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Waterford Poetry Prize 2017

April 26, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Events from the Arts Sector, Featured News, Waterford City & County Arts Office


Waterford City & County Council

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce details of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Imagine Arts Festival incorporating the Waterford Writers Weekend which runs from October 19th - 29th 2017 in venues throughout Waterford city and county. This prize has emerged from the influence of the late Waterford writer Seán Dunne whose poetry still continues to inspire.  

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2018. 2nd prize €300. 3rd prize €200. The closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon on 26th June 2017.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded from and or by contacting the Arts Office on 058/41416.

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Artlinks Bursary Recipient Scoops IFTA Award!

April 12, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Featured News




The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council and the Artlinks partners congratulate James Phelan from Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford who won the top award for script writing at the Irish Film and Television Awards. James is a current Artlinks bursary recipient.

James won for the funny and clever script he wrote for the mini-series 'Wrecking the Rising' - a look at what happens when three history enthusiasts from 2016 find themselves transported back to the heart of the action in the Easter Rising in Dublin 1916.It aired as part of the 1916 commemorations last year to critical and popular acclaim, and starred actor Peter Coonan, of Love/Hate.

James also wrote the script for the hit RTE drama 'Striking Out.' The star of that series, actress Amy Huberman, won the best actress in a lead role in a drama IFTA for her role. The IFTA Awards took place in the Mansion House in Dublin on Saturday 8th April 2017. 

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Artlinks Bursaries 2017 Awarded

February 27, 2017 in ArtLinks Bursaries, ArtLInks News, Featured News


The Artlinks partners of the Arts Offices of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford local authorities are pleased to announce that over €50,000 in bursaries has been awarded to artists by Artlinks. The partners gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

These awards will enable both emerging and established artists who are resident in the four partner counties in the South East region to access professional development opportunities across all art forms.

The Artlinks Arts Officers would like to thank all those who took the time to make submissions. Details of Artlinks mentoring and forthcoming workshop opportunities will be posted on this site throughout the year.

If you are not already a member, artists who are resident within the four partner Local Authorities can register for membership free of charge by going to our Registration page





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Training Opportunity for Waterford Musicians

January 9, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, Waterford City & County Arts Office

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to offer an opportunity to musicians to participate in an introductory workshop exploring the idea of bringing music into hospital, healthcare and community settings.

‘Exploring the Role of a Hospital Musician’ will take place on Thursday 26th January 2017 from 10am to 12.30pm
in the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

The Arts Office is making this introductory workshop available free of charge but interested participants MUST register in advance as numbers are limited. The workshop will be delivered by Kids Classics CLG which is a non-profit organisation which designs, manages and delivers professional music projects and programmes in healthcare, educational and community settings around Ireland. Kids’ Classics expanded its programmes in 2013 to include ‘Training Notes’, a programme that offers training and mentoring to musicians and healthcare professionals.

This workshop is the precursor to delivering a ‘Training Notes’ programme for musicians in Waterford interested in working in healthcare settings. The training will be delivered by European qualified trainers with National and International experience, Gráinne Hope and Liam Merriman who undertook extensive training with Musique et Santé as part of a pioneering European ‘ Train the Trainers’ programme with Music- Network (Ireland), Musique et Santé (France), Turku (Finland) and the Royal Northern College of Music (UK). Both trainers have delivered music in many settings including Paediatric ICU, Neo-natal special care, Oncology, Renal Dialysis, Acquired Brain Injury, Coma, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Acute and Chronic Psychiatry, Geriatric, Surgical and Burns Unit.

The objective of the ‘Training Notes’ programme is to understand the roles of a musician and the appropriate placement of music in healthcare setting. It will explore the skill set and best practice methods necessary to deliver quality interactions in Hospitals and Nursing Homes.

The programme Content will include:

  • The approach and methods required for successful musical interactions in hospital and care home environments
  • Vocal and instrumental repertoire and improvisation
  • Challenges of working in a team within a clinical space
  • Ethics and confidentiality
  • Practical music placements in local healthcare settings


Arts Officer, Margaret Organ explained, ’We are looking to support Waterford musicians who may want to work in healthcare settings as an additional income stream. This introductory workshop will give an overview of what is involved and details of an intensive course we propose to run in the coming months. We are delighted to have the expertise of Liam and Gráinne to assist us with this exciting programme’.

Musicians must register their interest in attending by emailing on or before Friday 20th January 2016.
More information is available by calling the Arts Office on 058/41416.


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Artlinks Bursaries 2017

January 4, 2017 in ArtLinks Bursaries, ArtLInks News, Featured News

The ArtLinks partners in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford are pleased to announce that they are currently accepting applications for the ArtLinks Bursary Awards 2017.

Artists must be a member of ArtLinks to avail of these supports. Membership is free and is open to both Professional and Emerging Artists who are resident within the four partner Local Authorities. If you are not already a member you can register here. Registered members can find Bursary Award forms and guidelines under 'Application Forms'

Bursaries are available in the following areas:

Emerging Artist Award (for those commencing a career in the arts sector)

Professional Development Award (for professional artists)

Collaborative Award(for collaborative projects between ArtLinks members)


The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday 30th January 2017 at 12 noon.

