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Arts programme and projects

Clare Arts Office runs a variety of arts programmes and projects annually.

Ongoing programmes take place in the areas of arts and education, youth theatre, traditional arts and visual arts.

A variety of once off projects take place including public art projects and artworks commissioned through the Per Cent for Art Scheme.


Arts and education programme

The artist in schools scheme is a scheme established by Clare County Arts Office to enable schools to develop projects with professional artists for the benefit of the participating students. 

The Arts Office also works with national organisations such as Encountering the Arts in Ireland to develop professional development opportunities for artists and teachers. There is currently an opportunity for an artist to participate on one such scheme.

Clare Youth Theatre

Clare Youth Theatre runs from September - April annually. There are no auditions, it is open to all children in secondary school in Clare from all around the county.There are currently 25 members. The ethos of the youth theatre is to allow the young people involved as much autonomy as possible in the choice of theatre they wish to perform or write. Information on charges is available here.

Traditional arts

Clare Arts Office is proud to work closely with the local traditional music community to develop, promote and retain our rich musical heritage.

Visual arts

The County Arts Office manages the exhibition spaces at the Gallery at Scariff Library and Culturlann Sweeney and the Foyer of the County Museum, Ennis.

The Arts Office also provides advice and support to the Courthouse Gallery and Studios in Ennistymon and to glór, Ennis.



Public arts projects

Clare has a number of public art commissions throughout the county, especially in the town of Ennis. Some were developed as part of the Ennis Sculpture Trail while more were commissioned directly by Clare County Council

Page last reviewed: 22/05/16

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