Creative Places is a three year programme for the people of Tuam. The programme aims to develop a grassroots approach to creativity and arts engagement, building capacity for a rich, engaged artistic and cultural practice in the town and its hinterlands. It makes space for new ideas and new collaborations.
The programme will offer a number of opportunities for everyone to be involved in a meaningful way. With Tuam as our venue, and its stories, history, people and future as our inspiration, Creative Places will utilise residencies, commissions, creative exchanges and development days, community-based artist awards, conversations and new ideas to bring it to life.
This programme will form a key part of Create’s thinking and work over the next three years, and we look forward to working with the people of Tuam to establish a durational, sustainable, community based arts practice in the town. Create will work in collaboration with local communities to create opportunities to celebrate and grow artistic and cultural capacity in Tuam and its surrounding area. We also want to make space for new ideas and new collaborations.
Carolann Courtney is the coordinator for Creative Places Tuam, responsible for programme delivery. Carolann will work on the ground in Tuam and engage directly with communities, artists and project stakeholders to successfully realise the programme’s aims and objectives. Carolann will be based in Tuam on Wednesday and Thursdays, and working off-site on Fridays. She can be contacted at creativeplacestuam[at]create-ireland.ie.
Update 6th November 2020: We are delighted to announce the new Creative Places Tuam website! The site will bring together inspiring news, events and opportunities about the Creative Places Tuam programme. We’ve already been lucky enough to meet with lots of people in Tuam and the surrounding area, and we believe that this website will allow us to connect with many more, developing the cultural capacity of the area, particularly in this time of physical distancing and social solidarity. Check out the site for details on our plans over the next two years as we journey together, as well as news and events.
Update 27th April 2020: Beginning in January, programme coordinator Carolann Courtney has engaged in initial community consultation and research getting to know the town over 40 meetings, 53 cups of tea with 23 local groups, individual artists and locals, been guided to different community spaces and historical sites, joined in with 2 singalongs and attended one programme launch! In recent weeks, the programme has faced the same challenges of physical distancing that many others have experienced. The Create team has spent time in the past weeks planning remote programmes and content that will add value and foster social solidarity, much needed during this time of physical distancing.
Update 27th March 2020: Due to the ongoing Covid 19 public health crisis, Carolann Courtney will be working from home for the foreseeable future. Though not on the ground at the moment Carolann is available for one to one or group chats using Whats App / Zoom / Etc. You can contact her during normal working hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and via email (creativeplacestuam[at]create-ireland.ie).