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Art for Buoys Project, Dungarvan

October 10, 2016 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, Waterford City & County Arts Office


As part of Waterford City & County Council’s programme to redevelop the landscaping on the roundabouts on the N25 Dungarvan Bypass. The Council’s Environment Department in partnership with the Arts Office is pleased to announce the result of their call out to artists to submit proposals.

The commission for the buoy at the Cork Road/Youghal road roundabout has been awarded to Dan Leo, a multi-disciplinary artist based in Co. Kilkenny with a maritime inspired piece titled ‘The Undercurrent’. His works span a variety of mediums, from digital illustration to large scale mural work but he is better known for his brushwork on canvas. Dan has a graphic style born from a steady consumption of obscure cultures, cartoons, music and street level art movements. His work most often depicts nature and animals in a style that has heavy line work, pattern elements and is bold in colour. Dan's work has helped him travel and paint across Europe and the USA, he has many significant corporate clients and the Kingfisher piece with Waterford Walls is one of his works locally. Arts Officer, Margaret Organ said that they were pleased to have someone of Dan’s calibre to lead off on this project.

Owing to the high quality of submissions received, two further commissions have been awarded to the artist Brigid Shelly from Ardmore for the buoy beside the Cathy Barry boat on the Cork Road with a Seagull inspired piece. Shona Shirley Macdonald, An Rinn will also be working on a buoy, details of which will be released in the Spring.

Raymond Moloney, SEO Environment Department thanked all the artists who submitted work and said that they planned in 2017 to advertise for submissions for the painting of some more of the remaining buoys in the vicinity. In the meantime, work on the above commissions will take place over the coming months.




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Artlinks Supported Actor acting with the RSC

September 20, 2016 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, News from the Arts Sector, Waterford City & County Arts Office


Headshot Jenny Fennessy

Jenny Fennessy

There is Waterford interest in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at present as Jenny Fennessy from Ballysaggart, Lismore is acting in two of their plays, CYMBELINE and KING LEAR. Both shows will be screened live to cinemas internationally, including the SGC, Dungarvan.

In CYMBELINE, Jenny plays the gentlewoman. In KING LEAR she plays the messenger and servant and is understudying Lear’s daughter Goneril and the Fool. Greg Doran is Artistic Director of the RSC and is directing KING LEAR. Sir Antony Sher is playing KING LEAR and the show has had rave reviews. Both shows will be performed in Stratford upon Avon until October 15th when they move to the Barbican in London until December 23rd 2016.

Waterford City & County Council Arts Officer, Margaret Organ remarked ‘ We are pleased to have supported Jenny over the years with her education in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She was successful in getting Arts Office and Artlinks support to assist with her studies and she is a former winner of the O’ Regan Arts Bursary also. This investment in one of our hardest working actors is something which we are delighted to be associated with.’

Cymbeline is broadcast live by SGC Dungarvan on Wednesday 28th September at 7pm and King Lear is broadcast live from Stratford upon Avon on Wednesday 12th October at 7pm.

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1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural by artist Peadar Lamb unveiled in Carlow County Museum

July 28, 2016 in ArtLInks News, Carlow Arts Office, Events from the Arts Sector, Featured News, News from the Arts Sector



The 1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural by artist Peadar Lamb

The 1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural by artist Peadar Lamb which was unveiled in Carlow County Museum on Thursday July 21st 2016 measuring 2.5 meters wide by 1.5 meters high. Photo: Roland Paschhoff.

On Thursday 21st July a large ‘1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural’ by artist Peadar Lamb was unveiled in Carlow County Museum. This lasting legacy of the Carlow Ireland 2016 commemorations was commissioned by Carlow County Council through its Public Art Working Group and coordinated through the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee. This innovative and unique contemporary stained glass mural illustrates a Carlow narrative showing key Carlow figures and the role they played in 1916.  

Cllr John Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council congratulated Peadar Lamb “on completing such a fantastic mural which not only gives us an overview of the Carlow perspective for 1916 but also looks to then future of this county and country.”

Cork City based artist Peadar Lamb has magnificently crafted a large mural of 2.5 meters wide by 1.5 meters high and is an addition to the six 1930s stained glass windows already in the Museum thanks to the buildings original residents, the Presentation Sisters. Following a recommendation from the Carlow Public Art Working Group a process of engagement with the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee has been on-going, the Committee met with the artist Peadar Lamb at the inception of the commission to share ideas and opinions. Following this the artist researched the period with the assistance of Elaine Callinan of the History Department in Carlow College.

Peadar stated at the opening that “the content of this artwork is a microcosm of what was happening in the whole country during the period of 1916. As an artist, in the process of making this work I have to try to find, what I am going to say and how to represent this Carlow narrative. I don't see historical dates I see things in pictures. I created a legacy piece that compositionally is not just about the past but also for the present and the future”.

