Artsland Artist in Residence Programme Launches
Fermanagh & Omagh District Council’s Arts Service has just launched its Artsland Artist in Residence programme, bringing distinguished artists to the district to undertake a wide range of activities engaging with local schools, businesses, community groups and local artists. Two satellite centres have been selected for the delivery of the Artsland artists in residence programme: Aughlakillymaude Mummers Centre, Knockninney, Fermanagh & an Creágan Arts & Cultural Centre, Omagh.
Artists from seven different countries have been selected to participate in the International Residency programme these include Thailand, Canada, USA, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Ireland & Scotland. Art forms represented include installation, literature, film & photography, community cinema, folk music, storytelling, puppetry, folk embroidery, print, textiles and bookmaking.
Artsland, co-funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Local Government Challenge Fund is currently being delivered under three themes: ‘Arts for All’ concentrating on health and well-being, active ageing and inclusion; ‘Multiple Identities’ focusing on musical cultural traditions; and ‘Loughs, Bogs & Mountains’ addressing rural arts, traditional skills and the environment. The programme, which will run until October 2019, is being delivered in partnership with a number of organisations including South West Age Partnership, Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (NI) and Dún Uladh - one of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s seven regional centres, Sliabh Beagh Arts, An Creagán arts & Culture centre and a number of other venues, local organisations and individual artists.
Artsland - now fully programmed is actively delivering a total investment of £250,000 across the district & each of the programme themes will also provide a series of arts, crafts, performance and training workshops and activities for various groups in local communities. The activities will result in the creation of new artworks, development of new skills and expertise, exhibition and performance opportunities and increased capacity across the arts and cultural sector in the Fermanagh and Omagh. Finally, a programme of technical and theatre training will take place across the district for local voluntary, community and amateur drama groups and young people.
The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton said,
“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is excited to be delivering this International Artist in Residence programme as part of the Council’s Artsland programme. We are keen to see the profile of the arts being raised as well as utilised as a tool for socially engaged practice in the district. I would hope this programme will open up the arts for all as well as respond to the needs of our local communities as well as raise the profile of the arts in the Fermanagh & Omagh District.”
Lorraine McDowell, Operations Director, Arts Council of Northern Ireland said,
“We are delighted to see £125,000 of Arts Council National Lottery Funding being used to support such a fantastic Challenge Fund programme. The Artsland Artists in Residence stream of activities is doing exactly what the Arts Council’s Challenge Fund was designed to do – to bring great art within everyone’s reach. We thank the Council for taking up the Challenge Fund which is helping to strengthen the arts infrastructure in the area through international and local artist residencies, capacity building programmes with existing cultural groups and providing new, exciting community arts programming for all.”