Creative Waterford Open Call 2022 Grants Announced

Twelve grants have been allocated to a range of community groups, organisations and individuals in Waterford City and County. Successful applicants to the Creative Waterford Open Call 2022 scheme were notified of funding allocations in late March.

Katherine Collins, Creative Waterford Coordinator said “Communities and individuals are invited to see themselves as co-creators of their own cultural and creative experiences and to mobilise communities of interest. Creative Waterford encourages new, ambitious, and meaningful collaborations between people and communities, and professionals such as artists, archaeologists, historians, archivists and everyone else involved in the culture and creative sectors within Waterford. We are delighted to work with these projects and are excited to see how they develop during the year.”


Grants were awarded to:

Caoilfhionn Hanton, An Intersectional Waterford: €3,000.00

Walton Institute, WIT, Re-Fashioning the Future: €5,000

Calmast, Ballybricken Spoken Word Project: €6,000

Sandra Kelly, The Voice of Young People (Working Title): €7,250

Mercy Secondary School, Healing Arts Week 2022: €5,000

Waterford Film Centre, Community film projects : ‘Imbolg’ and ‘The Check Out Girl’: €7,250

Waterford Pride, Pride of the Déise Festival 2022: €3,500

Waterford Healing Arts Trust, No Place Like Home: €2,500

Theatre Royal Waterford, Creating Green Shoots @ Theatre Royal: €5,000

SLí Waterford, Street Art for the Goals: €4,500

Jenny Fennessy, Acting workshops with amateur drama groups in Waterford City and County:  €4,000.00

Market House Craftworks, Cappoquin “New Reality” A Festival of Contemporary Collage in Ireland: €3,000.00


Visual artist, Caoilfhoinn Hanton said “An Intersectional Waterford is the kind of project I have wanted to materialise for many years now. Being a young adult currently studying visual art but having begun my professional practice and been mentored by Dublin artists since I was 16, I feel I can still relate to the younger generation but am more equipped now to deliver such a project.”

Jenny Fennessy said “We will deliver acting workshops to amateur drama groups in Waterford City and County. We will teach a wide variety of acting skills and techniques and participants will work on a great range of texts to practice their new skills. By the end of the workshop, we would hope the members feel empowered to take on characters and parts in plays in a more skilful way. Our aim is that these skills will be passed from us to them and from them to future members of the drama group.”

According to Aileen Drohan, “Re-Fashioning the Future brings together a community of traditional textile craft practitioners with technical driven experts from Walton Institute’s new E-Textiles Lab. Through peer-to-peer knowledge sharing workshops, the group will actively engage in a collaborative exploration and investigation of electronic textiles, carried out utilising a sewable range of electronic components, conductive fabrics, and threads.

In keeping alive the old traditional craft methods, all the while embracing new methods of e-textile making for smart textiles, the workshop participants will extend their newly acquired skills through an additional series of workshops to wider community groups. Re-Fashioning the Future’ aims to foster a network of e-textile practitioners and provide over 100 traditional craft/textile makers with the technical skills and know-how to embed electronic circuitry in textiles for creative outputs with added functionality.”


Featured image: Students at Ursuline Primary School making murals with artist Caoilfhionn Hanton. Photographer: Joe Evans

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