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Vol 9 Issue 2
28 October 2011

News from the arts community

National Dance Archive of Ireland

The official opening of the National Dance Archive of Ireland (Cartlann Náisiúnta Damhsa na hÉireann) will take place on Monday, 14 November.   The archive will be opened by Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the President of the University of Limerick, Professor Don Barry, at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. 

The National Dance Archive of Ireland is housed in the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick and works in partnership with Dance Research Forum Ireland, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the Arts Council. The Archive is the first of its kind in Ireland and is the most comprehensive in the country. It is devoted to the collection, preservation and promotion of dance in all its manifestations, including traditional dance, social dance, contemporary dance, ballet, urban dance and world dance. The National Dance Archive is accessible by all.

The National Dance Archive of Ireland (NDAI) at the Glucksman Library was pioneered by Dr Catherine Foley and Dance Research Forum Ireland from 2005. In 2008, the Arts Council awarded funding to Dance Research Forum Ireland for a feasibility report and in 2009 awarded two-year seed funding for the set-up phase of the Archive at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.  

The Official Opening of the National Dance Archive will be preceded by a seminar at 14.30 in Theatre 2 on Dance Archives.

Chair: Dr Catherine Foley. 

Speakers: Dr László Felföldi, Folk Dance Department, Institute for Musicology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary; Sharon Maxwell, The National Resource Centre for Dance, University of Surrey; Dr Catherine Foley, The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

For further information about the National Dance Archive of Ireland or about the Official Opening of the Archive please contact either Dr Catherine Foley: Tel. + 353 61 202922; email: Catherine.E.Foley@ul.ie; or Dr Victoria O’Brien; Email: Victoria.Obrien@ul.ie; or Ellen Byrne: Tel: + 353 61 202917; Email: Ellen.Byrne@ul.ie


National arts and health website

An independent, national arts and health website www.artsandhealth.ie was launched on 5 October last by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD at Dublin Dental Hospital, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2. Other speakers at the event included Pat Moylan, Chairman of the Arts Council and Dr Nazih Eldin, Head of Health Promotion at the HSE.

Artsandhealth.ie is an independent, national arts and health website developed by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create (the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts). The development of the website was initiated and funded by the Arts Council as an important element in implementing its Arts and Health Policy, which was published in December 2010.

The new website provides a resource and focal point for the emergent field of arts and health in Ireland via information, support, advice and news, and generates discussion between artists, arts organisations, health service users, carers, healthcare professionals and others interested in the dynamic area of arts and health.

New website: www.artsandhealth.ie

Arts & Disability Ireland Launch Strategic Plan

Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) has launched its inaugural strategy and policy document, Becoming a National Resource: ADI’s Policy and Strategic Direction 2011–2016. The document is the first of its kind in Ireland and sets out ADI’s aim to create lasting change in the way people with disabilities are involved with, and engage in, artistic and cultural life. 

The Strategic Plan was launched by Senator Catherine Noone, Seanad Spokesperson for Arts and Heritage.

To celebrate the launch, Blue Teapot Theatre Company performed a reading of 84 by Len Collin, a screen play written for and with a cast of actors with intellectual disabilities, along with a screening of Soundscape’s Johnny Dreams an animation devised in collaboration with visual artist Aideen Barry.

Becoming a National Resource marks a new phase of maturity in the organisation’s history and a shift in direction. The emphasis will change from localised delivery to asserting a clear national role, seeking to maximise impact through strategic partnerships and action learning.

Over 8 percent of Irish people have a disability and ADI aims to create the conditions for people with disabilities and the wider disability community to connect with mainstream arts. ADI’s challenge is to work towards removing barriers and improving access, despite recessionary funding cuts, to ensure that people with disabilities can fully experience and contribute to Irish artistic and cultural life and be an integral part of it. To link to the strategy pdf click  http://www.adiarts.ie/file_download/51/

National Gallery of Ireland Symposium

A symposium will take place on Thursday 3 November 2011 at the National Gallery of Ireland on the topic Future Forecasting; the Challenges Facing Museums and Cultural Institutions. It will be chaired by Professor Declan McGonagle, Director, National College of Art and Design, poet, writer and cultural commentator, Theo Dorgan and Professor Emeritus, Ciarán Benson, University College, Dublin. For bookings and programme pdf detail see www.nationalgallery.ie  (learning section).

Whose Culture is it? Seminar in Kilkenny

A seminar will take place on Friday 11 November 2011 on the theme of Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity in Ireland's Cultural Spaces.  The event, at The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle is from 10am to 4pm and tickets are €15/€10 (concessions) including lunch.  To reserve a place please contact Renaud at education@nch.ie

This seminar is organised by the Council of National Cultural Institutions' Education and Community Outreach Committee.


Made in Ireland – Irish Arts in Britain

A one day conference exploring and developing Irish Arts in Britain

Made in Ireland, a one day conference (to be held in London) exploring the development and diversity of Irish arts in Britain is to take place on Friday 25 November 2011. Organised by the Federation of Irish Societies, the national representative body for Irish organisations in Britain, this is the first national event of its kind to focus on building and investing in artistic and cultural skills amongst Irish communities across Britain.

The day will provide people with an opportunity to hear from arts and cultural experts and network with peers about developing and delivering high quality, innovative Irish arts and cultural events in Britain.

Keynote speakers include Hilary Beirne, Executive Secretary, St Patrick’s Day Parade, New York and Willie White, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival. Further workshops will be delivered throughout the day by Pax Nindi from UK Centre of Carnival Arts, Max Singh, Fundraising Consultant and Anna Franks, Head of Marketing and Communications at the Federation of Irish Societies.

The event will also mark the launch of the Federation of Irish Societies Cultural Strategy in advance of the London Olympics 2012.

The event is free but places are limited. Bookings can be made online via http://madeinireland.eventbrite.com/  Contact person: Fiona Smith. 


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At the launch of www.artsandhealth.ie: Dr Nazih Eldin, HSE, Pat Moylan, Arts Council and Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD.
At the launch of www.artsandhealth.ie: Dr Nazih Eldin, HSE, Pat Moylan, Arts Council and Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD.
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