Artsland (Challenge Fund)
International Artists in Residence Programme
Fermanagh & Omagh District Council’s Arts Service has just launched its International Artist in Residence programme, bringing distinguished artists to the district to undertake a wide range of activities engaging with local schools, businesses, community groups and local artists. Two satellite centres have been selected for the delivery of the programme: Aughlakillymaude Mummers Centre, Co Fermanagh & An Creágan Arts & Cultural Centre, Omagh.
Artists from 6 different countries have been selected to participate in the International Residency programme these include Canada, USA, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Ireland & Scotland. Art forms represented in the AIR programme include – installation, literature, film & photography, community cinema, folk music, storytelling, puppetry, folk embroidery, print, textiles and bookmaking.
- Angelina Videnova & Julia Pushkina from Bulgaria will be in residence at Aughakillymaude Mummers Centre in Fermanagh from mid-September to mid – November 2018. Angelina and Julia will facilitate a plethora of Bulgarian craft workshops with local community groups and schools.
- Nancy Cook from the USA will be in residence at An Creágan in Omagh from December 2018 – March 2019. Nancy will create a series of poetry works focusing about memory and place with people in their 3rd age and with mental health groups.
- Nikkita Morgan from Scotland will be artist in residence during the intermittent months of December 2018, May 2019 & September 2019 at Aughlakillymaude Mummers Centre in Fermanagh creating work with 2 local primary schools and a rural mens group in response to Brexit using the medium of textiles.
- Deirdre Hierlhy from Canada will be in residence at Aughlakillymaude Mummers Centre, Fermanagh from January –April 2019. Deirdre will facilitate a series of printmaking workshops with various local groups in the Fermanagh area.
- Bob Gallagher from Ireland will be in residence during April – June 2019 at an Creágan in Omagh. Bob will facilitate a series of workshops in community cinema / film & folk music with young people from the Omagh area.
- Wilma Vissers from the Netherlands will be in residence during June – August 2019 at Aughlakillymaude Mummers Centre in Fermanagh. Wilma will be working with local schools and groups / artists to facilitate a series of workshops about bookmaking.
- Randal & Marsha McGee from the USA will be in residence at An Creágan in Omagh from July – September 2019. Randal and Marsha will facilitate workshops in story telling & puppetry on the theme of ‘Tall Tales & Local Legends’ with local schools and 3rd age groups from the Omagh area.
Artsland is a new arts and culture initiative which will help to develop skills within the sector, promote positive health and well-being and raise awareness of traditions from a bygone era through arts, crafts and performance has been launched.
Artsland, co-funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland‘s lottery fund will be delivered under three themes; ‘Arts for All’ concentrating on health and well-being, active ageing and inclusion; ‘Multiple Identities’ focusing on musical cultural traditions and ‘Loughs, Bogs & Mountains’ addressing rural arts, traditional skills and the environment. The programme, which will run until October 2019, will be delivered in partnership with a number of organisations including South West Age Partnership, Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (NI) and Dún Uladh – one of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s seven regional centres, Sliabh Beagh Arts, An Creagán and a number of other venues, local organisations and individual artists.
Artsland will make a total investment of £250,000 across the district, each of the programme themes will provide a series of arts, crafts, performance and training workshops and activities for various groups in local communities. The activities will result in the creation of new artworks, development of new skills and expertise, exhibition and performance opportunities and increased capacity across the arts and cultural sector in Fermanagh and Omagh. Artsland will also deliver an Artist in Residence initiative, bringing distinguished artists into the district to undertake a wide range of activities engaging with local schools, businesses, community groups and artists. There will also be support for local artists including an unprecedented opportunity for an artist to undertake a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, with prospects of making European and International connections. Finally, a programme of technical and theatre training will take place across the district for local voluntary, community and amateur drama groups and young people.
Artsland activities run until the end of October 2019.
Activities delivered to date through the Artsland programme have been GIS (Geographic Information System) mapped and can been seen here.