In the Open | Faoin Spéir was an Arts Council funded programme developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis which saw a variety of outdoor arts events taking place in public spaces around Ireland. As we expectantly emerged from the pandemic  In the Open | Faoin Spéir helped to bring a renewed spirit of optimism and confidence in a fulsome return to the arts.

The public experienced In the Open | Faoin Spéir events that had a variety of events appealing to a broad range of audiences and interests ranging from performances, film, projections, music, street art, trails, spectacle, installations, visual arts, literature, spoken word and much more.

The scheme encouraged collaborations between arts organisations, festivals, arts centres and local authorities to programme innovative events for local audiences in outdoor public places. It helped to ensure that the public was able to safely enjoy arts events as we emerged from the pandemic. It also brought employment to many artists, curators, event and production managers during this period.

Clare Arts Office was delighted to work with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company on an In the Open | Faoin Spéir programme in Ennis.

Events included

March 2022 – Ennis Mela which won the annual Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2022 in the Festival of the Year Category

February 2022 – Flutterby Family Friendly Event

August 2021 – A Handful of Dreams