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Artist Joanne Ryan & Limerick City and County Council Arts Officer Dr. Pippa Little pictured above Artist Joanne Ryan & Limerick City and County Council Arts Officer Dr. Pippa Little pictured above


Artist Joanne Ryan announced as recipient of PLATFORM 31 artist development scheme



Artist Joanne Ryan & Limerick City and County Council Arts Officer Dr. Pippa Little pictured above.

Nationwide artist development scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council

Artist Joanne Ryan
Joanne has been announced for the 2022 Platform 31 scheme for Limerick.

Artist Joanne Ryan has been announced for the 2022 Platform 31 scheme for Limerick. Following the success of the inaugural Platform 31 programme in 2021, this innovative scheme has returned for 2022, showing the commitment of Local Authority Arts Offices, together with the Arts Council, to supporting the continued development of artists throughout Ireland.

PLATFORM 31 is designed to support 31 artists – one from each Local Authority area in Ireland – to reflect on and develop their practice or make work in a new way, while being connected with and supported by peer practitioners, advisors and mentors.




Developed by the Association of Local Authority Arts Offices (ALAAO with the Arts Council, PLATFORM 31 offers two elements of support – financial and developmental – for mid-career artists across all disciplines.

Speaking about the announcement, Dr. Pippa Little, Arts Officer, Limerick City and County Council said: “Limerick Arts Office are delighted that theatre practitioner Joanne Ryan is announced as the successful candidate for Limerick. Joanne brings her skills and passions to the Platform 31 group, which has a developmental focus. This opportunity for all of the artists brings energy from meeting, collaborating and creating a network.”

Artist Joanne Ryan said “I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this year’s Platform 31 scheme and very honoured to be the artist representing Limerick for 2022. Platform 31 is a really special programme and an amazing opportunity. I’m so grateful to Limerick City and County Council for giving me this chance and for all of their support. It means so much.”

For over 35 years Local Authority Arts Offices have worked directly with artists to ensure the arts thrive in all communities.  Working in a grass roots and foundational way has allowed Arts Officers to identify and to respond to the needs of artists, keeping the arts and cultural agenda focused and relevant in changing environments. 

PLATFORM 31 is managed by Wicklow County Council on behalf of The Association of Local Authority Arts Officers, in collaboration with the Arts Council.

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About Artist Joanne Ryan:

Artist Joanne Ryan is an award-winning theatre artist, playwright and performer based in Limerick.

Her critically acclaimed multimedia solo show Eggsistentialism premiered in Dublin Fringe in 2016, was part of Culture Ireland’s 2017 Edinburgh Showcase and has since toured extensively with runs in London, Liverpool, Cyprus, Malaysia and Australia.

Eggsistentialism has won the Lustrum Award for Best Festival Moment at Edinburgh Fringe, The Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, The Sydney Fringe Critics’ Pick Award and was nominated for Best Performance at Melbourne Fringe. In 2018 it won the Stroller’s Network Touring Award leading to a 10-venue national tour in November 2019.

In 2018 Joanne was one of the playwrights chosen to participate in Fishamble Theatre Company’s A Play for Ireland scheme.

Her second play In Two Minds was developed across a two-year process supported by The Arts Council, Limerick Council, The Community Foundation of Ireland, Fishamble’s New Play Clinic and The JP Mc Manus Charitable Foundation.

She is now working on a number of new theatre projects including a new autobiographical work and a large-scale, interdisciplinary promenade production.

In addition to her work as a writer and maker, Joanne has also performed with many companies in Ireland. In 2014 she was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in What Happened Bridgie Cleary.

She was a Six in the Attic artist at Irish Theatre Institute in 2021/22 and is currently resident artist in Ormston House and Theatre Artist in Residence in Belltable | Limerick.  

She has been awarded Civic Honours for her international awards success and contribution to theatre and the arts in Limerick. 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.