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Vol 11 Issue 10
03 July 2014

Welcome to the July edition of our newsletter

This month, we publish the report of the independent strategic review group, which was chaired by Terence O'Rourke, and tasked with examining how the Arts Council addresses its remit at a time of significant change so as to inform its strategic planning for the medium to long-term development of the arts in Ireland.

This is a welcome report; it contains compelling and challenging proposals which we will take time to consider over the coming months as we develop our next strategy. From September, the Arts Council will be examining in detail the implications of the report and how it will support and inform future policy and strategy.

As Director of the Arts Council, I served on the steering group of the strategic review, and one of the key features of the strategic review process was the engagement we received from a broad range of stakeholders.

The arts sector made its commitment very clear at meetings in Dublin, Cork and Sligo, with presumptions and assertions being tested and debated in a rigorous, at times vociferous, and refreshing way. Contributions at these gatherings were bolstered by dozens of high-quality submissions to the steering group through the website. Key informants and policy specialists across a wide range ofpublic agencies, government departments, community and voluntary sectors as well as the academic world attended meetings at the Arts Council's offices, and brought valuable new perspectives to the table.  We listened to all those perspectives, some voices were familiar , others were new, but all had something valuable to say. 

Most encouraging of all were the insights that emerged from the qualitative research with groups of ordinary members of the public from different socio-economic backgrounds in different parts of the country. These are the people in whose name we work to support and develop the arts in Ireland. 

Some described 'barriers' to their enjoyment and engagement with the arts – time, money, relevance, and other challenges – but, time after time, many explained how, in these tough times, they needed the arts more than ever. They described how creativity in its many forms made them feel better and had become part of their personal 'recovery' story.

The challenge now for the Arts Council is to demonstrate real leadership and advocate and represent their stories.


Yours sincerely,

                                       

Orlaith McBride Director


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.
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Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership Programme

Music Generation and the Arts Council have come together on a new partnership programme which is intended to add value to the current work being carried out by Music Generation in developing a National Music Education Programme.

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The Arts Council and UCC seek to appoint a Traditional Artist in Residence

Closing Date for Applications: 14 August 2014 School: School of Music and Theatre Contract Type: Fixed Term Part-Time.
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Bursary Awards next closing date - 5:30 pm Thursday 17 July 2014

The Arts Council provides Bursary Awards in order to assist individual artists in the development of their art practice. The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development that is derived from a focused period of engagement with their practice.

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The Arts Council announces deadline for Reel Art 2014

The Arts Council has announced the deadline for the 2014 Reel Art scheme.  Launched in 2008, Reel Art is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.
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Arts Audiences

Visit of Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells, Marketplace initiative announced, new Arts Audiences website launched and save the date for December 8 & 9 conference.

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International News from the Creative Europe Desk – Culture Office

This month the Culture Office highlights some European opportunities for Irish cultural operators across different art forms. As always we welcome any questions about EU funding for culture
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