Begin Together

Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund

Round 4 of the Begin Together Arts Fund sees Bank of Ireland deepen its engagement with the arts and culture sector while having a positive impact on defined vulnerable groups. Delivered in collaboration with Business to Arts, this round comprises a €100,000 investment in eight arts organisations across the island of Ireland. The investment will directly support arts projects with a positive impact on vulnerable groups, the artists involved, the wider arts sector and the broader community.

  • Axis Ballymun - Sm(ALL) Folk - My Space (North West Dublin)

    Axis Ballymun’s Early Years Arts Programme is curated for children from Traveller & Migrant backgrounds and is facilitated by artists whose identify aligns with each of the groups—Chloe McDonagh and Thaís Muniz. This programme reduces barriers and allows for safe, fun and imaginative creative engagement for young people and their carers in small groups.

  • Connections Arts Centre - The Connecting Artists Collective (National)

    A not-for-profit social enterprise supporting the disability community in Ireland, this programme empowers artists with intellectual disabilities to reshape societal preconceptions and cultural programme norms in the arts and disability community. It mentors these artists by providing an inclusive space to develop their creative practice, and help them prepare for the exhibition and sale of their work.

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  • Galway Community Circus (Galway & Westmeath)

    A circus school offering youth, adult and community circus arts education programmes and professional training. They aim to help disadvantaged, at-risk and vulnerable people develop self-confidence and social skills, using circus art as a vehicle to tap into their strengths and hidden talents. From Big Tops to Big Dreams programme will build confidence, leadership skills, and social connections for youth (11-17) living in Direct Provision, building on an existing partnership with New Horizon Refugee Support Athlone, and will provide professional development opportunities for emerging circus artists to develop new competences to support their future work and employability.

  • Helium Arts (Limerick)

    Helium Arts empowers children living with lifelong physical health conditions through creativity, arts & play. This arts-in-health programme improves the social connectedness and healthcare experience of the children.

  • Kids in Control - All Doors Open (Belfast)

    Kids in Control is a professional theatre company that values children and young people of all abilities and backgrounds without discrimination or recourse to selection. This dynamic physical storytelling creative learning programme focuses on participants with impaired intellectual or social functioning, increasing their access to arts activities and improving social skills and confidence.

  • Sample-Studios - Cork Creative Careers Programme (Cork City)

    Sample-Studios is one of Ireland’s largest artist studios, based in Cork City, aiming to launch, support and sustain creative careers. This programme offers TY students and 6th class pupils in DEIS schools the opportunity to explore their own creativity, creative career paths and develop new skills through direct engagement with local arts practitioners.

  • Sing Ireland - Song Seeking (Munster)

    Sing Ireland is on a mission to enhance lives through singing and build stronger voices throughout Irish communities. This intergenerational singing programme in Direct Provision temporary accommodation settings and local choirs in Tipperary and Clare, uses music and singing as a universal language to foster community and cultural sharing, and build social connection and cohesion.

  • University of Atypical (Belfast & Northern Ireland)

    University of Atypical is disabled-led and is the lead sectoral organisation for arts and disability in Northern Ireland. UofA takes an empowerment-based approach towards d/Deaf, disabled and Neurodiverse people’s involvement in the arts as artists and audience members.

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