The Arts Council and Local Government will jointly host its second biennial conference, Places Matter on 28 March 2019 in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway.
The conference will provoke and inspire policy makers, arts organisations and artists to understand how and why we should create and embrace diverse participation in the arts, based on the principles of inclusivity and equality.
The population of the State has increased by 70 per cent from 1961 to almost 5 million in 2016 and today the 535,475 non-Irish people living in the Republic of Ireland come from 200 different nations. The Government estimates that in the next 20 years, the population is set to grow by a further million people. The conference will address the theme of Ireland’s rapidly changing demographic and ask; how are we collectively responding in the arts?
The event will be of interest to public and civil servants, artists, arts organisations, politicians, academics and anyone interested in improving how we embrace diversity through the arts. The Arts Council will launch its Diversity, Human Rights and Equality policy in Galway, the evening prior to the conference (27 March).
Dr Ronit Lentin will act as conference chair. Until her retirement in 2014, she served as Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict at Trinity College Dublin. She was also a founder member of the Trinity Immigration Initiative
Confirmed keynote contributors include Nina Simon of Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Abid Hussain, Director of Diversity, Arts Council England and Professor William Schabas, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUIG.
Further details on the programme and registration for this conference will be made available at the end of January; but for the moment, save the date!
For more information please contact the Local Arts Team firstname.lastname@example.org