Arts Awards Recipients 2018


The Arts Award 2018


Cavan County Council Arts Awards were allocated under the Arts Act 2003 in two distinct categories in 2018 i.e. the Arts Development Awards for community and arts groups and the Professional Artists Awards which support the work of professional artists.  Organizations, groups and artists holding arts events and projects in County Cavan or promoting the County arts offerings elsewhere between, February 2018 and February 2019 were eligible to apply. 


Art Development Awards 2018 Recipients


2018 saw a 12% increase on the previous year in applications for the Arts Development Awards. This is to be welcomed and is an indication of the number of communities active in arts provision.  There was no corresponding increase in the budget provision in 2018.  Twenty three groups and organisations were selected by an independent adjudication panel.  Selected arts activities included applications in literature, festivals, music, visual arts and theatre.   Among the successful applicants were: The Open Door Sessions, Bailieborough, At the Edge, Cavan and Ramor Playwriting, The Virginians, The Moogles and Belturbet Theatre Groups, Kilnaleck, Gonzo and Kingscourt Youth Theatre Groups, Cootehill Arts Festival and the Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival. The funding for this award is approved by the Members of Cavan County Council.  


Professional Artist Awards Recipients

In 2018 there was an increase of 5% from 2017 in the number of artists applying for this funding which meant that the competition was very stiff. Ten artists were selected for support under the Professional Artist Awards, adjudicated by an independent panel.   The award to each of the selected artists will support them develop work or pursue opportunities that will enhance their careers.   The funding for this award is provided by the revenue grant from the Arts Council to Cavan County Council


The successful artists were:   Jessie Keenan, dance artist, Kim McCafferty, circus and spectacle, Paul Flynn, composer, Eilish McCann, visual artist, Kasia Zimnoch and Pawel Kleszczewski, animators, Edel Cox, visual artist, Niamh McCormack, singer, Marie Smith, sculptor, Mateusz Lubecki, visual artist and Jackie O’Neill, visual artist.  Professional Artists and Arts Festivals are encouraged to seek funding opportunities from the national development agency for the arts, the Arts Council and CREATE.   The Arts Council website provides valuable information in this regard


The Tyrone Guthrie residential opportunities 2018

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is a residential workplace for artists, dedicated to supporting and facilitating creativity within a welcoming, home-like and trusted environment.


In Annaghmakerrig artists can find peace and quiet to develop their work, together with the stimulation of living alongside other artists from all disciplines, enabling a rich cross-fertilization of ideas. This bursary is ideal for artists who need a quiet space to work but also consider that they will benefit from the stimulation of working in close proximity to artists from many disciplines. 


Rikki van den Berg, painter based in Milltown said of her experience on the Bursary in 2016 “Annaghmakerrig is all about supporting artists and Robert Mc Donald and all the staff work to provide a friendly, family environment for artists to work, to share ideas and challenge themselves and each other.”  


The recipients for ‘The Tyrone Guthrie Award 2018’ are as follows:


Mairéad Donnellan, Leitrim / Cavan

Mairéad will work on completing her first poetry collection.

Having produced a body of work and received considerable recognition for her poetry in the past eight years Mairéad is at the stage where she is ready to bring together her first poetry collection.  She will spend her time in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre finalising the editing process for her collection and will benefit from the time and space which that setting allows. 


Kieron Smith, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan

Kieron will work on a new production.

He will examine the "The Workhouse" (Bawnboy) to gain an understanding and reflect the history of the building.  Also looking at the social and political history and the physical building itself.  Kieron will collaborate with local community groups for research and development. He will use his time at Tyrone Guthrie Centre to develop a production. when completed he will then hold a workshop with his creative team. Kieron hopes the performance of final production will be held at Bawnboy Workhouse.


Overall Funding

The 2018 Arts Council grant to Cavan County Council is €49,200.   The Arts Council allocation specifically funds the following arts office programmes: the Irish Writers Centre Commission, Support for Artists, Arts in Settings, Policy Development and Supporting Curators. Additional funding was secured from the Peace IV programme for the Youth Arts Lab programme currently taking place in six locations in the county including: Cavan, Ballyjamesduff, Kingscourt, Templeport, Cootehill and Shercock. 


08 Mar 2018


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