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08 Oct 2022

New studio shop and PLATFORM 31 bursary as Donegal artist looks to the future

The bursary allows artists to invest in their art while benefiting from support

Kevin Callaghan PLATFORM 31

PLATFORM 31 bursary recipient Kevin Callaghan with last year's recipient Julie Griffiths. PHOTO: Siobhán McNamara

Potter, ceramics artist and sculptor Kevin Callaghan began the latest chapter in his career with the opening of his new studio and shop at Donegal Craft Village.

He has also been selected as this year's Donegal recipient of the Arts Council's PLATFORM 31 bursary.

Having spent the last 20 years carving an illustrious  career in Ireland and the UK, the time felt right for the Barnesmore man to return to his  roots.

At the official opening of the studio in Donegal Craft Village on Thursday evening, Mayor of Donegal Town Pauric Kennedy welcomed Kevin home to Donegal.

 Mr Kennedy said: “It is great to see him back.

“Kevin has travelled all over the world and seen new ideas and thankfully he has seen an opening back in Donegal Town.

“It adds to the whole Craft Village. There is a great selection of different artists doing different things here now, and hopefully people will come out and discover what is on our doorsteps.

“I wish Kevin well; his shop is a great addition to Donegal Town.”

PLATFORM 31

With setting up his new shop, the timing couldn’t have been better for Kevin to receive the PLATFORM 31 bursary.

It is awarded by the Arts Council in conjunction with 31 local authorities including Donegal County Council. The aim is to support the continued development of artists. 

Now in its second year, PLATFORM 31 is designed to support artists to reflect on and develop their practice or make work in a new way. 

The artists are connected with and supported by peer practitioners, advisors and mentors. 

Developed by the Association of Local Authority Arts Offices (ALAAO with the Arts Council, it offers two elements of support - financial and developmental - for mid-career artists across all disciplines.

Sinead O’Reilly of the Arts Council said: “The Arts Council is proud to support the second year of this very thoughtful bursary programme for artists in partnership with local authorities; the response from last year’s artists to the networking and mentoring elements was very heartening and reflected back the benefit of an holistic approach to supporting artists of all disciplines as they navigate new opportunities for their practice.”

Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in an advisory and developmental framework and a peer network.

Further details can be found at https://platform31.localartsireland.ie/

More information on Kevin and his work can be found on Twitter @Callaghankev, on Instagram and Facebook  @kevincallaghanart, and at www.kevincallaghan.ie and www.thecondie.com



Kevin's family (pictured) are among those delighted to see him return to Donegal. 

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