A visual art and media workshop in Co. Donegal

Company name

Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc Teo

Location

Mín an Lea, Gort an Choirce, Co. Donegal

Grant

Feasibility Study, Research and Development. Consultancy, Capital, Rent subsidy, Employment and Training grants

Dates

On-going since 1998

Project

Cló Ceardlann is a visual workshop, established in 1998, which combines traditional forms of image making with contemporary media. An artist-led initiative, it provides a platform for creative exchange between artists worldwide and the Gaeltacht community.

Cló fosters the emergence of Gaeltacht artists through providing access to professional development services. It helps artists prepare work for exhibition, documentation or broadcast, and publishes limited edition prints, CDs, DVDs and artists’ books.

Through its Artist-in-Residence programme, Cló offers accommodation to visiting artists. It organises regular training courses, including a one year training course, ‘Tearmann’ which is accredited by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, The National University of Ireland, Galway.

Údarás gave Cló initial support with feasibility, development and employment grants and also provided the workshop with a premises on the Business Park in Gaoth Dobhair.

An tÚdarás granted a capital grant in 2008 which allowed Cló to complete work space, a studio, an exhibition area and two accomodation areas for visiting artists in Mín an Lea in Gort an Choirce. It also developed space for the initiative An Fearann Feasa (Living Archive), a library and a centre for research on the contemporary culture of the Irish language.

Results

Says Oona Hyland, artist and workshop manager: “Údarás was with us from the beginning and was indispensable in the start-up period. Three years later we began to receive arts council money and we are now very much established. Údarás is still supportive and is a co-sponsor of the Mhadgie Hughie Eoin Scholarship. With ICBAN [Irish Central Border Area Network], it also supports our training programme.”

In 2005 Ealaín na Gaeltachta (the partnership between the Arts Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta)-sponsored the ‘Úr exhibition’, showcasing 13 Gaeltacht artists. It toured nationwide and went to the Irish College in Paris.

Perspective

Cló Ceardlann is now a highly successful workshop and will continue to expand, providing a dynamic focus for Gaeltacht artists, cross-border exchanges, and international cultural partnerships. www.clo.ie