Best-selling author takes up Artist in Residence post

Posted on: 10th September, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

tinaccacBest-selling author and West Cork resident Tina Pisco takes up the post of Artist in Residence at the Clonakilty Community Arts Centre this month. Tina is currently working on a collection of short stories.

As part of her residency and to celebrate Culture Night on September 18, Tina is organising a free evening of music, poetry, theatre and songs with performances by Aifric McGlinchy, Michael Ray, Anja Baaker, Tadgh an Asna players to name just a few; along with the launch of an exhibition of Art created by the children of Just-One, a charity that helps children in Nepal and that is based in Clonakilty. Bedazza, an off-shoot of Acapellabella will also perform on the night.

Over the years, Tina has been very involved in the arts in her community – from working with performance theatre group Craic na Coillte and the local pantomime group to giving writing workshops in community organisations. Her aim, as Artist in Residence, is to create a database of all artists and artistic organisations in Clonakilty and beyond and look at the possibilities that exist through the art centre working with these individuals and groups. “It’s a well set up organisation, but now it’s time to consolidate the Art Centre in Clon. I would like to see Clonakilty town ‘own’ the Centre. That’s when I see it really prospering,” she says.

There are a number of classes and workshops starting at the Community Art Centre this September, from Upcycling for Kids to Jewellery Making. Tina would like to encourage anyone who has heard of the centre but hasn’t yet investigated it, to come forward. “I’d like to open the door to everyone,” she says.

This includes local schools, which Tina views as an important collaboration. “From creative writing classes to creating comic books, I’d like to set up a number of projects between the Centre and local schools,” she says.

There are still slots available if anyone would like to propose or facilitate a project at the Clonakilty Community Art Centre. “We need new blood to drive the Centre forward.”

The Clonakilty Community Art Centre can be contacted through its facebook page.

Culture Night at the Clonakilty Community Arts Centre, Friday September 18 at 7pm. Free Admission. All welcome!

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