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SIAP2016 in Focus: Anne O’Donoghue Award

Tuesday 2nd August 2016 at 3pm

Cath McBride, Company Manager, In Your Space Circus School pictured centre was the recipient of the first Anne O'Donoghue award in 2015 Image: Cath McBride, Company Manager, In Your Space Circus School pictured centre was the recipient of the first Anne O'Donoghue award in 2015

The Anne O’Donoghue Award aims to support formal or informal courses, mentoring, coaching, supervision, research and/or cultural exchanges with other arts and cultural managers on a national or international level.

Anne O’Donoghue became Director of Play Resource Warehouse (PRW) in 1984. Over the next thirty years she led in the transformation of the organisation, building an essential material and training resource for all those involved in the arts in particular recycling waste materials from factories, shops, offices and warehouses for creative activities and educational projects in communities across Northern Ireland. Sadly Anne passed away in September 2014.

As a long-time champion of Community Arts practice in Northern Ireland, Anne’s legacy is significant. In particular, her high standards of practice for the design and delivery of services and her support for the continued professional development of her team at PRW, community leaders, teachers and artists.

The Anne O’Donoghue Award is open to Arts Mangers/Administrators currently in employment in a Northern Ireland-based Community Arts organisation and with at least four years’ experience working in the Community Arts sector. Applicants must contact a member of the Community and Participatory Arts Team; prior to making an application otherwise your application will be ineligible. Your application should include a letter of support from the Chair or Board Member of your organisation.

One award of up to £5,000 will be made in each funding round.

Cath McBride, Company Manager, In Your Space Circus School was the first recipient of the award in 2015. Speaking about the award Cath said;

“Receiving the Anne O'Donoghue Award was a huge boost to my career at a time when I was feeling under immense pressure with funding cuts and organisational change to manage. The mentoring I have received, thanks to the Award, has allowed me to step outside of my immediate challenges and gain a wider perspective.

As an Arts Administrator it often feels that any investment goes towards artists' training and it can be a lonely and thankless role; so to create space for both Study visits and one-to-one mentoring has been of huge benefit to me personally, and the learning has been, and continues to be, applied to the development of In Your Space Circus.”

Further information for applicants can be accessed at http://artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/support-for-the-individual-artist-programme

Applications for the Anne O’Donoghue award must be submitted not later than 4pm on Thursday 25th August 2016.

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