Appointment of Artists in Residence to Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A great place project.

10th September 2019

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council in partnership with Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place, has appointed two new artists in residence as part of the Artsland “Artists in Residence” programme.

Acclaimed Fermanagh-born playwright Kat Woods, has been appointed as  Community Playwright and will deliver a community play that focuses on the history of the Arney area.

Her award-winning plays have been performed widely at the Edinburgh Festival and have been produced in London, Liverpool and New York, as well as across Ireland.

Vincent McDonnell has been appointed Community Artist and his remit will focus on the creation of an art piece in the form of a dresser using traditional Arney brick.  The art piece will be dressed with decorative ceramic plates displaying ‘art, friendship and community’.   McDonnell is a native of West Sussex, but grew up and has spent most of his life in Northern Ireland.

Both artists will be engaging with the local community and schools throughout the duration of their residencies.

The Artists in Residence have been appointed as part of the “Loughs, Bogs & Mountains” theme under the Artsland project.

The international Artist in Residency programme is part of the £250,000 Artsland project. The project, which is jointly funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the Local Government Challenge Fund, is an inclusive arts and culture initiative currently running across the district aimed at developing skills within the sector, promoting positive health and well-being and raising awareness of traditions from a bygone era through arts, crafts and performance.