MTU Arts Office

CONNECT Le Chéile Arts Project Fund

Supported Projects, March-August 2021


MTU Arts Office is proud to announce the launch of the CONNECT Le Chéile Arts Project Fund, and introduce the inaugural series of supported projects. This fund is open to MTU staff, to support the development and production of Arts projects that benefit the MTU community, and that build connections between colleagues across the South West region and beyond.


CONNECT Le Chéile aims to

Develop a platform to support, develop, and share Arts projects in diverse areas across MTU.

Build and showcase connections through the Arts among staff, students, community and industry.

Promote the creative innovation and practice at the heart of MTU, an Arts Rich Technological University.




In this first series, 19 projects are supported from across the campusses and counties of MTU. These include innovative virtual, online, and window exhibitions; experimental and ambitious film, music, and theatre projects; hands-on explorations of historical art and craft materials; poetry and writing workshops; capturing student experiences during the Covid pandemic; recording arts-based teaching wisdom; and researching a re-introduction to the Irish language.



MTU Arts Office “CONNECT Le Chéile” Arts Project Fund for MTU Staff – Inaugural Series




The Arts are recognised as a vital connection between people, building connections within and between communities, particularly during the ongoing restrictions. MTU Arts Office invited staff across MTU to propose Arts projects that would connect us together, across the South West region and beyond.


The 19 projects selected for support in this first CONNECT Le Chéile Staff Projects series encompass a broad range of artforms, creative practices, and fields of study. They are experimental, engaging and exciting. They showcase the innovative culture and student-centred approach that is at the heart of MTU, and are testaments to the vibrant ecosystem involving MTU staff, students, graduates, and professionals that expands the formal learning environment. Many projects in this series have also developed external connections with arts organisations, festivals, and industry partners.


Projects include the development of a new virtual exhibition space, programming a new exhibition project space for graduate artists, development of several online exhibition platforms and opportunities for MTU students, an experimental film project, music, explorations of lime stucco for artists and craftspeople, documenting creative teaching practices, stories of caring during Covid, examining the student lecturer experiences of online learning, finding new ways to connect art practice and the natural world, support for recent Arts graduates, a cross-disciplinary performance project, Irish language learning tools, art materials workshops, and a deep dive exploration of the greatest musical ever written.

We look forward to sharing details of each of these projects as they unfold over the coming weeks and months ahead.


Following are details of the projects supported fully or in part by the MTU Arts Office “CONNECT Le Chéile” Arts Project Fund:


PROJECT TITLE and outline



INSIDE WESTSIDE – A deep-dive exploration into “the greatest musical ever written”. Involving students and outstanding graduates of CSM, and industry legends in performing, recording, and producing a stunning vocal and instrumental re-examining of the score.

MTU CSM Department of Pop, Jazz, Trad, Voice, and Theatre Studies; Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin / Longyard Studios, Cork / CloudCatcher Studios, Wexford

David Hayes, Nicky Bailey

The Book of Wisdom – Gathering an archive of successful and impactful teaching practices in the Arts from senior and retired lecturers.

Teaching & Learning Unit (TLU), MTU (Cork), CIT CCAD

Prof. Jim O’Mahony

Music at Midday – Summer Online Concert at the Crawford Art Gallery. Performance, recording, and streaming of a special Online Concert in the MTU CSM “Music at Midday” Series, a unique programme of concerts featuring students and alumni of the MTU CSM presented by CSM and Crawford Art Gallery.

MTU CSM Department of Orchestral Studies; Crawford Art Gallery

Dr Ciara Glasheen-Artem

UNBOUND - (Phase 1 of 4) A novel workshop and interaction between an international artist and poet, a publisher, and students in Fine Art, in association with Dingle Literary Festival.

MTU CCAD Department of Fine Art,

Dingle Literary Festival

Catherine Hehir and James Hayes

Online presence for Supported Studio artists - Developing an online presence for the artists who are members of the Supported Studio to enable the sharing of their work with a wider audience in a time of restricted access, promoting practice and engagement, and promoting partnership.

