The National Youth Arts Programme is delighted to announce that this year we will be funding 15 youth arts projects around the country through our Artist and Youth Work Residency Grant Scheme. The scheme is designed to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and (where relevant) arts organisations.
Rhona Dunnett, National Youth Arts Programme Manager said, ‘We’re delighted to support 15 new youth arts projects this year that will nurture the artistic, personal and social development of young people and support them to realise their potential through youth arts.’
This year, 290 young people from across the country will be supported to engage in youth arts projects in their local communities through the scheme. Young people will have the opportunity to work with professional artists in a range of selected art forms, including: street art / graffiti, music, poetry and creative writing, film, theatre and improvisation, playwriting, outdoor visual arts, set design, graphic design, fashion design, sound design, photography, clay sculptures, street spectacle and murals.
“When we got the news to say our application was successful, we were absolutely delighted. The opportunity to generate some incredible work with deep meaning is very exciting for the young people of Belvedere Youth Club. For everyone included, young people, staff and the artist it will be a creative process which we are all really looking to participating in.” Sophie Birch & Katie Knowd- Belvedere Youth Club
The scheme is managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland on behalf of the Arts Council and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. There are two strands to the artist and youth work residency scheme; Explorer (€1500) and Full Residency Grant (€5000). In 2022, NYCI’s National Youth Arts Programme is delighted to fund the following projects:
|Full Residency Projects|
|CLAY Youth Project||Dublin 12||30 young people from CLAY youth project will work with artist Jo May and Recreate Ireland through street art in an 8-week programme entitled ‘The Lighthouse Keepers’. Together they will create and install a new large scale, high quality, sustainable outdoor event space. The project aims to challenge young people: to think more sustainably, become more conscious of human consumption and ask how they can take special action. This project will also incorporate other Youth Arts elements such as poetry, music making and dance.|
|Blakestown Mountview Youth Initiative||Dublin||50-70 young people from BMYI will work with artist John Connors through film on their project entitled ‘The Big Screen’ in a series of workshops throughout the year. Together, they will create stories, cast for production, then produce and edit films that will be showcased at the mini-festival. The primary aim of the film is to raise awareness of mental issues for young people, to create an awareness of positive and negative coping mechanisms. The secondary aim of the film is to increase the level of wellbeing for participants including reducing levels of anxiety / shyness and increasing self-confidence and esteem.|
|Activate Youth Theatre, Graffiti Theatre Company||Cork||18 young people from Activate Youth Theatre will work with artist Al Dalton through theatre-making and playwriting in a 15-week programme entitled ‘Play it our way’. Together they will attend professional theatre experiences in Cork, explore and develop their theatre practice, devise and create their own script. They plan to document the project using written statements, voice recordings, photographs and video.
The work will be celebrated with a performance – a rehearsed sharing of their work – for family, friends and YT supporters at Graffiti Theatre in November 2022. The project aims to create a safe, fun and creative environment where AYT Pre Senior members can express themselves, develop writing skills, create work that is relevant to them and celebrate their achievements.
