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Artlinks Collaboration Award 2021 Bursary Announcement

The ArtLinks partners are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Artlinks Collaboration Award are Na Cailleacha, an exhibition collaboration between visual artists from the South East region including Gerda Teljeur and Maria Lavigne based in Wexford, and Helen Comerford and Catherine Marshal based in Kilkenny. This collaborative exhibition will tour to arts venues in the South East including Wexford Arts Centre and Garter Lane Arts Centre,Waterford in 2021 and 2022 .

Recognising the importance of supporting our artists, the local authority Arts Offices of Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford, through the Artlinks programme, have been supporting artists in all art forms living in the South East region in the form of annual bursaries and professional development initiatives. In 2020 we introduced the Artlinks Collaboration Award worth up to €10,000, the aim of which is to encourage more collaboration between artists across the Artlinks counties and support artists seeking to expand their practice and networks regionally.

Na Cailleacha (the Witches) is an artists’ collective composed of eight women ranging in age from 64 to 84 years, dedicated to exploring creativity and lobbying for the needs of ageing artists. As part of Na Cailleacha exhibition they are planning a series developmental workshops and exploratory discussions , with invited guests from disciplines and areas of work, to be hosted in partner venues as they tour the South East beginning with The Age of Reason/Unreason at the Wexford Arts Centre in 2021 and later at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford. These workshops and discussions will explore ageing, art practice, health, creativity as a source of energy, isolation reduction and feminism, from a variety of viewpoints and will take place across disciplines of film, performance, music and painting,

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