Upcoming conference at IMMA: European Council of Artists

I’m happy to pass along this event announcement from Visual Artists Ireland:

Artists’ Mobility — aspiration or reality: ECA Conference at IMMA

The European Council of Artists (ECA) is holding its Annual Conference in Dublin from 7 to 8 November 2008.    The ECA is an umbrella body composed of interdisciplinary artists’ councils and artists’ organisations from 25 European countries.  One of its main events each year is its Annual Conference which brings together artists and their representatives, cultural operators, politician’s and MEP’s with particular interests in culture along with representatives from national and European institutions.  This year’s conference includes papers on the following topics: artistic freedom in a globalised world, the European Arrest Warrant, borders, visa issues & cultural diversity, and the role of the European Parliament in the promotion of artists’ mobility.

The following 6 highly regarded international speakers will present and discuss on the topic of artists’ mobility:

Eva Lichtenberger, MEP, Austria

Maria Badia i Cutchet, MEP, Spain

Lolita Jablonskiene, Chief curator National Gallery of Art, Lithuania, and ambassador of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

Pauline Hadaway, director of Belfast Exposed, Northern Ireland

Ole Reitov, Freemuse – Freedom of Musical Expression, Denmark

Helena Drnovšek Zorko, Division of International Cultural Relations, Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A reception to launch the conference will be held in Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin city centre on Friday 7th of November at 6 pm. The conference sessions will take place on Saturday 8th at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, ending with a musical performance by Na Píobairí Uilleann.

Visual Artists Ireland is the ECA’s representative organisation in Ireland.  A conference programme and Booking Form are available to download from the VAI website (http://www.visualartists.ie/alr_status_artist.html). Booking is essential as places are limited.

For anyone requiring accommodation, a special conference rate has been arranged with the Hilton Hotel Kilmainham which is located beside the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  For further information please contact Alex Davis, Advocacy Officer:

T: 01 8722296
E: alex@visualartists.ie
W: www.visualartists.ie/alr_status_artist

European Council of Artists: www.eca.dk

Call for volunteers – Open House Dublin 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 openhousevolunteers@gmail.com

Consulting with children: policy and practice

Last week The Ark, a Cultural Centre for Children and Children’s Books Ireland presented a symposium on the subject of consulting with children, in the service of developing policy & programmes for arts centres. One of our recent MA graduates, Bairbre Carmody, attended the symposium and is happy to make the following report for http://www.artsmanagement.ie:

Building a Culture of Consultation with Children within Artistic Policy and Practice was a joint symposium presented by The Ark and Children’s Books Ireland which took place at The Ark last Friday 12th September with over 80 delegates from around Ireland, representing all areas of the arts, including theatre, museums, galleries, libraries and community arts. Sheila Greene, Director of the Children’s Research Centre at Trinity College chaired the event and gave some background to current children’s policy. According to Greene, children now have a voice in matters which affect them, and participation with children can influence decision- making and bring about change. Presentations were given by Liz Moran, Artistic Director of Macrobert Children’s Arts Centre in Stirling, Scotland, whose young consultancy scheme involves young people directly in the decision making of the centre. She was joined by Charlotte Kelly who has been a Young Consultant with the arts centre for the past seven years. Charlotte gave the young perspective on the importance of this type of consultancy. Karen Bertrams, Library Advisor for ProBiblio in Holland involved children in the design of the The Library of 100 Talents, in Heerhugowaard, an interactive library where the children worked alongside the architect in every aspect of designing the building. Adam Graham and young consultant Ruby Lloyd-Burman from Media Fish, Leeds Young People’s Film Festival now run a year-round consultancy with 9-18 year olds offered advice when participating with this age group. The presentations were followed by practical workshops, delivered by Playtrain, a UK based provider of hands-on training, creative children’s consultations and action research for organisations working with children. The symposium was supported by The Irish Youth Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies and The Office of the Minister for Children. The day ended with a lively discussion on the importance of involving young people in decision making about affairs that affect them and how best to plan a consultancy framework specific for each organisation.

Thanks Bairbre! A copy of the symposium schedule can be found here.

Upcoming conference: Culture and The City

Event Announcement:

Culture and the City Conference- Keeping Dublin Creative!
21st October 2008, 9am-5pm
The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin


On October 21st 2008 Temple Bar Cultural Trust will host a conference on the theme of Culture and the City at the National Gallery of Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City Council.

This one-day conference will provide a platform for discussion, debate and exchange of experience from Irish and international practitioners around some of the key issues affecting cultural development in Dublin. The conference will explore ways of achieving a more integrated approach to planning and development for culture in Dublin city. It will also explore ways of enhancing the level of civic engagement and public participation in the cultural life of the city.

Among the speakers at the conference will be Jude Woodward, senior policy advisor on culture to Mayor of London; Laura Magahy, CEO MCO Projects; Franco Bianchini, academic and consultant on cultural policy; Sir Ken Robinson, internationally renowned speaker and consultant on creativity and innovation; Catherine Bunting, Head of Research with the Arts Council of England in addition to representatives from The Arts Council of Ireland.

The conference will present an insight into current thinking and planning for cultural development within the Development Plan for Dublin City. It will provide practical experience from other European cities in terms of best practice and provide conference participants with the opportunity to contribute to the discussion on the future of cultural development in the city, and in particular on the elements required to successfully drive this strategy forward.

The conference is designed to be of interest to a wide range of groups and individuals working across a range of sectors including the arts and cultural community, urban planners, architects, local representatives, the business community, academics, artists and anyone with an interest in shaping the future for culture in the city!
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Culture Night 2008: this Friday!

Just a reminder to all you vultures out there– the third annual Culture Night takes place this Friday, September 19th, from 5-11 pm. In Dublin more than 100 arts & cultural organisations will be staying open late, offering unique & fun programming for this evening only. Temple Bar Cultural Trust is the driving force behind the initiative, which includes special bus routes (map pdf) laid on to take vultures from spot to spot, and lots of outdoor performances and entertainment.

It’s not just Dublin getting all the action either:

Culture Night Cork: http://www.corkcity.ie/culturenight
Culture Night Limerick: http://www.limerickcity.ie
Culture Night Galway: http://www.galwaycity.ie

Last year’s event had a great buzz to it– wandering around the National Gallery at near 11 pm was a surreal highlight for me!– and it’s a great chance to check out (for free!) sites that normally require admission. I’ve got a few circled already… 🙂

Copies of the programme can be downloaded as a pdf here, or picked up in print copy from participating venues, the Suffolk St Dublin tourist office, or Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre at 12 East Essex Street (the latter two will be open 9am until 11pm on Culture Night).