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Business to Arts & Creative Ireland Programme Announce Businesses Selected to take part in the Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme

Pictured (l-r) at the announcement of the businesses taking part in the match-funded Artist in Residence (AR) Programme with Creative Ireland's National Creativity Fund and Business to Arts were Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Minister Josepha Madigan T.D with business participants Emmet Scully, Managing Partner, LK Shields, Adrienne Harrington, Chief Executive, The Ludgate Hub and Martina Westphal, Director of Community & Social, BHP Community beside artist James Kirwan's installation, Portal to a Vague Place.

Pictured (l-r) at the announcement of the businesses taking part in the match-funded Artist in Residence (AR) Programme with Creative Ireland’s National Creativity Fund and Business to Arts were Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Minister Josepha Madigan T.D. with business participants Martina Westphal, Managing Director, BHP Community, Adrienne Harrington, Chief Executive, The Ludgate Hub and Emmet Scully, Managing Partner, LK Shields beside artist James Kirwan’s installation, ‘Portal to a Vague Place’, in the RHA Gallery. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Business to Arts announced the three companies selected to take part in the Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme, one of 30 initiatives supported as part of the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.  Expressions of interest were sought from businesses interested in developing new (or significantly enhance their existing) CSR activity through the AR Programme.

The three businesses selected include:

  • BHP Insurances (Dublin): BHP Insurances will work with a piano musician to develop a combination of performance and education based initiatives for clients in the not-for-profit sector.
  • LK Shields (Galway): LK Shields will work with a performance-based artist, to explore ways of using performance techniques to develop presentation skills and leadership skills, focusing on working with third-level students to prepare them for entering the workforce, and to overcome barriers to progressing their chosen career.
  • The Ludgate Hub (Cork): Ludgate Hub will work with a local artist and local community of older people to connect with the older diaspora community through technology and creativity.

The AR Programme covers a broad spectrum of activity and opportunities for artists and companies. The selected programmes involve a minimum of twelve-months of community engagement, staff engagement or work-place creativity activities by the host companies and artists.

At the announcement, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan T.D., commented: “The all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme is now two years in existence and already we are beginning to see the impact of key initiatives such as the National Creativity Fund.

Collaboration and community engagement are core principles of the Creative Ireland Programme and I am particularly pleased that we have supported the Business to Arts Artist-in-Residence (AR) initiative – which encourages and enables active partnerships between business, artists and local communities.

Through initiatives such as the AR Programme, we want to encourage ambition, risk and innovation by harnessing the incredible talent and passion of our artists, our creative communities and local business innovators.  I look forward to following the progress of these partnerships and sharing the outcomes of each as they come to fruition.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, stated:

‘Alongside our Creative Ireland Programme partner, we are looking forward to working with BHP Insurance, The Ludgate Hub and LK Shields as we expand our AR Programme across other regions in Ireland. We look forward to working with these businesses, their resident artists and local community groups, fostering an environment of collaboration, learning and wellbeing through creative practice.’

Any artist interested in working with a company can join the Business to Arts register by emailing info@businesstoarts.ie.

Full details of the Open Call for artists are available here.

 

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