* Added on 19/11/18*: Launch of the County Cork Culture and Creativity Strategy and Creative County Cork Conference both a Great Success:
The Creative County Cork Conference 2018 took place in Baile Mhúirne on Friday and Saturday, 9th and 10th November and it proved to be a most special two days. Opening with an address, as Gaeilge, by Cllr. Gobnait Moynihan, deputising on behalf of the Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, the tone was set for the captivating talks and discussions that followed over the two days, beginning with a talk by Sarah Keaveney of the National Creative Ireland Programme Team. On the Friday morning, members of Cork County Council’s Culture Team (Tourism, Arts, Irish, Heritage and Library) gave an overview of the range of different cultural initiatives underway within the County, touching on a range of different funding streams for a range of different projects. The afternoon saw wonderful presentations by An Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill; Máirtín Ó Méaloid (Oileán Chléire), Rachel Ní Riada (Údaras na Gaeltachta), Bríd Cranitch (Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne) and Peadar Ó Riada, followed by a most wonderful performance by local school children involved in the Aisling Geal Programme. A number of those who attended the conference also went to the Ionad Cultúrtha in the evening to see a wonderful performance by the Bow Brothers.
The Saturday saw four fantastic presentations in the morning by Siobhán Ó Dhúinnín (Rinceoir); Rachel Holstead (Ealaín na Gaeltachta); Tara Kennedy (Free Market) and Dr. Rosarie Crowley (HSE). Topics covered included the importance of open space for cultural interaction and the importance of cultural interaction for our well-being, as well as dance and art in the Gaeltacht areas of the County. The afternoon featured a wonderful tour of St. Gobnait’s early monastic settlement by County Archaeologist Mary Sleeman, followed by a most memorable tour of the Nine White Deer Brewery in Baile Mhúirne, which takes its name from the folklore surrounding St. Gobnait herself.
At the conference the Cork County Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 was also launched for the County. The Strategy was produced by Cork County Council’s Culture Team following extensive public consultations and a number of workshops throughout the Municipal Districts of the County. This extensive public involvement has resulted in a document specifically tailored to meet with the cultural aims of the County over the next 5 years. Six key priorities were identified, based on key values and a positive vision. The values are many, strongly based on community values including participation and inclusivity as well as recognising the full diversity of culture as well as the need to truly recognise who we are as an Irish people. The strategy values volunteers as the backbone of Ireland and also values collaboration, education, quality of life, health, including mental health, and overall well-being both at the individual and community level. The strategy sets out a number of mechanisms for raising awareness of culture and helping local groups in getting culturally beneficial community projects off the ground, from pop-up shops and pop-up gaeltachtaí to community based culture led plans, grant schemes and conferences.
The 6 key priorities in the strategy, informed by the extensive community engagement that took place, are ‘Enhancing and Investing in our Local Cultural and Creative Infrastructure’; ‘Liberating Creativity’, ‘Knowing Ourselves’, ‘Supporting and Promoting Community Engagement with Culture’, Showcasing County Cork’, and ‘Our Native Voice’. Groups are encouraged to take note of the strategy with regard to their many cultural initiatives being undertaken at the local community level. Copies of the strategy are available by clicking here and on Floor 3 of the County Hall and for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Added on 09/10/18*: €1.2m Investment announced in 30 New National Creativity Fund Initiatives as part of Creative Ireland Programme
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD has recently announced details of 30 initiatives and projects supported by the Creative Ireland Programme as part of a new National Creativity Fund. The National Creativity Fund enables the Creative Ireland Programme to activate, enable and support genuinely ground-breaking and innovative initiatives, research projects and community programmes, which have creativity and wellbeing at their centre. Through a series of strategic partnerships with cultural organisations, education and academic institutions and healthcare specialists, the selected projects are ambitious, innovative and inclusive and will help inform and implement the vision of the Creative Ireland Programme right across Government. Over €1.2m will be invested in the 30 initiatives over the duration of the Fund in 2018 and 2019. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD., said: “I am delighted to announce details of the 30 exciting and ambitious initiatives which will be supported as part of the new National Creativity Fund of the Creative Ireland Programme. Each of these initiatives offer new opportunities for more integrated, local, community-focused interventions which bring together all aspects of creativity and wellbeing - from good health, community cohesion and resilience, to building strong social networks, culture, arts and local economies. Collaboration is at the heart of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme and I am particularly pleased to note the range of new and imaginative partnerships included in the list of successful projects. They represent the growing dialogue between the arts and health professions, between our educationalists and creatives, each on their own path to a common goal of promoting our individual and collective wellbeing. I look forward to sharing the learnings and insights from these initiatives with my colleagues across our partner agencies and Government Departments.” Full details of the projects supported as part of the new National Creativity Fund are available at https://creative.ireland.ie/en.
