CFCP: New Voices of Ireland – Meeting Point

A day dedicated to the needs and aspirations of for Migrant or Culturally Diverse artist living in Ireland.


This Get-Together day for Migrant and Culturally Diverse Artists, identified available funding opportunities, explored the benefits of professional mentoring, with participant learning all the dos and don’ts of running sustainable creative projects and business.

Meeting Point also included a World Cafe style session of the type of needs for professional support services, essential for making advancing your creative career. We will pass the findings on to the policy- and decision makers in the Creative Sector.

Participants also have some great networking sessions with our guests and partners from the Arts Council, Creative Europe Desk Ireland, Create and other organisations, as well as the opportunity to meet other intercultural and international peers for a chat and informal social gathering.

The Speakers

Sinéad O’Reilly is Head of Local Arts and Arts Participation in the Arts Council of Ireland where she is developing the partnership with local authorities. She holds a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and an MA in Public Cultures Studies. She has worked as an artist and in the fields of arts education, festivals and as an artist in the community before working in arts management. She held the post as a Local Authority Arts Officer for many years where she initiated, managed, facilitated and responded to many areas of arts development locally, including strategic policy planning, capital infrastructure and public engagement in the arts. She has also held the position as Chairperson of the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers where she initiated a formal dialogue with Arts Development UK during Ireland’s’ presidency of the EU in 2013

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Katie Lowry is a Culture Officer at the Creative Europe Desk Ireland. She has over 16 years’ experience working in the arts in Ireland. After 6 years in the Irish Film Board, she worked as an independent arts consultant before joining the International Department in the Arts Council in 2008.

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Áine Crowley – Artist in the Community Scheme Coordinator with Create. Áine is responsible for the AIC Scheme providing project and proposal advice, information and guidance to applicants. Áine also works with Voluntary Arts Ireland as a Development Officer and Project Manages the Exit 15 Programme as part of a partnership with VAI and Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council. Prior to this Áine worked with dlr County Council Arts Office as Youth Arts Development Worker. Áine worked in Mayfield Arts, Cork for eight years where she collaborated with a diverse range of communities including Cúig – Creativity Unlimited an Integrated Group. Áine was a facilitator and visual artist on various culturally diverse programmes; projects included a two-year participatory art project with intercultural women’s group Creative Connections in collaboration with Artist Mark Storor ‘‘Hungry Tea’, 2012 and Priscilla Robinson ‘Home is where the Art is” 2011. In 2013 she completed a residency in Canberra, Australia with ‘Intercultural Hand Heart Art’. Áine holds a BA in Fine Art in Printmaking from Limerick School of Art and Design

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Monika Sapielak – Director of CFCP and Founder of ArtConnected Opportunities – Award-winning Artistic Director, Curator, Arts Manager, Producer, Mentor and Innovator with 25 years of work experience in the Arts. Recipient of the Merit to Polish Culture awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as well as Main Awardee of the Arthur Guinness Fund. Work experience includes: work as a curator at various artistic venues, programme coordinator at theatre festivals in Ireland, Poland, Germany and UK, production manager and programmer; staff and budgets manager at artistic venues; stakeholders relationships manager; fundraising; promotion and marketing manager; PR, press liaison & keynote speaker.

Strongly dedicated to developing and delivering ambitious artistic programmes that are inclusive, socially engaged, supporting integration of migrant, experimental and emerging artists as well as increasing participation of disadvantaged members of society.

Special interests include Interculturalism, Participatory Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts Programmes, Transnational Artistic Programmes and Collaborations, Artistic Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Arts Sector.

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Ian Oliver – Head of Creative Entrepreneurship, Centre for Creative Practices and the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy – Ian is a Proactive Entrepreneur and Senior Manager with over 20 years’ experience of working in the Artistic and Creative Sectors.  He has over 15 years’ experience working with Local Government, Local Enterprise Offices, Local Arts Offices, Arts Organisations and Venues, Universities, Businesses and Community Groups throughout Ireland, auditing and engaging the artistic and creative communities within specific geographic regions.

A specialist in Leadership & Management Development; Business Direction, Development & Strategy; Marketing; Communications; and Creative & Design Thinking.  Currently, Ian is working on advising and designing sustainable projects that utilise art and creativity as the main driver to effect sustainable economic and social change.  He also teaches and mentors creatives and students in Creative Thinking, Design Thinking, Creative Entrepreneurship and Diversity education for third level students and life-long learners.

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The Organisations

The Arts Council of Ireland was established to encourage interest in Irish art (including visual art, music, performance, and literature) and to channel funding from the state to Irish artists and arts organisations.

This includes encouragement of traditional Irish arts, support for contemporary Irish arts, and finance for international art events in Ireland.

The strategic context for the Arts Council’s support of all art forms and areas of arts practice is set out in Making Great Art Work: Arts Council Strategy (2016 –2025).  It describes how the Arts Council will lead the development of the arts in Ireland over the next decade. The strategy has five priority areas: the artist; public engagement; investment strategy; spatial and demographic planning; and developing capacity.

