Shannonbridge native and writer Ian Maleney has been announced as the Offaly recipient for the 2022 Platform 31 program, which is a nationwide arts development program.
Following the success of the inaugural Platform 31 program in 2021, this innovative scheme is back for 2022, demonstrating the commitment of the local authority art offices, together with the Arts Council, to support the continued development of artists across the Ireland.
Ian is the founding editor of Fallow Media, an interdisciplinary online magazine that publishes the best of contemporary literature, music and visual arts through unique digital presentations. He has also produced numerous radio documentaries and podcasts, including the acclaimed series The Witness: In His Own Words, which was selected as podcast of the year by The Guardian, and Supply & Demand, a series on the Dublin housing crisis for the Dublin Inquirer.
Sally O’Leary, Arts Officer, Offaly County Council said, “The Offaly County Council Arts Office is delighted that Ian Maleney is the successful recipient of platform 31 representing Offaly County. Writer, publisher and radio producer, the Ian Minor Monuments’ first book was published by Tramp Press in 2019 and nominated for the Butler Literary Prize and the Michel Deon Prize. “
Ian received the Arts Council’s Next Generation Bursary Award in 2019 and the writer-in-residence of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in 2020. The Offaly County Council Arts Office wishes Ian many congratulations and the best for winning this prestigious award which it will offer him the opportunity to connect with other artists from all over the country who work to share ideas, learning and conversations. “
PLATFORM 31 is designed to support 31 artists, one from each area of local authority in Ireland, to reflect and develop their practice or work in a new way, while connected and supported by peer professionals, consultants and mentors.
For over 35 years, local government art offices have worked directly with artists to ensure that the arts thrive in all communities. Working in a fundamental and basic way has allowed Art Officers to identify and respond to the needs of artists, while keeping the artistic and cultural agenda focused and relevant in changing environments.
Developed by the Association of Local Government Art Offices with the Arts Council, PLATFORM 31 offers two elements of support – financial and developmental – for mid-career artists across all disciplines. It is managed by the Wicklow County Council on behalf of the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers, in partnership with the Arts Council.
For more information, visit platform31.localartsireland.ie or LocalArtsIreland.ie