* Added on 31/07/18: CREATIVE IRELAND COUNTY CORK CONFERENCE 2018 - 9th/10th NOVEMBER
From our valleys and uplands to our towns and villages, the County of Cork is host to some truly terrific cultural heritage; and the Creative Ireland Programme is one to embrace with regard to safeguarding and further promoting this culture, both within the County and further afield. The Creative Ireland County Cork Conference seeks to delve into this culture offering insights by a range of key speakers and also showcasing some of the County’s wonderful Cultural and Creative Talent. With 2018 being Bliain na Gaeilge, this year’s conference is being held in Baile Bhuirne in the Múscraí Gaeltacht over Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2018. Further details will be provided here (www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland) shortly but now for, certainly take note of the date! For further information and to book a place email email@example.com or phone 021 4285905.
* Added on 22/05/18*: Details of the National Creative Ireland Programme Scheme Announced
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Josepha Madigan, T.D., has recently announced the new Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/2019. This new Scheme aims to identify, support and collaborate with a range of strategic partners on projects which are genuinely innovative, will significantly add value and/or scale to the implementation of the Programme and which will help inform policy and/or cross-sectoral development in the area of culture, creativity and wellbeing. Grants of between €10,000 and €70,000* are available to individuals, organisations, community groups, colleges and cultural institutions, amongst others, from an overall fund of €500,000 for this year. Three themes have been identified as areas of priority for the Partnership Scheme - Individual and Collective Wellbeing, Innovation and Connecting Communities.
Speaking at the announcement of the Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018, Minister Madigan T.D., said: "The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious and ground-breaking initiative which aims to enhance individual and collective wellbeing through increased participation in creative activity. Much has been achieved in the first year of the Programme, from Culture Teams in every Local Authority finalizing their five-year Culture and Creativity plans to the cross-departmental implementation of the ambitious Creative Youth Plan, which is now well underway. We’re also looking forward to announcing details shortly of our first Cruinniú na nÓg, a national day of youthful creativity, which will unlock the creative potential of children and young people with events taking place in towns and communities across the country.
The new Creative Ireland Programme Fund will enable us to activate, enable and support genuinely ground-breaking and innovative initiatives, research projects and community programmes, which have creativity and wellbeing at their centre, and which will help inform and implement the vision of the Creative Ireland Programme. Through these partnerships, we want to encourage ambition, risk, innovation and excellence in the creative and cultural sectors by harnessing the incredible, talent and passion of our citizens and, by working together, across agencies, sectors and organisations, to achieve something truly remarkable.”
Details and application forms for the Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/2019 are available at http://creative.ireland.ie or by clicking https://creative.ireland.ie/en/news/new-creative-ireland-programme-scheme-201819-announced. Deadline for receipt of application forms is midnightFriday 8th June 2018.
* Added on 09/01/18*: From the Well 2018 Short Story Library Competition
The Cork County Library and Arts Service is launching the From the Well Short Story competition 2018 The competition invites entries from writers aged 18 and over who are registered library members in any country. Twenty stories will be shortlisted by writer Billy O’Callaghan and will be announced end of April 2018. A winner from the shortlisted stories will be selected by a panel of judges including Billy O’Callaghan, Claire Kilroy and Eimear Ryan. The winning story and the nineteen other shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology in June 2018. The winning story title will be the title of this publication. The winning writer will be awarded a place on a week long workshop of their choice at the West Cork Literary Festival 2018 and €250 towards accommodation.
Conditions of Entry
Entrants may submit only one short story which must be the original work of the author. Stories must be less than 2,000 words. Stories must be previously unpublished and not accepted for future publication elsewhere. Stories must be typed and entries must be accompanied by an entry form. The name of the entrant must not appear on the story itself. The Judges’ decision is final. Copyright of each story will remain with the author; however Cork County Library and Art Service reserves the right to one publication and/or one broadcast of shortlisted stories
For further information please contact Sinead Donnelly, County Arts Office (021) 4346210
Entries should be sent to Arts Office, Library Headquarters, Carrigrohane Road, Cork or firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for receipt of entries is 5pm on Friday 16th February 2018.
