The innovative THRIVE project began in 2019 at Visual Carlow. Initiated by Visual’s AHEH Project Coordinator David Francis Moore and produced by VISUAL as part of the Arts and Humanities Enterprise Hub (AHEH) Project. Thrive aims to include several modes of inquiry to uncover emerging entrepreneurial practice within the Arts in Ireland. Part artist residency, symposium, world cafe, online resource and publication, THRIVE has been developed within the wider frame work of the AHEH Project.
The ambition of the THRIVE project is to expand upon the current discourse on entrepreneurship, especially within the context of artistic practice, by investigating entrepreneurship from the perspective of the artist in order to generate new knowledge within this field.
VISUAL Carlow in partnership with the ERIC at IT Carlow will be collaborating to create a blueprint for the THRIVE artist residency that will explore the correlation between Arts and Entrepreneurship.
The THRIVE residency aims to create an environment where a shared language between the arts and enterprise can emerge, with the aim of breaking down any stereotyping or barriers that divide each of these areas. This call for residency which takes place in 2020, will unlock the potential between the two spheres and explore the inherit methodologies that support both of these practices in order to empower and support a new generation of emerging artists.
THRIVE symposium takes place in 2020 at Visual Carlow, providing a space for in-depth knowledge exchange, participants will have the opportunity to contribute ideas in relation to their entrepreneurial artistic interventions. Themes within the symposium relate directly to the AHEH report in addition to the various other THRIVE modes of inquiry (artist residency, world cafe, online resource and publication) to uncover emerging entrepreneurial practice within the Arts in Ireland.
THRIVE symposium will consider the findings of the contextual report published by the AHEH project titled “Research findings: an investigation into European entrepreneurial support for arts and humanities students and graduates”. The report uncovered several findings with regards to why arts and humanities graduates were reluctant to consider their practice within the context of enterprise and entrepreneurship.
THRIVE online resource
In advance of the THRIVE symposium, a series of insightful case studies will be produced by Visual Carlow to expand upon the current discourse on entrepreneurship, especially within the context of artistic practice, by investigating entrepreneurship from the perspective of the artist in order to generate new knowledge within this field. These case studies will be made available online in spring 2020.
The THRIVE publication will be available in 2020, drawing from the in-depth knowledge exchange that occurred during the residency, symposium and the case studies. Providing people with an opportunity to achieve a deeper understanding and overview of the multifaceted THRIVE research project produced by VISUAL as part of the Arts and Humanities Enterprise Hub (AHEH) Project.
The THRIVE publication will be available in two forms. As a printed book and as an online resource. The online resource will be made available as a portable, handy, convenient, easy to use file. This option can also be considered as being kinder to the environment as it saves on the energy consumed by book production, saves trees from destruction, reduces the use of paper, eliminates packing materials and the energy associated with packaging and delivery.