Creative Spirits in the Cultural Quarter

Waterford City & County Council welcomed twenty-four members of the Creative Spirits network to the Cultural Quarter in the O’Connell Street area of the city for a Case Study Meeting on November 6th and 7th.Creative Spirits is a European Union funded URBACT network of nine EU cities, including Waterford, and cities in Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria. The purpose of the network is to learn about creativity and creative entrepreneurship in urban settings.
The delegation visited many creative groups based in the Cultural Quarter area including Waterford Walls, Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms & Waterford Film Centre, and presentations were given by Spraoi, Rojo – the architects of the new Municipal Art Gallery, and Waterford Youth Arts.

Creative Spirits delegates from Waterford and cities in Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria pictured at The Granary.

Creative Spirits delegates from Waterford and cities in Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria pictured at The Granary.


Aoibhín Murphy gave a wonderful performance of “Half Full” at the Little Room space in Garter Lane Gallery. This performance is a short theatre piece that explores the life of “Jill” a 20-something millennial as she navigates her life of never feeling truly complete. Aoibhín wrote and performed the piece.
Local stakeholders presented a showcase of creative projects in Garter Lane Arts Centre with WIT Design and Architecture staff and students, Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand, Waterford Integration Services, representatives of the Irish Multicultural Group as well as presentations by Creative Spirits Ambassador Sarah Jane Hanton and a representative of the Polish Community, Bart Zdrojowy.

WIT’s visual communication students are also engaged in a Cultural Quarter identity project with a design challenge. They were given a presentation by Stephen Cummins of Emagine on how to build a destination website. The Cultural Quarter design challenge has a prize fund of €500, where people can win money from their community in a creative way for the O’Connell Street area. Said Waterford Cultural Quarter Project Manager Katherine Collins: “Waterford Council has found their participation in the Creative Spirits network to be of great benefit to their work in developing the Waterford Cultural Quarter. Participating in the network has brought opportunities for learning about innovative approaches to working with similar challenges faced by many cities, and will inspire new ways of developing creativity and creative businesses. The delegates were very appreciative of the warm welcome they received from everyone they met in Waterford and many plan to visit again with the hope of working on more projects into the future.”

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