Arts Council launches major research of Irish harping
The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon has commissioned a major piece of research into the harp and harping in Ireland and we are delighted to invite all harpers to fill out an online survey.
The harp has a particular significance in Ireland, as a national symbol and as a distinctive sound of the country. It has an extraordinarily rich history in Ireland having been played on the island for an estimated one thousand years.
There is an increasingly vibrant harp scene in Ireland. We are keen to examine the current state of harping, to map artistic practice, identify gaps in provision and explore opportunities for cooperation and development to secure the future of the instrument.
We are inviting harpers north and south, and of all genres, to fill out the survey and for the public to bring it to the attention of harpers they may know.
The Council has commissioned Toner Quinn to carry out the research. Quinn was formerly Project Officer for the Special Committee on the Traditional Arts, which produced the report Towards a Policy for the Traditional Arts .
To fill out the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/harpcruit2014