Drawing from the Well 2020

Leading instrumentalists, singers and dancers have been commissioned to spend time engaging with collections of their choice in ITMA and to then produce something new that can be shared with the public.

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Brían Mac Gloinn Podcast
The Songs of Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal

In our first ITMA podcast Brían explores in word and song his ancestral relationship with the songs & singers of Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal. The podcast was premiered on ITMA Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud & website 23 DECEMBER 2020 8 PM (IRISH TIME). 

Brían's blog to accompany the podcast can be found at:


ITMA Facebook, YouTube Channel, IGTV, SoundCloud and itma.ie

Drawing from the Well (2020)  

Available on ITMA website / ITMA Facebook page / ITMA YouTube Channel / ITMA Instagram TV.

14 October:       Louise Mulcahy: Video and Blog

21 October:       Martin Hayes: Video and Blog

18 November:   Edwina Guckian: Video and Blog

2 December:     Mary Bergin and Tony Linnane: Video and Blog

23 December:   Brían Mac Gloinn: Video and Blog

A full schedule of artists is lined up for Drawing from the Well for 2021 in what promises to be an exciting programme in which artists connect with archival material to inspire new art. Our past informs our present and shapes our future.

Drawing from the Well Press Release available to download here.

Drawing from the Well was launched virtually by Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media on Wednesday 14 October 2020 at 7.30 am. The launch included contributions from Arts Council Director, Maureen Kennelly, ITMA Director, Liam O’Connor and a performance by uilleann piper, Louise Mulcahy. 

ITMA’s plans, policies and strategic direction are framed in the context of our main funders the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon Strategy 2016–2025, Making Great Art Work and the high-level vision for the arts in a wider context. In Making Great Art Work: Traditional Arts Policy & Strategy 2018, the Arts Council notes that “Artistic research is an important and ongoing element of traditional artists’ creative work, and the Arts Council supports this through its Strategic Funding investment in archival resources and archival recording of contemporary practice.” It identifies two policy priority areas: “the individual traditional artist as the cornerstone of the Traditional Arts” and public engagement. Drawing from the Well is also shaped by the Arts Council Pay the Artist Policy. 

We greatly acknowledge the funding support of the Arts Council of Ireland in making this series possible.