RIOT: SLIGO – In March 2021 the Culture and Creativity Team in Sligo County Council asked the hard questions about how the values of culture, community and business can be mutually beneficial. In a series of curated conversations with a cross-section of experts and innovators, from places and projects that have been transformed through ground-breaking regenerational collaborations. RIOT: SLIGO looked at how to rethink Sligo Town, and design its potential future. A future that can be shaped by creativity, imagination, innovations, heritage, ability to work together – and culture. A number of recommendations from the conference have been taken on board by Sligo County Council to inform future strategies and Joeleen Lynch, Public Art Project Manager in Sligo County Council will present.
Ardú Cork – In 2020, under the Government’s July Stimulus Package, the Creative Ireland Programme also provided additional funding amounting to €1.75 million to local authorities designed to enable a broadening of the range of supported disciplines and genres and provide for additional opportunities for public participation in, or engagement with, artistic, cultural and creative activities and programmes. A wonderful example of the scale of what was achieved in 2020 is Ardú Cork, a Street Art Initiative celebrating Cork city’s traditions, history, resolution, and art. The project was designed as a means of re-invigorating Cork city in a safe space during COVID, whilst also exploring the phenomenal story that was Cork in 1920 and now. The murals received an overwhelming positive response from the public and have added vibrancy to the cultural landscape of Cork City centre by revitalising the areas of the city they inhabit. Michelle Carew, Arts Officer, Cork City Council will present.
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