Trad Ireland / Traid Éireann is a newly-established entity founded by Oisín Mac Diarmada and Tristan Rosenstock to promote the traditional arts throughout the island of Ireland and support practitioners through advocacy and professional development opportunities.
Trad Ireland is focussing initially during 2019-2020 on implementation of a 3-strand project, supported by The Arts Council Project Award 2019.
Strand 1 involves the appointment of Jack Talty as external researcher for a 12-month period, in order to conduct extensive research into the challenges, opportunities and supports currently available to traditional arts practitioners in Ireland. The final research report will be publicly available online as a resource for the wider traditional arts community, and will provide direction for future initiatives by Trad Ireland and other organisations within the sector.
Strand 2 has brought the development of a pilot trad residency project in County Sligo, through the appointment of John Carty as Trad Musician in Residence – Sligo. The residency focuses on the twin aims of artist professional development and audience / community engagement.
Strand 3 will deliver TradTalk - a professional development symposium being held in Dublin Castle on Saturday November 16th 2019, with key input from international speakers, drawing on the experiences of developing artist support structures in other jurisdictions.