For over 30 years, Local Authority Arts Departments have provided opportunities for individuals, groups, counties, towns and townlands to ensure the arts thrive in all communities. That’s why we’re hosting an informational clinic to explore how they work.
Over the Zoom session, Liz Burns (Wexford County Council), Michelle Carew (Cork City Council), ISACS Artist Caoimhe Dunn (Dunn Create) and ISACS Director Lucy Medlycott, will engage in an informational discussion about how Local Authority Arts Departments can support your artistic career and ambitions.
These sessions will run on Tuesday 8 November, 11 am – 12 pm. The session is free and exclusively for ISACS members.
Liz Burns is Arts Officer for Wexford County Council having taken up the role in 2016. Previously she was the Arts Programme Manager for Fire Station Artist’s Studios in Dublin with a particular focus on socially engaged arts practice. She completed her MA in Visual Arts Practices with DIADT (2009-10) and developed an independent curatorial practice focusing on collaborative and public arts practice. Liz was Chair of Arts & Disability Ireland ( 2010 – 2016) and was Outreach Coordinator with Tallaght Community Arts Centre( 2000 – 2002) . Liz originally studied Communications/Film in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). She joined the board of CREATE- The national agency for collaborative arts practice) in 2022 and is a board member of the National Opera House . She has sat on numerous arts panels including Arts Council, Dublin City Council Arts Office and OPW.
Michelle Carew joined Cork City Council as Arts Officer in August 2020. She has over 20 years professional experience spanning across youth arts, cultural festivals, film production and now local arts development. Michelle holds a BA in Theatre: Devised Performance from the University of Leeds and an MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin.
Caoimhe studied IADT in Fine Art, and Model-making & Design, but first caught the creative bug through Youth Theatre. Her areas of interest include sculpture, puppetry, large scale props, giant puppetry and carnival arts. Passionate about community involvement in Street Arts & Spectacle, many of her recent projects have been community led, teaching skills and devising work with them.
Her work relies on the participation of communities to bring ideas to life. Passing skills onto others has always played a large part in her practice. Working as an artist facilitator and having the opportunity to demonstrate my passion for my art and convey it to others, engaging and encouraging them, invigorates and inspires her.