Art|Works: Creative Arts and Industries Platform, is a collaborative initiative between UCC, Corcadorca Theatre Development Centre and Plugd Records. Art|Works is intended to provide a vibrant hub that links Arts students, past, present and future, with academic stakeholders, employers, industry practitioners, and interested members of the wider public. Its aim is to showcase the broad applicability of Arts-degree skills on the job market, for example, in the burgeoning creative industry sector. Art|Works foregrounds the socioeconomic value of a flexible Arts-educated workforce in a rapidly-changing world. In the context of on-going debate and popular skepticism about the value of Arts degrees despite Ireland’s disproportionately large contribution to the creative industries given its size, this space for dialogue seems particularly important.
Art|Works focuses on four key strands:
- Theatre, Drama, and Music
- Visual Arts / Museums / Curatorship
- Film / Screen / Radio
- Fiction / Non-Fiction Publishing
Engage with Art|Works
Art|Works aims to be a platform through which Arts graduates and practitioners can be connected with creative industries. It is a vibrant hub that links Arts students – past, present and future – with academic stakeholders, employers, industry and the wider public. If you would like to engage with Art|Works, or be kept updated on forthcoming events and initiatives, please feel free to connect with us.
Art|Works was launched on January 25th, 2013, offering a full-day multi-faceted inaugural event hosted at the Triskel Development Centre, Tobin Street, Cork. The event brought together a panel of guest-speakers, who represented a range of professions that require Arts-degree skills, with students, academics, and the wider public. Panelists were asked to offer a brief introduction to their professional life, and then to respond to questions in a chaired discussion. During the day and throughout the evening, the event featured the work of theatre practitioners, musicians, filmmakers, and curators, many of whom were graduates of UCC.
Panel speakers: James Hackett (EMI London, Head of Music Videos); Jonathan Shankey (Agent, The Lisa Richards Agency Dublin/London); Gemma Tipton (freelance curator and writer, The Irish Times); Pat Kiernan (Director Corcadorca Theatre Company); Maura O’Keeffe (Freelance theatre producer); Gemma O’Sullivan (Journalism Lecturer, Griffith College); Emelie Fitzgibbon (Director Graffiti Theatre); Michael Toomey ( Film-maker/ journalist); Denis Staunton (Irish Times Washington / vice-editor IT); Maurice Sweeney (journalist); Matthew Sweeney (poet / Writer-in-Residence, UCC).