21 October 2018
By Bryan Smyth
The Arts Council has awarded €75,000 to a regional project between Cork City and County Council to deliver a unique and ambitious Creative Enquiry centred on the arts and older people.
Creative Enquiry will look at the role of the arts in safeguarding against the challenges of older age and through creative engagement and dialogue with older people through three artist residencies in three different arts organisations to develop models of best practice. Sirius Arts Centre, Music Alive and Cork Midsummer Festival will each host a resident artist and will be supported nationally by Age and Opportunity.
The Arts Council confirmed the award as part of their ‘Invitation to Collaboration’ scheme aimed at Local Authorities, which promotes unique collaborations through working better together and promoting high quality access to and engagement with the arts.
Speaking at the launch on Wednesday 17th of October, in the Irish Aerial Creation Centre in Limerick, Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride said: “We are inspired by the ambition and creativity of the proposals we receive from Local Authorities. Collaboration between the Arts Council and local authorities is where we see public engagement in the arts at its most informed, most considered and most artistically ambitious.
I am delighted to confirm that Cork City and County Council was successful with its local arts partners and I’m confident this funding will help foster a unique and exciting collaboration between artists and older people in the Cork area during 2019.”