Mar 10 2021
Town Hall Theatre this week announced details of a ground-breaking programme of artist supports including Commissions, Awards and Residencies worth in excess of €150,000 made possible through support from the Arts Council, Galway City Council and others. The programme aims to support the development and creation of work by artists in Galway and is specifically designed to help artists during difficult times, with all funds being distributed before July 2021.
With the financial assistance of the Arts Council and Galway City Council, a series of Town Hall Residencies include a Writer in Residency with Christian O'Reilly, Theatre Artists in Residence with Little John Nee and James Riordan and Dance Theatre Residency with Breandán de Gallai. All residencies will engage with local artists and local audiences. Congratulations to the successful recipients! Town Hall Theatre is also working jointly with An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny on the commission of a new play by Sarah Jane Scott.
Bringing It All Back Home
With the support of Creative Ireland, we will run a second series of the highly successful Bringing It All Back Home project, with up to 10 open call commissions planned for 2021. In addition, with the support of the Government's Keep Well Community Resilience Fund administered by Galway City Council, we will offer an innovative bespoke module of Bringing It All Back Home for all Transition Year classes in Galway City. All Galway city secondary schools will be contacted in the coming weeks.
Remote Control, the hugely successful artist development programme with James Riordan of Brū Theatre, Galway Dance project and the Town Hall Theatre is returning for its second instalment. Deadline for applications is 22 March. Visit www.tht.ie for info on how to apply.
Theatre Development Programme
Later in 2021 Galway Town Hall Theatre will establish 'Theatre Development Programme' which will offer support and mentorship to independent and emerging artists. Director Andrew Flynn will lead the open call programme and establish a panel of experienced theatre makers who will offer practical support, career guidance and art form mentorship to the next generation of Theatre makers ensuring these artists can enhance their work and observe best practice.
Patron Donation Awards
Following the success last year of the inaugural Patron Donation Awards, we will run the second award scheme opening the call in April 2021. The award supports Artists, companies or producers based in Galway (City or County) to research, develop and complete projects which are original and ambitious and which have something to say about the times we live in. The Town Hall Theatre will offer a minimum of five awards of up to €5,000 each. In addition to the financial bursary, the award will include rehearsal/ development space in the Town Hall Theatre and mentoring, as required and when feasible. Keep an eye out for the announcement of the call over the coming weeks.
Cultural Integration and Social Inclusion
With the support of the Department of Justice and Equality, Town Hall Theatre will again work with Catherine Young Company on The Welcoming Project (subject to Covid restrictions). This initiative aims to foster and promote cultural integration and social inclusion amongst Ireland's new communities and their local communities, through music and dance. Following the success of the pilot project in Galway in January and February 2020, the Theatre has invited the company to deliver a follow up dance integration programme to build upon the connections made and to foster integration between local communities and migrants in Galway. The Welcoming Project programme is delivered by professional artists (dancers/ musicians) in world dance styles and encourages a 50:50 mix of locals:migrants
Young Curators Programme
Later this year, Town Hall Theatre will hold an Open Call for participants on a planned Young Curators Programme, designed to give young people a voice in arts programming at the venue. All young curators will be in the age range of 18 and 29 years and be drawn from a diverse socio-economic and cultural background. Some of these young curators may be pursuing a career in the arts, perhaps studying at third level and will benefit from establishing connections with arts professionals.
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