Clare Arts Office is committed to supporting artists in their professional development by offering numerous opportunities for upskilling and professional development.

We work with local, regional and national partners to assess needs and deliver supports that are relevant and current. In recent times all supports and training has been delivered online.

We also provide studio spaces for artists at our EASI Studios facility in Ennis and our Tulla Stables Studios, both of which are currently full.

Previous Supports

1. Digital Marketing Training

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Clare organised digital marketing training for Artists/ Makers. Creative Ireland funded these workshops and training was delivered online by Evan Mangan of The Marketing Crowd.

The following items were covered:

  1. 1st June (9.30am-12.30pm) – How to create marketing videos for your website/social media – Level 1
  2. 8th June (9.30am-12.30pm)- How to use Canva to design eye-catching images for your website/social media posts
  3. 15th and 22nd June (9.30am-12.30pm) – Instagram for Marketing – Part 1 and Part 2

2. Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary

Clare County Council offers an annual bursary to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan. The call for applications closed on April 4th, 2022. Gerry O’Mahony, visual artist, was the 2022 recipient.

3. Platform 31

The Association of Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council, present PLATFORM 31 2022: a national opportunity for artists to reflect on and investigate how they might significantly develop their practice or make work in a new way, while being connected with and supported by peer practitioners, advisors and mentors.

Designed to support and enable career development for 31 mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), there are two elements of support for participating artists in the scheme: financial and developmental.

In 2022, participating artists received an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in a developmental and networking framework.

Outcomes-focused and not output-driven, the scheme provides coaching and advisory support and create networking opportunities for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and learnings, encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts.

The exact content of this artist support framework, which will last for approx. 6 months from May to October 2022, will be informed by the interests of the 31 artists selected.

The deadline for receipt of applications was March 30th, 2022. Poet and environmentalist, Grace Wells, was the 2022 Platform 31 recipient from Clare.

Click here for further information.

4. Regional Professional Development Series for Visual Artists

We work with Visual Artists Ireland in conjunction with our colleagues in Limerick Arts Office and Tipperary Arts Office to devise an annual Professional Development Series for visual artists. The 2022 programme is now complete.

5. Digital Upskilling Workshop Series

Michael Fortune from devised and produced this workshop programme which is an ideal way for participants to build on their digital skills over a long term programme.

Held on Wednesday mornings from December 2021 to February 2022,  the 10-week course saw participants introduced to a host of digital skills from film and editing on their mobile phones to screen recording and animation.

Workshops were delivered online via Zoom.