The Strollers Network, Ireland’s largest Arts Centre network, is delighted to announce Dance Artist Roisin Whelan as the recipient of the Propel Programme Award 2021/22
Following an open call application process the Strollers Network is delighted to announce Roisin Whelan, Artistic Director of Roisin Whelan Dance Company, as the recipient of the PROPEL Programme Award 2021/22.
PROPEL is a new, year-long artist development and mentorship programme designed and produced by the Strollers Network, a partnership made up of ten arts centres from across four regions of Ireland. The aim of this programme is to strengthen the ecology of the Irish theatre sector by supporting the development of new work by independent theatre makers and to support the sustainable development of artistic practice through a structured mentorship and training programme designed and delivered in consultation with the artist or company.
The programme offers a €20,000 bursary to support the early-stage research and development of new work and to cover the cost of ongoing professional development through training and mentorship. The award also gives access to development and rehearsal spaces in ten Arts Centres across the country, support and mentorship from a panel of experts in producing, fundraising, technical production, dramaturgy, publishing, marketing, finance, cultural entrepreneurship, audience development and engagement, and strategic business development and cultural business management. Finally, this will give the artist an opportunity to present a work-in-progress performance as part of a major Irish festival.
Following the announcement David Francis Moore, Chairperson of the Strollers Network, said, “We are very much looking forward to working with Roisin over the coming year to support her in the development of her artistic practice. We are also incredibly excited to be able to support the strategic growth of an emerging production company that is quickly establishing itself as one of Ireland’s foremost dance theatre companies”.
The Propel Programme will run from August 2021 to July 2022.
For further information on Strollers Touring Network and the PROPEL Programme please log in to www.strollersnetwork.com.