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Invitation to Collaborate Events 2018

March 10, 2016
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Fidget FeetfporlocalartspageInvitation to Collaborate Awards 2018

Invitation to Collaboration supports regional and national initiatives in the field of local-authority-led arts development. The scheme is rooted in the policies set out in the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (2016-2025), Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland (0.22 MB), and in A Framework for Collaboration: An Agreement Between the Arts Council and the County and City Management Association (1.5MB, PDF). The emphasis is placed on supporting partnerships that focus on developing projects, resources or services that are ambitious and are testing new ground. The following projects were funded in 2018.

*Image: Fidget Feet. 2016. Photographer Jym Daly

Cork City and Cork County Council with the HSE, Age and Opportunity, Music Alive, Cork Midsummer Festival and Sirius Arts Centre.

A creative enquiry through a curatorial partnership with Age and Opportunity to explore and develop quality arts opportunities with and for older people. The enquiry will be informed by three artists in residence hosted by the local arts partners.

VISION SYMPHONY

Clare County Council with the Irish Memory Orchestra, 3L Online Music, DCU and National Council for the Blind

The composition and performance of an orchestral symphony that explores perceptions of vision, informed by and performed by musicians who are visually impaired and the publication of a website that offers supports and resources for visually impaired musicians.

AGENTS OF CHANGE

Galway County with Galway City and Roscommon County Council with the Irish Theatre Institute and Drama at NUIG

The award will support the development of regional multi-disciplinary creative producers to enhance cultural provision in urban and rural contexts in the West. There will be a focus on professional capacity building, recruitment, skills/needs analysis, training and creative concepts.

THE BINGO WINGS PROJECT

Limerick City and County Council with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance, Donegal and Kerry County Council

A participatory circus project exploring inter-generational topics with a focus on social inclusion, cultural participation and wellbeing. The themes are explored through artist residencies and multi-disciplinary immersive theatre performances in the three counties. The project evaluation findings will be presented at a symposium at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

AN URGENT ENQUIRY

Wexford County Council with Dublin City and Fingal County Council

An Urgent Enquiry builds on previously funded research on a collaborative and interdepartmental enquiry with public art and biodiversity specialists to research new models of commissioning art that focuses on the pertinent issue of art and biodiversity. The research has resulted in a new residency/commissioning model that includes international expertise, curatorial and research support to realize three new colloquial site specific works.

 

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30 Years, Artists, Places

March 17, 2015
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30 Years, Artists, Places celebrates 30 years of local authority provision for the arts

One of the most significant exhibitions of Irish artists in recent years, 30 Years, Artists, Places was launched in glór Ennis on December 7th ahead of an extensive nationwide tour.

The exhibition marks 30 years since Local Authorities embarked on providing for the arts locally, featuring 30 artists and 30 places.

Invite ImageRenowned artists such as Tony O’Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, John Kindness, Norah McGuiness, Sean McSweeney, Sean Lynch and John Shinnors alongside emerging artists Cora Cummins, Cleary Connolly, Lisa Fingleton, Jenny Brady, Vanessa Lopez and David Stephenson and many others feature in the exhibition, which is being funded by the Arts Council.

In tandem with the exhibition opening, the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers organised a seminar looking at the current challenges facing local arts development and examining the rationale behind the exhibition.

Key contributors included Dr. Ciarán Benson former Chairperson of the Arts Council, Pat Cooke Director of the MA in Cultural Policy at Arts Management at UCD and Martin Drury Strategic Development Director with the Arts Council. Muireann Ni Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer and exhibition curator spoke about the exhibition along with Lynn McGrane from the National Gallery of Ireland, who devised the accompanying education programme.

The collection speaks of places, people and home which reflects upon local authority arts development as just that, of a place and of a people, of rural and urban Ireland, of home in a changing island where we are bold with new ideas but rooted in our past.

The exhibition is a must see, not just for the extraordinary line up of Irish artists but for the stories of how each work came to be purchased, commissioned or acquired by local authorities. Therein lies the real narrative; the quiet, genuine and imaginative support for Irish artists demonstrated by our local government for the past 30 years.

The exhibition also features an education programme aimed at both primary and secondary children and some venues will also host workshops for people living with dementia and their families.

Exhibition tour dates are as follows:

 

Date County Venue
7th Dec – 22nd Jan 2016 Clare Glór, Ennis
29th Jan – 26th Feb 2016 Mayo Civic Building, Ballina
3rd March-22nd April Waterford Greyfriars
28th April-27th May Cork City Library Headquarters
9th June-13th July Tipperary The Source, Thurles
28 Jul – 4th Sept Limerick Limerick City Art Gallery
8th Sept- 14th October Cavan Johnston Central Library and Town Hall
26 November – 26th December Louth Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Jan 2017 Westmeath The Luan Gallery , Athlone
February 2017 Dublin Fingal Draiocht, Blanchardstown
April 2017 Donegal Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
To be confirmed Laois Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
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A Framework for Collaboration

March 17, 2015
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Cover-page-001The Arts Council has announced a new ten year agreement, A Framework for Collaboration, (PDF, 1.5 MB) between the Arts Council and the County and City Management Association to further the development of the arts in every county in Ireland.

This agreement will enable the Arts Council and Local Authorities to develop a more streamlined and consistent approach to funding the arts based on key principles of arts development, public engagement and spatial planning. It will also allow the Arts Council and Local Authorities to set targeted outcomes where it will be able to measure the impact of this relationship and see increased levels of public engagement and participation.

For the first time with this new agreement a formal structure will be put on what over the previous 30 years evolved between the Arts Council and Local Authorities.

The Arts Council/ Local Government partnership over the years has been an excellent model of public service partnership and is set to continue and deepen with the launch of this ten year agreement.  Local government in Ireland has undergone a considerable reform and modernisation process in the past decade and arts and culture have become firmly embedded within that process.

Speaking about A Framework for Collaboration, Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said: “This new agreement with Local Authorities will help boost cultural democracy by further enlivening local communities with better access to the arts. The Arts Council is deeply committed to this agreement and that is reflected in our new strategy Making Great Art Work where our partnership with local government is embedded throughout.  Over the past few years we have focused on making our partnership with local government much more strategic and mutually beneficial. We view our local government partners as the most significant developer of the arts locally in Ireland. We want to now focus our efforts to ensure the future direction of the arts is shaped by the kinds of thinking, planning and management behaviours which will serve us all best.”

Pat Gallagher, Chairman of the County and City Management Association said, “Today, we warmly welcome the launch of this new agreement, A Framework for Collaboration, which will help us to work together with the arts sector in a more strategic way. Local Government in Ireland places a high value on development in the arts – we see it as a core component of creating vibrant and sustainable communities all over the country. We look forward to this new agreement, under which we will plan, engage and measure our activity in a more structured way together with our partners in the Arts Council.”

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