ArtLinks is a programme designed to support artists across all disciplines in the partner counties and to assist them develop their practice for future sustainability.
ArtLinks is a partnership initiative of the four Local Authority County Councils of Arts Offices in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford County Council regions. It is also supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. It was designed to support the professional development of established and emerging artists who are resident in the five partner local authority areas in the South East region.
The programme provides supports including, Mentoring, Bursaries, Networking and Professional Development Programmes for its Members.
Established in 2007 ArtLinks has grown from being an information resource for artists in the South East to a defined programme of supports for practitioners, for both their personal and professional development as artists.
During 2011 ArtLinks, with a view to better its services to best meet the current needs of Professional and Emerging Artists across the region, engaged Karan Thompson Consulting Limited to undertake a strategic review and evaluation of the ArtLinks initiative. The purpose of the evaluation process was to review the development of ArtLinks from its original aims when established to the supports services it was providing in 2011 to artist practitioners. This evaluation included consultation with members of ArtLinks and former recipients of programme supports. The output of this process provided a three year Strategic Plan for ArtLinks form 2012 -2015.
In line with the objectives of this Strategic Plan during 2012 ArtLInks redesigned its range of programme supports to relfect and better serve the needs of both preofssional and emerging artists living in the South East region. It currently offers artist's bursaries, mentoring supports and provides oportunites for artists to connect and collborate across the region. ArtLinks will continue to review and evaluate its services to meet members’ needs and to ensure a continued developmental approach in providing supports for arts practitioners.
Become a member of ArtLinks today. Membership is free and is open to qualifying artists (Professional and Emerging) living in any one of the partner regions.