Artists Connect is an artist development initiative of Wicklow County Council with the purpose of supporting artists across all art forms, who are living in or are from the county, to connect, share information and learn from each other. Artist Connects runs events such as Artist Salons co-hosted with Outpost Studios, and The Funding Clinic held earlier this year. Events are developed with the support of an Artist Panel which is made up of artists Philip St John (playwright), Sinead O’Loughlin (filmmaker), Paul Gaffney (visual artist) Karen Gleeson (dance), Joanna Kidney (visual artist), and Olivia Fitzsimons (writer), as well as Jenny Sherwin (Arts Office), Niamh O’Donnell (Mermaid Arts Centre), and Susan Coughlan (independent facilitator).
The Arts Office is committed to developing initiatives under the Artists Connect framework throughout the lifetime of the Arts Strategy Growing the Arts in County Wicklow 2020- 2025. The programme is at a really early stage and, while plans have been impacted by Covid 19, we hope this list of resources can be supportive of you and your practice at this challenging time. We are all dealing with change and discovering new things that help us to adapt and to cope so we thought we’d share the resources that are helping us.