Four artist residencies announced under Creative Enquiry programme

Cork City Council and Cork County Council are delighted to announce the appointment of four Cork-based artists residencies, hosted by three distinct arts organisations, as part of their innovative Creative Enquiry – Arts and Older People programme. 

Participating  with community and older people groups and with individuals, the four artists will creatively explore how and in what ways the arts contribute to the health and wellbeing of  people as they age. The artists will be exploring older peoples' knowledge of natural cures, charms and cooking. They will also looking at the power of music and dance and  seeking out older persons' knowledge of their communities. 

The artists are: 

  • Marie Brett, collaborating with Cork Midsummer Festival;
  • Helga Deasy and Susan McManamon collaborating with MusicAlive, the Skibbereen–based arts and health organisation;
  • Collette Lewis, collaborating with Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh.

All four residencies are taking place throughout Cork City and north County Cork, from June 2019 to January 2020.

Resident artist with Cork Midsummer Festival, Marie Brett said: “It’s fantastic working with Cork Midsummer, this Creative Enquiry residency touches on meaningful issues that affect us all, particularly as we age. I’m interested in cultural lore and keen to meet Cork people who’re willing to share their knowledge of natural cures and charms, folk cooking and the paranormal. Through gathering, making, and working with tribal elders, we’ll be asking - what does cultural lore offer people’s today as a way to (re)gain a healthier mind, body, land and home?”   

Helga Deasy and Susan McManamon, resident artists with MusicAlive said: “We are delighted to work with MusicAlive on the Creative Enquiry - Arts and Older People project. We feel very passionate about the transformative power of music and dance and this is a unique and very exciting opportunity for us to explore the significance of the arts in creative ageing".

Resident artist with Sirius Arts Centre, Colette Lewis said: “I am interested in connecting and working with older people living in Cobh and the Great Island area to research and unearth latent forms of place-based knowledge that have slipped out of current usage yet embody potential relevance for public discourse.”

The Creative Enquiry - Arts and Older People programme draws on the creative inputs and specialist know-how of the different partners that make up the consortium. It is initiative of Cork City Council and Cork County Council arts offices, in partnership with 'Age and Opportunity', the national organisation supporting people to reach their potential as they age and the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare-Cork South Community Work Department and the three independent partner arts organisations.


It is funded through the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon Invitation to Collaborate scheme.