An Táin Arts Centre’s Creative Residency Programme is open to established artists of all artistic disciplines, from or based in County Louth, looking to develop their practice in a community setting. The aim of the residency is to assist artists and creative practitioners to research and develop new work and give them the time and space to develop their practice in a supportive and vibrant environment. During the residency creative practitioners are provided with a financial stipend, studio space, mentoring, administrative and marketing and promotional support. #antainartists
Brendan McCreanor is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, best known for his work with the uilleann pipes and whistles. Traditional Irish Music has been at the core of Brendan’s life experience. Since the age of 6, he has been an active member with Scoráiocht Lann Léire, a cornerstone for local traditional music, dance language and culture for the past five decades based in Dunleer, Co. Louth.
Holding degrees in Communications – Multimedia (Hons) and also in Applied Music (Hons) from Dundalk Institute of Technology, he is a a founding member of the widely acclaimed musical act, Kern, who have released two albums to date and is also a member of the multi-cultural ensemble, Baile an Salsa. While steeped in traditional and folk music, Brendan is also a composer, music producer, music teacher, festival producer and visual artist. Brendan is an advocate of the healing power of music and is a fully qualified musician in healthcare through Kids Classics, a role he values immensely. He is also co-owner of Lark and Owl, an events management company.
Over the years, he has worked with Dónal Lunny, Sharon Shannon, John Spillane, Walter Flores, Trevor Hutchinson, Gerry O’Connor, Seamie O’Dowd, and many others.
Brendan says the residency at An Táin Arts Centre could not have come at a better time. “I am now at a point in my creative life, where I am motivated to move beyond mastery of an instrument or a genre… to stay ‘rooted’ in the traditions that have formed me, whilst at the same time exploring the possibilities of music and technology, and of images, stretching the boundaries to create new innovative music and visuals.”
Brendan McCreanor will be in residence at An Táin Arts Centre from September – November 2022. An Tain Arts Centre’s residency programme is kindly supported by the Arts Council. Follow his progress on Facebook at brendan.mccreanor #antainartists