Creative Agency at the Glucksman is an ongoing project to empower young asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to participate in imaginative projects that enable them to present their voices and views in the public realm. Its aim is to address isolation and marginalisation of migrant asylum-seeking children in the Cork area.
The Glucksman is a contemporary art gallery located on the grounds of University College Cork. From the outset in 2015, the Creative Agency was conceived and delivered in partnership with the University and the Direct Provision Centres. The programme: enables young asylum seekers to work with artists and curators over an extended series of workshops; offers a positive and creative experience to a marginalized community; and provides the resources and expertise that allow the group to develop artworks for public display. Over time, children and young people develop their creative skills and expertise and see the university grounds as a safe and welcoming place for them.
The programme is funded by Arts Council, Young Ensembles Scheme, UCC student societies, UCC Visitors Centre, Department of Justice and Equality Integration Funds (governmental funds), Fundraising activities, Glucksman’s own resources, Ireland Funds, and Philanthropic sources.