In October, the Arts Council met with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The delegation comprised of Chairman Pat Moylan, Director Mary Cloake, actor Brendan Gleeson and writer Colum McCann, both of whom were funded by the Arts Council in the early stages of their careers. Ms Moylan and her delegation presented a compelling case to the Committee for the continued support of the arts during the economic downturn. The Arts Council’s press release and a full transcript of the meeting are available to read in this month’s edition.
Also this month, the Council launched a new arts and health programme entitled Vital Signs, which included a conference and an exhibition in five venues around Dublin 8. The programme sparked a host of lively discussion and interesting debate on the subject of arts and health; we include a round-up of the events that took place and have information on where subscribers can listen to podcasts of the conference, view the Vital Signs Twitter stream and read the commissioned opinion pieces.
We have some exciting updates from Arts Audiences: the recipients of the 'Build your Audience’ pilot project are announced and we include information on the Take Your Seat initiative, which aims to increase audiences in performing arts venues around the country.
This newsletter also includes information on Féach - furthering enterprise, arts, culture and heritage, an initiative set up in partnership with Meath County Council. A think-tank meeting was held in October in the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan and the main topic of discussion was how to help local enterprises, arts organisations and their communities manage businesses through the recession.
We have information on a call for a curator for the 12th Architectural Biennale in Venice 2010; and we include details on an exhibition which includes pieces that have resulted from the Artist in Prison scheme.
The newsletter ends on our regular articles on opportunities from the Cultural Contact Point and news from the arts community.