at the COPE Foundation, and arranged and performed by Siobhan Heapes, Miranda McCarthy-Fisher, Anna Murray, Marcus Magdalena. This was a project ambitious in its site, scale and performer numbers, aiming for full inclusiveness and physical expression by all performers that echoed the dramatic cinematic quality of the 12 Arch Bridge.

Policing Dialogues exhibition by What's the Story? Collective and artist Fiona Whelan. The exhibition received the Long Term Project Realisation award under the 2009 Artist in the Community Scheme.

The Policing Dialogues Review

What’s the Story? Collective and artist Fiona Whelan

The Policing Dialogues Review [PDF] is now available for download from

It is a 24 page newspaper from Rialto Youth Project about the recent work and practice of What's the Story? Collective; a group of young people, youth workers and artist Fiona Whelan.  The newspaper which was launched by the former Governer of Mountjoy prison, John Lonergan reflects the work of the collective and documents their process as well as including commentary and opinion from a wide variety of related individuals.

To coincide with its launch in December 2011, Rialto Youth Project announced that the training that was developed during the Policing Dialogues residency in 2010 will be implemented as part of an induction programme for all future trainee Gardai in Dublin South Central division. The training intends to better equip future Gardai in ‘understanding areas of urban disadvantage and poverty’ and in ‘understanding young people’s behaviour’.

Policing Dialogues at the LAB was funded by Dublin City Arts Office, The Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme managed by Create; the Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary and Atlantic Philanthropies

Arts and Health: Jenny Moran interviews Jenny Moran

Artist Jennie Moran interviews herself (watch) about collaboration and engagement in her collaborative project Personal Effects which took place in a healthcare setting. She originally spoke about Personal Effects at the Collaborative Practices and Public Art event, Dublin City Public Art Programme.

Personal Effects, Jennie Moran, 2009, the Stroke Unit of Galway’s Merlin Park University Hospital. It was managed by the Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust and funded by The Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme managed by Create. See also Case Studies.

Projecting "i" on the back wall of RUA RED, Tallaght. Artist: Aileen Lambert.Artist in the Community Scheme sample evaluation report

Review of Click - Click on behalf of St Kevin’s Family Resource Centre, prepared by Richard Wakely of RW International Arts

'farmfilm 3' (2010), Katie Lincoln, installation shot, 3'20''

Between Autumn 2009 & Summer 2010 film maker Katie Lincoln worked with a group of young people from Belvedere Youth Club, Buckingham St, Dublin 1 on filming animal and plants across the seasons at Airfield farm and gardens. The young people chose their own subject matter, using the camera as a tool which allowed them to actively access pens and fields and enabled them to closely explore and contemplate farm animals and botanic specimens including a Mexican succulent over 120 years old. Katie also produced a new film work over the duration of the project (farmfilm 3).

These images chart the young film maker's progress over the seasons as they develop their camera skills and gain confidence interacting with the animals at the farm. Funded by Arts Council’s Artist in the Community scheme managed by Create.

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Arts Council Artist in Community Scheme Project Realisation Award

Memory Dress
Charlotte Donovan and Marie Brett

Supported by Triskel

The aim of the project was to involve different individuals and communities associated with St. Finbarr’s Hospital in the creation of unique, evocative artworks that celebrate and commemorate lives lived but not forgotten. Memory Dress afforded participants an opportunity for creative collaboration in an unlikely setting, creating a sense of community and empowerment within the hospital. 

Project description The artists initiated a process where individuals associated with St. Finbarr’s Hospital  share memories of special moments or special people in their lives by creating ‘Memory Dresses’. The dress is a powerful symbol, a tangible manifestation of hopes and dreams attached to cultural milestones. Memory Dress developed through a series of mini-projects with patient groups from wards and departments around the hospital. The work in progress and the artistic process is being recorded in an individual notebook for each group. Memory Dress Postcards have been produced informing the hospital, arts organisations, and the public about the project and offering opportunities for participation. 

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Arts Council Artist in Community Scheme Project Realisation Award

Training to be a Service User

Artist-in-residence Colette Lewis
RehabCare Hollyhill Cork

project description

In July 2001 the management of a number of Sheltered Workshops for people with disabilities in the Rehab Group transferred from National Learning Network (formerly NTDI) to RehabCare, which is the health and social care division of Rehab. These sheltered workshops were originally set up in the 70’s as a facility for people with long term disabilities considered unable for open employment. At the initial stage of this ‘changeover’ there was a lot of concern from people in these workshops as to what this change in management would bring. The primary change has been the closure of many of the sheltered workshops being replaced by programmes with a rehabilitative, developmental and therapeutic focus. For some this created a sense of ‘work’ displacement and for others an opportunity for self-development.

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Arts Council Artist in Community Scheme Project Realisation Award

home: process and partnership
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In the 1960’s Dublin City Council embarked on a housing project, which would attempt to be an alternative to the tenement style housing that was historically prevalent in the city centre and the problems associated with it. The alternative consisted of single-family terraced houses, seven story apartment blocks and high-rise tower blocks that were located in Ballymun, on the periphery of Dublin’s north city suburbs. The building work was completed in 1967 and they are considered to be the only experiment in high-rise within the Republic of Ireland. Thirty years later it was decided, apart from social problems apparent in the area, that the buildings too were suffering structurally. In 1997, Dublin City Council drew up a plan to start demolishing the estate as a part of a ten-year regeneration project.

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