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  • Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers

The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invited primary and post-primary schools to apply for the arts in education initiative, Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers (BLAST) 2023.

BLAST will be running in 2023 for the third time. The 2023 programme will enable 425 new arts in education residencies in schools over the course of the year.

The aim of BLAST is to provide pupils in schools all over the country, time and the space to work with a professional artist on creative, imaginative and fun projects.

These innovative classes are designed and developed between the artist, teacher and the school under the coordination of the Education Support Centres in Ireland (ESCI) network of 21 full-time education support centres. 

Further information on BLAST, guidelines and the application form will be available from and from the 21 full-time education support centres’ websites. The application process will open on 23 March 2023 and will close on 19 May 2023.


 Kerry Register of Approved Artists

Fiona Loughlin

Textile/Mixed Media Artist            

Martin Schärer

Music Percussionist                       

Nicholas McLachlan


Rochelle Lucey

Fine Arts                                            

Sharon Costello

Speech and Drama Practitioner

Tricia O' Connor

Visual Artist                                   



Katrina Galvin

Dance and Opera                                    "Her" choreographed and danced by Katrina Galvin - YouTube

                                                                      FYVP Dance Film by Katrina Galvin - YouTube

                                                                      Contemporary Dance solo - "Awakening" by Katrina Galvin - YouTube

Aileen Murphy

Dance and Musical Theatre         


Barbara Costello

 Graphic Designer                           

Clarissa Michaux

Dance, Movement and Rhythmic Gymnastics 


Manuela Dei Grandi

Visual Artist/Photographer          

Niamh O'Brien

Harp Player, Singer, Composer   

Darragh Kinch

Graphic Designer/Visual Artist/Screen Printer

Dorota Borowa

Visual Artist                                      

Jonathan Kelliher

Traditional Dance                                     Jonathan Kelliher | LinkedIn 

Veronique Gerber

Drama and Playwright                  

David Fortune

Fine Arts                                           

Amy Smith

Tralee Pottery Club - Amy Smith Ceramics 

Mary Quirke
Aine Brosnan

Heritage Specialist