Just published: Vol. 3 of Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy

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I’m delighted to announce we’ve just published the latest volume of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy. It’s a special issue featuring the edited proceedings of the 2014 summer conference on ‘Mapping an Altered Landscape: Cultural Policy and Management in Ireland‘. Guest edited by Dr Niamh NicGhabhann from University of Limerick, it features contributions from a range of speakers on the day, who offer candid and contemporary views of the cultural sector and public finance, the role of local authorities, policy, the working lives of artists, and a range of other topics. The journal also features introductory essays by Niamh and conference organisers Pat Cooke and Kerry McCall, as well as a postscript by former Minister for Education Ruari Quinn.

You can download the entire issue here, or visit the www.culturalpolicy.ie to download individual contributions by:

  • Gerry Godley (Principal & Managing Director, Leeds College of Music)
  • Clare Duignan (Independent Director & Business Advisor)
  • Peter Hynes (Chief Executive, Mayo County Council)
  • Alan Counihan (Artist)
  • Mary Carty (Entrepreneur, Arts Consultant, Author)
  • Conor Newman (Chair, Heritage Council)
  • Ruari Quinn (Minister for Education and Skills, 2011-14)


Happy 2016! New jobs & other notices

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It’s still January so I can get away with it, right? We started back in term at UCD this week; the halls are buzzing again and the calendar’s already getting busy! I am on a research sabbatical this semester, but will keep the blog updated as much as I can, between travel and getting stuck in to some new big projects :)

Jobs have been updated a few times since January, but they’ve just been refreshed today (including two new listings at the Arts Council). In other news…

Today I’m in Galway at the Creative Connections conference coordinated by Arts & Disability Ireland (27/28 January) — the schedule’s packed with great speakers and events – though I confess I’m most looking forward to the evening showcase and the promise of Ireland’s most inclusive disco!

I was shocked and dismayed this week to hear Block T has to vacate their premises in Smithfield, with the loss of 70 studios, and the need to relocate 120 of their members. They have made a tremendous impact as a dynamic and exuberantly creative community in that neighbourhood over the past six years; as their press release notes, this is the latest in a spate of closures of artist-led studio and event spaces across the city, especially as high rents return. Many of our students have interned, worked, and collaborated with Block T: I hope they can find a new home soon, and both Dublin City Council and the Arts Council are prompted to give this problem serious attention…

Interested to see Business to Arts is expanding FundIt to support creative industries, including software, video games and other digital projects. They’re running a series of workshops around the country, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, to introduce folks to FundIt and crowdfunding as a form of finance.

So the General Election is coming (cue cymbal crash), and you want to know what to say to folks who will be doorstepping in coming weeks? The National Campaign for the Arts has you covered: they’ve published a manifesto with talking points you can raise with your local political candidates. They are also mobilizing constituency coordinators, to ensure the wretched state of arts funding gets political attention this season – email them to get involved, or just print out the manifesto and have it handy…

The 1916 creative initiatives are coming hot and heavy: I’m partial to the Dublin Rising virtual tour, created in collaboration with Google – fab layering of visuals and contemporary/historical photographs and primary documents – and the National Library’s The 1916 Rising: Personalities and Perspectives that also plumbs their rich archives and looks beautiful.

The Irish Theatre Awards are coming soon, and the public can vote in the Audience Choice category: so many fab productions from which to choose, many of which I enjoyed over the past year, but my vote has gone to PALS – The Irish at Gallipoli by Anu Productions at the National Museum of Ireland – such a stunning production and concept.

I had the privilege last week of visiting No. 14 Henrietta Street, which is under development as a social and architectural history museum exploring the townhouse’s mixed history, including its long life as a tenement. It was tremendously exciting to hear about plans for this project: Dublin sorely needs a heritage space that effectively interprets urban history in a creative and interrogative manner, and kudos to Charles Duggan (Heritage Officer) and Dublin City Council for taking this on.

