Artists’ Invite from KCC/Creative Ireland and Enterprise Office

Launching the programme and the collaboration between Kerry County Council Arts Office / Creative Ireland Kerry and Kerry Local Enterprise Office were: Megan Moriarty, Kerry County Council Arts Office (left) with: Tomás Hayes, Local Enterprise Office and Kate Kennelly, Kerry County Council Arts Officer. ©Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus.

Creative Ireland Kerry at the Arts Office at Kerry County Council has announced a collaboration with Local Enterprise Office Kerry which will support visual artists in the county.

The Bianconi Inn

Taking place at The Bianconi Inn, Annadale Road, Dromavally, Killorglin on May 23rd and 24th, a professional facilitator has been engaged to offer support and mentoring to visual artists in the county who wish to apply.

The two-day event is structured as a private face to face conversation for each participating artist who wishes to avail of the opportunity.

Working in Isolation

“Artists oftentimes work in isolation and this initiative aims to offer a guiding and helpful hand to artists as they navigate a direction for their work”, stated Kate Kennelly, Creative Ireland Co-ordinator and Arts Officer at Kerry County Council.

“Issues like online trading, opportunities for selling and exhibiting, and developing your marketing will be covered as these were identified during public consultation as areas that artists and creative practitioner need support and guidance with. We hope there will be a good uptake,” said Ms. Kennelly.

Design and Deep Creativity

“The visual arts sector is important to Co. Kerry and reflects innovation, design and deep creativity which is important in today’s dynamic and changing environment.

“Their work inspires others outside and within the visual arts sector, our office is pleased to support this initiative.” said Tomás Hayes, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office Kerry.

The focus of each session is led by the artist and the Arts Office is encouraging artists and creative practitioners to apply early as just ten places are currently available across the two days.

Supports to Enterprise

The collaboration is funded through the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) which offers a range of supports to enterprise in the county.

The need for a collaboration of this kind was established during Creative Ireland Kerry consultations last November.

Then, a number of artists shared topics with the arts office that they felt were of concern to the development of their work.

The Main Contact

The enterprise office is the main contact for business mentoring and development in Kerry and is working to expand its support across the creative industries.

This work is part of Kerry County Council’s Creative Ireland Kerry 2018 Activation Plan and demonstrates the interdepartmental nature of Creative Ireland.

The Arts Office is also working with Visual Arts Ireland on a series of artists seminars which will take place across the county in 2018.

Artists Invited to Register

Artists wishing to access mentoring from a creative industry professional are being asked to register their interest via email including their name, address and contact number to Lisa O Carroll at: no later than Monday, May 14th.


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