On Wednesday 10 November, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Alison Gilliland was joined by a host of sportspeople and artists to launch the Creative Residency of Arts, Sports and Wellbeing, a new partnership between Dublin City Council Culture Company and the Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership.
The programme provides an opportunity for five artists to work collaboratively with a sports club each, and with its members and the wider club community, to create and present new work which explores the theme of art and sport.
The Creative Residency programme allows for a new partnership, to try out ideas, to test new approaches and to add to the cultural story of the city. For this residency, over the course of eight months, the artists will work collaboratively with a selected sports club and its members, to create and present new work which explores the theme of art, culture and sport. Areas of interest, for example, may include connection and participation, stereotypes and identity, and the role of creativity in sport.
The five artists are Chinedum Muotto who works in poetry, visual, performance and theatre; visual artist, facilitator and theatre maker Áine O’Hara; visual artist Sharon Kelly; actor, writer and theatre-maker Timmy Creed; and Karen Aguiar who works through dance and movement. They will work with Emerald Warriors Rugby Club, Ballymun Kickhams GAA and other local clubs, including boxing and swimming clubs, to be announced in the coming weeks.
Speaking about the programme, Lord Mayor Gilliland said:
It’s wonderful to be here today with these inspirational artists and sportspeople as we reveal who has been selected for the Creative Residency of Arts, Sports and Wellbeing. Culture and sport are two of the most important loves and interests of Dubliners and I have no doubt that through this collaborative process, they will produce beautiful creative works which I can’t wait to see at the end of this.
Iseult Byrne, Dublin City Council Culture Company CEO commented: “Sport and art can be transformative experiences, both creating space and place for people to connect, grow and share experience together. I am delighted to be part of a partnership which can bring sport and art together to be explored in this way. By creating this opportunity, through culture and conversation, we can work together to open up new ways to access, engage with, and understand sport and art, and of course each other.”
Aideen O’Connor Programme & Services Manager for DCSWP commented “It is with great excitement that we are involved in this intriguing collaboration of Sport & Art, this initiative is one of a kind for DCSWP. We will be using art as a tool to bring the sport clubs we engage with to life, by allowing them to tell their story in a variety of ways and showcase their important role in the community.“
The residency will be managed by Dublin City Council Culture Company and overseen by an Advisory Group comprising representatives from Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership, the identified sports clubs, and Dublin City Council Culture Company. The artists will also have the support of the Culture Company’s Advisory Group and a network of fellow artists, creative producers, sports officers and sports professionals. Built into the residency is the opportunity to share artistic and sporting practice, avail of peer meet-ups and capacity building learning opportunities, and to engage with new audiences. The creative works produced will be displayed for public enjoyment and the end of the residency programme.
About the Creative Residency Programme
Made by Dublin City Council Culture Company, the Creative Residency programme creates partnerships to try out ideas, test new approaches and add to the cultural story of the city. Creative Residencies encourage makers and experts to pilot new partnerships with organisations. By bringing creative people and organisations together, and by connecting through culture and conversation, we will develop and share new ways of working.