Offaly Artist Receives Arts Council Next Generation Award Worth €15,000

Offaly native Ann Cleare is just one of the exceptional promise that has been given Next Generation awards by the Arts Council, the government agency for funding and developing the arts. The Next Generation programme recognises and promotes a selection of artists from different disciplines and gives them the time they need to develop their practice.

Awarded with €15,000 each, the innovative young artists work across music, literature, circus, theatre and architecture, and are based in all four provinces of Ireland. In Spring 2018, the 24 chosen artists will take part in a collective week-long residential programme at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan.

Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said:

“Each year we have the difficult job of choosing from the dozens of excellent applications we receive, and in 2017 our task was harder than ever. We chose to support 24 artists of great potential from a diverse range of practices and disciplines, and I look forward to seeing their work for many years to come. I wish each of our recipients every success,” she added.

Ann Cleare works in the areas of concert music, opera, extended sonic environments, and hybrid instrumental design. Her work has been commissioned and presented by major broadcasters such as the BBC, NPR, ORF, RTÉ, SWR, WDR for festivals such as Gaudeamus, Wittenertage fur Neue Kammermusik, International Music Institute Darmstadt, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, IMATRONIC, and MATA, working with ensembles such as: ICE, ELISION, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Nikel, Yarn/Wire, Crash Ensemble, ensemble mosaik, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Through working with some of the most progressive musicians of our time, she has established a reputation for creating innovative forms of music, both in its presentation, and within the music itself. Ann studied at University College Cork, IRCAM, and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her scores are published by Project Schott New York. As an artistic collaborator with Dublin Sound Lab, she will work on developing their programming and production of electronic music over the coming years. Ann is Projects Officer with Sounding the Feminists, a collective championing principles of equality, fairness, inclusivity, and diversity in Irish musical life. More info can be found at: http://annclearecomposer.com

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