Call for papers: Irish Museums Association 2008 Conference

22 November 2007

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The IMA has issued a CFP for its 2008 conference, to be held in Wexford from 29 March – 2 Feb 2008. The theme of next year’s conference is ‘New Approaches to the Museum’s Engagement with the Local Community’. A draft programme and CFP details can be found here.


Arts Council publishes new ‘Value of the Arts’ pamphlets

7 November 2007

arts-council.jpgThe Arts Council has recently released two new additions to its ‘Value of the Arts’ pamphlet series: The Case for Elitism by Emer O’Kelly, and The Siren Alps by John McAuliffe. These commissioned essays prompt writers to respond to the results of the Council’s major survey The Public and the Arts (2006), which provided a fascinating look into the attitudes and behaviour of Irish people and the arts. However to date the tenor of most of these responses is journalistic or overtly polemic in tone, and these new arrivals are no exception… perhaps reflecting the need for more vigorous independent research in the sector to support, challenge, or qualify the findings of the study? Food for thought…


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