The Ludgate Hub AR Programme

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Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, Minister Josepha Madigan T.D and Adrienne Harrington, Chief Executive, The Ludgate Hub, at the announcement of the business participants in the match-funded AR Programme with Creative Ireland’s National Creativity Fund and Business to Arts, in the RHA Gallery. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

The AR Programme is a partnership between Business to Arts and the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, working with businesses to develop new (or significantly enhance their existing) CSR activity. The AR Programme covers a broad spectrum of activity, with programmes involving community engagement, staff engagement and work-place creative activities by the host companies and artists.

Based in Skibbereen, Cork, The Ludgate Hub is located on the periphery of the South West of Ireland in a former cinema. The Ludgate Hub aims to facilitate up to 75 people in a creative co-working environment; with a long-term objective to facilitate the creation of 500 direct jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs via a sustainable digital economy. As Ireland’s first rural digital hub in Ireland’s first 1GB town, The Ludgate Hub’s CSR Programme advocates for the use of digital technology to enhance lives.

Calling Home

Calling Home is The Ludgate Hub AR Programme, taking place in Skibbereen. Local Artist Toma McCullim will work with Skibbereen Luncheon Club, Community Day Centre and Community Hospital and members of The Ludgate Hub staff, to develop a programme of activity that uses technology to connect older diaspora across the world with their peers in West Cork.

From July 2019 – May 2020, with support from Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Toma will facilitate four week-long residencies in Skibbereen, centred around the seasonal milestones of Lughnasa, Samhain, Imbolc and Beltane, to capture stories of emigration, history, and heritage from the West Cork diaspora. The programme will culminate with a series of conversations to coincide with the Bealtaine Festival 2020.

Artist Profile

Toma McCullim WEBSITE

Toma McCullim holds a 1st class BA (hons) Degree in Anthropology of Art from the University of East Anglia and has an MA in Arts Process from the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork.  Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including Beijing and RHA. Alongside her residency in Skibbereen’s Ludgate Hub, she is also a participative artist in Uillinn West Cork Art Centre’s Arts for Health Programme.

She was Artist in Residence at Uillinn West Cork Art Centre in 2015, which led to her exhibition exploring dementia “These Tangled Threads” at Uillinn in August 2015. She has been awarded grants from Create/ Arts Council and Cork County Council for her participative arts work. Her year long residency in Skibbereen Hospital resulted in the bronze public artwork 110 Skibbereen Girls, celebrating the lives of the 110 girls who left Skibbereen Workhouse for Australia during the Great Famine.

Toma has worked in theatre and film design, most recently as Production Designer on Carmel Winter’s award winning Float Like a Butterfly 2017, produced by Samson Films. Her current work uses film, object and live performance. ‘Most of all I am interested in sharing stories, and in finding the mediums to communicate those tales most effectively’

Commenting on her work as The Ludgate Hub’s Artist-in-Residence, Toma said:

“I’m really excited to be working with Ludgate Hub on our project ‘Calling Home’. I’ll be bringing together older people from Skibbereen Luncheon Club, Community Day Centre and Community Hospital to talk to our West Cork Diaspora about their experiences of emigration from Ireland in the 1950’s and 60’s. We will use new technologies and the benefits of Ludgate’s 1gb high speed broadband to connect creatively through virtual means.”

Adrienne Harrington, Chief Executive, The Ludgate Hub commented:

“The Ludgate Hub is delighted to be a participant in the AR Programme, partnering with Business to Arts. Community involvement is a key element of our work and we are very proud to support this project that allows us to use our digital resources to connect with members of the West Cork diaspora who left in the 50s and 60s. We have an exciting programme of events planned for the coming months that will include our local older population, culminating in the 2020 Bealtaine festival. We are particularly thrilled to be working with the artist Toma McCullim, who has such great experience in working with older people and will be an incredible asset to the project.”

Áine Minihane, Services Manager, Skibbereen Luncheon Club stated:

“We are all really looking forward to working with Toma. We have fifty older adults attend daily and range from 60’s right up to a ninety eight year old. Many individuals emigrated themselves in their youth and have returned home. Everybody in the group has had either family or friends emigrate so it’s a topic very close to their hearts.”

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