Wishing all of my readers a wonderful holiday… May your days be merry and bright!!
See you in 2012,
The big news last week was of course the budget… the National Campaign for the Arts and Laurence Mackin of the IT have provided the details of cuts to the budget (and full details are available from the Department)… a few key points:
Although the overall funding picture appears to be better than expected, the national institutions will be hard hit, and there will be other financial implications from ancillary budget measures for arts organisations (the increase in VAT, for example, as well as the decrease in CE funding which many organisations rely upon).
In other news…the Arts Council has announced its 2012 project grant recipients — an interesting look at work which lies ahead!
The new director of the National Gallery was finally announced — and it’s Sean Rainbird, current Director of the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, who also worked for many years at the Tate. Word has it that current staff are delighted with the appointment — I think it will be a much-needed breath of fresh air into the gallery, and look forward to his tenure!
South Dublin County Council has unveiled a new public art website — searchable and snazzy — and very useful for students of public art projects.
Fintan O’Toole has blasted the Abbey’s latest production of The Government Inspector, and decried (again) what he perceives is the national theatre’s failure to actively engage with the current breakdown of Irish society.
The Music Generation programme is being expanded to Laois, Wicklow and Cork City — no doubt news of new opportunities will soon follow…
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has announced its call for volunteers.
An interesting article in the Guardian (‘Should the arts be more selective about sponsors?‘) canvassed reactions to the withdrawal of two poets from the TS Eliot prize competition over their objections to the award’s sponsorship by a hedge fund.
I’m really digging all the posts at the Guardian’s Culture Professional Network blog… tons of interesting and useful posts there to anyone working in the field.
Not strictly arts-related, but if you are a researcher check out the new British Newspaper Archive project from the British Library (lovingly reviewed by the fantastic Bioscope blog) — it’s gonna rock your world.
And finally… congrats to our fantastic 2011 class of Arts Management & Cultural Policy MA graduates! It was wonderful to see them in the glad rags last week at commencement
Hope everyone is enjoying all of the holiday activities across town — such a busy time of year!
I know this is an issue of great interest to many of my readers, so I thought I’d alert you to a live chat on the subject of internships & the arts that’s taking place on the Guardian website from 12-2 pm tomorrow (2 December).
The discussion comes in the wake of the publication a few days ago by the Arts Council England of a new guide for arts organisations entitled ‘Internships in the Arts‘ — the first such ‘official’ set of guidelines issued for internships in the sector. Amongst its most radical statements is the indication that most arts organisations are obliged under UK employment law to pay their interns minimum wage.
I’ve been asked to take part as a panellist & give insight into the Irish perspective. Anyone can join the discussion however and ask questions, add your own opinions and experiences, etc. I’d love to see a strong Irish presence, given that so many of the issues are similar. Please register to join in the discussion!