2 July 2009
Members of Theatre Forum are leading the way to establish a series of Facebook group pages for the various constituencies across the country. The idea was mooted at the recent Theatre Forum annual conference, and so far 26 groups have been formed (a great summary of this year’s lively conference was written by Sara Keating in the Irish Times).
The aim is for the campaign to raise awareness for councillors and TDs of how many arts workers live in their constituencies, and support ongoing initiatives to support the arts.
To sign up to a group in your area, or to launch one in the 43 remaining constituencies, click here.
10 March 2009
Lots of opportunities available at the moment– a great way to gain experience while biding time on the dreary job market! And of course interning or volunteering simply is great fun and a way to see the workaday side of arts management.
Current opportunities on offer include:
Dublin Fringe Festival
Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival
St Patrick’s Festival
16 February 2009
As already mentioned below we’re having an open day here at UCD this Thursday (Feb 19th) to introduce potential students to our two MA programmes in Art History & Arts Management/Cultural Policy.
Click on the image above for a copy of a flier about the Programme.
Please note that the deadline for application for the 2009-10 MA in Arts Management & Cultural Policy is April 15th.
For more information & application instructions, see our website!
For any specific questions, please feel free to contact me directly.
15 January 2009
I’m back at last after extended travels with only occasional computer access (no bad thing!)
The Jobs page has been updated, and I have a few other event/opportunity announcements:
- The Dublin Fringe Festival has already begun recruiting volunteers interns for the 2009 festival
- The Centre for Nonprofit Management at Trinity is offering an excellent (if pricey) fundraising course in May (sign-ups are limited to 40 participants)
I look forward to bringing you more news, announcements & commentary on Irish arts management in ’09!
19 December 2008
The blog will be quiet from today until early January– may all your holidays be bright!
12 November 2008
expanded upper gallery at the RHA
On Monday the smashing new Royal Hibernian Academy was unveiled in tandem with their Annual Exhibition, and I was excited to see the new building after months of anticipation. Over the past year the RHA has been undergoing a major expansion, and its redeveloped delights on offer include:
- renovation of the entrance to incorporate a new reception area, and removal of the old staircase, adding a significant amount of space to the massive upper gallery
- new staircase built in a double-height atrium, creating another exhibition space with a window wall providing excellent lighting
- new cafe run by the Unicorn
- new bookshop run by Noble & Beggarman (who also operate the Hugh Lane Gallery shop)
- a 9000sq foot studio complex containing group & individual studios, a reference library, common room and administration offices
- recladding of the exterior, new signage and lighting
According to an article by architectural critic Frank McDonald in the Irish Times last Friday, the project has cost 7.8 million euro, mainly raised from private donors, with 2 million still needed to balance the books. Hopefully the spectacular new spaces will prompt potential donors to dig deep– the RHA is an invaluable & unique resource for the visual arts in Ireland, and the determination of its board and its director Patrick Murphy are to be commended. For more photos from Monday’s reopening (thanks to husband Des!), click the link…
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6 November 2008
Inspired by the Arts Council’s new publication indexing research on the arts & education, I’ve been busy updating the information located on the ‘Research‘ section of the blog…
Hopefully this will be of use to our students & others interested in further research on arts management and cultural policy, both in Ireland and internationally. I’ve provided (subjective) thumbnail sketches of the key resources available, and hope this will serve as a shortcut for getting stuck in to the wealth of research material out there Any glaring omissions, please let me know!
15 October 2008
As Deirdre Falvey reports in the Irish Times, the overall budget for arts and culture in Ireland is set to decrease from €204 million this year to €185 million. In particular the Arts Council’s budget sees a reduction from €85 million to €76 million. Culture Ireland’s budget will remain static at €4.7 million.
The reductions are far from unexpected… and indeed despite protestations from the sector it would have been deeply unwise not to reduce arts & cultural funding when every other public sector will be feeling the pinch. While it’s clear that cutbacks in arts funding will be necessary, it’s difficult to yet predict how priorities will be adjusted to meet these new financial realities. With the Arts Council still in flux, I doubt a clearer picture will emerge for some time.
In more surprising news:
The National Library of Ireland, the National Archives and the Manuscripts Commission are to be amalgamated, as are the National Gallery of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Crawford Gallery.
The department indicated this would involve amalgamating the boards, directorate, governance, HR, infrastructure and management.
This follows the reduction across the board of the number of state agencies. How this will play out in reality is anyone’s guess; to my mind this is the most worrying development for the arts from Budget 2009.
*Update*: For a more extensive breakdown of budget figures & commentary, see Theatre Forum.
9 October 2008
Vendedoras de alcatraces by Diego Rivera
I was terribly disappointed to learn that the big show of IMMA’s autumn season has been cancelled. From their press release:
The Irish Museum of Modern Art announced today (Tuesday 7 October) that, due to circumstances beyond its control, the exhibition Works from the Natasha and Jacques Gelman Collection of Modern Mexican Art, which was scheduled to open to the public on 26 November 2008, has been cancelled.
