Posts Tagged ‘culture’


24th May 2016

After the new Irish government was formed, and the cabinet appointments were announced, an astonishing decision came to light: a new hybrid department called the Department for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht which will be helmed by Heather Humphreys TD.

This caused consternation among arts organisations and creatives around the country and it galvanised into an online petition, organised by Joe O’Brien.

Give arts, culture and heritage the respect it deserves by creating an independent Department and setting a funding target of 0.6% of GDP (the EU average spend on arts/culture). Ireland has one of the lowest levels of public support in the EU.

It has already garnered over 13,000 signatures. You can sign it now, and share it, if you haven’t done so already.

It spawned a hashtag on Twitter called #ArtsDeptNow, which is one of the best ways to track the emerging conversation about the lack of funding and focus on the arts.

Academic Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald has created a blog post, called Get in Formation: Irish Arts & Heritage Rising, that offers a comprehensive overview of the issue and keeps track of all of the articles being written about this matter online and in print.

The National Campaign for the Arts has also issued a Press Release calling on Minister Heather Humphreys to adopt a new all-party approach to national cultural policy.

Many prominent artists/writers/directors/actors are now calling for change, and using social media to alert Heather Humphreys and the cabinet to the fact that the Arts are not just a cultural photo op, but a vital resource that requires proper funding and recognition.

President’s Address at IFTA Awards

17th February 2011

President Mary McAleese’s speech at the Irish Film & Television Awards 2011, with an introduction by actor Pierce Brosnan.

She discusses the importance of storytelling and the creative arts to Ireland’s future.

Election Prep

1st February 2011

Now that a General Election is looming, Irish people employed in the arts and arts organisations need to remind those running for election the importance of the arts to our culture and economy. The National Campaign for the Arts is working to ensure that the profile of the arts is not forgotten during this pivotal period.

Here are some things you can do:


In Dublin the arts spokespersons from all 5 political parties will attend a meeting to outline their respective arts policies and answer your questions.

There will be a similar format in Galway with candidates from Galway East and West constituencies invited to present their local arts policy and answer your questions.

It’s vital that artists and arts organisers turn up in large number to prove to the politicians that the arts matter! The events are taking place on:

Monday 14 February

  • Dublin: 10.45am – 12.15 in the Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar
  • Galway: 11.00am in the Radisson Blu Hotel


Let the canvassers know that the arts are an election issue for you. Ask them about their arts policy and tell them about the value of the arts. Here are some points to raise:

  • stress the importance of a full cabinet Minister for Arts
  • ask for the continued investment in the arts
  • impress on the candidates the value of the provision of appropriate social protection for artists and those who work in the arts


It’s not too late. Check

If we don’t raise our voices we won’t be heard!


26th January 2011

UpStart is a non-profit arts collective which aims to put creativity at the centre of public consciousness during the Irish General Election Campaign in 2011. It plans to do this by reinterpreting the spaces commonly used for displaying election campaign posters in Dublin City and are calling on all artists to submit work for this exhibition.

The objectives of UpStart are to encourage a debate on the role of the arts in this state. It hopes to highlight the importance of creativity and ingenuity when society is in need of direction and solutions, and to emphasize the value of the arts to public life. It believes that the future development of the country requires a healthy cultivation of the Arts.

Upstart is asking for submissions to this project from the full range of artistic disciplines. Its aim is to receive 500 submissions from writers and visual artists, photographers, painters and graphic designers. These works will be duplicated and 1000 pieces will be printed as election size posters and be erected throughout Dublin city. It is also accepting works from musicians and film makers which will be hosted and exhibited through its website which will be launched on the day of the electoral poster campaign.

UpStart comprises artists and writers from Ireland and abroad and are non-aligned to any political party. UpStart respects and follows Dublin City Council litter regulations and operates within the requirements of Irish law.

Information on how to submit work to UpStart is on the web site.

Fair Deal for Arts in NI

25th January 2011

Culture Northern Ireland and The Nerve Centre have produced a film to support a ‘Fair Deal For The Arts’ in Northern Ireland.

They have a campaign site on Facebook that supporters can join to keep updated of what’s happening and how they can help.