What's Happening This Month?

Creative Spark is pleased to announce that our Autumn course brochure is now live! We have a variety of courses perfect for anyone looking to improve or acquire a new skill this October! Due to Covid-19 we have limited spaces so make sure to book your spot today! Click here to find the perfect course for you! 

Hold Steady Exhibition Friday 9 October

Creative Spark welcomes you to its sixth residency programme exhibition ‘Hold Steady’ at An Táin Arts Centre. The artists involved in the 2019-2020 Creative Spark Residency Programme were Annie June Callaghan, Naoimh Larkin, Riley Waite, Jane Campbell and Meilynn Cheung. Several members of Creative Spark will be also have pieces on show in the exhibition. With the generous support of CreateLouth we initiated the Creative Spark Residency Programme in Autumn 2014. The Creative Spark Residency Programme has, over the past six years, supported thirty-four artists to expand and grow both as artists and as creative and cultural enterprises.
This year has has presented challenges beyond imagine to each one of us, and has decimated the arts sector with devastating effects. We are delighted we can still support artists during this time. We welcome everyone to come view the exhibition and support the artists. There will be a virtual opening night on Friday 9th October at 7.30pm on An Táin Arts Centre’s Facebook page .

The exhibition will run 10th October- 7th November in An Táin Arts Centre.
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Creative Spark Print Studio has extended the deadline for the Artist-in-residence programme until the 12th of October! Click here for more information on applying.

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Other News


Niamh Hannaford and Tara Carroll are our new Artists-in-Residence ! The Dublin based duo have come to Creative Spark to work on their own individual pieces and we cannot wait to see what they come up with during their time with us! Niamh explores her own fears, and hopes, in putting herself forward in her work, that people can find common ground with their own experiences. 

Tara not only curates and coordinates exhibitions and events, she also assists at art spaces and facilitates workshops. Her focus as a curator is to develop opportunities in particular for performance art, as she is passionate about the potency and importance of the medium.

Candle Making Workshop Saturday 24 October

Soilse is pleased to announce that they have added an extra date for their candle making workshop! Due to government restrictions there are only 5 places available so make sure you book your spot today! 

Participants on this course will learn about scent blending and candle-making materials. 
You will also have the opportunity to pour your own 2 x 7oz candles! 

This course costs €65 per person and lasts two hours. Classes are either 11am or 2pm and refreshments will be served. To find out more click here 

Job Opportunity at NACEC 

The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres is recruiting a National Hub Network Manager! NACEC is the national representative organisation for community enterprise centres and co-working hubs in Ireland. Click here to find out more about the role.  

Business to Arts Campaign 

The arts sector has been severely impacted by COVID-19. Bank of Ireland in partnership with Business to Arts is providing €1 million in funding to artists and arts projects across the island of Ireland. Apply now for funding for your project here 

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people management

People Management QQI Level 6 Tuesday 6 October 

The course has been designed to examine the key aspects of people management and provide practical guidance on how to take a holistic approach to improving team performance.
During the course learners will discover their individual leadership style and identify key areas to work on to develop their abilities. Click here for more information. 
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Introduction to Digital Marketing Monday 12 October 

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to understand the fundamental digital marketing planning concepts for an organisation together with key factors involved with the implementation, evaluation and measurement of running successful Digital Marketing and Social Media campaigns. Click here for more information

Preparing your Business for Customs Tuesday 6 October 

With the prospect of Brexit looming, Irish Revenue has indicated that over 90,000 businesses will be affected and DBEI highlighted that 85% of SMEs are at risk following Brexit withdrawal period. This interactive workshop will provide you and your business with a better understanding of the potential impacts, formalities and procedures to be adopted when trading with the UK, outside the Single Market and Custom Unions. Click here for more information.

Online Trading Workshop Thursday 29 October 

The Trading Online Voucher Scheme has become an essential source of support to businesses wanting to boost their online presence, and the good news for previous recipients is that a second voucher is available.
This course goes through the details of the scheme, and helps you ensure you understand what is available for you from the grant. Click here for more information
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