About Tigh Filí
Since 1985, Tigh Filí Cultural Centre has been offering shelter, support and motivation to emerging writers, poets and artists by organising and facilitating readings, workshops, seminars and a poetry outreach education programme, in addition to a number of actions and initiatives targeted specifically at children. The centre coordinates and operates poetry, artwork and animation workshops at its own cultural centre and in schools, libraries, youth centres and festival events across Ireland and Europe. Under the Bradshaw Books imprint, Tigh Filí has published over 200 titles, including the annual Cork Literary Review and the Eurochild Anthology of Children’s Artwork and Poetry, in addition to dozens of poetry collections by first-time, niche and local community writers.
Tigh Filí is supported with funding by the EACEA, Arts Council of Ireland, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Cork City Council. It is a member of Eurochild.org, Euro-École and EuNetArt, and affiliated with numerous other arts and literary organisations across Ireland and the rest of Europe.
The organisation has extensive experience of sourcing, engaging and employing artists and other creative personnel, as well as additional support staff. The organisation also provides opportunities for students, volunteers and graduate work placements. In the past, Tigh Filí arts centre has operated a number of successful FÁS Community Employment schemes, providing training opportunities and hands-on experience in project management, publishing, design, administration and IT for dozens of learners, as well as mentoring opportunities for young arts professionals, students and volunteers. Tigh Filí has always strived to create a safe creative environment that values and supports all contributions and contributors equally, without reference to preconceived hierarchies or prejudices.
Under Tigh Filí, the newly renovated and re-opened landmark St Luke’s Church, located in highly diverse part of Cork City, will be reinvented as an artistic gathering space for the local community. The sensitively restored architecture of this once religious space will provide the infrastructure for a new approach to creating a sense of identity within the community, through a shared sense history, culture and memory. It will act as a reference point for a diverse range of perspectives and traditions.