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5 new projects to explore Traveller wellbeing through creativity

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5 new projects to explore Traveller wellbeing through creativity

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1/06/22

5 new projects to explore Traveller wellbeing through creativity

Five creative projects have been chosen to support health and wellbeing in the Traveller community. Creative Ireland Programme and our partners in the Department of Health (Healthy Ireland Programme), the HSE and the Arts Council are funding five projects under the Traveller Wellbeing through Creativity initiative announced in March 2022.

The purpose of this unique programme is to support creative projects that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the Traveller community.

The projects chosen are:

  1. Guth na Mincérí

Dance, film, music, visual art, craft and discussion will celebrate Traveller culture in a highly visible programme. As well as celebrating the best of Traveller culture, the six-month creative programme will allow space for commemorating loved ones. This project is being developed by a partnership with The Gaff (Limerick Theatre and Performance Hub Ltd.), The Limerick City Traveller Health Programme, William (WILLZEE) Casey, Limerick and Clare’s Local Creative Youth Partnership and The Learning Hub, Limerick.

 

  1. The Pisreóg Project

The Pisreóg Project is a Traveller-designed and led project that seeks to collect, document and celebrate the superstitions and traditions of the Traveller Community in Ballymun and the variances within superstitions from family to family and county to county. This is a partnership between St Margaret’s Traveller Community Association, Men’s and Women’s Literacy and Leadership Groups and Axis Ballymun.

 

  1. Cultural Action, Cultural Rights: A Foundation for Wellbeing

‘Cultural Action, Cultural Rights: A Foundation for Wellbeing’, will focus on the importance of cultural identity and sense of self as being core for wellbeing among the Traveller community. The project will shine a positive light on the rich culture of the Traveller community which is often overshadowed by negative stereotypes commonly held in Irish society and reinforced by negative media coverage. This project is a partnership with Galway Traveller Movement, writer Rosaleen McDonagh, Alice McDowell, Misléor Festival of Nomadic Cultures and Julie Flavin Atmos Collective.

 

  1. Travellers on Screen

This project gives five different Traveller groups the opportunity to participate in creative performances, filmed in an Arts Centre in their region of the country. A series of five-day workshops will bring together novice actors, filmmakers and scriptwriters, through impactful training. The training will also involve a mental health component using mindfulness and creative play to illustrate the power of expressive communication to expand horizons in a positive and culturally relevant context. This project is being developed by Cluster Fox Films led by Traveller film director/actor/writer John Connors.

 

  1. Gallery of Photography Ireland, Martin Beanz Warde and Open Doors Initiative

Martin Beanz Warde will be supported to work in a deep and engaged way with 10 Traveller participants. Over a series of one-to-one conversations, Martin will collaborate with each participant to create photographs which explore new ways of representing the diversity and vibrancy of Traveller culture. This project is a partnership between the Gallery of Photography Ireland, the Traveller artist/poet/comedian/podcaster Martin Beanz Warde and Open Doors Initiative. Open Doors Initiative, experts on social inclusion will provide mentoring and support; and artist mentoring will also be provided by Anthony Haughey.

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