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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Drawing from the Well 2021. Episode 6 

Aoife Ní Bhriain 

Tommie Potts: Transcribing a Genius

This event will be livestreamed on the ITMA Facebook Page

ITMA YouTube Channel and itma.ie on Friday 18 June 2021 at 7 pm (Irish time).

Drawing from the Well 2021. Episode 5 

Steve Cooney with Iarla Ó Lionáird and Odhrán Ó Casaide 

Personal Reflections on Canon Goodman's Collection

Now available on ITMA Facebook, ITMA YouTube, InstagramTV, itma.ie.

Drawing from the Well 2021. Episode 4

Daoirí Farrell 

Kathleen Behan: Rebel at Heart

Now available on ITMA Facebook, ITMA YouTube, InstagramTV, itma.ie.

Drawing from the Well 2021. Episode 3 

Caitlín Nic Gabhann  

Willie Keane: Music in Motion

Now available on ITMA Facebook, ITMA YouTube, InstagramTV, itma.ie.

Drawing from the Well 2021. Episode 2

Cormac Begley 

An Trúmpa: the rise, fall and revival of the Jew's Harp

Now available on ITMA Facebook, ITMA YouTube, InstagramTV, itma.ie.


Drawing from the Well 2021. Episode 1

Radie Peat 

Murder, Lust & Incest

Now available on ITMA Facebook, ITMA YouTube, InstagramTV, itma.ie.



ITMA is delighted that Season 2 of the series is Supported by Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts.


Drawing from the Well 2020. Episodes 1-5

14 October 2020       Louise Mulcahy: Video and Blog

21 October 2020       Martin Hayes: Video and Blog

18 November 2020    Edwina Guckian: Video and Blog

2 December 2020      Mary Bergin and Tony Linnane: Video and Blog

23 December 2020   Brían Mac Gloinn: Video and Blog


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. 


Drawing from the Well Press Release available to download here.

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.