Posts Tagged ‘advocacy’

Douglas Hyde Conference

4th October 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Douglas Hyde Conference 2010 is titled Inside Creativity: Education, Innovation, Economy, & Society, and is the second of three Hyde Conferences looking at the Creative Sector.

Roscommon County Council Arts Office and the Western Development Commission will bring together artists, academics, politicians, commentators and public bodies to investigate four different topics separately examining four distinct roles of creativity in society.

The conference will be opened by Mary Hanafin, TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport and chaired by poet and broadcaster, Theo Dorgan.

This year, most of the conference will take place on one day, Friday 15th October.

The following morning, Saturday 16th, a special wreath laying ceremony will take place at the graveside of Douglas Hyde at the nearby Douglas Hyde Centre to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth.

This will be followed by a lecture by Dr. Roy Johnston on the life and work of the painter Roderic O’Conor, who was also born 150 years ago, near Castleplunkett, Co. Roscommon, five miles from Hyde’s birthplace.

More information on the conference is available on the web ste.

New UK Arts Campaign

13th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

Similar to Ireland the UK arts scene is facing massive cuts, which recently included the shock announcement of the closure of the UK Film Council.

In Ireland the arts lobby group the National Campaign for the Arts was born out of the urgent need for Arts groups around the country to band together and petition the government more effectively. The Campaign’s first Day of Action is coming up this Friday, September 17th.

Today the UK’s National Campaign for the Arts launched a new campaign: I Value the Arts.

I Value the Arts

Here’s its raison d’être:

The National Campaign for the Arts decided to run this campaign after being approached by members who were concerned that the public had no way to make their views on support for the arts heard.

Using volunteer time and skills from our campaign partners (and not public subsidy) we have sought advice about the best way to reach as many people as possible who care about the arts throughout the UK. We know that there are a lot of you out there: it’s estimated that three-quarters of adults and even more children take part in the arts every year. Collectively you will be a powerful new voice for audiences and participants.

We want to be able to help you to provide support for the arts in your area. That support could be about volunteering or lobbying or even setting up your own programmes of arts activities. We’d also like to listen to you and your views to help us prioritise our future work.

We’ve set no time limit on the campaign. We hope it will develop and evolve over time. We will keep updating the website with new resources and keep in contact by email with, particularly when we have news of something in your area.

If you care about the arts, please do take the 30 seconds it takes to sign up. You’ll be in good company.

We wish them the best of luck in their endeavour! Raising the profile of the arts is helpful to all of us who work in the arts, no matter where we live in the world.

NCFA Day of Action

27th July 2010 by Maura McHugh

National Campaign for the ArtsThe National Campaign for the Arts is organising a National Day of Action for arts and culture on Friday 17 September.

On this day art workers in every constituency around the country will meet their local TD. Amidst a nationwide media campaign, they will discuss with their local representatives the fundamental importance of the arts to Ireland’s economic recovery.

You can get involved:

  • Join the arts workers group on Facebook in the constituency where you are registered to vote
  • As part of this group, write to your TDs requesting a meeting on Friday 17 September
  • Take part in the meetings and events on the day

In addition every constituency is putting together a list of people who are registered to vote in that constituency and who work in the arts (even if your work is based in another constituency).

This is a powerful tool when meeting TDs and Councillors. Jobs in their constituency matter! Be sure to give the constituency organiser your address so we have an accurate constituency database.

One of the more active constituency groups is the Dublin South Central Arts Workers, which has its own blog as well as Facebook page and meets regularly. To join and help make a difference email: dublinsouthcentralartsworkers (at)

RTE on Privatisation List

23rd July 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Times reports that Irish broadcaster RTÉ is on a list of State companies that a Government-appointed group will consider selling in an effort to cut the €84 billion national debt.

Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan announced he has appointed economist Colm McCarthy to chair the new Review Group on State Assets. Mr. McCarthy was part of a review group last year which recommended devastating cuts in the Arts.

Department of Finance official Donal McNally and TCD’s Prof Alan Matthews will join Mr McCarthy on the review group.

Mr Lenihan said its initial focus would be commercial State companies. It will look at other assets, such as the radio spectrum, used to carry mobile phone and TV signals, and mining and exploration licences.

The group’s work won’t necessarily stop at establishing if the companies can be sold. It will also consider how best they can be used to boost growth and contribute to the State’s own investment plans.

Where appropriate, the group will be able to scrutinise companies’ investment and financing plans, business practices and regulation.

They will also have to examine any liabilities that the State may have as a result of owning these businesses.

For example, many of the companies involved have pension deficits. Bord na Móna said this week that the shortfall in its staff retirement fund was €20 million at the end of last year.

The group will report at the end of the year. Mr McCarthy said yesterday that it would give an explanation at that stage for its findings and recommendations.

2010 Fleadh Winners

14th July 2010 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film FleadhThe winners of the 2010 Galway Film Fleadh have been announced:


The Best First Animation Award in association with the Cartoon Saloon

  • Winner: ‘Action Evader’, written, directed and produced by Pádraig Mannion
  • Honourable Mention: ‘Laurie and the Litterbugs’ & ‘We Are Detectives’

The James Horgan Award for Best Animation

  • Winner: ‘Mister Heaney – A Wee Portrait’ written, directed and produced by David Quin
  • Honourable Mention: ‘The Meaning of Eggsistence’ written and directed by Bruce Ryder and produced by Stephen Rennicks

The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama sponsored by Waveform Studios

  • Winner: ‘Noreen’ written and directed by Domhnall Gleeson and produced by Juliette Bonass, David Clarke and Ciarán Deeney
  • Honourable Mention: ‘Flatbed’ written and directed by Tom Merilion and produced by Jonny Speers

The Best First Short Drama in association with Mazars presented by Paul Mee

  • Winner: ‘Hoodie’ written, directed and produced by Patrick Finnegan
  • Honourable Mention: ‘The Crush’ written and directed by Michael Creagh and produced by Damon Quinn

The Best Short Documentary Award in association with Studio Solas Teo presented by John Brady

  • Winner: ‘Bow St.’ written, directed and produced by Tadhg O’ Sullivan
  • Honourable Mention: ‘Alibi’ written, directed and produced by Darren Bolger and Caroline Campbell


The Best Irish Feature Award in association with Volta Video on Demand presented by Karen O’Malley of Element Pictures

  • Winner: The Runway written and directed by Ian Power. Produced by Macdara Kelleher, Brendan McDonald & Bernard Michaux
  • Second Place: Snap written an directed by Carmel Winters. Produced by Martina Niland

The Best Feature Documentary

  • Winner: The Pipe written and directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill & produced Rachel Lysaght & Risteard Ó Domhnaill
  • Second Place: Burma Soldier written and directed by Nic Dunlop, Annie Sunberg and Ricki Stern & produced by Julie le Brocquy

The Best First Feature

  • Winner: Undertow written and directed by Javier Fuentes-Leon & produced Rodrigo Guerrero & Javier Fuentes-Leon
  • Second Place: The Double Hour written by Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo, directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. Produced by Nicola Giuliano & Francesca Cima

Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award

  • Len Collin for a project entitled Dumpailte

The Galway Film Fleadh did not acknowledge the writing credit on any of the above projects (barring the pitching award) in its press release. This matters, because their press release was picked up wholesale by all news agencies, which contributes to the invisibling of screenwriters and their contribution to the filmmaking process.