Symposium on Artist/Academic Collaborations: Uncomfortable Encounters, Disruptive Pedagogies (10 December)

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I’m pleased to share details of an event I’m helping to co-organize in Dublin on 10 December, led by my colleague Dr Alice Feldman (UCD Sociology).

Uncomfortable Encounters, Disruptive Pedagogies is a symposium funded by the UCD+NCAD Alliance project (organized by a team of artists and academics from NCAD, UCD, UCD Parity Studios and Create – the National Development Agency for the Collaborative Arts) that will explore collaborative teaching and research practices between academics, artists and activists in Ireland.

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Marina Gržinić (University of Vienna) who will introduce and discuss her own transdisciplinary conceptual work. An artist and academic, her work concerns neoliberal global capitalism and necropolitics (eg the politics of death and technologies/modes of power), and its manifestations in post-socialist transformations within Eastern Europe.

Her presentation will be followed by three mixed panels of Irish researchers and practitioners who will discuss how their work relates to the symposium’s three central strands of aesthetics, knowledge and pedagogy.

The purpose of the overall project (and this event) is to cultivate collective understandings and vocabularies surrounding this sphere of work in Ireland; to support an evolving network and community of practice; and to locate Irish practice internationally. It will be followed in the new year by additional workshops focused on networking and funding opportunities to support future research endeavours.

All are welcome! This event is free, but please register your attendance.

Download: press release/event info (pdf)

Ways to make a living (in the arts)


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The jobs page has just been refreshed — an unusual amount of public history positions on offer at the moment (maybe it’s the 1916 effect?) as well as many other positions… but what a week it’s been, especially for the ladies!

The Waking the Feminists campaign for gender equality in Irish theatre has been extraordinary, in its intensity, its reach, and hopefully its impact — catch up on the video of the public meeting held last week (12 November) in the Abbey. Possibly one of the defining moments for women in the arts over the last decade in Ireland.

My colleague Niamh NicGhabhann has penned an insightful blogpost on women and leadership in higher education – very kindly including me in her list of inspiring Irish academic women – thank you Niamh!

Some very cool theatre apprenticeships / residencies worthy of note:

  • Pan Pan Theatre is offering an International Mentorship & Bursary with Stewart Laing of Untitled Projects (deadline 19 November)
  • Applications for the 2016 MAKE residencies for developing creative theatre work (based at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and co-organised by Theatre Forum, Cork Midsummer Festival, Project Arts Centre and Tiger Dublin Fringe) are closing soon (deadline 20 November)
  • The Lyric Theatre (Belfast) is hiring an Apprentice Producer as part of its participation in the Stage One: Regional Apprenticeship Scheme (deadline 30 December)

The Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray has come up with a groovy idea: it’s offering a funded ‘Gap Day’ to independent theatre creatives (directors, makers, writers, designers, production managers and creative producers) to take a day off to concentrate on creative thinking and dreaming – deadline for applications is 23 November.

Time’s running out to add your two cents on how CIRCA – Ireland’s only contemporary art publication for many years, until it folded in 2011 – might be revived /re-invigorated, with a series of small grants to support new ideas: deadline is this Thursday (19 November).

Would you know what to do if you made an archaeological discovery? Help out a Galway-based researcher who is conducting a survey to assess public awareness of reporting procedures.

Cobwebs plaguing your parlour? A day long seminar on taking care of historic houses is taking place on 26 November at Russborough House: Heritage Housekeeping: Philosophy and Practice is sponsored by the Irish Georgian Society and the Institute of Conservators-Restorers in Ireland, aimed at owners, managers and curators of heritage properties (both public and private).

The Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy will shortly be launching its third issue – a special issue featuring contributions from the UCD/IADT cultural policy conference, ‘Mapping an Altered Landscape‘ held last year – watch for an announcement, I’m putting the finishing touches on it this week!

Our colleagues over at University of Warwick are hiring an Associate Professor in their acclaimed Centre for Cultural Policy (deadline is 2 December).