Council announces public art programme

Council announces public art programme


The Rusangano Family will appear at the launch of Clare County Council’s Public Art Programme 2017-2020.

Clare County Council’s Arts Office has announced of a four-year public art programme, entitled ‘Gaining Ground’.

The aim of Clare County Council’s Public Art Programme 2017-2020 will be to utilise the pooled resources of the Per Cent for Art Schemes of the Local Authority and the Office of Public Works to maximise their potential. The programme comprises four strands taking place in North and West Clare, Shannon and Ennis.

In North Clare, four six-month residency projects will be selected to take place over a two-year timeframe. A single residency project, entitled ‘Re-imagining the Rural’, will be selected to take place over a one-year timeframe in West Clare.  A single project, entitled ‘Dancing Together’ will be selected to take place over a 1-year timeframe in Shannon.  ‘Reflections’ meanwhile is the title of a publication and symposium in Ennis from 2019 to 2020.

The launch of Gaining Ground will be held at glór in Ennis from 2.00 p.m. on 15 June, with guest speaker Annette Moloney (curator, public art specialist) and the Rusangano Family. Following the launch, Siobhán Mulcahy (Arts Officer) and Sally O’Leary (Programme Co-ordinator) will be available to answer questions.

“The programme has been devised to have a strong community ethos and therefore, it is anticipated that both artists and community groups will be interested in attending the launch to learn more about the details of the programme,” explained Ms. Mulcahy.

She added, “The afternoon aims to support artists who might wish to submit commission proposals. It will provide case studies of public art projects that engage in a significant way with local communities by accomplished artists Fiona Woods, Gareth Kennedy and Pauline O’Connell.”

A Professional Development Workshop in proposal writing, organised by Visual Artists Ireland, also will be held at glór on 29 June 2017 from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Full details are available from / or from Sally O’Leary,


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.