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Tearmann (Sanctuary)
Start date: Dec 31, 2003, End date: Dec 30, 2008 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Tearmann aims to provide a permanent platform in the heart of rural landscape for cultural exchange, which combines the development of an artist's training course with the infrastructure of an existing visual technology workshop. Achievements: Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc (CCC), is a small arts organisation which successfully planned and delivered Tearmann - a training programme which advances long-term cross-community and crossborder contact. The course has given artists, arts technicians, future arts administrators and lifelong learners from the border counties an opportunity to access a modularised arts training programme in an outstanding facility and contemporary cultural resource in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Artists were trained in Etching, Lithography, Video Editing, Career Development and contemporary Gaelic.The programme was delivered in three separate intakes of participants between 2005 and 2007. By the end of 2007 thirty six participants, had completed aspects of the modularised programme, with twenty three participants completing the full set of five modules. The National University of Ireland, Galway accredited the course in the second and third cycle and each artist was awarded a diploma in Arts Practice. Tearmann made a significant impact in acquiring new opportunities for the participants, suchas residencies, positions and creating new enterprises (such as a framing business, an Art and Crafts Gallery and an Art and Crafts Centre within a large local hotel). Since participation, former participants have been involved in four exhibitions and five arts fairs and as a result sales of works have increased. International opportunities were also abound; four participants travelled to take part in the Úr exhibition in Paris while three participants journeyed to Georgia to participate in an exhibition and discussions on artists residency exchanges. The project has also enabled an increase in volume of applications for funding- it is estimated that over 50% of participants from the first and second cycles have made funding applications related to arts practice and arts administration. One past participant received the Maggie Hughie Scholarship in 2007 and his work will be exhibited at the launch of the new CCC facility in 2008.Many participants expressed the need to have further professional development opportunities and further access to the CCC workshop. In response, and within the context of the upcoming launch of their new workshop and living archive facilities, CCC successfully applied to ICBAN for an extension to the project. The project extension offered further intensive training to both past and new participants of Tearmann. The Tearmann course gave artists the opportunity to develop cross border links and secure exhibitions and projects on both sides of the border that will continue as a legacy of the project.

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