29 October 2010
University of Limerick is playing host to a conference marking the first appointment of a local authority arts officer in Ireland, focused on the subject of local arts provision and development:
To mark this 25 year partnership, and under the auspices of our relationship with the County and City Managers Association, the Arts Council and the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers are together organising a conference on local arts development. With guest national and international speakers, the conference will explore the role of the arts and culture in achieving local economic and social development objectives, and how we can unlock the potential of future integrated planning in these areas.
The keynote speaker is Jon Hawkes, a well-known figure in the Australian cultural policy scene, along with lots of other interesting speakers, particularly from the policy & planning side of things.
28 October 2010
Ok, so technically it’s Thursday, but the baby’s gotta eat sometime.
Here’s what’s caught my eye this week:
- Locally, Professor Michael Shanks from Stanford University’s visiting UCD– as the blurb goes: ‘His lab at Stanford, Metamedia, is pioneering the use of Web 2.0 technologies to facilitate collaborative multidisciplinary research networks in design history, media materialities and long-term historical trends.’ He’s giving three seminars, the last two of which on 18 November (Museum Design and the Humanities / Design and the Humanities) may be of interest to readers here? Click here to download more info.
- As Sue Sylvester opined in last night’s Glee, ‘art’s gotta push boundaries’: see some folks doing just that at a gathering of top Irish performance artists on November 4 at Kilmainham Gaol.
- Did you know next week is Design Week? No? Get thee to the website…
- The RHA is hosting a swanky evening fundraising do next Friday.
- Dnote’s launched a Cultural Map of Dublin (iPhone app to follow, huzzah!)
- Do you dream in 140 characters? Business to Arts is looking for a social media intern to join their team.
- And finally: can Beckett Bran be far behind? Americans for the Arts cook up a new ad campaign:
26 October 2010
The Council of National Cultural Institutions is hosting an upcoming seminar on the subject of social inclusion and diversity at the Chester Beatty Library in November. There’s an interesting line-up of speakers from IMMA, the Crawford Gallery, the CBL and the Arts Council, amongst others.
Keynote for the day is Mark O’Neill, from Glasgow City Council, who should be especially interesting given Glasgow’s renown for its progressive policies in the area (especially at its fantastic public museums, including the newly reopened Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum). Email email@example.com to book!
Here’s a pdf of the programme, by the way.
21 October 2010
Was just sent a link to the fab animated interpretation of a recent lecture at the Royal Society of Arts – here Sir Ken Robinson delivers a lecture on changing education paradigms (wonderfully drawn by Andrew Park). And this is just one of a series! Amazing stuff:
20 October 2010
Blog’s been quiet of late– it never ceases to amaze me how busy the autumn term is! So much crossing the desk these days, I’m going to try and offer a weekly digest on Wednesdays of what’s been making the rounds…
- Big news of today – Arts Council England’s budget was slashed 30% in new budget figures announced today: biggest cuts will be to the ACE’s own overheads, but the chair indicates that up to 100 organisations may lose funding as a result.
- Wondering how other countries (India, Italy, France, US) stack up in terms of their culture budgets? Why, thank you, BBC.
- In today’s Irish Times, Chairwoman of the Irish Arts Council Pat Moylan writes an opinion piece defending the role of the arts in contemporary Irish society. Sounds familiar, but will we do like the French and actually increase our cultural spend?
- Bank of Ireland’s sale of its massive art collection proceeds apace. Robert Ballagh ain’t happy about it, that’s for sure.
- Mary Hickson’s been appointed CEO of the Cork Opera House.
- As Wexford Festival Opera gets underway, Michael Dervan has some harsh words for the state of Irish opera, referencing the closure of Opera Ireland and Opera Theatre Company, the as-yet-undetermined ‘national opera company’ supposedly going to take their place, and his perception of the ‘elitist’ reputation of opera persisting on the isle. Maybe we should all head to the pub…
- The 2010 Arthur Guinness Fund competition is announced– moola for social entrepreneurs in the arts is there for the applying…
- Think I would have snagged one too: access is restricted to Tate Modern’s ‘sunflower seed’ exhibition by Ai WeiWei amid health & safety concerns, and/or possibly the fact that people were stealing the art.
- Project Arts Centre is advertising its groovy scheme for Young Performing Arts Lovers (YPAL): free trip to France for a few passionate, vocal & committed under-30s? Apply soon, deadline is next week.