*Added on 21/11/17* Creative Ireland County Cork Conference 2017
Cork County’s first Creative Ireland Conference was held on November 16th and 17th 2017. Over the course of the two days, the event saw close to 20 speakers and a wonderful cultural evening on the first night, featuring Cathal Roche on Saxophone performing Ian Wilson’s ‘Thresholds’; the local Youghal Comhaltas Group, and an outstanding inspiring performance by Peadar Ó Riada. The Conference delved into so many different aspects of culture with the wonderful variety of speakers who partook, giving all in attendance a great overview of cultural activity within the County of Cork. The Conference also allowed ample time to explore and discuss Creative Ireland as a whole. The ensuing talks were most worthwhile, and identified areas requiring greater attention and focus within the County from a community and cultural perspective, but also identified many positive aspects. Certainly, what was taken from the conference was a real recognition of the importance of Creative Ireland and a real sense of ambition as to what can be achieved both at the individual level, but also at the community and even national level, for anyone and everyone willing to embrace the Creative Ireland Programme.
With regard to the Creative Ireland Programme, each Local Authority is currently in the process of undertaking a five year Cultural and Creativity Strategy. Cork County Council has held eight workshops around the County to stimulate talk, discussion and ideas, meeting with close to one hundred people in the process. Written submissions are also being invited, now with an extended deadline date of Friday December 1st, 2017. To make a submission email email@example.com.
*Added on 17/10/17* County Cork Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022
In keeping with the overarching aims of Creative Ireland, a 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategy is being undertaken for County Cork, 2018 - 2022. ‘Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. It is a high-level, high-ambition, all-of-government initiative to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation so that individually and collectively, in our personal lives and in our institutions, we can realise our full creative potential. Underpinning this creative potential is an understanding of the importance of the Arts, Heritage, our Libraries, our Irish Language, our Music and Traditions, our Commemorations and our Cultural Tourism and how these can collectively promote and encourage creativity in all its forms
The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious one and is based on the principles of collaboration and communication, community empowerment and internationalisation. It has five key strands; Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child; Enabling Creativity in Every Community; Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure; Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production and Unifying our Global Reputation. It is Strand 2, Creativity in Every Community, that each Local Authority across the country seeks to embrace most strongly and here in County Cork, with such a strong community sector with an unrivalled track record, the 5-year plan is one to openly embrace.
Whether you are an artist or maker, a member of your local library, a local arts groups, a local historical society, a drama club, or community group in its widest sense, or even if this is something that is purely a personal interest, this is an opportunity to share ideas, pool resources and be part of the creation of a unique and distinctive Cultural and Creativity Strategy for County Cork, as part of the Nationally aligned and fully supported Creative Ireland Programme.
With this in mind, Cork County Council will host a series of open meetings and discussions for anyone interested in participating in the development and delivery of County Cork’s 5-year Cultural and Creativity Strategy. At these meetings the Strategy will be discussed but members of Cork County Council’s Culture Team will also be on hand to offer advice and information on a range of different queries relating to Culture and Creativity locally. Your attendance at any of the following venues would be appreciated:
Location: Mallow Library on Thursday 26th October from 18:30 to 20:00
Location: Skibbereen Library on Thursday 2nd November from 14:30 to 16:00
Location: Fermoy Library on Saturday 4th November from 11:30 to 13:00
Location: Cobh Library on Saturday 4th November from 15:00 to 16:30
Location: Macroom Library on Wednesday 8th November from 14:30 to 16:00
Location: Midleton Library on Wednesday 8th November from 18:30 – 20:00
Location: Bandon Library on Thursday 9th November from 18:30 to 20:00
Location: Ballincollig Library on Tuesday 14th November from 18:00 to 19:30
Interested participants are kindly requested to register their interest to attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their date/venue of choice preferably prior to Wednesday 25th October.
Cork County Council, in addition to organising this series of open meetings, is also seeking written submissions from interested parties with suitable ideas, proposals, comments and overall suggestions for the County Cork Cultural and Creativity Strategy, 2018-2022. This is a great opportunity for the people of Cork to shape the Cultural Development of the County and all comments are most welcome. Closing date for receipt of said submissions is Friday 17th November 2017, to be sent to email@example.com.
