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Waterford youth initiative awarded €1,500 under national scheme

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Waterford youth initiative awarded €1500 under national Arts and Youth scheme

National Youth Council of Ireland’s Anne O'Gorman with Garter Lane Arts Centre's Sandra Kelly

Waterford's Garter Lane Arts Centre is one of only 12 projects around the country to be awarded funds as part of the Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme 2018/19. 

The scheme is managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) and funded by the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). It supports youth organisations to run an arts project with young people in their local communities. 

The €1,500 grant will allow a group of young people to work with artist Enda Moran in Garter Lane on a street spectacle, circus, drama and dance project that aims to inspire new ways of working and thinking.

Garter Lane Arts Centre's Sandra Kelly welcomed the funding. “We felt valued. The project was given the respect and artistic merit it deserved,” she said. 

The NYCI was delighted with the calibre of this year’s successful projects. "They demonstrate the quality and variety of ways in which young people are working creatively with each other and in their local communities. The themes that they have chosen to work on also show how socially engaged they are and how deeply they care about issues facing society," NYCI's Anne O’Gorman said. 

“We look forward to working with our funding partners the Arts Council and DCYA to resource this fund for the future, ensuring that young people are supported to access high quality arts experiences in their local communities,” she added. 

The artist and youth work residency scheme is designed to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and arts organisations. Residencies might take the form of an artist in residence in a youth work setting or a youth group in residence in an arts setting.

According to the NYCI, the demand for funds from this scheme ran at almost three times the available fund, demonstrating a strong need for more funding for young people’s participation in the arts. The National Youth Arts Programme runs a range of other activities to promote and develop youth arts in Ireland. Visit YouthArts.ie for more information.