In December 2020 glór announced a new initiative called Artist to Artist Mentoring to support Clare based artists during this challenging time of the pandemic. Artists were asked to nominate a mentor with whom they would like to work with, and learn from in one-to-one sessions. The first round of mentoring in the Spring proved very beneficial to the artists and we are now delighted to announce the recipients for the next round of mentoring, which will take place this Autumn.
The artists selected come from a variety of genres including painting, screenwriting, music, dance, songwriting, and theatre. The number and quality of applications demonstrated a keenness on the part of Clare artists to continue to be ambitious despite the current very challenging circumstances. For this round of mentoring glór had planned on supporting six pairs of artists, however given the quality of applications, the project has extended to support eight pairs of artists this Autumn.
Artists selected for the Autumn sessions are in the performing arts, Alan Mulconry with mentor Ferdia Mac Anna; Emer O’Flaherty with Scott Flanigan; Ruth Smith with John Lillis; Robyn Bromfiled with Stephen Shannon; Sorcha Kenny with Louise Lowe. Visual arts recipients are Jackie McGrath with mentor Sean Taylor; Anne Quinn with Patrick MacAllister and Martina Hynan with Anita McKeown.
Each pair of artists will undertake 3 or 4 sessions together before the end of November, with a particular focus to upskill, develop and expand, and all artists will be paid for their time. glór are delighted to have been able to support and provide work for 36 artists through the mentoring programme this year. glór aims to continue to develop the programme in 2022.
Supported by Creative Ireland and The Arts Council