The Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme is a grant scheme for youth arts projects funded by The Arts Council and managed by the Arts Programme of The National Youth Council of Ireland. The Scheme is offered to youth organisations involving professional artists and young people as a means of extending and enhancing opportunities for young people to experience and participate in the arts.
The aim of the scheme is to encourage artistic collaboration between professional artists and young people. Young people will have the opportunity to work with and learn from practitioners of excellence in their field. Equally, artists will have the opportunity to enrich their own professional practice through the contextual experience of working with young people.
In 2014/15, the scheme was offered through a closed call and successful projects were chosen by peer assessed panel. The following projects were supported:
Gort Film Project
Gort Youth Club created a film with a group of young people. Through a series of film workshops the group created their own script, filmed and edited the piece. They worked with 2 young film mentors who supported the group in the early stages of the project in addition to the artist Shona Gillivray and film tutor Emma Sams. The project concluded with a film premiere in Gort Community Centre. 10 young people took part in the project.
Cork Gay Community Development Project/ Up Cork
UP Cork project undertook a series of creative workshops which included mask making and drama. The project allowed the LGBT Youths explore, express and engage with gender identity and youth culture. The project concluded with an exhibition which was open to an invited audience. 10 young people took part in the project.
Red Bird Youth Collective, Galway Arts Centre
Redbird Youth Collective is a youth led visual art group based in Galway Arts centre. The group are working with the artist Siobhan McGibbon on an arts and health project. The project is in partnership with Galway Hospital. The Red Bird Youth Collective are creating an animation with sculpture in partnership with a group of young people who are attending the psychiatric unit in Galway Hospital. 15 young people are taking part in this project.
Dublin Castle, OPW
The OPW in partnership with the Liberties after school club organised a series of art workshop with the artist Debbie Chapman that explored the young people’s own locality with its historic and contemporary aspects in combination with the building, art and history of Dublin Castle. The workshops took place in the after school’s premises on Francis Street. 11 young people took part in the project, they were between 12 and 15 years old.
Panel of Assessors: Marilyn Gaughan, Galway County Arts Officer, Ian Walker, Youth Officer, Louth Education and Training Board, Muireann Ahern, Co Artistic Director, Theatre Lovett, Donal MacAnna, Member, County Monaghan Youth Theatre