Fingal Arts Office and Draíocht, is delighted to announce the selected recipients for HOMEGROUND: Art, People, Place, Identity 2020/2021, a new Research and Development (with mentoring) Award for artists working in socially engaged and collaborative practice and/or artists working with children and young people.
The artists are: Michelle Hall (Visual Artist), Thomas Johnston (Musician/Theatre Maker), Monica Munoz (Choreographer/Dancer) and Jijo Sebastian Palatty (Film Maker).
On announcing the award Emer McGowan, Director Draíocht said:
"HOMEGROUND was conceived both out of Draiocht’s 5 year Strategy ‘A Space for the Arts’, where providing support and expertise to develop artist’s practice is one of our stated goals, and out of a body of collaborative and children/young people’s practice that we have engaged in over our 20 years of operation. I am delighted to be working with this group of artists and mentors, under the guidance of Draíocht’s curator, Sharon Murphy, in a considered and curated programme that will support the development of their work and practice. I know this programme will have far-reaching outcomes and look forward to supporting the participating artists on their individual and collective journeys. I would like to thank our partners in Fingal County Council’s Arts office for their support, which has been crucial in enabling this programme take place."
The Award supports the development of the artist’s current practice and stage of development over a 6-month period (November 2020 – April 2021) via bespoke personal development mentoring, professional practice mentoring, peer supports, crits and networking opportunities and targeted support of a particular project identified by the artists of interest to both themselves and to Fingal/Draíocht Arts. In addition artists will be able to avail of Draíocht’s artist’s studio, theatre studio and rehearsal space in developing ideas. The artists each receive a fee for their participation.
On receiving their awards the artists said:
"I'm delighted to be a recipient of the HOMEGROUND award which will provide me with valuable support for the development of my practice over the coming months. I look forward to connecting with the other participants and learning throughout this process, alongside the peer group and through the opportunity to work closely with my mentor Marie Brett. The HOMEGROUND experience will be of great benefit to the development of my research in many ways and I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead."
(Michelle Hall Visual Artist http://michellehall.ie/ )
"I am thrilled to have received Draíocht’s HOMEGROUND award and feel a great sense of energy and optimism at what the award will allow to happen over 2021. HOMEGROUND could not have come at a better time. After a year like no other, having the opportunity to reflect on my artistic practice in a supportive and guided process will be hugely invigorating and beneficial. I’m also very much looking forward to deepening and extending my relationship with Draíocht through the award, to embracing the mentorship process, and to feeling a sense of collective purpose with the other HOMEGROUND awardees."
(Thomas Johnston Musician/Theatre Maker https://ceolconnected.ie/about-us/ )
"I am delighted and thrilled to take part in HOMEGROUND. I am looking forward to interrogating, research and work developing my practice working along with an extraordinary group of peers and mentors. To test ideas and processes and to receive quality feedback is invaluable. The support and resources provided by Draíocht are generous, trustful and very encouraging. Thanks for opening a window of growth, connection and new relationships. Let the journey begin!"
(Monica Munoz Choreographer/Dancer https://www.danceireland.ie/members/directory/monica-munoz-marin-1/ )
"I feel greatly honoured to have been selected to be part of this program. Being a Dublin 15 resident I was always on the lookout for an opportunity to get involved with Draiocht. I am sure I will benefit from HOMEGROUND mentoring in trying to envisage my immediate future career prospects. I am also looking forward to getting to know and learn from my fellow award winners. The great care, support, guidance and consideration I have received from the Draiocht team so far is nothing but exceptional."
(Jijo Sebastian Palatty Film Maker https://jijospalatty.com/ )
The recipients of the HOMEGROUND Awards were selected via an Open Call which focused on artists currently involved in socially engaged, collaborative project or a project with/for children and young people in Dublin 15 or the wider Fingal county.
The Programme is convened and curated by Emer McGowan (Director, Draíocht https://www.draiocht.ie/ ) and Sharon Murphy (Artist & Curator, Draíocht http://www.sharonmurphy.ie/ ) and supported by Sarah O'Neill (Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal http://fingalarts.ie/) and Caroline Cowley (Public Art Co-ordinator, Fingal).
The Mentors are Marie Brett (https://mariebrett.ie/ ), Annabelle Comyn (http://hatchtheatrecompany.com/about-us ), Joe Lee (http://joelee.ie/ ), Christine Devaney/Curious Seed (https://www.curious-seed.com/aboutus-1) and Fearghus Ó Conchúir (http://www.fearghus.net/ ).
The HOMEGROUND model will be reviewed and documented.
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