Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon have announced details of an innovative new online series designed to support the wellbeing of arts professionals in Ireland, with particular relevance to the present Covid-19 pandemic. Entitled Surviving or Thriving?, the series of panel discussions, workshops and podcasts, which is open to all those working in the arts in Ireland and is free of charge, aims to strengthen resilience, restore confidence and promote connectedness across the arts sector.
Surviving or Thriving? takes place over three weeks from 15 March - 1 April 2021, with podcasts and other online resources available ongoing.
A special Dance Panel Exchange, chaired by Dr Maureen Gaffney, will take place on Thursday 25 March as part of the series, speakers include; choreographer David Bolger, choreographer and dance artist Catherine Young, and choreographer and dance artist Fearghus Ó Conchúir. A workshop facilitated by Dr Jenny Elliott, dance artist, Artistic Director and CEO, Arts Care, will take place on Friday 26 March.
Each element of Surviving or Thriving? seeks to inspire and support, while acknowledging current challenges and realities. Recognising the need to break through the saturation of online events available and to offer real value to the target audience of arts professionals, WHAT has been liaising with national and regional art form and development organisations who have offered their expertise and guidance in developing the programme and putting together a high calibre line up of speakers. These organisations include Music Network, Visual Artists Ireland, Theatre Forum, Words Ireland, Create, Age and Opportunity, Minding Creative Minds and Dance Limerick.
For info on the Dance Panel Discussion click here.
For info on the Dance Workshop click here.
For full details of the Surviving or Thriving? programme click here.
Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick will advocate for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance artists across a range of practices, Dance Limerick will promote the creation of new and innovative work and will devise programmes of access, engagement and participation for the wider public.
Based at the premises of the former Daghdha Dance Company, Dance Limerick houses offices and a fully equipped studio space along with a separate performance venue known as the Daghda Space
Further information about facilities and opportunities for professional dance artists available from Jenny Traynor at