|Cabinteely Youth Theatre||Dublin||10 young people from Cabinteely Youth Theatre will work with artist Darren Yorke to make theatre through Improvisation (or “Impro”) and TheatreSports in a residency entitled ‘Take a Chance: improvisation, performance and speaking out’. Decision-making and fear of failure is strangling so many teenagers, and our facilitators/junior leaders have observed a growing trend in this among our younger members in particular. We want to put these members centre stage, where there is no room for deference or doubt- they will claim their space, both as active members of the wider CYT ensemble, with talents to offer and stories to tell, and as citizens of the world, who must occupy space, speak clearly and fight for what they believe in. This will be presented to the public in a showcase called ‘Absolute Chancers’.|
|Pallasgreen Youthclub||Co. Limerick||15 young people from Pallasgreen Youthclub will work with artists Julianne Hennelly, James Ryan and Limerick and Clare Local Creative Youth Partnership by exploring Visual Art through an outdoor programme. Young people will produce a public art work in East Limerick. The project aims to embed the arts as an integral part of youth work in the community and enrich the lives of their young participants.|
|Mullingar EYE & YoYo Youth Café Youth Work Ireland Midlands||Wes||15 young people from Mullingar EYE Garda Diversion Project will work with Music Generation and artists John Byrne, Richard Relph, Justin Ryan, Frank Byrne, Andrew Cody through Music, Performance and Film in a project entitled “MusicBox Performance Academy & Live Jam”. The project will culminate in a live performance to a small live audience (50 capacity) in a local music venue (no alcohol event) and their gig will also be live streamed on Midland Voices – a youtube channel with a large audience base.|
|Droichead Youth Theatre||Louth||18 young people from Droichead Youth Theatre will work with artists Louis Flanagan and Aisling Kane through Film (including cinematography, design for screen, writing for screen, acting to camera) in a project entitled 2022 Film: Reclaiming space, reconnecting with our community. They are interested in interrogating the concept of isolation, reconnecting with their community, in revisiting spaces that have been shut off to them during the pandemic and reclaiming space generally for teenagers in Drogheda.|
|Belvedere Youth Club||Dublin||10 young people from Belvedere Youth Club will work with artist Pawll Iljin through graffiti in a project entitled ‘Girl power’. The group will engage in a series of interactive workshops exploring the topic of violence, these will be delivered by the youth workers. The artist will work alongside the workshops to support the young people to translate their knowledge and learnings into creative ideas and designs. They will display the art pieces on the walls of the sports hall here in the Belvedere Youth Club as it is male dominant and the girls want to create a creative female presence.|
|The Ballinglen Arts Foundation||Mayo||A group of young people from Lacken Foroige who have worked on creative projects together for a number of years, are now collaborating on a new project with The Ballinglen Arts Foundation and visual artist Alice Dixon to create a Street Spectacle piece entitled ‘Who am I? Where do we go from here? (working title)’. They will explore identity and life after lockdown through the creative process that encourages a positive engagement in their surrounding area and in turn to create a sense of empowerment, pride, confidence and inclusion.|
|The Acorn Project||Offaly||12 to 15 young people from the Acorn Project will work with artists Derek Mc Creanor & Eugene O Brien through a Selection of various art forms are being used from writing, filming, videography, launching, music, poetry, editing, script writing, acting in their project entitled ‘ACTION; Shooting A Moment in Time’. they are striving to create a work (short film) of which they would be very proud of.|
|Mitchelstown YP CDYS||Cork||25 to 30 young people from Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services will work with artist Francesca Castellano through Set Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Design Sculpture and Acting and artist Dave Skinner through Sound Design (creating soundscapes and sound effects, ambient and atmospheric music, and sounds, and run foley sound design groups) Photography, Video recording & Editing. Also, the young people will develop skills in the planning, hosting and running an event. They will create a Halloween Haunted House.|
|Youth Arts Explorer Grants|
|South Area Youth Service||Dublin||12 young people from South Area Youth Service will work with artist Sean O Dwyer through Research – Photography – Photoshop – Drawing – Clay Sculpture – Mould making -Resin – Casting in a project entitled ‘The Mandala Project’ (working title). Young people will undertake a journey exploring their relationship with their own community (as they chose to define it) and bring their idea from internalised concepts – to visual images (either sourced or created).|
|Irish Refugee Council||Dublin||15 to 20 young people from the Irish Refugee council will work with Red Rua and artist Ala Buisir through photography on a project named ‘Teach Nua’. The aim is to understand what this new home/new society (’Teach Nua’) means for the young people participating. We will use photography as a tool to honour their roots, develop a sense of belonging to their new home and connect to their future hopes and ambitions.|
|Foroige, Balbriggan Youth Services||Dublin||20 young people from Foroige Balbriggan will work with performance poet, Sheila Ryder and graffiti artist, Darren Rask in a project entitled ‘Graffiti Speaks’. The young people will explore their sense of place and voice through Graffiti Wall Art and Performance Poetry culminating in a group performance in front of their graffiti mural.|
|YMCA Ireland (Carbery youth service)||Cork||12 to 16 young people from Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers/Direct Provision centre, and young people involved with YMCA Carbery Youth Service, will work with artist Sheila Kelleher to design and create an outdoor wall mural, using paints in a project entitled The Shack Mural Project. Connections to space and place will be enhanced.|