Creative Places Ireland is a three-year Arts Council led pilot programme developed for communities around the country that have not had opportunities to benefit from sustained public arts investment. In January 2020, Create was awarded the tender to manage the pilot programme, developing a creative programme in collaboration with the people of Tuam, Co Galway.
This pilot programme (2020–2022) with funding of €150,000 per annum, aims to build capacity locally for a sustainable grassroots approach to creativity and arts engagement. It will create new opportunities for local communities to collaborate on meaningful arts experiences, both during the three year programme and afterwards.
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 the Creative Places Tuam Pilot, 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.