Surviving or Thriving? Podcasts

Welcome to the Surviving or Thriving? podcast series, supporting wellbeing in the arts sector, part of an online series from Waterford Healing Arts Trust in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland/An Comhairle Ealaion.

Covid-19 has had a profound professional and personal impact on artists and arts workers, and major structural impacts for arts organisations, caused by the overnight cessation of all arts activity in Ireland as a result of the pandemic.

In this podcast series, we’ll hear inspiring contributions from some incredible people working in the arts, who generously agreed to share their experiences of life during COVID with esteemed psychologist, writer and broadcaster Dr Maureen Gaffney.  These conversations, each of which explored the impact on a different art form, took place online in March and April 2021.  We hope that something within these conversations might resonate with you and support you to face forward with confidence and renewed hope.

Episode 1: Surviving or Thriving? Literature

In our first Surviving or Thriving? podcast, writers Anne Enright and Helena Close, and poet Stephen Sexton speak to psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney with an introduction by Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council. Our sincere thanks to Words Ireland for their guidance and support with this event.

 

 

Episode 2: Surviving or Thriving? Visual Art

In our second Surviving or Thriving? podcast, artists Brian Kielt and Miriam O’Connor, and artist and educator Austin Ivers speak to psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney with an introduction by Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council.  Our sincere thanks to Visual Artists Ireland for their guidance and support with this event.

 

Episode 3: Surviving or Thriving? Collaborative Arts

In our third Surviving or Thriving? podcast, we turn to the world of collaborative arts. Visual artist Deirdre O’Mahony, choreographer/ curator Ruairí Ó Donnabháin and dance artist Tobi Balogun speak to psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney with an introduction by Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council. Our sincere thanks to Create and Age & Opportunity for their guidance and support with this event.

 

 

Episode 4: Surviving or Thriving? Dance

In our fourth Surviving or Thriving? podcast, choreographers/dance artists David Bolger, Catherine Young and Fearghus Ó Conchúir speak to psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney with an introduction by Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council. Our sincere thanks to Dance Limerick for their guidance and support with this event.

 

 

Episode 5: Surviving or Thriving? Music
In our fifth Surviving or Thriving? podcast, songwriter and performer Eleanor McEvoy, composer Jennifer Walshe and Tony Sheehan, Director, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork speak to psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney with an introduction by Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council. Our sincere thanks to Music Network and Minding Creative Minds for their guidance and support with this event.

 

 

Episode 6: Surviving or Thriving? Theatre
In our sixth and final Surviving or Thriving? podcast theatre maker Louise Lowe, actor/director Aaron Monaghan and costume designer Catherine Fay speak to psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney with an introduction by Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council. Our sincere thanks to Theatre Forum for their guidance and support with this event.