Leixlip group win grant for Artist in Residence Youth Film Project

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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Leixlip group win grant for anti-smoking documentary

A KYS Cor na n'Og group during production of their documentary with John Conway (supported by the Irish Cancer Society, Kildare Arts Office and Platform 4 Leixlip

A Leixlip based Kildare Youth Service (KYS) group has received funding for a youth lead film project (anti-smoking documentary film) with visual artist John Conway.

The Cor na nÓg project was one of only ten projects around the country to be awarded funds as part of the Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme 2016. A grant of €4,635 was allocated.

This scheme is managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) and funded by the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). It supports youth organisations to run an arts project with young people in their local communities. 

This grant allows each of these groups to work with a professional artist and create pieces of art as diverse as a documentary, public art, a podcast or a play.

KYS are hosting John Conway as a resident artist to work on producing a short film with young people from the area. The documentary was made earlier this year, funded by the Irish Cancer Society's X-Hale campaign, and supported by Kildare Arts Office and Platform 4 Studios. Mr Conway was approached by the group to facilitate them on the project, and it's success lead the way for a proposal for an extended residency.

Anne O’Gorman of the NYCI said: “We are delighted with the calibre of this year’s successful projects. They demonstrate the quality and variety of ways in which young people are working creatively with each other and in their local communities. The themes that they have chosen to work on also show how socially engaged they are and how deeply they care about issues facing society.

Seóna Ní Bhriain, Head of Young People, Children and Education at the Arts Council said: “We are delighted that the scheme is supported by both the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and delivered by the National Youth Council of Ireland. NYCI’s arts programme is well placed to ensure groups who apply to the scheme receive the support they need to begin to develop effective partnerships that foster dynamic arts practice in a youth work context.”

According to the NYCI, the demand for funds from this scheme ran at almost three times the available fund, demonstrating a strong need for more funding for young people’s participation in the arts.

The National Youth Arts Programme runs a range of other activities to promote and develop youth arts in Ireland see www.youtharts.ie for more.