The award is given in memory of Anne O’Donoghue, Director of Play Resource Warehouse, one of the Arts sector’s most inspiring figures and a champion of community arts practice, who passed away in 2014.
This award (along with the Mike Moloney Award which this year was awarded to Circus Artist and Tutor, Finn Carragher) was established under the existing Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP) as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s continuing commitment to offer support to artists and to encourage a sustainable arts sector.
Community Arts Partnership Chair, Joe McVey said,
Since Anne O’Donoghue passed away, there has been only a handful of arts managers that have successfully applied for this award. Anne exemplified determination, creativity and energy and was a constant champion of community arts for over 30 years.
Community Arts Partnership is delighted to honour Anne’s memory and congratulates our colleague and Development Manager, Julianne Skillen, on receiving this award.
It gives Julianne an opportunity to enhance her skills through training courses and mentoring, and to visit national and international community arts project to deepen that learning. Well done!”
Julianne Skillen said,
“I am absolutely delighted to be honoured with the Anne O’Donoghue award this year.
I hope the time, space and resources which this grant affords me will benefit CAP and the wider community arts sector and that in some small way I can carry on Anne’s great legacy.
Thank you to the Arts Council for the opportunity, I am excited about getting my training and good practice trips started in January. The award is like an early Christmas present! “
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented;
“Both Mike and Anne contributed a huge amount to the life and legacy of the arts in Northern Ireland and we are delighted to make these two awards available, in their memory, to artists in support of their professional career development. Congratulations to Julianne and Finn whom I know will benefit greatly from these awards.”
Reflecting Mike Moloney’s passion for circus and street theatre and his work with young people, the Mike Moloney Award was established to support the development of young people, aged 16-25, from Northern Ireland who are working in the field of circus arts and street theatre. Young people can apply for the funding to develop new shows, learn performing and teaching skills or for mentorship to refine their art.
The Mike Moloney Award will enable Finn Carragher to train with one of the leading circus schools in the world attending The Clown through Mask Workshop course, a 5-week clowning masterclass taught by world renowned clown, Sue Morrison. The workshop process is intensive, with daily classes culminating in a public presentation of the work. The experience will not only benefit the individual artist but also the circus and street theatre sector here.
Anne O’Donoghue’s legacy is significant joining the Play Resource Warehouse in 1984 where she remained as a committed director for thirty years championing Community Arts practice. In particular her high standards of practice for the design and delivery of services and her support for continued professional development of her team at Play Resource Warehouse, community leaders, teachers and artists. With Anne’s commitment to community arts in mind, the Anne O’Donoghue Award was created to support training courses, mentoring, coaching supervision, research or national and international cultural exchanges. The award also aims to build the professional capacity of those working in the community arts sector through continuing professional development.
Julianne Skillen will use the Anne O’Donoghue Award to develop a range of new skills through the undertaking of training and study. She will develop facilitation and consultation skills by attending the Art of Hosting training and study train leadership and management through CO3. She will also spend time in England and Europe exploring organisations and initiatives similar to the Community Arts Partnership (CAP). The time spent learning and sharing will encompass business models, strategy, marketing, audience development and programming.