The arts play an important role in society, contributing to the quality of life of communities, local economies, the expression of local identity and the vibrant cultural life of the county. The Tipperary Arts Service strives to broaden and deepen access to the arts and to develop strategies for sustainable engagement, creating an environment where the arts and creativity can thrive. A core focus of the County Arts Programme is to ensure access for children and young people to the arts and to assist young people in developing a language of creativity through engagement in arts activity and with practicing artists across a broad range of settings.
Our current programmes for children and young people include:
Tipperary Artist in Primary School Scheme – the Tipperary Artist in Primary Schools Scheme has supported 47 artist in residence projects in primary schools in Tipperary since 2015. The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the county the opportunity to work with a professional artist on a once-off unique project to be originated and planned between the artist and the school. Artists from any artistic discipline may apply with a school. The school and the artist work together to propose a unique application under the scheme; there is a call for applications annually. Contact time is 50 hours per project. Projects across a range of artistic disciplines ranging from theatre to visual arts and music to storytelling will take place in Tipperary schools during 2019.
The Second Level Print in Schools Exhibition - Tipperary Arts Office offers secondary schools in the Tipperary administrative area the opportunity to borrow and display an exhibition of thirty two contemporary prints by Irish artists. The prints from twenty two artists include works by Cecil King, Alice Hanratty, Patrick Hickey, Gene Lambert, Suzannah O’Reilly and Des McMahon. Print mediums include monoprint, relief print, etching, silkscreen, lithograph, collograph, and dry point. An informative exhibition catalogue for educational purposes is included with the print exhibition. A one day printmaking workshop in the school/ venue is also available as part of this opportunity. The prints are specially packed for easy handling and transport. Teachers and schools, venues and organisations can arrange to borrow the exhibition by contacting the Tipperary Arts Office. This initiative offers teachers a contemporary, practical resource while also introducing artists, materials and processes to students. Schools are open to use the resource as they wish and as is practical for them, their spaces and resources.
Music Generation Tipperary: Tipperary is among five new counties in Ireland to participate in the most recent phase of development of Music Generation. Over the coming years, Music Generation Tipperary will offer new opportunities for hundreds of children and young people ages 0 to 18 to access high-quality, subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition in their local communities. Initiated by Music Network in 2010, Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs). Locally, Music Generation Tipperary will be led by Tipperary Education and Training Board (ETB) in partnership with Tipperary County Council. Planning for the roll-out of Music Generation Tipperary is currently underway, which involves recruitment of a Music Generation Development Officer to oversee programme development.
Music Generation Tipperary’s goal will be to develop a range of affordable and accessible ways for children and young people to engage in performance music education. This will include the coordination of music tuition services within the county, working in partnership with schools, community music groups and tuition centres in the formation of choirs, ensembles, access programmes, composition projects, songwriting initiatives and more, across a broad range of musical genres and styles.
The arts venues in Tipperary are key providers of programming for children and young people in the county. The Source Arts Centre, Thurles; Nenagh Arts Centre, The Tipperary Excel Arts Centre in Tipperary Town and the South Tipperary Arts Centre and Tipperary County Museum in Clonmel all run a range of engagement programmes and provide opportunites for young people, children and their families to engage with the arts.
Tipperary County Council also provides support to a range of festivals and events which deliver strong programme strands for children and young people in Tipperary. www.whatsonintipp.ie lists festivals taking place in Tipperary. Spleodar, Nenagh’s Haloween Arts Festival is a children’s arts festival which delivers high quality arts experiences that are curated specifically for children and young people during the Halloween mid-term break annually. Full programme http://spleodar.ie
The Tipperary Youth Theatre provides opportunities for non-formal youth engagement. Established by the Tipperary Arts Office, Tipperary Youth Theatre was developed in Thurles in 1999 and in Nenagh in 2007 to provide a platform for engagement with theatre for young people in the 13-17 age group. Both Youth Theatres now have a long history of presenting an annual production and training programme which is youth led and youth centred and are managed by The Source Arts Centre in Thurles and Nenagh Arts Centre.
Tipperary Dance Platform (TDP) is a platform for dance, dedicated to the enrichment and stimulation of dance in Tipperary. The activities of Tipperary Dance Platform are co-ordinated around three main strands: The TDP International Dance Festival, engagement with the community and the provision of resources for dance artists and the professional dance sector. Based from the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre in Tipperary Town, the Tipperary Dance Platform works with local schools through dance residency programmes and invitations to attend performances during the TDP International Dance Festival.
The Tipperary Arts Office also has a Percussion Instrument Collection which is available on loan to schools and community groups. Please contact the arts office for further information.