As part of the roll out of Creative Ireland in Cork County, 2017, a Culture and Creativity Action Plan was undertaken for the year, which is available to view by clicking here. This plan, having benefited from dozens of public submissions, provides background information on Creative Ireland in County Cork and should be used as a practical working document to stimulate ideas for the 5-year Strategy going into the future.
Creative Ireland is an insightful legacy project that sets out to harness the country's culture, arts and heritage over the next five years with the purpose of ensuring ‘that Ireland offers a meaningful, value driven quality of life’. It is hoped that the County of Cork will do itself proud in each and every respect.
* Added on 06/08/17*: County Cork's Creativity gets a boost on influential US website
IrishCentral.com, a US based website with more than 3.5 million visitors per month and a 750K+ strong social media audience was this past weekend highlighting the wealth of artistic and cultural creativity in County Cork.
The website, the leading news source for the Irish diaspora around the world is partnering with Creative Ireland, the Government’s five-year initiative to place creativity at the centre of public policy.
The development of Culture Plans for every county is a cornerstone of Pillar 2 of the Creative Ireland Programme – Enabling Creativity in Every County. Since the launch of Creative Ireland in December 2016, every Local Authority has established a Culture Team which includes arts officers, heritage officers, librarians, museum and gallery curators, led by a local Creative Ireland coordinator. Each Team has now put together a plan for their county to encourage communities and citizens to engage, participate and enable their creative potential.
Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has contributed to the County Cork Culture Plan, which will drive culture and creativity in communities right across the county. Creative Ireland is all about encouraging people to get more involved in creativities activities, because we know that engaging in arts and culture is good for us, whether you are young, old or somewhere in between. A central aim of Creative Ireland is to enable creativity in every community nationwide, and the Culture Plan being launched today is an essential part of that. Through Creative Ireland we want to empower local authorities to foster and encourage creative activity in their towns and villages. I would encourage the people of County Cork to check out this new Culture Plan, find out what’s happening in your local area in the coming months and get involved.”
Commenting on the partnership from New York, Mike Rich, IrishCentral CEO, said “IrishCentral.com is the leading Irish website in US with a loyal readership base in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and across Irish America. We are at the very heart of the global Irish community that is rightly renowned for its creativity and genius. Our team here is dedicated to connecting the Irish with everything that’s going on back home. There’s a growing excitement across the global Irish about the potential and promise of the Creative Ireland initiative and a burning desire to find out more about what’s happening in County Cork and right across the country."
Among the many highlights of County Cork’s Creative Ireland programme featured on IrishCentral is the Picnic at the Castle, when historic Mallow Castle opens its grounds on the 13th August for a day of creative arts activity, the 150th Commemoration of the Manchester Martyrs on 23rd November, as well as The Art of Heritage – A Culture of Creativity, a conference focusing on the importance and value of connectivity between art and heritage, culture and creativity.
* Added on 06/08/17*: Irish Central to focus on Creative Ireland County Cork
The renowned Irish Diaspora website www.irishcentral.com will be focussing on County Cork in the coming days, commencing on August 7th 2017. The website will give great coverage to a variety of upcoming Creative Ireland Activities and to find out more and to subscribe to the Irish Central Newsletter visit https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/creative-ireland/what-s-happening-in-county-cork-events-you-can-t-miss
* Added on 08/06/17*: National Launch of Creative Ireland Plans
On May 25th 2017, each of the country's 31 Local Authority Creative Ireland Plans were launched. The plans contain a variety of different projects and events to see the rolling out of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Local Level. Here in Cork County, the 2017 County Cork Plan will be launched in the coming weeks with more information to be provided shortly. For more information on Creative Ireland in the County of Cork visit https://creative.ireland.ie/en/local-plans/cork-county
* Added on 16/05/17*: SHORT FILM ON THE FAMINE:
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is inviting short film submissions ranging from twelve to fifteen minutes in length on the topic of the Irish famine for young audiences, aged between ten and thirteen. The deadline for submissions is June 9th 2017, while projects must be delivered by February next year. Both established and emerging filmmakers with at least one completed project are eligible to apply. The film is intended for both classroom and individual use, will be widely promoted and distributed via online platforms, and supported by specially prepared educational materials. It should also be able to engage Irish and international audiences. Films may be live action, animated or employ a mixture of genres, though all submissions should be grounded in solid scholarship on the famine and must include reference to the collection held at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University. For more information visit http://iftn.ie/news/ProductionNews/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4290536&tpl=archnews&force=1