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Waterford

Waterford City and County Council (WCCC) have embraced the Creative Communities Pillar of Creative Ireland since 2017. Through provision of Open Calls to encourage communities and individuals to apply for funding, Waterford’s creativity is highlighted in many inspiring initiatives ranging from heritage, crafts & environmental projects to artistic collaborations, choirs, murals and more.

Waterford’s Culture Team is a multi-disciplinary grouping made up of experienced individuals from Waterford Council including arts, library, heritage, conservation, archives, museums and others. This team grows from strength to strength as Creative Ireland progresses and initiates collaborative projects such as The Placenames Project, Diverse Waterford Oral History & Digital Skills. Waterford Cultural Quarter hosts CreateFest, Waterford’s Festival of Creativity to inspire and showcase the excellent creative work taking place in Waterford City and County.

Creative Waterford has worked with a range of education stakeholders to deliver a wide diversity of projects, particularly in the area of community education. Developing strong links with children and adults and promoting the value of creativity in education at all ages is a particularly rewarding aspect of Creative Waterford that continues year on year.

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Dungarvan Art Trail

Artist and dye-transfer printer Jean Curran created an exhibition of original dye transfer prints from Technicolor movies in the form of a local art trail.

Culture and Creativity Team

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Katherine Collins

Cultural Quarter Project Manager, Creative Ireland Coordinator

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Michael Walsh

Chief Executive, Waterford County Council

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Kieran Kehoe

Director of Service

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Eamonn McEneaney

Director of Waterford Treasures Three Museums in the Viking Triangle

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Sinead O'Higgins

Executive Librarian

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Jane Cantwell

City and County Librarian

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Billy Duggan

Economic Department, Senior Executive Officer

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Bernadette Guest

Heritage Officer

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Joanne Rothwell

Archivist Records Manager

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Máire Seo Breathnach

Irish Officer/Oifigeach Gaeilge

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Claire Hartley

Communications Officer

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Margaret Organ

Arts Officer

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Conor Nolan

Arts Officer

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Rosemary Ryall

Architectural Conservation Officer

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Rosemary Ryan

Keeper Waterford Treasures - 3 Museums in the Viking Triangle

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Jim Lenane

Assistant Irish Officer

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Our Strategy

Creative Waterford’s Culture and Creativity Strategy focuses on Waterford’s commitment to establishing, developing and supporting Creative Communities in rural and urban areas. An emphasis on up-skilling communities and individuals to fully realise their creative potential is at the heart of our commitment to Waterford’s strategy. The creation of a cultural and creative ecosystem that promotes the values of inclusivity, access, participation and engagement in society is the driving force for the strategy.

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