Open invitation to artists and arts community to attend a series of talks.
As part of the Arts Office's ongoing commitment to development opportunities for artists and arts organisations, we have invited a number of leading players in the arts to share insights into their work and practices at this very strange time for everyone. We will hear how they have adapted their work in recent times and the possibilities for the future. Please see the Insights Series document below for full details.
On Friday 19th March at 11 am, Anne Clarke, lead producer of Landmark Productions will join us to share her insights into her work in making Landmark productions the outstanding success that it is and how she and the company has changed and reshaped itself to thrive in the past year. Anne Clarke founded Landmark Productions, one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers, in 2003. Since then, the company has produced thirty-two plays – including seven Irish premieres and eighteen world premieres – in Ireland, and its productions have been seen on major stages overseas: at the Barbican, National Theatre and Royal Opera House in London; at the Edinburgh International Festival; and at St Ann’s Warehouse and at BAM, New York.
We will hear about the Landmark 'journey', the changes that the past year have brought in light of the move to an online world and Anne will also attempt to look into the future and what it holds for the arts and production. Of ongoing interest are the challenges faced by 'regional' theatres and arts centres and producing work outside large urban areas. Creating and maintaining a critical mass of theatre practitioners who are developing, changing, 'churning' is easier in a large urban setting - or is it? However now that we are all online, does Anne believe that the 'new normal' lends itself to a dynamic environment for theatre making in which there are no walls or barriers? Does scope exist for a more actively engaged regional producing network of scale and ambition?
On Monday 12th April at 11am, we welcome Sinead McPhillips, an experienced Communications Consultant working primarily in the arts and culture sector, with organisations such as Landmark Productions, Galway International Art Festival and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.
Sinead will share her insights into her work as a leader in the fields of communications and marketing of major festivals and productions. We face many challenges in the changing environment in which everyone is operating. With everything online, how is one event distinguished from another and how do events attract audiences - local, national and international?
Sinead will present some highlights of her work over the past couple of years. She will talk about how she has adapted her way of working to address these challenges and offer advice in relation to supporting artists, festivals and arts organisations to more effectively communicate their messages.
On Wednesday 28th April at 11.00 am, we welcome Jo Mangan, Artistic Director/CEO of The Performance Corporation, and Director of Carlow Arts Festival. Recent work includes directing a new work for the Abbey as part of their 14 Voices from the Bloody Field. Upcoming directing work in the Virtual Reality field includes Traction – a VR/Community/Opera work for Irish National Opera over 3 years, on a live performance/VR project for Dublin Theatre Festival and EXPO 2021 in Dubai.
Jo will share with audiences, insights into her work at Carlow Arts Festival and into her long standing innovative approach to creating work and indeed to presenting work across artforms on and off line. She will talk about her influences, the past 12 months and how these strange times have informed her approach. The big challenge in these times is keeping audiences interested and engaged. She will share hints and tips around communicating in this very crowded arena (the online world).