The cancellation of the exhibition, which was to have included works by such famous Mexican Modernists as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, is the result of legal proceedings in Mexico involving the Vergel Foundation, which manages the Gelman Collection.
Commenting on the situation, IMMA Director Enrique Juncosa said: “Everyone at IMMA greatly regrets this recent turn of events. We are very conscious of the fact that a great many people were eagerly looking forward to seeing these magnificent works, and we have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to try to ensure that the exhibition could go ahead. I should like to express our sincere thanks to the Mexican Ambassador, H E Cecilia Jaber, who has assisted us in every possible way in our dealing with the Mexican authorities. However, despite this, and the co-operation of the Vergel Foundation and the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Institute of Fine Arts) in Mexico, it has proved impossible to proceed with the exhibition.”
Disaster! This was going to be a major opportunity to see works rarely exhibited in Ireland, and we had been eagerly anticipating taking our students to see these works. How unfortunate for the museum and for the great number of visitors the show would have drawn…
22 September 2008
I’m happy to pass along the following Call for Volunteers for Open House Dublin 2008… Last year’s swish website can give you a taste of the architectural delights in store… it’s a great event sponsored by the Irish Architecture Foundation for anyone who loves architecture or just likes a good nosy…
Open House Dublin 2008 needs you!
17th – 19th October
Amazing places in Dublin you may not have ever seen before.
Why would I do this?
Gain valuable work experience for your CV, have fun while networking, explore your city, join one of the most exciting architecture festivals worldwide, skip the queues, meet lots of new people, and enjoy the wrap party!
How long will it take?
A minimum 4 hours of your time.
What do I need to know?
You don’t need to know loads about architecture; all you need is to be interested, over 18, and happy to get involved.
What will I be doing?
Taking care of one of the fantastic buildings on our programme -welcoming visitors, making sure people do not wander off into undesignated areas of the tour, and, if there are queues, making sure that only the allotted number of people are in the building at one time.
Make it more fun – get a friend to volunteer with you!
If you are interested or have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
9 September 2008
In the next few days arts & cultural organisations will be receiving a link to an online survey conducted by Business to Arts, seeking information about levels of private giving. As anyone who works in Irish development knows, information on the arts sector & giving is very hard to come by, so this is an essential effort to share knowledge and improve resources for arts development!
Please complete, don’t delete, if you receive one of these surveys in your inbox!
For more information on the survey, see the announcement below:
Business to Arts announce new
Private Investment in the Arts Survey
Questionnaires going to arts organisation in the coming days
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8 September 2008
‘Tis the season for new capital constructions, apparently: South Dublin County Council is set to open its own spanking new cultural facility, RED. I’m hoping to pop down soon and snap a few photos, but in the meantime, a few details from their press announcement:
South Dublin County Council’s latest venture the new County Arts Centre, RED in Tallaght is the most recent addition to Tallaght’s emerging cultural quarter. The centre which represents an investment of almost €10 million in arts and cultural facilities by South Dublin County Council is nearing completion and is due to open soon.
The remit of the centre is to develop the arts in South Dublin County through supporting and providing spaces for productions, exhibitions and process-based activities and by providing workspace for arts organisations and artists.
RED is now looking for individuals and arts organisations who are interested in participating or working within the centre to request an Expression of Interest form.
The facility consists of two gallery spaces, a studio performance space, an art workshop room, five music tuition rooms, a dance and rehearsal studio, two multi media rooms, three incubation units, six artist studio spaces and several meeting rooms.
To receive a Expression of Interest form please contact email@example.com
11 August 2008
The blog (including job postings) will be quiet for a few weeks while I’m on my holidays– hopefully seeking out better weather than we’ve had the last few days! Until September…
24 July 2008
Apologies for the hiatus in postings– had to take a break from blogging to get caught up on things at the day job
Still to come: an overview of Points of Alignment — but in other news:
Thanks also to everyone at the conference who had nice things to say about the blog– I’ll try not to let y’all down!
2 July 2008
Big in policy news: the Arts Council has released its long-anticipated report on the Arts and Education, ‘Points of Alignment’ (see press release). A taster from the report:
‘Arts provision for children and young people both in and out of school is arguably the single greatest fault line in our cultural provision. This is recognised by practitioners and public alike, the latter clearly giving it the highest priority in the 2006 study of public attitudes and behaviour The Public and the Arts.
The establishment in 2006 of the Special Committee on the Arts and Education confirmed an alignment between politicians, practitioners and public around the need to address this issue. The Report of the Committee in 2007 was adopted unanimously and enthusiastically by the Arts Council and submitted to the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism and to the Department of Education and Science. The report has been the subject of detailed discussions between both Departments and the Arts Council and the Council now publishes it with the fervent hope that its recommendations are addressed to the lasting benefit of Irish society.’
Martin Drury of the Arts Council will be discussing the report on the radio show Artbeat, 103.2 Dublin City FM tonight at 8.00 pm. It’s a dense report with many recommendations and points of interest, and I’ll be blogging more about it tomorrow after a little light evening reading…