A new eight-year partnership between UCC and Cork Opera House will see the two institutions work together to educate and inspire the next generation of arts managers, creative practitioners and professionals in an industry-first for Ireland.
The two unveiled a new formal partnership today, which will include internships for UCC students in Cork Opera House, as well as the development of an MA in Arts and Cultural Management. A jointly-funded PhD programme will be developed, too, while the role of theatre artist in residence will also be created.
The move strengthens Cork's reputation as a city of learning and culture, while also reflecting a number of UCC's core aims, including the strengthening of its relationship with the city.
The partnership will also allow UCC to host large-scale international conferences using the Opera House's facilities.
To facilitate the development, UCC will invest €60,000 per annum plus VAT over an eight-year period.
The partnership will be represented by a roof sign on the Cork Opera House building, replacing the now-removed Toyota sign, which stood for some 30 years until being taken down last week.
Under a wide range of new initiatives, UCC students will have access to internships at the theatre in a range of roles, including business development, marketing and stage managemen, while a new MA in Arts &
Cultural Management will begin in 2019, delivered by Cork Opera House and the UCC School of Music & Theatre.
UCC President Patrick O'Shea said that the partnership will help to 'shape the arts and cultural sector' in Cork and beyond.
"The partnership will provide a pioneering platform for the next generation of artists and practitioners to learn and gain experience,"
"It will enable young artists to enter the workforce with confidence, resilience and a deep understanding of the industry and its opportunities."
Eibhlín Gleeson, CEO of Cork Opera House, said the partnership will have a long-lasting impact on the arts scene in Cork.
"This partnership will give students access to a rounded learning experience including unique insight into the workings of Cork Opera House," she said.
"We want to create a city where the arts can thrive.”