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The Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Culture Office promotes funding available under the Creative Europe Programme 2014 – 2020 through workshops, seminars and sector events. We provide information, advice and technical assistance to anyone in Ireland planning applications to Creative Europe.

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Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts. We are a resource organisation for artists working across art form, in social and community contexts. We encourage innovative and creative models of engagement that extend and enrich arts engagement and participation with multiple publics and diverse communities of interest and place. Create’s mission is to lead the development of collaborative arts practice in Ireland, create opportunities for exchange and interaction that benefit a wide constituency of artists, sectors and communities, strengthen the contribution of the arts to society, and encourage artists and communities to create art that reflects and responds to our times

We recognise that working collaboratively with communities of place and interest is a vibrant and challenging area of art practice, requiring strong negotiation and project management skills. The exploratory processes and practices of collaborative arts demand different approaches to traditional definitions of art, artists and arts development. Create responds to these demands by offering a range of services for artists and arts organisations which include Professional Development and Advisory Sessions, Mentoring, Research, Learning Development and Commissioning and Project opportunities. We work through partnerships with arts and civil society organisations on initiatives that support and develop collaborative arts practice, nationally and internationally.

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The Centre for Creative Practices (CFCP) is a development organisation for migrant and culturally diverse art practices in Ireland. With nationally significant advisory and support services, complimentary artistic programme, and widely-respected learning and development offer, CFCP is a catalyst for positive intercultural collaboration and exchange. CFCP is acknowledged as a champion for interdisciplinary, collaborative and participatory artistic practice, a powerful outlet for new ideas and a pro-active innovator and pioneer in providing skills for artists to build sustainable careers.

Established in 2009, CFCP provides a new model for cultural integration and public engagement connecting artists from diverse communities and social groups and making them an active voice in social debates through collaborative, intercultural, participatory artistic practice at the highest artistic level.

CFCP is a not-for-profit organisation that fully subscribes to the values of diversity, tolerance, inclusiveness and respect.

Centre For Creative Practices supports Migrant & Culturally Diverse arts practice through PROGRAMMES & RESOURCES.


  • NEW VOICES OF IRELAND SERIES – collaborative & participatory events & workshops series that include exhibitions, performances, concerts, workshops and talks, and also provides regular professional development training and mentoring to migrant and culturally diverse artists.


  • CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY – develops and delivers tailored entrepreneurial education for individual creatives and organisations. The courses include among other the Creative Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Developing your Creative Career workshop, Value Proposition for creative projects as businesses, Business Model development for creative projects.
  • ARTCONNECTED OPPORTUNITIES – brings all available professional opportunities for cultural and creative professional onto one platform.
  • MENTORING SERVICES – including mentoring for individual artists and organisations looking for help with the developments, changes, strategies and sustainability. We also provide know-how support to organisations willing to set up their mentoring schemes.
  • GRANT WRITING SUPPORTS SERVICES – CFCP staff has vast experience in writing and assessing local, national and EU grant applications and regularly works with individual artists, collectives and organisations that need help with their grants.

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Raquel McKee is an artist with an MA in Arts Management. She is currently the Cultural Diversity Researcher for the Artist in the Community Scheme with Create – Ireland’s development agency for collaborative arts. Raquel has also worked as a researcher with Community Arts Partnership on mapping Intercultural provision in Northern Ireland. Raquel has an Arts Council award for writing Dub poetry, and this year she toured as the main character, Asha, in the play Lives in Translation, presented by Kabosh, written by Rosemary Jenkinson and directed by Paula Mc Fetridge. Raquel is also a part-time primary school teacher.

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Watch the highlights


Economic Situation & Needs of Migrant and Culturally Diverse Creatives / Artists in the Cultural & Creative Sector – 2018

The Centre for Creative Practices represents Migrant and Culturally Diverse Artists in Ireland. As such as conduct regular surveys on the economic situation and the needs of Migrant and Culturally Diverse Artists.
So we really need your help as we are conducting our 2018 survey.  Our main aim is improving the efficiency & satisfy the needs of all migrant and culturally diverse creatives and artists working in the Cultural and Creative Sector through access to and distribution of creative opportunities. The results you provided can help us to achieve this goal.

Creative Entrepreneurs Academy – Creative Business Development Survey

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy at the Centre for Creative Practices, helps creatives and artists to grow their business. We want you to have the type of creative business that you want.  One that reaches the impact and the levels of sustainability you want to achieve.
However sometimes we all need help and by answering our short survey we are hoping that we will be able to help you reach your goals.

Event sponsored by The Arts Council of Ireland

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Interested the our resources and programmes for Migrant and Culturally Diverse Artists? Then let's keep in-touch

Centre for Creative Practices
The Old Milking Parlour
Ballymurrin Lower
Co Wicklow

tel: 086 608 4020
tel: 085 889 5499

The Centre for Creative Practices aims to become the national development organisation for migrant & culturally diverse arts practice in Ireland. The website will help us to have a nationally significant advisory & support service, complimentary artistic programme, & widely-respected learning & development offer.

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