Announcing the Irish Artists for the second PUSH+ Artist Lab

Following an open call for applications, we are delighted to announce that Mónica Muñoz Marín, Sarah Baxter and Orlaith Ní Chearra are the Irish artists taking part in the second PUSH+ EU artist lab taking place in Belgium this September.


PUSH+ is a Creative Europe-funded project led by Imaginate (Scotland) alongside Krokusfestival (Belgium), The Ark (Ireland), Aaben Dans (Denmark), Scenekunstbruket (Norway) and associate partner Bangkok International Children’s Festival (Thailand). PUSH+ stimulates European dialogue and initiates new artistic ideas and performances around three important topics in performance for young audiences – Home, Failure and Different Bodies. These are topics that push us to take more risks as makers and presenters, to address the under-representation of different lives on our stages and to tell stories that really connect with children and who they are.

You can find out more about the project on the dedicated PUSH+ website

The FAILURE LAB will explore the notion of failure

  • What is a so-called failure & why is it perceived negatively?
  • What and who causes ‘failure’?
  • How does it have an impact on children & what is the impact on teachers and parents?
  • How and when is failure a negative notion in our own artistic field: how many ‘failures’ is an artist allowed by the industry?
  • How can Samuel Beckett’s ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’ be a source of creative inspiration to fail better?
  • Can we make a beautiful failure or turn a failure into a thing of beauty?
  • How can we use the diverse aspects of the failure concept in performances TYA?

You can see the full list of the 15 participating artists and more about the project here

Push+ is supported by Creative Europe, and with The Ark's participation, made possible with the support of our principal funder the Arts Council