dlr awarded over €63,000 by Arts Council for creative place making in Ballyogan

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
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dlr has been awarded €63,628 by the Arts Council, in partnership with Voluntary Arts Ireland, to develop a creative place making project in Ballyogan called Exit 15. The award was made as part of the Arts Council's 'Invitation to Collaboration' scheme for local authorities. This scheme aims to promote ambitious ways of collaborating and engaging with local communities on arts projects..

Exit 15 is an 18 month creative place programme responding to the artistic aspirations of local people in the Ballyogan area. It is coupled with a research project led by Queens University in tandem with Belfast City Council and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. The partnership aims to share learning in community-led initiatives supported by Queens University who will monitor, evaluate and reflect on the work. Exit 15 will not only transform the public space of Ballyogan but help leave behind a sustainable cultural life.

Speaking at the launch at the dlr LexIcon, Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride said: “The Invitation to Collaboration is all about supporting partnerships that focus on developing projects, resources or services that are ambitious and testing new ground. We recently put a call out to local authorities across the country and I am delighted to confirm that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council was successful as the lead applicant in this unique cross border learning. I am confident this funding will help foster a distinctive community and artistic collaboration, which will result in unique public engagement opportunities.”

An Cathaoirleach of dlr, Councillor Tom Murphy, welcomed the announcement and said,

This significant investment is a great boost for the plans of the local residents of Ballyogan and I look forward to seeing the artistic programme develop in partnership with Voluntary Arts Ireland over the next 18 months.”