Create is delighted to announce that Aisling Byrne has been awarded the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2019: Collaborative Arts and Theatre.
Byrne is a theatre artist with a practice in socially engaged & inclusive theatre making. Throughout the past decade she has predominantly collaborated with artists and arts participants with an intellectual disability under Run of the Mill Theatre, of which she is the founder and Artistic Director. Byrne intends to use this bursary to explore key questions related to her practice as a facilitating theatre artist collaborating with people with an intellectual disability, focusing on the creation of documentary work that platforms the voices and lived experiences of people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. The bursary will afford her time out from ongoing facilitation of classes & groups, in order to self examine and ask crucial questions about her role in inclusive theatre making, and the future direction of her practice as a collaborative artist making work with participants with intellectual disabilities.
The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2019: Collaborative Arts and Theatre aims to support individual professional theatre artists whose practice centres on collaboration with individuals or groups (non-arts professionals). This award was offered through a partnership with Dublin Fringe Festival.
The purpose of the Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice and it is specifically aimed at an artist who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect on practice. More particularly, the Bursary allows the artist to consider key questions associated with arts and health practice using collaborative methodologies.
The panel which awarded this bursary was chaired by Áine Crowley, Programme Manager Arts and Engagement, and consisted of Ruth Mc Gowan, Director of Dublin Fringe Festival, Cathy Coughlan, Dancer, and Kath Gorman of the Arts Council. Create staff member Jane O’Rourke observed and took minutes.