Waterford City Council approves €228,000 expenditure on Arts Venues and Programmes

Printmaking, Dinosaurs, Composition and Dance all have a place in this year’s arts programme for Waterford City.  Announcing the 2013 Arts Practice and Venue Grants, the Mayor of Waterford Councillor Jim D’Arcy described it as a “magical mix of projects and programmes in these otherwise tough and austere times.
In all Waterford City Council will fund 30 groups/artists and schemes over the period of the year. The grants range from aiding Red Kettle to present Waves by Mick Mulcahy, to Libby Seward’s intergenerational Dance Programme; a music project from Waterford Youth Arts leading towards the return of the Lark in the (People’s) Park to Films by Pat Daly, Neil O’Driscoll and Garry Kenneally. Also, a plethora of ‘cut out’ dinosaurs by Kevin O’Keefe, a new printmaking facility to be run by Martin Fahy and a music and poetry compositional school’s programme with Dr. Eric Sweeney and Mark Roper.
There were a total of 59 applicants for 17 arts practice grant areas spread over the three categories identified in the 2011 – 2016 Arts Plan, namely The Production of Quality Programmes, Audience Development and The Artist and the City.
This adjudication followed the 3rd year of competitive applications, as outlined in the Arts Plan. It also marked the specification of areas the Council needs to invest in to ensure a strategic approach to both the City Arts Programme and Arts audiences of the future.

  •  Red Kettle – Theatre production of Waves – a new play by Mick Mulcahy €10,000
  • Stagemad Theatre Company – Theatre production of: ‘SALVATION’ a new play by Alan Cliff €3,400
  • Waterford Youth Arts – A devised play by director Tom Creed based on JFK’s visit to New Ross €6,000
  • Thomas Francis Meagher Fife and Drum Band – Annual band programme €5000
  • City Of Waterford Brass – Annual band programme           €1000
  • Barrack St. Concert Band – Annual band programme         €1000
  • De La Salle Scout Pipe Band – Annual band programme €1000
  • Fadó Productions – New series of concerts: Music at the Museum €4000
  • Waterford Healing Arts Trust – Music Programme in the Regional Hospital €5000
  • Little Red Kettle – Schools Play Tour 2013 -14 (every primary school in Waterford) €6,000
  • Fadó Productions with Dr. Eric Sweeney and Mark Roper – Secondary schools programme – Viking Voices €8,000
  • Christine O’Brien Shanahan – Transition year school’s programme – Exploring Creativity (in conjunction with the Municipal Collection) €5,000
  • Waterford Youth Arts – Music Programme with workshops and seminars leading to a revival of ‘The Lark in the Park’ for 2014 €4,000
  • Libby Seward/Animated State – ‘Generation Arts’ Dance – €5,000
  • Paddy Dwan – The Backstrand book of photos and poetry €500
  • Gary Kenneally – Waking Tiger – ‘Stop Motion’ animated film €1,000
  • Neil O’Driscoll (Quincey Films) Dark Patterns, a feature film (taster for further investment purposes) €3,000
  • Pat Daly “Angus” Film based on the play “Urbs Manet Intacta” €3,000
  • Kevin O Keeffe – Making large wooden cut-out Dinosaurs €1,000
  • Martin Fahy – Southpaw book arts/press printing & creative writing centre €1,800
  • Eimear Cheasty – to aid the production of a site specific theatre performance €500
  • Denis Power – Visual Art Exhibition of Waterford inspired paintings and collages €1,000
  • Adrian Mc Grath – Solo exhibition of sculptural and performance works utilising lead and carbolic soap €1,500
  • Brian O’Sullivan – Cosmos/ Mod Cons – artist’s developmental programme €1300
  • Steven Stubbs – THE DAVID CLEMENTINE (Comedy)PROJECT €1,000
  • Eve Power has been offered the Tyrone Guthrie Bursary which is valued at €1,000
  • Alan Cliff has been offered the Publish Purchase scheme for ‘SALVATION’ which is valued at €1,000
  • Ted & Mary O’Regan Bursary – A contribution matched by the County for the annual Bursaries €500
  • Sarah Keating has been offered a Bursary to attend the National Youth Orchestra €500                                                                                      TOTAL €83,000

    Waterford City Council has approved funding support for the following City Venues based on the criteria, as outlined in the City Council’s Arts Plan 2011 – 2016, including outreach to the community, encouragement of new audiences, shared resources and partnerships.  The venues are:

  •  Theatre Royal – €65,000
  • Garter Lane – €60,000
  • Christchurch Cathedral – €10,000

Additionally, Red Kettle Theatre Company has received a grant of €10,000 to enable the company to establish activities in Central Hall.TOTAL €145,000

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