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A new dance piece about Moshing. A dark play about a murder in County Waterford. A lighting installation on Helvick Pier. A tie-up between Waterford Youth Arts and the UK’s National Theatre. These are amongst the projects that received funding under Waterford City & County Council’s ’s Arts Practice and Venue Grants for 2023.

The Grants were passed at Waterford Council’s plenary meeting on February 9th in Dungarvan following a workshop earlier in January on the recommendations of the independent Panel that met in November.

A total of €90,000 went to artists and arts organisations. A total of €170,500 to venues – a 10percent increase to help with additional costs to utilities brought about largely by the war in Ukraine.

There was a total of 47 applications across all categories compared to 30 for 2022. In the specialist side of the Arts Practice Grants five were for Playwright & Producer (up from just one) and three for Screenwriter & Producer (down from five in 2022). These categories have a two phase process with the second part to be adjudicated and awarded in late Spring.

The grants followed closely the relevant actions under the current Arts Strategy’s three themes:

Participation & Access

Support for Artists

Identity and Place

The grants were adjudicated under the 6 categories:

  • Rural Arts Grants
  • Amateur/Voluntary Arts Grants
  • Professional Project Arts Grants
  • Playwright & Producer team grant (Stage 1)
  • Screenwriter & Producer team grants (Stage 1)
  • Arts Venue Grants
Amateur/Voluntary Arts grants2023 Grant  
De La Salle Scout Pipe band, C/O Pat Murphy. Annual programme€1,650
City Of Waterford Brass band C/O Michael Doody, Annual programme€1,650
Dungarvan Brass Band C/O William Dee, Annual programme€1,650
Barrack Street Concert Band, Annual programme€1,650
Thomas Francis Meagher Band C/O Aoife Murphy, Annual programme€1,650
Symphony Club of Waterford programme€3,000
Notable Works – Choral producers€1,000
Waterford Music Club programme€3,000
Traces Dance Ensemble Dance – (with Garter Lane)€3,500
Professional Programme Grants2023 Grant  
James Power, Stagemad Play: ‘Mid Term Break’€1,500
Jenna Whelan/GOMA : ‘Drawing Reconnection’ GOMA studio artists programme and exhibition.€7,500
Waterford Youth Arts : Project with London’s National Theatre via the its Connections programme€7,500
Waterford Healing Arts: Open Gallery – a dementia inclusive art project€7,500
Little Red Kettle : Interactive schools programme.€5,250
Martina Collender : towards further research for ‘A Silent Message’ play€1,000
Rachel ní Bhraonáin : ‘Mosh’ developing and devising a new performance piece based around the ‘moshing’ phenomenon of ‘metal’ and rock band audiences.€4,000
‘A Little Room’ Theatre Development Co. : Towards the ground breaking programme of this organization that enables the development of artistic performance pieces.€3,000
Playwright & Producer Team Grant (Phase 1)2023 Grant
Derek Flynn: ‘The Midnight Hotel’ – a crime mystery play.  €1,500
Eamonn Dolan: ‘Deise Dandy’ A Play – Old Ireland clashes with today’s Ireland in this black comedy.€1,500
Katie Honan: a new one-person play taking its inspiration. from the novel ‘Lord of the Flies’.€1,500
Mary Grehan: ‘Feral’ – set in rural, contemporary Waterford against the backdrop of the feral goat population in Passage.€1,500
Nicola Spendlove: ‘Flat’ a play about two people with issues exploring how the world treats them very differently because of their backgrounds.€1,500
Pat Daly: ‘Paddy’s Gestapo’ set during WW2 charting the journey of 2 young Waterford men whose attempt to escape the war involving an elaborate ruse that backfires.  €1,500
++Screenwriter & Producer Team Grant (Phase 1)2023 Grant
Screenwriter Luke Corcoran: ‘Millennial Prophet’ film.€500
Darina Clancy : The 2nd in the series of Cois Móire films based on the River Suir to the Sea.€500
Oonagh Quinn & Gillian Gratton – ‘Baby’s Last Ride’ a short film.€500
Playwright & Producer Team Grant (Phase 2) TBA Q2 (3X €1500)  €4500
Screenwriter & Producer Team Grant (Phase 2) TBA Q2 (2X €5,500)€11,000
Venue2023 Grant
Garter Lane€72,600
•Theatre Royal€72,600
Coastguard Cultural Centre€12,100
GOMA Gallery€13,200

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