Event Date 7 November 2023
Time 11:00am - 12:00pm
Organiser ISACS Network
Venue/LocationOnline via Zoom
CategoryTraining / Workshop
WebsiteMore Info / Registration

This session will empower members of Irish Street Arts & Circus Spectacle Network to demystify and navigate the world of arts fundraising facilitated by Oonagh O’Donovan – Head of Development and Operations at O’ Kennedy Consulting, and Tom Meskell – Professional Artist.

This Zoom session will run on November 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Oonagh will introduce the diverse landscape of funding opportunities available to organisations and individual artists in Ireland and guide you through the practical steps to be ‘fit for funding’ – from honing project proposals to building relationships with funders.

Tom will bring his insights from being recently nominated for the “Best Creativity in Community” section with Longford County Council at the recent Business to Arts Awards and share his tips for funding survival strategies for artists.

The training is free and is exclusively for ISACS members.

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About our Facilitators

Oonagh O Donovan OKC

Oonagh O'Donovan

Oonagh comes from an arts fundraising background, specialising in corporate partnerships, philanthropic & major donor investment and capital campaigns. Having worked in the US, UK and Ireland for some of the world’s leading performing arts organisations, she is an experienced relationship manager with a focus on new business development, event activation, strategic and innovative partnerships. At OKC, she leads the RAISE Academy programme, but also works across a number of clients from the broader not-for-profit sector.

Oonagh has managed a robust portfolio of supporters ranging from £1k – £500k+, and previously to OKC held the position of Corporate Development Manager at the Royal Court Theatre, where she focused on securing and retaining high level sponsorships and corporate partners. Oonagh is also experienced in capital campaign fundraising project management, having overseen a £12m budget across all major fundraising income streams at the Donmar Warehouse. Starting her career in New York, Oonagh was part of The Public Theater’s Development Events team, which delivered their 2016 Annual Gala The United States of Shakespeare, which raised over $4.5m for the theatre in one night.

Oonagh holds a B.A. Hons degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin and in 2022 completed an MSc in Strategic Management and Marketing from Technological University Dublin, where she obtained a First Class Honours as part of her Postgraduate Diploma.

Oonagh understands the value that social enterprises, charities and the arts sector provide to society, and is deeply passionate about empowering, amplifying, and supporting organisations to reach their full potential.

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Tom Meskell

Tom is a professional artist with over 30 years of experience. In that time, he has developed a substantial catalogue of work in Ireland and abroad.

Working within community contexts has profoundly influenced his core principles as an artist – namely that his work is authentic, celebratory and respectful of citizen participation. Tom’s work has allowed him to learn from the communities he has engaged with, which is continually enriching his practice. For years, Tom has been exploring the capacity of translucent materials & illuminated forms as accessible materials to engage with communities to explore existential themes such as built heritage, citizenship, bereavement and memory.