Cllr Fintan Phelan, Mayor of the Municipal District of Carlow and Chairperson of the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee in welcoming the commission said that “this beautiful stained glass mural will create a lasting legacy for generations to come. It is a piece that we can admire and reflect upon. We are not simply admiring stained glass, but rather we are reflecting on the most significant period in our Nations path to independence. A path travelled by many great men and women. Amongst them were some Carlovians, this piece is in honour of them and the values they stood for.”

The commission depicts some of the key Carlow figures from the 1916 Rising: Micheál O’Hanrahan who grew up on Tullow Street was executed for his role in 1916, and is representative of his family who were immersed in the republican tradition. Nurse Margaret Kehoe from Leighlinbridge who lost her life on Easter Monday 1916 while tending the wounded in the South Dublin Union. She is depicted cradling the wounded rebel Dan McCarthy who survived the Rising and they are almost like a mother/Madonna and child or ‘Pieta’. Father Albert Bibby OFM Cap, from Bagenalstown ministered too many of the rebel prisoners in Kilmainham Gaol and was a link between then and their families. Thomas Traynor, from Tullow, who fought in the 1916 Rising was executed in April 1921 during the War of Independence. He is depicted surrounded by his ten children.

The piece is rich in symbolism including an image of a large bullet and a bicycle. The bullet represents the power of the well-armed British Empire while the bicycle represents the ill-equipped Irish Revolutionaries, a David v Goliath situation. The mural is framed with a strong border open on the far right representing that history is always moving forward and also depicted by a blue print of the Carlow Sugar Factory from 1926.

The mural marks respectfully and captures the narrative of Carlow figures of 1916 as well as providing a legacy for future generations who will visit the County Museum in Carlow. The mural will be visually impactful on all visitors to the Museum and is now part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Guest speaker on the night was Catherine Marshall, a leading figure in Art History in Ireland who summarised the importance of stained glass as an artform. She said “it is always really great to see a brand new artwork as the public see it for the first time. Historically as an art form stained glass was the medium used for commemorations. It is most fitting and the visionary work of Carlow County Council to commission contemporary stained glass artist Peadar Lamb. What strikes me in this artwork is the careful traditional leaded techniques and methods Peadar has applied, all done by hand, like the great cathedral windows across Europe. Like the great stained glass artists like Harry Clark, Peadar Lamb is an exceptional artist and has produced a beautiful artwork for Carlow”.

Peadar Lamb is an artist working primarily in the medium of stained glass for over twenty years. Using hand-made glass, he employs a variety of techniques which have changed little over the centuries. He has shown extensively in his native Ireland and internationally, and his work is in public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East, the USA and Japan.

The project was managed through the Arts Office of Carlow County Council in partnership with County Carlow Museum under the direction of the Head of Finance, Information Systems and Culture, working with the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee and members of Carlow County Council. The project is part of the Carlow Ireland 2016 Programme funded by Carlow County Council with assistance from the Ireland 2016 Office, The Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Department of the Environment Community and Local Government.


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Bursary Award Recipients 2016

March 16, 2016 in ArtLinks Bursaries, ArtLInks News, Carlow Arts Office, Featured News, Kilkenny Arts Office, Waterford City & County Arts Office, Wexford Arts Office


The Arts Offices of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford Local Authorities are pleased to announce the awarding of their annual bursary support to artists of over €50,000.

Artlinks is an initiative of the Arts Offices in these partner counties which is supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon to facilitate professional development opportunities for artists in their communities and across all artistic disciplines.

To see the list of applicants from across the Artlinks partner counties who have been awarded Bursaries this year click here

Artists in the partner counties in all art forms can register free of charge on to avail of supports. To stay up to date with the supports and initiatives like Artlinks on Facebook.


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Waterford Arts Strategy 2016-2021

March 16, 2016 in ArtLInks News, Featured News, Waterford City & County Arts Office, Waterford County Arts Office

Waterford City & County Council

Moving Forward

Development of the Waterford Arts Strategy is moving forward
– Do you want to shape its direction?

Following on from public meetings held in January and February in Waterford City and Dungarvan, the Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is progressing the development of the Arts Strategy by inviting participants to a World Café Style – Arts Strategy Focus Meeting to be held at the Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love Lane, Tramore on Thursday 24th March 2016. Members of the public, artists, representatives of arts organizations and groups, community and voluntary groups, educators, businesses and all interested are invited to attend.

The aim of the meeting will be for people to ‘workshop’ some of the shared area of interest and issues that were raised by participants at the initial public meetings. Participants will work together in small groups, following a World Café style meeting, to discuss a set of focused areas of commonality that arose and that will be explored as future objectives and actions of the Arts Strategy.

This meeting will be held at the Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love Lane, Tramore on Thursday 24th March 2016. Registration and Refreshments 6.45pm

Meeting Starts 7.00pm (Duration approx. 2 hours)

Booking is essential – (In order to allow the maximum range and diversity of participation the meeting will be restricted to one representative per organization or group).

Places are limited so please email a booking request to Sally O’Leary at before 22.03.16