NUIG launches new partnership with Galway International Arts Festival

Galway Daily news NUIG launches new partnership with Galway International Arts Festival

NUI Galway has launched a new partnership programme with the Galway International Arts Festival. 

The university and arts festival announced this week the creation of a new MA in Creative Arts: Producing and Curation, with applications now open and the first classes commencing in autumn 2019. 

The course will teach students about elements of production that that are true across all fields of the arts, putting in place the practical steps needed to turn an artistic vision into a realised project for an audience. 

As curating an experience, assembling and delivering the artistic experience for an audience.  

John Crumlish, CEO, Galway International Arts Festival said they are excited to be part of this initiative “which will play such an important role in delivering the next generation of cultural producers and curators.” 

“If Ireland is to compete with the best in this arena, courses such as this will be invaluable in helping create the individuals capable of delivering excellence at both a national and international level.” 

Over the course of this MA students will work with members of the Galway Arts Festival team and take part in SELECTED, the Festival’s professional development programme for emerging artists. 

The programme will be directed by Dr Charlotte McIvor, Head of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUIG. 

She said  that the new course will teach students a diverse set of skills across the two practices. 

“We aim to produce graduates capable of engaging with the shifting and complex demands of the creative arts industries in Ireland and beyond. 

“To work in this area, you need to have a creative arts knowledge base that is diverse, interdisciplinary and ultimately practical – perspectives this programme emphasizes in the modules and experiences that are part of the degree.” 

To coincide with the course announcement, GIAF has announced its first theatre show of the 2019 programme, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. 

Following their triumphant GIAF debut in 2017 with Tristan & Yseult, the celebrated UK theatre company Kneehigh is back with another theatrical tour-de-force which will play at NUIG this July.