Creative Lives

Creative Lives supports and promotes people being creative in their everyday lives. We work with communities, organisations, policy-makers, funders, and creative individuals as a voice for positive change, to improve and expand the landscape in which creative participation can take place. We work to address inequalities in access to creative participation, promote inclusivity, connect people and communities, and seek to increase awareness of the links between creativity and wellbeing.

Location:

Ireland

Established:

2016

Type of organisation:

Company Limited by Guarantee

Focus

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education and training
  • Mental health
  • Volunteering
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Social inclusion
  • Professional or sector representative body

Interest

  • Research
  • Policy, advocacy and campaigns
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Development of education and training materials and programmes
  • Cultural and artistic innovation
  • European learning networks and exchanges

EU Project Experience

Substantial experience

We have been partners in a good number of Erasmus+ projects over the last 10 years, as well as being a key partner in a Creative Europe-funded Network from 2017-2021. Erasmus+ projects:

EU Funding Goals

Peer learning with other national policy and advocacy-focused organisations across Europe. Conducting research to benchmark and compare the landscape in different countries. Develop pilot projects and demonstrate best practice in local, national and international participatory work. Explore unexpected partnerships with those working in different fields to find common ground.

Strengths

Our specific area of expertise is creative participation in communities. Our focus is on citizen-led, self-governed cultural expression and the personal, social, health, economic, and environmental benefits this brings. We are a very well run organisation, trusted by many funders over several decades and we have a great deal of experience now in managing the often daunting bureaucracy of European funded projects. We bring a long history of work across Ireland, the UK and Europe that is rooted in local communities. We have a great network of contacts across the arts & culture sector and charity sector, as well as political and policy circles.

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Contact Name:

Damien McGlynn

Job Title:

Ireland Director

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