Exploring Entrepreneurship in the Arts in Ireland – 1

Exploring Entrepreneurship in the Arts in Ireland

As part Our Thriving Tribe ‘Zoom Room Sessions’, the curators of Our Thriving Tribe a conversation with arts professionals in Ireland. This session’s invited guests are critically acclaimed Director and Choreographer Emma Martin, Artistic Director of United Fall Dance Company, multidisciplinary Artist, Sarah Devereux and one-half of the hilarious comedy dance duo Lords of Strut, Cian Kinsella.

Lords of Strut’s Cian Kinsella is currently Artist in Residence for 2020 at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art. While in residency Cian will be researching and developing new material for Lords of Strut’s newest stage production. As an Irish arts professional Cian Kinsella brings the magic… looks fantastic and is very smart! Cian reminds us you need no formal training to be a dancer or very good at other stuff and to stay calm and don’t take yourself too seriously. Cian is best known as one – half of the circus comedy duo Lords of Strut, who are a well-known and a very well-liked performance company. With 10 years’ experience in street theatre, theatre, cabaret and T.V they are almost a household name in Ireland.

Sarah Devereux, is currently Artist in Residence for 2020 at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art. As an Irish arts professional, Sarah has exhibited and performed internationally. She is an award-winning animator (*cough cough* on her first attempt at animating) and has performed her comedic theatrical bizarre characters at festivals such as body and soul, electric picnic, all together now, Vodafone comedy festival, and the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019, which was nominated for the Spirit of Wit Award. Sarah is the co-creator of “SPICEBAG”, a queer performance variety show where she hosts, creates visuals and performs. Sarah creates merchandise of her colourful, humourous designs under the name The Dirt Bird so that she can spread her art and thoughts in a more accessible way!

Emma Martin, Artistic Director of United Fall Dance Company, is an Associate Artist for 2020 at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art. As an Irish arts professional Emma is currently working on the creation of 2 new interconnected shows, both of which centre around her ongoing work with 5 young female dancers from Carlow in Ireland. Emma is a dancer and choreographer who began making shows in 2010, following a prolonged hiatus as a ballet dancer, during which she waitressed, drew, played in a band and got a degree in Russian and Theatre. Her company, United Fall was formed in 2015. Emma creates work that often combines dance, live music, theatre and distinct visual universes, always with the raw expression of dance as it’s driving force. Her work has been commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival, Irish Arts Center and has been co-produced by Dublin Theatre Festival, Irish National Opera, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival and Centre de Développement Chorégraphique, Toulouse. She was an associate artist with Dance Ireland and Artist in Residence at Visual 2012-2018. Most recent theatre collaborations include Arlington (2016) with Enda Walsh and Danse, Morob (2017) with Olwen Fouéré. Martin was a drummer in the DIY no-wave band You can call me Frances.

As a curatorial project, Our Thriving Tribe (OTT) aims to expand upon the current discourse on entrepreneurship within the arts in Ireland. A process of enquiry into the context of artistic practice by researching entrepreneurship from the perspective of the artist in order to generate new knowledge within this field. OTT is produced by Visual, in Ireland as part of the Arts and Humanities Entrepreneurship Hub (AHEH) Project.