Whilst glór’s doors may be closed, the venue has been working behind the scenes to support artists in Clare to plan and develop their practice.
In December glór announced a new initiative to support local artists during this challenging time of the pandemic. Artists were asked to nominate a mentor with whom they would like to work in one-to-one sessions between the mentor and the mentee.
The artists selected come from a variety of genres including painting, photography, traditional music and dance, music, songwriting, film, 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. Initially glór had planned on supporting five pairs of artists, however given the quality of applications, the venue has adjusted the initiative to support ten pairs of artists in this round.
Artists selected for the spring sessions are performance artists Ciana Campbell with Diarmuid de Faoite; Fiona O’Connell with Síomha; John Lillis with Mick Flannery; Nell Hensey with Mark O’Halloran; Síomha with poet Ciara Ní É; Stephanie Keane with Lisa McLoughlin and Therese McInerney with Tara Breen. Visual Arts recipients are Ciara Callinan with Ruby Wallis; Kaye Maahs with Una Sealy RHA and Nathalie El Baba with Michelle Browne.
Each pair of artists will undertake 3 sessions together before the end of March, with a particular focus to upskill, develop and expand, and all artists will be paid for their time. glór aims to offer another round of the mentoring for further artists later in spring.
Supported by Creative Ireland and The Arts Council