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An exploratory study of the career development of performing arts professionals in Ireland

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dc.contributor.advisor Hearne, Lucy Perry, Majella 2019-01-15T14:39:24Z 2019-01-15T14:39:24Z 2018
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The overall aim of this research is to explore the experience of career development of performing arts professionals in Ireland, in particular theatre artists and musicians. The study deliberates on the challenges encountered as they strive to establish a creatively satisfying and economically sustainable career (Wyszominski and Chang 2017). Furthermore, it examines the types of career supports available and the contribution of postgraduate studies to their career development. Artists frequently undertake short term, low security work contracts, requiring adaptability, flexibility and mobility (O’Brien Bernini 2016). Performance artists engage in the ‘gig economy’, doing sessional or temporary jobs, paid by different employers (Wyszominski and Chang 2017). Professional development opportunities are provided by the Arts Council of Ireland and other arts organisations (Arts Council 2017). However, these cater for only a small number of artists and access is frequently competitive. European initiatives such as Creative Europe also offer opportunities for artists to develop new skills, professionalise and internationalise their careers (Creative Europe 2018). An interpretivist paradigm underpinned this research study which involved semi structured interviews and thematic analysis of the career narratives of six performing arts professionals (Braun and Clarke 2006). This research demonstrates that career development in the Irish arts sector is complex with performing arts professionals carving out individualized career paths, in what is commonly perceived to be an insecure and precarious profession. Tension exists between this reality and the fact that individuals feel drawn to this career path, with some viewing it as a ‘vocation’ and part of their self-identity Also highlighted is the relational influence of parents, family and friends on their career decision making, and the significance of professional and personal networking. The findings also illustrate the benefits of this career type; opportunities for artistic freedom, personal satisfaction and self-fulfilment, meaning and value of work in their lives and diverse work opportunities. However, this study exposes a gap in current research on the career development process and experience of performance artists in Ireland over a long-term period. Several recommendations are put forward to inform policy, practice and further research on this particular career area. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject career development en_US
dc.subject artists en_US
dc.subject musicians en_US
dc.title An exploratory study of the career development of performing arts professionals in Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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