Tipperary Artist Receives Arts Council Next Generation Award worth €20,000

Tipperary artist Peter Fahey has been awarded a prestigious Next Generation bursary by the Arts Council, the state agency for funding and developing the arts has announced.

The Next Generation programme recognises and promotes a selection of artists from different disciplines, such as traditional arts, music, dance, film, theatre and literature, and gives them the time they need to develop their practice. The artists are based right across the country.

Awarded with €20,000 each, Peter is just one of 18 innovative artists given Next Generation awards.

Peter, from Clonmel, studied music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and in the United States at Cornell University and, as an exchange scholar, at Columbia University. His music has been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the National Concert Hall Dublin by some of the leading interpreters of new music including the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Continuum, Crash Ensemble, Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, ensemble recherche, Ensemble SurPlus and Talea Ensemble. Hi current projects include new works for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra as part of their 2019 Composer Lab, LAPS Ensemble (Brussels) and a half-concert length piece for American pianist Andrew Zhou commissioned by the Arts Council.

Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said: “What makes the Next Generation award special is that it identifies an artist at an early but pivotal moment in his or her career. Our investment buys them time, and the opportunity to engage with mentors or other supports that we hope will have a transformative impact on their work in future years.”

And she added: “The Arts Council also recognises the significance of contact and engagement with peers, and one of the distinguishing features of this award is a week-long shared residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, which has in the past sparked collaborations, new ideas and concepts, and helped forge long-lasting friendships.”

Peter Fahey – https://vimeo.com/305467565

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