Colin O'Mahoney is a freelance comic book editor, co-founder or Turncoat Press, and sometime writer and letterer. He also gives workshops on the various aspects of making comics - all of which he loves! Colin has worked with teenagers across Cork County on comic book creation, creative writing and more.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with Colin in ten online group sessions that explore the world we live in through writing. Participants will look at how to express oneself in words and write in a way to expresses your voice.

To apply, please send a completed application form to arts@corkcoco.ie by February 7th, 2021.

Acclaimed musician Jack O’ Rourke will lead a series of free online evening classes to help participants learn more about the craft of song-writing and develop their skills in this particular genre.

Jack O’Rourke is a songwriter and artist who has performed at Other Voices, is regularly play-listed on national radio, and has won the ‘International Song-Writing Competition.’ This course will intimately guide the participants through the song-writing process.

To apply, please send a completed application form to arts@corkcoco.ie by February 7th, 2021.

Over six weeks, acclaimed author Billy O’ Callaghan will lead a series of free online morning classes to help participants learn more about the craft and the art of short story writing.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with Billy in six online group sessions that explore the craft that is writing short story fiction. Tuition will involve the use of the Zoom video conferencing app.

To apply, please send a completed application form to arts@corkcoco.ie by February 7th, 2021.

Cork County Library and Arts Service is pleased to announce another fantastic online writing course with poet Matthew Geden.  Over 10 weeks, Matthew will lead a series of free online evening classes to help participants learn more about the craft of writing of poetry.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with Matthew in ten online group sessions that explore the world we live in through poetry. Participants will look at classic and contemporary poems that examine aspects of our surroundings including nature poetry, the urban landscape, the weather, climate change and travel. Each workshop will also include class exercises and group critiques of each other's work.

To apply, please send a completed application form to arts@corkcoco.ie by February 7th, 2021.

Cork County Library and Arts Service is pleased to announce CSI: Cork, a six-week online writing course with crime writer, Alex Barclay.

Whether you’re a tentative beginner, somewhere in the middle, or close to the end, Alex will help you bring out the best of your creativity, so you can tell the story you want to tell, in the way you want to tell it.

The course will cover story development, character, plot, dialogue, structure, and pacing, and will include the many tricks Alex has picked up in the course of her career – tricks she would love to share, because the more crime novels in the world, the better.

To apply, please send a completed application form to arts@corkcoco.ie by February 7th, 2021.

Cork County Library and Arts Service is pleased to announce a new online writing course with award – winning travel writer Conor Power.  Over 10 weeks, Conor will lead a series of free online evening classes to help six participants learn more about the craft of travel writing.

In the ten-week course you will learn about the joys and woes of life on the road with someone who has found his way in the back door and along the winding corridors of the world of travel writing.Travel Within 5km of your Home’ will be the theme of the opening sessions and will include collaborative work on travel within 5km of where you live, outlining three aspects of this zone that are worth highlighting, giving equal time to each one.

To apply, please send a completed application form to arts@corkcoco.ie by February 7th, 2021.

Cork County Council invites applications from artists, designers and craft makers for a place on the Cork County Council Housing Public Art Panel 2021 – 2024.  This will lead to public art commissions funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage as part of Rebuilding Ireland.  Commissions will range from €6,500 to €60,000 including VAT. Cork County Council welcomes emerging and established artists in all artforms, designers and craft makers. Applications from individuals, collectives and organisations will be accepted. 

Applicants will be selected for the Cork County Council Housing Public Art Panel based on artistic excellence, community engagement and placemaking strategies, track record and potential to develop commissions. Artists, designers and craft makers on the panel may be invited to develop art commission proposals for the following capital projects in 2021-24 across seven locations in County Cork. The resulting commissions will include new temporary, permanent and ephemeral artworks, events and projects created in response to the specific context of each commission. Commissions will aim to enhance the area by creating or reflecting a sense of identity or interests that holds meaning amongst local communities. Commissioned artworks, projects and events will promote and encourage community engagement.  Several of the commissions will call for socially engaged, co-created or community-centred projects. 

Other capital projects may also arise during this period. The panel may also be extended beyond 2024.  Artists, designers and craft makers invited to develop proposals will receive a detailed brief, the opportunity to attend a site visit and a fee for submitted proposals.  Commissioned artworks must comply with Cork County Council health and safety guidelines. Cork County Council is committed to supporting inclusion, accessibility and diversity in this commissioning process.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is midnight 22 August 2021

Application form available here: Cork County Council Housing Public Art Panel: 2021 – 2024

The Cork County Council Housing Public Art Panel 2021 - 2024 is funded under the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage percent for art scheme as part of Rebuilding Ireland: Pillar 3, and operates under the National Per Cent for Art Commissioning Guidelines 2004.

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