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The Arts Council and ESRI have published a landmark study ‘Arts and Cultural Participation among Children and Young People
ART: 2016: The Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016
PLACES MATTER: What happens when we invest in the arts?
The Laureate for Irish Fiction presents the Long Night of the Short Story
Hugh Travers appointed as Film Artist in Residence at UCC
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Bursary Awards next closing date - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 19 Jan 2017
Travel and Training Award 2017
Young People, Children and Education Programme Activity Fund 2017 now open for applications
Reminder: New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced
Reminder: Arts Council Artist in Community scheme - Bursary Award 2016: Collaborative Film
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Open Call for Belltable:Connect Theatre Makers
Creative Europe Desk
International News from the Creative Europe Desk – Culture Office
ART: 2016: The Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016

The London performance of 

In the Shadow of the State by Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones

Date: 17-20 November 2016

Venue: Courtroom,

Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street London


Staged in a former juvenile courthouse, The Touching Contract in London proposes new ways of understanding how we learn the political gesture of touch through an immersive performance work. This is the final in a series of four performances of the project In the Shadow of the State by artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, which examines the State and its instruments from the perspective of the female body.


The performance features a soundscape composed by Alma Kelliher and a legal score devised in collaboration with Máiréad Enright. This contract forms the basis of how audience members can choose to participate in the performance (or not), and has been developed in discussion with an invited group of women in the city. Adapted from the Dublin performance, The Touching Contract in London finds new resonances as women's experiences of childhood and maternity encounter the gaze of a State that is newly conscious of its borders; where labouring women in maternity hospitals will now need to prove their British citizenship or residency status before receiving treatment. 


In the Shadow of the State is co-commissioned by Create (Ireland) and Artangel, and is a key project in the Arts Council’s ART: 2016 programme for Ireland 2016. By supporting the project, The Arts Council is placing artists and the arts at the centre of how it responds to the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Additional support for the project has come from Dublin City Council, Liverpool Biennial and Heart of Glass (St. Helens)


Booking will open shortly at www.intheshadowofthestate.org

- Garrett Phelan

22 October–18 November 2016

HEED FM 94.3 (Dublin only) 
DAB/DAB+ (Dublin and Cork only) 
www.heedfm.com (online live stream)

HEED FM by artist Garrett Phelan is a 28-day anonymous sound broadcast portrait created through conversations with individuals and groups from all backgrounds aged 18–25 and living in Dublin. 

The month-long FM radio and web broadcast is a constant stream of conversation without music, advertisements, news, presenters, weather, time or jingles. It presents recordings made over an 8-month period with a generation of young people whose opinions and beliefs are rarely heard in the public domain and who lack national institutional advocacy on their behalf.  HEED FM shuns pre-conceptions and de-sensationalizes this generation without judgment, giving time and voice to the ambitions, aspirations and passions of those that took part.

More information: www.heedfm.com


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