A signal from CONJUNCTION member Julie Griffiths:
‘I am delighted to have been selected as one of the PLATFORM 31 artists – a national opportunity for artists to develop their practice and test new ideas of collaboration, research, audience development, place-making and sharing their work. An initiative of the Association of Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council of Ireland, PLATFORM 31 will establish a peer networking framework for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and learnings, and encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts. The exact nature of this artist support framework, which will last for approx. 6 months from February 2021, will be informed by the proposals and interests of the 31 artists selected.
The scheme is led by the Local Authority Arts offices throughout Ireland, who are key resources in the national arts infrastructure. They have a critical role in artist development and have been supporting, commissioning and developing artists at grassroots level for over 35 years. PLATFORM 31 recognises the unique needs of artists at this moment and aims to support their development and thinking processes during this difficult time. It will allow them space to reflect on how they might move forward in a meaningful way supported by peers, by a network of advisors and mentors addressing their emerging needs, and by the constant, expert and experienced resource that is their Local Authority Arts Office.’