Posts Tagged ‘Irish General Election’

Hustings about Arts Policies

16th February 2016 by Maura McHugh

Ireland’s media is alight with General Election 2016 coverage, and there are hustings being organised up and down the country. Some have a focus on asking politicians direct questions about their parties’ arts policies. Keep an eye out for ones in your area.

Here’s a few to attend:

  • The Galway West Branch of the NCFA will host a Hustings event from 11am, on Wednesday, 17 February at The Mick Lally Theatre.
  • The Cork South-West branch of the NCFA has arranged a public meeting with Dáil Candidates from 6.30pm on Thursday 18 February at the Clonakilty Community Arts Centre.
  • The NCFA: Hit the Hustings will be held in the National Gallery of Ireland’s Lecture Hall, in Dublin from 12.30pm – 2pm on Friday 19 FebruaryRegister online here.

The National Campaign for the Arts has a useful page on its web site regarding Party Policies and Manifestos: General Election 2016.

And please take the time to vote on Friday, 26 February!

Election 2016

3rd February 2016 by Maura McHugh

Today the Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolved the Dáil and called the General Election for Friday, 26 February.

If you want to vote you will need to be included in the Register of Electors, so please check that you are registered at the correct address.

Friday, 5 February is the closing date for your Local Authority to receive an application for entry to the Supplement to the Postal or Special voters list for the general election. Tuesday, 9 February is the closing date for your Local Authority to receive an application for entry to the Supplement to the register of electors for the general election.

This is a perfect opportunity for WGI members to remind politicians seeking election about the cultural and economic contribution the arts bring to the Irish economy, and the need for it to be supported in a practical fashion.

Sheila Pratschke, chairwoman of the Arts Council, discussed this in her recent article for the Irish Examiner: “In this centenary year, let’s get behind the arts in Ireland.

The National Campaign for the Arts has a handy manifesto on its web site for those who would like specific goals to discuss with your canvassing local representatives when they land on your doorstep.

A useful strategy could be to print out a couple of copies of the manifesto and leave them in your hallway so they are nearby when you greet a petitioning candidate.

The web site Elections Ireland should have a good list of the candidates in the various constituencies, and their contact information, if you wish to contact them about your concerns in the coming weeks.

Let’s keep the arts on the political agenda during the coming conversations.

Election Prep

1st February 2011 by Maura McHugh

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:

1. ATTEND THE HUSTINGS

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

2. CHALLENGE AND ADVISE

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

3. REGISTER TO VOTE

It’s not too late. Check www.checktheregister.ie.

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

Upstart

26th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

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.