Ory’Sta Talking on Tuam – Creatively Making Place


Ory’Sta Talking on Tuam – Creatively Making Place }
Virtual Fireside. Image: Padraig Stevens

6th April 2022


Reapy's Bar, Tullinadaly Rd

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Places at this Ory'Sta event are free but limited, and booking is essential

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Creative Places Tuam is delighted to invite you to join us for the fifth in our series of Ory’Sta Talking on Tuam fireside conversations.

We will gather by the fireside in Reapy’s Bar from 1.00pm – 2pm on Wednesday April 6th to dive into how communities are supported to creatively make place.

A live “In Conversation” with Maureen Kennelly (Director, Arts Council), Patrick Fox (Director, Heart of Glass) and Ailbhe Murphy (Director, Create) will continue on from the threads of discussion started at this year’s Arts Council’s Places Matter Conference and distil our thinking on how different communities engage creatively to build the version of place they want to be a part of. We will address questions such as how can artists be key partners in this work? What are the impacts and learning from this work to date in St. Helens? How will Create and Tuam continue to work together to realise their shared visions?

Our second ever in-person Ory’Sta event and first with an audience will be a convivial conversation, a chance to think on Tuam together, to be inspired and to listen.

We thank Seamus and his team for allowing us to host the event in Reapy’s and a light lunch will be served after.



Maureen Kennelly Director, Arts Council

Maureen was director of Poetry Ireland from 2013 until April 2020. She was previously director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, artistic director of the Mermaid Arts Centre, general manager with Fishamble Theatre Company, and she also worked with Druid Theatre Company, the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, The Arts Council and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. On a freelance basis, she worked with a wide range of organisations including Theatre Forum, Sing Ireland, the Performance Corporation and Age & Opportunity. She was Primary Curator with the Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival and Programme Director with the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

Ailbhe Murphy Director, Create

Ailbhe is responsible for core programming and strategic and organisational development and partnerships, nationally and internationally. Prior to taking up her appointment as Director of Create, as an artist she has worked in a wide range of situated projects as part of the interdisciplinary art and research platform Vagabond Reviews. Ailbhe holds a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design and she was awarded her doctorate from the University of Ulster in 2011.

Patrick Fox Director, Heart of Glass

Patrick is Director of Heart of Glass, a St Helens, Merseyside (UK) based collaborative and social arts agency. He is a producer, commissioner and senior arts leader who supports artists to engage with communities of place / interest to create contemporary work that reflects the politics of our times.  He is former director of Create, and the former head of collaborations and engagement at FACT Liverpool, leading the acclaimed arts and older people project Tenantspin as part of his portfolio.

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