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Legacy awards bestowed by the Arts Council in memory of leading lights in the arts

Thursday 14th December 2017 at 1pm 0 Comments Circus & Carnival Arts , Community Arts

Pictured are Finn Carragher and Julianne Skillen. Image: Pictured are Finn Carragher and Julianne Skillen.

Julianne Skillen, Development Manager with Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and Finn Carragher, circus artist and tutor, have each been awarded up to £5000 National Lottery funding by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  The awards are given in memory of Mike Moloney, co-founder of the Belfast Community Circus School and Anne O’Donoghue, Director of Play Resource Warehouse, two of the arts sector’s largest figures who sadly passed away in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

The awards were established under the existing Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP) as part of the Arts Council’s continuing commitment to support artists and a sustainable arts sector.  Each awardee will now use the funding towards a project that will significantly impact their professional careers.   

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented;

“Both Mike and Anne contributed a huge amount to the life and legacy of the arts in Northern Ireland and we are delighted to make these two awards available, in their memory, to artists in support of their professional career development.  Congratulations to Julianne and Finn whom I know will benefit greatly from these awards.”  

Reflecting Mike Moloney’s passion for circus and street theatre and his work with young people, the Mike Moloney Award was established to support the development of young people, aged 16-25,   from Northern Ireland who are working in the field of circus arts and street theatre.  Young people can apply for the funding to develop new shows, learn performing and teaching skills or for mentorship to refine their art.

The Mike Moloney Award will enable Finn Carragher to train with one of the leading circus schools in the world attending The Clown through Mask Workshop course, a 5-week clowning masterclass taught by world renowned clown, Sue Morrison.  The workshop process is intensive, with daily classes culminating in a public presentation of the work.  The experience will not only benefit the individual artist but also the circus and street theatre sector here. 

Anne O’Donoghue’s legacy is significant joining the Play Resource Warehouse in 1984 where she remained as a committed director for thirty years championing Community Arts practice.  In particular her high standards of practice for the design and delivery of services and her support for continued professional development of her team at Play Resource Warehouse, community leaders, teachers and artists.  With Anne’s commitment to community arts in mind, the Anne O’Donoghue Award was created to support training courses, mentoring, coaching supervision, research or national and international cultural exchanges.  The award also aims to build the professional capacity of those working in the community arts sector through continuing professional development. 

Julianne Skillen will use the Anne O’Donoghue Award to develop a range of new skills through the undertaking of training and study.  She will develop facilitation and consultation skills by attending the Art of Hosting training and study train leadership and management through CO3.  She will also spend time in England and Europe exploring organisations and initiatives similar to the Community Arts Partnership (CAP).  The time spent learning and sharing will encompass business models, strategy, marketing, audience development and programming.

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