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Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice. Create and Counterpoints Arts, 2018. Image: Aoife Herrity

Cooperative Ignition Programme

Creating Space for socially engaged arts practice in Tuam

Creative Places Tuam makes time for ideas to percolate, space for communities to come together, resources for projects to grow.

Following an initial open call for a Cooperative Commission in 2021, we made the decision to reallocate the funding into a series of residencies, artist developmental opportunities, mentorships and local training opportunities, all designed to build capacity for artists and communities to work collaboratively together.

Through this Cooperative Ignition Programme, we have offered Patching Tuam, a unique textile art project for young people, inspired by punk fashion, music iconography, and protest art, led by local artist Kathy Ross; For Our Grand (m)Others, a new art residency on the Gilmartin Road with invited artist Mark Storor; The One Stop Shop, a print residency with invited artists Kate O’Shea and Aoife Barrett, and other opportunities for the people of Tuam.

Through the delivery of long term residencies and research opportunities, we support artists and communities to work together on a common goal. This is the space for gathering together to interrogate ideas, to grow our understanding of socially engaged arts practice and make great art. This is the space to think globally, to act locally, to make together.

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