Triskel and the Cork Traveller network unite

Triskel and the Cork Traveller network unite

Bridgid Carmody and Louise Harrington, Cork Traveller Women’s Network, with Tony Sheehan, artistic director, Triskel Arts Centre, and Sandra McCarthy, Cork Traveller Women’s Network. Picture: Ger McCarthy

CORK Traveller Women’s Network officially launched a new partnership with Triskel Arts Centre this morning.

The CTWN has taken up residency in the Triskel HUB on a three-year lease. A morning of events, including panel discussions and the screening of archived films marked the event.

The partnership aims to bring CTWN together with Triskel to bring Traveller culture into the mainstream of the Art Centre’s Artistic Programme. The link was developed in response to the historic recognition of Traveller ethnicity by the Government last year.

Brigid Carmody, coordinator at CTWN, said, “We are delighted to launch our partnership with Triskel Arts Centre. It is particularly significant for us that this has happened in the year following the national recognition of Traveller ethnicity by the Irish State.

“We hope that our work together will raise the positive profile of Travellers as citizens of Cork, as well as facilitate opportunities for Travellers to be involved in arts and culture.”

At the launch, a special programme of archive footage was presented by the Irish Film Institute on Triskel Christchurch’s cinema screen. The programme, Travellers on Film, was curated by IFI and Minceirs Whiden and featured a broad selection of footage of Irish Travellers from the 1940s to the present day, including documentaries about topics as broad as funerals, nomadism, and the campaign for Traveller rights. After the screening, a panel discussion focused on how Irish Travellers have been portrayed on film and how this has changed in recent years.

Triskel’s artistic director Tony Sheehan said: “To have the headquarters of CTWN located at Triskel Arts Centre is a very significant development for both organisations as Traveller culture needs to be amplified and supported in the cultural sector. 2018 is a landmark year for Triskel as we celebrate 40 years, and we look forward to the opportunities this new partnership will bring to Cultural Life in Cork.”

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