What is Artists’ Professional Development Training?
We support and celebrate artists by providing continuing professional development and training in both the practical areas of their career (i.e. finance/pensions etc.) and by exploring more in-depth issues to do with visibility, networking and staying professionally connected.
Sustaining your Practice is developed with Visual Artists Ireland and the Royal Hibernian Academy to bring together older visual artists in order to support their practices and livelihoods.
prime continuing professional development programme for actors aged 50 – 80 years old is delivered in partnership between Age & Opportunity/Bealtaine Festival and the Irish Theatre Institute, focusing on career sustainability, entrepreneurial skill development and physical and mental health and well-being, aiming to increase capacity into older age.
We are working with Dance Ireland to create a network of dance practitioners and organisations interested in working with older people.
How does it work?
Each year, we work with organisations such as Visual Artists Ireland, Dance Ireland and the Irish Theatre Institute to support older artists in the development of their careers.
How can I get involved?
Booking for many of our professional development events is through Eventbrite. To keep up to date on training, networking, and all our opportunities, sign up to our newsletter at the link in the footer. For specific inititives such has prime, click here.
ARTIST DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES: This strand aims to support the careers of older professional artists and offer them more opportunities to develop and show work.
We believe that, whether you are 8 or 80 years old, we all should have access and opportunities to attend and participate in the arts and to realise our creative potential. Fresh thinking, bold experimentation and creativity are all fundamental to delivering a high quality of life for older people.
Research shows that arts programmes involving music, visual arts and drama, among other activities, have a profound influence on the quality of life of older people, with positive impacts on health, psychological well-being, confidence and autonomy as well as other benefits such as:
- mental wellbeing
- reduced stress
- improved cognition
- sense of identity and personhood
- increased self-esteem and confidence
- reduced boredom.