What Do Artists Need?

Wed 19 Oct

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What Do Artists Need?

What does meaningful support for artists look and feel like? How could a considered process impact the creativity and development of artists and audiences?

Less, slower, better is a statement of practice in the company. How do we try and in what ways do we all fail to do this? In this collective dreaming session/practice sharing event, Super Paua core artists Mark Ball (Artistic Director with experience as a maker, dramaturg, director, facilitator and mentor) and Heather Rose (Creative Producer with 15 years’ experience in touring, new work and sector development) will present insights from collaborating on multilingual, digital and participatory art programmes that are intertwined with artist support.

Super Paua associate artists Diane Crotty, Alison Martin and Miriam Needham will reflect on the process of the associate artist programme and share the work they are creating for young people and the practices they are developing.

Supported by the Arts Council, National Opera House, and Hawk’s Well Theatre

Heather Rose is the Creative Producer of Super Paua (Whodunnit? The Great Art
Robbery!, Super Paua Stories). Recent freelance work includes Small Wonders
(Púca Puppets, regional tour), and Snapshot (Hawk’s Well Theatre, national tour).
Her experience includes 10 years of international touring and 5 years producing for
UK venues and festivals before moving to Ireland in 2019. Heather is interested in
developing relationships with artists in the West, and in collaborating on work that
puts audiences at its core, and has recently been thinking about new definitions and
models of touring. She has a particular affection for work for and with young people,
as she has two of her own, as well as six Shetland ponies.

Mark Ball is a theatre-maker, and the Artistic Director of Super Paua. Mark’s
interested in projects that are playful, multilingual, multidisciplinary and have humour
threaded throughout. Mark has recently been thinking a lot about structures of
collaboration, dramaturgy and audience participation in artist practice. When not
making, Mark likes pickling onions and listening to electronic music in the bath (not
at the same time, yet).

Miriam Needham is a theatre-maker based in Sligo. She trained at Ecole Jacques
Lecoq, Paris (2012-2014). She is artist-in-residence at the Hawk's Well Theatre. As
part of her residency, she created and toured 'Snapshot' earlier this year, a play
about memory and perspective. She is currently collaborating with local charities in
Sligo, facilitating creative workshops with vulnerable individuals. In 2023, she will
develop a new work with the Hawk's Well called 'Hear My Voice', that will be aimed
at 9-12 year olds.

Diane Crotty is a Dublin-based playwright and director who makes work for many
audiences. Her writing credits include Gig Nua (Superpaua Scealai, 2020),
SALTBORN (Mercury Theatre Monologue winner, 2020), Folsom (Tiny Play For
Ireland winner, 2020), RISK (2016 Dublin Fringe) and A Very Zombie Fairytale (The
Exchange 2012, 2013 and 2024). She is a graduate of both TCD and UCD, and a
member of TYA Ireland. She has trained with Baboro, Theatre Lovett, Fishamble
Theatre, Dante or Die and Cardboard Citizens.

Alison Martin is an Associate Artist with Super Paua. She has a special interest in
drama for young audiences and multilingual work. Most recently she has worked with
Super Paua on a Portuguese/English audio story Todos A Bordo and with Polish
Arts Festival on Laced With History. Alison is currently working on two dramas –
Clothes Horse (with support from Super Paua) and a WhatsApp drama
Cuileogo/Flies with Axis. Alison has received an Agility Award to create a series of
bedtime stories in Irish.

Super Paua is an Irish artist-led collective that makes work for young people in a variety of languages, places, and forms. Humour, social relevance, and respect define our work. Super Paua’s core team is a partnership between Artistic Director Mark Ball and Creative Producer Heather Rose, plus our current Associate Artists Diane Crotty, Alison Martin and Miriam Needham and regular collaborators. We curate creative experiences for young people, whether that’s a one-off workshop in a two-room rural school, commissioning and developing multilingual audio stories, providing producing or dramaturgical support through workshops for artists, or producing a piece of new writing about a relatively unknown Irish-born scientist, Kathleen Lonsdale. We are equally interested in the process of creation- we aim to do less, slower, better, and offer opportunities for artists to explore ideas led by them in a supportive, creative environment. We aim to do this with plenty of opportunities to collaborate and dream with those who this work is all for- audiences, young people and participants. This human-centred approach is the foundation of everything we do. Work includes: The Lonsdale Project Film, Super Paua Stories (4 Series) and Knapsack (in development).