The Centre for Creative Practices

Empowering the Arts in Ireland

The Centre for Creative Practices

The Centre for Creative Practices, CFCP, founded in September 2009, is the only arts organisation in Ireland DEDICATED TO CONNECTING, INTEGRATING AND PROMOTING migrant, experimental and emerging artists among the local arts scene and audiences. We feel PASSIONATELY about the SUSTAINABILITY of the ARTS SECTOR, particularly for artists, arts professionals and arts organisations.

We feel that there are revenue streams available to all artists, arts professionals and arts organisation working in all genres. However we understand that not all projects generate revenue but those that do can help to fund the ones that do not. From the business and commercial side we are looking at how the arts sector can in a sustainable way increase its role in society and the economy.

We look at the increased benefits to society of a vibrant sustainable arts sector as well as the economic benefits. A sustainable arts sector produces more good news stories, which in turn leads to increased engagement, greater public awareness of their importance and greater public funding. One of the ways we can achieve this is through education of artists, arts professionals and arts organisations.

By the term Artistic Entrepreneurship we are not just talking about developing the business or commercial aspect of the arts sector but we are also concerned with how the arts sector describes the world, why and to whom are they communicating with through art and what Purpose and Impact do the arts and individual artists have. Increasing audience engagement is also another leading topic in the CFCP Artistic Entrepreneurship Series because if we can increase audiences participation this means more people get to see and interact with artistic work and maybe have their prejudice / conceptions changed.

  • Empowering The Arts in Ireland
  • Educating
  • Developing Strategies
  • Providing Resources


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How We Empower The Arts

Sustainability in the Arts

We feel that a sustainable arts sector produces more good news stories, which in turn leads to increased engagement, greater public awareness of their importance and greater public funding. One of the ways we can achieve this is through education of artists, arts professionals and arts organisations.

Leading Intercultural Arts

The Centre for Creative Practices (CFCP) is the first intercultural Arts Organisation in Ireland and in Europe leading and shaping culturally diverse arts practice. CFCP is dedicated to integrating, promoting and mentoring migrant and local niche artists. We also have access to and engage with a diverse range of minority ethnic and cultural communities.

Innovation in the Arts

At CFCP we are always looking at innovative ways technology can improve the lives of artists and the arts sector. Our first project is a new an innovative online platform, ArtConnected, which will make collaboration, engagement and discovery a lot easier and enhance artistic practices.

Advocacy & Research

At CFCP we provide research backed data to help discover what a sustainable Arts Sector needs.  The only way that we can advocate for change is to find out about the needs of artists and make sure that the findings are put into practice.

A Few Things to Be Clear About

  • Making Money with your art does not betray you – you don’t have to feel guilty about selling art
  • You produce your art to sustain yourself – you have to detach yourselves from the pieces you want to sell
  • Professional work deserves proper remuneration – you are recognised professionals
  • Non-verbal communication is as powerful as verbal communication in breaking down intolerances

Frequently Asked Questions

The Centre’s for Creative Practices’s (CFCP) Empowers the Arts in Ireland through four main areas of activities: Sustainability in the Arts, Intercultural Arts, Innovation in the Arts and Advocacy & Research. Want to know more then have a look at the table opposite.

What kind of clients do you work with?
  • Professional Artists
  • Culturally Diverse Artists
  • Experimental & Emerging Artists
  • Semi professional Artists
  • Aspiring Artists (people who aspire to be a professional artist)
  • National Organisations dealing with professional, culturally diverse, semi professional and aspiring artists
  • International Organisations dealing with professional, culturally diverse, semi professional and aspiring artists
What do we provide?
  • Consultancy
  • Education
  • Resources
  • Mentoring
  • Courses
  • Online Services
  • Access to Opportunities
We want to Empower the Arts in Ireland because it provides
  • Benefits to society (integration, tolerance, cross-pollination)
  • Benefits to the economy (utilising creative and human potential)
  • Benefits to the arts sector (intercultural collaboration and exchange)
  • Increase awareness of culture as a major factor in human existence (intrinsic value, critical to human kind)
  • Help people (artists) to utilise their skills, access resources and gain exposure, encouraging them to be who they want and can be (fulfilment and activating people’s best abilities)
We have been very fortunate to receive a number of awards & recognitions
  • Shortlisted for the Star Awards – Lifelong Learning – 2015
  • Named in the Purpose Economy 100 for Europe 2014
  • Award Winner of the Arthur Guinness Fund in 2012
  • Multicultural Company of the Year 2011 (MAMA Awards)
  • Shortlisted as Dublin’s Gallery of the Year 2011
  • Supported financially by the Arts Council of Ireland & Dublin City Council Arts Office, Dublin City Council Office of Integration

What People Say About CFCP

Monika Sapielak is a creative entrepreneur with real vision for the future of the arts. She has a demonstrated ability to activate creative potential and, through her leading role with the Centre for Creative Practice, has brought together a network of like minded individuals, who are intent on making the arts more accessible to all. She has won numerous awards.

Paul Douglas

Artist / Management Mentor

Monika is a dedicated and pioneering doer in the artistic, community, social and entrepreneurship space. By creating some of Ireland’s leading Artistic and Entrepreneurship programmes through the Centre for Creative Practices and other vehicles, Monika has consistently provided world class courses and expertise.

Chris Gordon

Head, Irish Social Enterprise Network

I loved how the training focused on ideas such as Purpose – it has given me a renewed sense of purpose in my own work, which was not something I expected from Marketing Training!!! There has been a significant shift in how I think about marketing and its place in my organisation i.e. it permeates everything we do. I also really enjoyed how the training used platforms such as YouTube. It made for a very engaging course. Ian was a very effective trainer – he was approachable, knowledgeable and honest (always very important!).

Katie Martin

Head of Marketing, NYTI