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A Branar Initiative, supported by Arts Council of Ireland Creative Production Services Award.
A dynamic support initiative for artists and producers creating work for young audiences across the performing arts disciplines.
Through bespoke individual supports and carefully curated collective development opportunities, Meitheal builds a community of artists and producers with the knowledge, skills, experience and connections that enable them to sustain a career developing and presenting high-quality work for children and young people in venues and settings across Ireland and internationally.
How we work is as important as what we do. As a Branar programme, Meitheal lives its values: ‘brave in our choices, strong in shaping quality arts for children, generous in how we work, playful in our approach & true to who we are.
Meitheal facilitates artists and producers presenting work for young audiences to: Sustain, explore and expand their practice Rigorously interrogate their own work in a supportive environment. Broker and forge relationships with presenters and potential co-producers. Develop through peer support by means of national and international exchange and mentorship. Cultivate opportunities for presentation and touring, locally, nationally & internationally. Meitheal supports are divided into distinct strands: Seeds & Sow, Nurture & Grow, Harvest & Show.
Meitheal supports artists at all levels of their career. The artists involved in Meitheal are: Orla Clogher, Monica Muñoz, Neasa Ní Chuanaigh, Miquel Barceló, Selma Daniel, Phillida Eves, Liam McCarthy, Mary-Lou McCarthy, Jess Rowell, Paul Curley.
You can read our Meitheal artist bios here
Meitheal supports producers at all levels of their careers. The producers involved in Meitheal are Michelle Cahill, Gráinne Hope, Mags Keohane, and Claire O'Neill.
We have also introduced two 'producer in residence’ awards to support the professional development of two new producers, Elaine Donovan and Caoimhe Whelan.
You can read our Meitheal Producer bios here.
One of the defining features of Branar Meitheal is the range of partners drawn from venues, festivals, local authorities & national organisations across Ireland, locating Meitheal centrally within the existing arts infrastructure. Investment provided by programme partners allows participants to access networks, space, resources & expertise nationally & internationally, as well as providing commissioning, co-production and presentation opportunities.