Kildare County Council are delighted to announce the appointment of a coordinator for Creative Places Athy. Eilish Langton will be responsible for the 3-year programme delivery for and with the people of Athy, engaging directly with communities, artists and stakeholders to successfully realise the programme’s aims and objectives.
Creative Places Athy is the arts and community development process to create opportunities for people to become more engaged in their town and develop an increased community connection through making socially engaged art. Athy has been successfully chosen alongside 7 other Creative Places across the island of Ireland, funded by the Arts Council.
Originally from Barrowhouse, Athy, County Kildare, Eilish has 25 years’ experience as an artist and on the ground with communities. Her past careers inform her practice as a socially engaged artist and project worker in the community, continuously developing new and meaningful methods for engagement using the principles of community development. The values and principles at the core of her work include diversity, inclusion, community & wellbeing. Eilish believes that ‘The arts are a necessary and strong tool for change, they are integral to communities, inherently collective, potentially transformative’.
Creative Places Athy will promote access to engagement in the arts and Eilish is looking forward to working with all communities to strengthen the cultural ability of Athy through its rich culture, history and heritage. She also brings with her skills as Healthy Carlow Coordinator with Carlow County Council since 2018 in delivering actions that support health & wellbeing.
Eilish holds a BA Hons in Citizenship & Community Studies from Carlow College and a Masters in Socially Engaged Art Further Adult & Community Education from the National College of Art and Design.
For further information about the Creative Places national programme, see https://www.artscouncil.ie/Arts-in-Ireland/Strategic-development/Creative-Places/