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Waterford recipient of PLATFORM 31 artist development scheme announced

Nationwide artist development scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council

Clare Scott has been announced for the 2022 Platform 31 scheme for Waterford. Following the success of the inaugural Platform 31 programme in 2021, this innovative scheme has returned for 2022, showing the commitment of Local Authority Arts Offices, together with the Arts Council, to supporting the continued development of artists throughout Ireland.

PLATFORM 31 is designed to support 31 artists – one from each Local Authority area in Ireland – to reflect on and develop their practice or make work in a new way, while being connected with and supported by peer practitioners, advisors and mentors.

Developed by the Association of Local Authority Arts Offices (ALAAO with the Arts Council, PLATFORM 31 offers two elements of support – financial and developmental – for mid-career artists across all disciplines.

Speaking about the announcement, artist Clare Scott said: “Platform 31 underpins my own philosophy of connecting with other artists to share ideas and gain and give encouragement. The stronger the network artists are part of the more we are able to support each other, take proper advantage of opportunities and provide our communities with strong creative hubs. A good network also means that we as artists can take some control of our art practice and its context. Platform 31 will connect myself and other artists in the south east with artists nationwide, nurturing a network that will continue to grow long after the project is finished and I am very happy to be a part of it.”

Margaret Organ and Conor Nolan, Arts Officers, Waterford City and County Council added: “The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council congratulate Clare Scott on being Waterford’s Platform 31 artist. Clare is a hard working artist who has been part of the Waterford art scene for many years. She is open to new ways of working and we are sure that she use this opportunity to network with the other awardees nationwide and to inform her own practice.”

For over 35 years Local Authority Arts Offices have worked directly with artists to ensure the arts thrive in all communities. Working in a grass roots and foundational way has allowed Arts Officers to identify and to respond to the needs of artists, keeping the arts and cultural agenda focused and relevant in changing environments.

PLATFORM 31 is managed by Wicklow County Council on behalf of The Association of Local Authority Arts Officers, in collaboration with the Arts Council.

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