Firkin Crane Quarterly Town Hall Meeting (online)

Firkin Crane Quarterly Town Hall Meeting (online)

Friday 4th September: 12.30 – 2.30pm

Held Quarterly, Firkin Crane’s Town Hall meetings are an opportunity to look at issues on a National Level. September’s meeting, which starts at the newer, and later, time of 12.30pm will be held online via Zoom.

We are inviting all Dance Professionals and Dance and Movement Artists, as well as Theatre Makers and Community Members interested in the Venue. As part of our ongoing communication and development strategies, on the first Friday of each month the Board and Executive of Firkin Crane invite you to a Board facilitated meeting to look at proposed sectoral supports and community engagements, looking at a more local agenda. The Town Hall Meetings held quarterly for the months of September, December, March and June look at a more National Agenda.

Contact to get the link to join in Friday’s meeting

See the previous agenda here 

Agenda 04/09/20

12.15: Meeting room will open

Allowing early check in.

1.30: Introductions

  • Introductions- Chair Yvonne Coughlan. CEO Paul McCarthy.
  • Reference agenda.
  • Communications Strategies
    • Quarterly Town Hall meetings Sept/Dec/March/June
    • Monthly LOCAL ARTISTS forum meetings 1st Friday 12.30-2.30pm (Poll 1-Time)

12.40: Section 1

  • Covid Compliance H&S training
    • Nationwide Safety Training

Feedback, responses, ideas and discussions.

1:00: Section 2

Firkin Crane supports for artists 

(A) Report on Funding Clinic and The Jack Lynch House as a POD initiative.

(B) A tax session for self-employed artists.


Report on the ReFramed 5 Bursaries at €1000 each, to support Cork based professional dance artists to develop their practice in the changing environment of Covid-19.

  • A colloquium where the 5 artists are facilitated by Firkin Crane to discuss findings.
  • The successful candidates were Rachel Ní Bhraonáin from Waterford and Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Sara Hernandez, Cormac Mohally and Natasha Bourke from Cork.

(D) Professional Classes

(E) Workshops

(F) Film/Dance Forum

(G) PR/Marketing Follow up schedule Oct. Conall O’Rian, Nov. Eimear O’Brien (Poll 2-Supports)

Feedback, responses, ideas and discussions.

1.30: Section 3

  • Introduction to the Board Ann Dempsey, Luke Murphy, Kieran McCarthy, Michael Nugent
  • Expert Advisory Panel.

Feedback, responses, ideas and discussions.

1.45: Section 4

  • Rowena Neville’s report and subsequent plans for the future of the organisation.
    • The selection process for the Artistic Director (DSAD)

Feedback, responses, ideas and discussions.

2.00: Section 5

  • NCFA activity briefing. 13 September update.

Feedback, responses, ideas and discussions.

2.05: Section 6

  • Arts Council
  • European funding and partnerships-FC experiences/new partnerships.
  • National opportunities for dancers. (Poll 3-Topics)

Feedback, responses, ideas and discussions.

2.30: Meeting ends

Those present in an observational capacity:

  • Michelle Carew. Arts Officer. Cork City Council.
  • Staff of Firkin Crane: Andrea Stapleton, Tim Feehily, Ann Rea.



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