BLAST Arts in Education Residency Programme

Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers

The Department of Education has developed a new innovative Arts in Education Residency Programme, BLAST (Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers), in 2021, which will enable up to 400 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.




Schools in our Centre catchment area applied for a BLAST Arts in Education Residency directly to Kilkenny Education Centre, based on the Online Register of Approved Artists below. 

Kilkenny Education Centre Register of Approved Artists for BLAST Programme 2021-22

Mark Colbert

Music/Music Technology/Drummer

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Leah Corbett

Artist and Curator

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Thomas Duffy

Visual Arts/Music

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Sarah Durney-O' Farrell

Kodály Music Specialist

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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

Visual Arts Mixed Media

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Eimear Lawlor


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Tunde Toth

Visual Artist/Paper-Making

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Kiri Tulloch

Visual Artist

Feibhár Baldwin Wall


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