Creative artforms and careers advice in Artskills Careers Day!

Posted on: 1st March 2013

The Playhouse Artskills project held a special careers day this week for young people interested in gaining essential skills qualifications through creative artforms.


The one day information day was designed for anyone interested in gaining advice in careers, volunteer placements, application forms, interviews and Cv's.


Artskills teamed up with Jobs for Us and School Employers Connections for the event at The Playhouse on Friday March 1.


Kevin Condren of Jobs for Us and Owen Crozier of School Employers Connections held afternoon sessions, and project coordinator Siuán O'Doherty was available to discuss the Artskills project and enrol participants.


Guest speakers on the day were Artskills facilitators JP Conaghan and David Harkin, who both started off their professional careers in either courses similar to Artskills or by gaining OCN qualifications.


J.P. Conaghan teaches creative writing for OCN with Artskills. After gaining his OCN qualification JP trained in several aspects of theatre, including stage management, set construction, acting and directing. As artistic director of Fahy Productions he has written and directed several productions at The Playhouse and further afield.


David Harkin, who teaches film and video studies with Artskills, has written, self produced, edited and directed several feature films and has gained extensive experience in freelance media work, including work with The Nerve Centre, Derry as a camera operator, sound technician, boom operator and a cinema projectionist.


Artskills participants Kyle Martin, Rachel Keys and Thomas Gordon were also presented with their OCN NI and CEA Essential Skills certificates, as well as the careers day showcasing the new Artskills Logo, which has been designed by Artksills participant Thomas Gordon.


Funded by the Department of Employment and Learning, The European Social Fund and Arts Council Northern Ireland, Artskills provides young people with the opportunity to gain their essential skills qualifications as well as OCN's in creative artforms, such as creative writing, digital photography, film and video, performance and web design.


"We're just delighted this very special careers day was a storming success" Emma Jane Logue at The Playhouse said.

"Artskills is about providing an innovative approach, offering an opportunity for young people to develop skills and interests whilst engaging in meaningful, social and creative activity. This careers day was about building on this work, ensuring that all participants and potential participants are signposted towards additional training and opportunities to further develop skills and interests in the arts."


For further information about Artskills project and enrolment please contact Siuán O'Doherty, Artskills Coordinator, at The Playhouse on (028)71268027 or email


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