The Arts Council’s Strategic Development Director, Martin Drury, will be a key contributor to 30 Years, Artists, Places, a seminar taking place in glór Ennis on Monday 7, December, marking 30 years since the first local authority arts officer was appointed in Ireland. Clare County Council, supported by the Arts Council, was the first local authority to appoint an arts officer and all have followed suit. The event is organised by the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers, and other contributors include Dr. Ciarán Benson, former Chairperson of the Arts Council, and Pat Cooke Director of the MA in Cultural Policy at Arts Management at UCD.
In tandem with the seminar a major exhibition 30 Years, Artists, Places will be launched by Mick O'Dea, President RHA. The exhibition, curated by Laois Arts Officer Muireann Ní Chonaill, features artworks from each local authority’s collection.
“The collection being exhibited speaks of places, people and home which reflects upon local authority arts development as just that, of a place and of a people, of rural and urban Ireland, of home in a changing island where we are bold with new ideas but rooted in our past,” the curator said. Renowned artists such as Tony O'Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, John Kindness, Norah McGuiness, Sean McSweeney, Sean Lynch and John Shinnors alongside emerging artists Cora Cummins, Cleary Connolly, Lisa Fingleton, Jenny Brady, Vanessa Lopez and David Stephenson and many others feature in the exhibition. It will tour extensively over the next two year with the support of the Arts Council.
The seminar takes place at 14h00 on Monday, 7 December. The event is free but advanced booking is required. Tel: (065) 6843103 firstname.lastname@example.org