MTU CCAD Department of Arts in Health & Education; and Crawford Art Gallery

Louise Foott

The Ghost Dance of Little Crowe – A pilot for an experimental biographical documentary feature film, exploring individual and collective identity, using music and sound to lead the visual narrative.

MTU CCAD Department of Fine Art

Pádraig Trehy

Micro Gallery at 46 Grand Parade (Phase 1) – programming a new experimental art project space, as a platform for graduate artists.

MTU CCAD, 46 Grand Parade

Sharon McCarthy

Cultivate and Connect – an online workshop project guiding you through the chemistry and processes involved in making historical inks, and using these inks to draw from your natural surroundings.

MTU CCAD Department of Fine Art

Holly Walsh

Creating from a Distance  – An online publication of CCAD First Year digital artwork and documentation.

MTU CCAD Department of Fine Art and Department of Media Communications

Aoife Claffey, Fergal Cunningham, with CCAD alumnus Deirdre Breen.

The Black Boxes – an innovative look at the student experience behind the black ZOOM window, and the lecturer’s experience facing it.

Academic Learning Centre, MTU (Cork) Bishopstown Campus

Julie Crowley and Deirdre Casey

Art Collection acquisitions from recent graduates of the MA:AP (2019 and 2020) - supporting graduates in a challenging time for emerging artists and developing the MTU Art Collection.

MTU CCAD MA in Art & Process (MA:AP); MTU Arts Office

Trish Brennan

Student Nurses: Caring Through Covid – A video profile exploring moments of caring during Covid through story telling, from the perspective of student nurses.

Department of Nursing and Healthcare Sciences, MTU (Kerry) North Campus

Dr Catrina Heffernan

Fleadh na Foghlama (Ceiliúradh agus foghlaim na Gaeilge trí na healaíona agus trí podchraoltaí) – Research, development and proof of concept for a University-wide approach to learning and speaking the Irish language using podcasts and the Arts.

Department of Social Sciences, MTU (Kerry)

An tOllamh Muiris Ó Laoire

Online Degree Exhibitions – production of additional video content for online exhibition website to showcase and promote the final year work of Degree students across the CCAD Departments.

MTU CCAD, Interdepartmental

Trish Brennan

TRADITIONAL LIME STUCCO PLASTER MIXES – Materials and Applications. Exploring the potential of lime stucco plaster mixes for artists and crafts, using historical recipes and processes.

MTU Centre for Craft Studies (Bishopstown Campus) and MTU CCAD Fine Art

John Cronin

Placing Art Practice during Covid – workshop with RoadBooks, artist-book maker Judy Kravis

MTU CCAD MA in Art & Process (MA:AP)

Dr Lucy Dawe-Lane

A Virtual Immersive Gallery & Arts Centre at MTU

  • Development and pilot phase.

Department of Creative Media and Information Technology, MTU (Kerry); MTU CCAD Department of Media Communications; Agritech Centre of Excellence (ACE) at MTU Kerry

Lisa McElligott; Jacqueline O’Neil, Deirdre Boyle, Phillip Doyle, Bob Jackson, Enda Grennan, Marty Boylan, Ron van der Noll, Donnacha Twomey (MTU Kerry staff); Rose McGrath (MTU Cork); Niall Trant (ACE)


Gaitkrash in collaboration with solo pianist Gabriela Mayer, and supported by MTU Arts Office, invoke the figure of Prometheus to re-ignite the spark of hope for artists and audiences. This performance project will be presented online as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2021.

MTU Cork School of Music, inter-disciplinary; Gaitkrash Theatre Company; Cork Midsummer Festival.

Regina Crowley, Dr Gabriela Mayer


Online showcase website and window exhibitions from the “Lockdown Creatives” open call, featuring creative work from staff, students, and graduates across MTU.

MTU CCAD Department of Arts in Health & Education, MTU Gallery at 46 Grand Parade.

Louise Foott, Sharon McCarthy





Here are brief profiles of current projects, with more to follow as the projects develop.








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