BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme

Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers

The Department of Education has announced the launch of the 2022 Arts-in-Education BLAST (Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers) Residency Programme, which will enable up to 425 new Arts-in-Education residencies in schools each year. This initiative aims to support the integration of the principles and key skills outlined in the Arts in Education Charter and the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022), Pillar 1 Creative Youth.

The aim of this scheme is to give students in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects, to be originated and planned between the artist, the teacher and the school, under the co-ordination of the Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI) network of 21 full-time Education Centres. This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality.

How to Apply

Schools in our catchment area should apply for a BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency to Kilkenny Education Centre, based on the Online Register of Approved Artists below. The Centre welcomes applications by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by post.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 30th September 2022.

Kilkenny Education Centre Register of Approved Artists for BLAST Programme 2022-23

Leah Corbett

Artist and Curator

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Thomas Duffy

Visual Arts/Music

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Gillian Grattan


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Tara Heavey


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Jeremy Hickey

Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer

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Sheila Jordan

Mixed Media Artist and Arts Facilitator

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Marika Miklosi Manning

Visual Art

Sandra McAllister

Multimedia Artist and Facilitator 

Sarah Durney O' Farrell


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Kairen Waloch

Song Writing/Lyric Writing

Eircode - R95 RH97


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