February 2013 News

‘Voice’ Programme

Common Ground’s ‘Voice’ programme has built exciting strands of work in 2013 forging new arts opportunities and partnerships across all generations.  These include:

  • Common Ground and The Abbey education and outreach department with a group of young men from St Michaels Youth Project, Inchicore. They will script and perform personal monologues & visit the Abbey to watch Tim Crouch perform ‘I Malvolio’.

  • The continuation of the ‘Voice’ programme with the Over 55s Bluebell Community Choir, the children of Our Lady of the Wayside National School, and the children and young people of the Afterschools Programme of the Family Resource Centre at St Michaels Estate.  We will also be bringing the Voice programme to Rialto Day Care Centre. In the next few weeks we’ll be making a public call for musicians interested in working with the older voice.  Keep an eye on our facebook page and website.
  • Our pilot music programme and research findings of music and the early years ‘Tiny Voices’ will be launched and celebrated in the Spring with a series of early year’s arts training workshops for musicians and early childhood practitioners.

studio 468

studio 468 X 10.  Applications for the studio 468 research award will be reviewed on February 19th & awardees announced shortly afterwards for up to 4 awards.  Our selection panel includes Patrick Cox (Director Create), Sheena Barrett (The Lab Dublin City Council) and studio 468 team members, Chris Maguire, Katy Fitzpatrick, John Bissett, Logan Sisley and Siobhán Geoghegan. The next call for long term residencies in studio 468 will be made in the Autumn.

Kathyrn Maguire, current artist in residence at studio 468 is developing a brilliant public arts project called FESTA that will take place on the Grand Canal on May 10th, 11th and 12th as part of Inland Waterways Dublin Rally.  Inland Waterways have generously donated use of two pontoons and Kathyrn will install two art works that she is making with two local groups as part of the Dublin Rally. For more information see Kathyrn’s website and blog.

Endings and Beginnings

And to beginnings………Common Ground are delighted to welcome Nigel Rolfe and Susan Smith as directors to the Board of Common Ground, as we begin to shape our new Strategic plan in 2013.

As we reported in December, one of our main funders for 13 years the City Of Dublin Youth Services Board decided not to continue funding Common Ground’s arts programming with children and young people in 2013.  We are working hard to manage the impact this cut has had on the delivery of arts programming to the children and young people in the Canals area.  This cut has radically curtailed local children’s free access to arts and cultural opportunities in their own community and at no cost to their families.  The cut also forced us to say goodbye to our wonderful, long serving, highly esteemed Arts Development Worker, Irma Grothuis. Everyone in Common Ground and our project partners are indebted for Irma’s passion, drive and vision building local children’s access to positive arts experiences and programmes, including Music for Me.

Also at the end of 2012 we bade farewell to our amazing intern Ailve McCormack after nine months of dynamic work supporting our arts programmes and setting high standards with our social media platforms.  We also say goodbye to studio team members Logan Sisley and Fiona Whelan. Sincere thanks to them both for all their enthusiasm and commitment to studio 468’s development.