ConneX 12 - South Tipperary Youth Arts Programme

South Tipperary County Council Arts Service will be continuing to develop its Youth Arts programme throughout South Tipperary in November and December this year with arts events for young people spanning different art forms.

South Tipperary County Council Arts Service will be continuing to develop its Youth Arts programme throughout South Tipperary in November and December this year with arts events for young people spanning different art forms.

The Arts Service works in collaboration with cultural providers, schools and the community to provide a wide range of arts activities aimed for young people between the ages of 13 to 20 years.

This year the Connex Programme is involved in a number of short residencies which form part of an Interreg programme, South Tipperary County Council are one of the partners on this European Partnership project, entitled Green and Blue Futures.

The aim of the programme will be to promote the local environment and cultural assets specifically along the River Suir. It is the intention that the project will develop an interest, knowledge and ownership of the River Suir and it’s built environment to new and existing audiences. The project will develop a series of events or happenings along the river throughout Tipperary with an emphasis on the use of ‘places of significance’ either from a perspective of the historic architectural/industrial build-environment or places of significance from local folk lore/social history which afforded the place social importance in the past.

Three projects will form part of this programme during Connex12, including Forever Now - a new Film Making Residency in Carrick on Suir. A new short film will be devised and directed by Shane Dempsey and edited by Zoe Chen, using extensive on location rehearsals and character development Shane will lead young actors on an exciting journey into the world of film making.

Forever Now will be made over a week and will be screened in Carrick-On-Suir in December. Shane Dempsey is an Irish director who runs Fragments, a production company based in London and has worked in New York, Moscow, Belgium, London and Ireland. The second project is a new video and photography residency in Fethard. Local artist Pat Lobby will develop a project focusing on the keeping and harvesting of Osiary or Willow beds along the river Clashawley, a tributary of the River Suir. In the past families would maintain Oisary or Willow beds which would be used for making baskets and the willow was harvested to make thatch for local homes. Today these skills and traditions, although part of our heritage, are lost to many of the younger inhabitants of the area - By using modern technology and contemporary art interpretations and methodologies, Pat hopes to rekindle a fascination and knowledge about our past allowing a younger generation of the locality to get to know their own place and landscape.

The project will develop through video, photography and stories.

Students will record their findings through both film and photography and these will be presented at the conclusion of the project. The third project is a new Poetry Residency in Cahir, with local poet Grace Wells.

Grace will be working with school children from Cahir national schools, holding poetry workshops in schools using the theme of the River, its influences and relationship with Cahir Castle, the workshops will culminate in a poetry event held at Cahir Castle for the participants.

Grace’s books for children include Gyrfalcon (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 2002), which won won the Eilis Dillon Best Newcomer Bisto Award and was also an International White Ravens’ Choice; and Ice Dreams (O’Brien Press, 2008).

As well as the Residency Programme Connex12 will be once again be working in partnership with local Arts providers. Starting off the programme South Tipperary County Council Arts Service will be working in partnership with Clonmel Junction Festival who will be hosting Clonmel Stories on Friday 2nd November, 11.00 to 4.30 at Common thread Café, 15 Parnell Street, Clonmel. Clonmel Stories is an improvisation and creative writing-based workshop for 13+ with Cork-based theatre practitioner Donal Gallagher, the workshop will explore the use of real life stories to make drama performance material. This workshop forms part of the first phase of a performance projects for Clonmel Junction Festival 2013.

Donal Gallagher is the artistic director of Asylum Productions, whose credits include ‘Red Lola’ and the world premier of ‘Pondlife Angels’ by Enda Walsh.  

Regular freelance credits includes Chatroom @ National Theatre, London, Love all for Cheery Wilde Productions and a site-specific show based on the Callan’s Workhouse. To register interest in this workshop contact: 086 822 5054.

The Arts Service will also be working with the Cashel Arts Festival, the programme will include a creative writing workshop for teenagers with poet and teacher Dave Lordan at Cashel Library, and a Hip Hop dance workshop with Chris Dylus, Dancer/Choreographer of Dance Theatre of Ireland. Cashel Arts Festival will also present the video installation All Places Are Distant From Heaven Alike by artist Bridget O’Gorman. This artwork was one of the exhibits which formed part of South Tipperary County Council Arts Service’s curatorial project Dig where you stand. Bridget and co-curator Rosie Lynch will give a talk in relation to the project at The Bolton Library during the festival (see for the full programme).

Also as part of Connex 12, the Arts Service will be working in partnership with Tipperary Excel to present a workshop with Royseven for young people. The workshop will be a one hour interactive discussion about the band’s journey from beginning to the present day. It will refer to topics such as writing songs, securing a record deal, touring & making videos.