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Carlow Arts Festival is on a mission to cultivate long-term in-depth engagement with people across County Carlow.

Roots is an opportunity to discover more about the people of Carlow, to find out what makes them smile, what holds them back, and what do they imagine for their future.

Funded by the Carlow LEADER programme, Carlow Arts Festival commissioned Trasna Productions to undertake this project creating an analysis and development report in four key areas Rathvilly, Hacketstown, Tullow and Graiguecullen as well as gathering information about Carlow Town during Carlow Arts Festival 2023. These locations were selected due to their lack of provisions and services as per The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2023 of Carlow County Development Partnership.

Roots creative invitations methodology was mentored and co-designed by artist Ruth Ben-Tovim, founder of international participatory arts organisation Encounters, with creative practitioners Janice de Bróithe and Ciara Harrison from Trasna Productions. Carlow Arts Festival provided key information and support in the formation, development and realisation of this project.

The Roots Pop-Up Stalls were designed to be places that inspire playful creativity. Each one had a range of meaningful activities for young people and adults to do alone or with others.

Roots Trailer

The findings and recommendations of this report will feed into future project and programme development of Carlow Arts Festival’s year-round arts participation and engagement programme, ASSEMBLY.

Roots Full Video

Trasna Productions

Trasna Productions CLG is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the production of inclusive, participatory artworks across all art forms.

Trasna has a wealth of experience in this area having delivered the Inclusive Neighbourhoods, Enterprises and Cultural Network Analysis and Development Project by conducting a series of collaborative workshops with over 160 people to create an analysis and development report for Camphill Communities of Ireland funded by Kilkenny LEADER Partnership.

Trasna Productions website

Ruth Ben-Tovim

From 2003 – 2020, Ruth Ben-Tovim was the co-founder and Executive Director of Encounters Arts, specialising in creative community involvement and engagement. She produced and delivered over 80 participatory projects and interventions that invited people from all backgrounds to explore and express creatively their experiences of the past, responses to the present and hopes and fears about the future.

With Encounters, Ruth was part of the team representing the UK at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and delivered projects for the Liverpool Capital of Culture, the Arts Council and the Royal Society of Arts. Currently, Ruth is one of the lead artists in Walking Forest, a ten-year public artwork connecting women, trees and activism.

Supported by LEADER and Carlow County Development Partnership

Fuair an tionscnamh seo fóir-dheontas ó Coiste um Fhorbairt Pobail Aituil Cheatharlach, Clár Forbartha Tuaithe atá maoinithe ag Rialtas na hÉireann faoi Chlár Forbartha Tuaithe Éireann 2014-2022 agus ag Ciste Talamhaíochta na hEorpa d’Fhorbairt Tuaithe: infheistiú na hEorpa i Limistéir Tuaithe.

This project received grant aid from Carlow Local Community Development Committee under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2014-2022 which is financed by the Irish Government and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.

Funded by the Department of Rural & Community Development.

This project is supported by EU Recovery Instrument Funding under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2022.

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