Podcasting The Arts – Who Is Out There?

Does anyone know any Irish artists or art groups who are podcasting their profession? When I say arts I don’t mean painting in the “art” sense or anything (though that would be included) but those involved in music, poetry, writing, visual arts, dance, jazz, classical music – anything goes.

Working on PodCamp Ireland’s planning I’m aware that Poetry Ireland (who just launched a great new site) or someone from the group will be attending PodCamp with the offer to speak on the podcasting for arts groups and artists. But beside Poetry Ireland and ourselves at KilkennyMusic.com – who else is out there?

I’m currently piecing together some material in advance of the launch of new professional development courses being offered by ArtLinks here in the South East (who have been highly impressed that something like PodCamp or BarCamp exists) and I’m basically looking to get in touch with podcasters who are dipping their toes into the arts scene or the other way around – those of you involved in the arts scene interested in dipping your toes in podcasting.

Gimme a shout, leave a comment, drop me an email (details on the contact page). If you’ve links off to arts related podcasts, leave them here for me!


  1. Poetry Ireland August 14, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Ken –

    The largest problem, noted by many others before, is that too few artists or organisations are using (or know about) the web/blogs/podcasting.

    We held a seminar in June with Annette Clancy (inter-actions blog) and Conn Ó Muíneacháin (Edgecast podcast) for arts organisations to get more info on how to set up and go live. The feedback we got from that was great, with a lot of organisations and people interested but still unsure on how to go about it.

    Fingers crossed there’ll be some response – and we would be delighted to share our experiences with anyone willing to listen.

    Maybe contact some organisations (Theatre Forum/Arts Council etc) to spread word quickly?

    Looking forward to seeing you in Kilkenny.

  2. Conn Ó Muíneacháin August 14, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Giving that seminar was a really positive experience for me: the reaction was very encouraging. Annette and I chose to focus on the “why”, rather than on the “how” of blogging and podcasting – we felt that approach paid off in terms of the value it gave people on the day.

    I think PodCamp Ireland might be the opportunity to focus on the “how”?

    We didn’t record the presentations on the day, but Annette and I recorded our thoughts for a podcast about a week later. I plan to publish that next week. Also, I’m post-producing a podcast for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Library of a recent event they organised which brought published writers and the community together for a very enjoyable outdoor event in Cabinteely Park.

  3. Ken McGuire August 15, 2007 at 12:46 am

    Conn – looking forward to the results of that podcast!

    Poetry Ireland – I’m a paid member of Theatre Forum as well, must give them a shout in the office and see if I can get anything. Was a bit of a brain fart on my part earlier today but with PodCamp approaching and a possible involvment (on my behalf) with Art Links later in the year I’m looking to tie a few groups together!

  4. Bernie Goldbach August 15, 2007 at 6:42 am

    Jett Loe in Belfast does arty podcasts and has a cross-section of related photographs.

    There is excellent content at http://www.stunned.org that could be scripted into arty podcasts.

    At Tipperary Institute, we do one podcast related to visual arts every month of the academic term.

  5. Linda Keating November 3, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    As a producer and general Manager with Second Age theatre company I have started to blog whats happening with Second Age – however it is just the beginning for us and we still have a lot to learn – I also notice that the Dublin Theatre Festival have started a blog. Earlier in the year I attended the Theatre Forum seminar on blogging and it all seemed like a very good idea – however I should point out that I have not been able to map my domain name to my blog – this results in traffic being driven away from my Secondage.com address which is most unsatisfatory. My ISP is Eircom and I blog on Blogger.

  6. Ken McGuire November 4, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Linda, thanks for introducing me to your blog. As a producer and technical director with the Devious Theatre Company here in Kilkenny I’ve been looking for fellow theatre bloggers to connect with.

    I missed the TF blogging seminar earlier in the year, would have been nice at the time to get some faces to names and see how other theatre companies are exploring blogging and social networking opportunities.

    Have you tried contacting Eircom in relation to setting up a subdomain to redirect to your blog? e.g. getting blog.secondage.com to point to your blogspot blog?

    You could also look at a hosted blog option as part of Secondage.com, perhaps importing the posts from Blogger to your own hosted option?

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