Feature Article
Welcome to our December Newsletter
News this month
Developing an Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy
'Creative Associates' meet their schools and get to work
Literature Bursary Award Information Clinics
The Arts Council is delighted to welcome Katy Fitzpatrick as Adviser - Young People, Children and Education
2019 Visual Artists Workspace scheme recipients announced.
Tender for the Provision of Arts Participation Adviser Services to the Arts Council
Grants and Awards
Bursary Awards next closing date - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 31 Jan 2019
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced
The Liam O’Flynn Award - Closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 17 January 2019
Young Ensembles Scheme 2019
The Arts Council announces 2019 Bursary Award for Artists and Curators.
News from the community
Music Generation Development Officer (Roscommon)
Creative Europe Desk
Don’t forget Cooperation Projects 2019 deadline is Tuesday 11th December 11am Irish time!
New Business Models in Practice: Building Resilience and Sustainability for the Cultural and Creative Sectors
Open Call: Back to Basics residency programme
Developing an Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy

For the past year the Arts Council has been working actively to develop a comprehensive Equality, Human Rights and Diversity policy. This was informed by our requirement to put a Gender Equality Policy in place in 2018 and our wider Public Sector Duty to proactively safeguard against discrimination on the nine grounds enshrined in legislation – gender, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller Community. The Arts Council elected to add the tenth ground of socio-economic status to our new policy, with the knowledge this can be a crucial factor in accessing and participating in the arts.

During the year we did a significant amount of reflection on who we are, what we do and how we do it. We met with a number of representatives of different civic bodies and arts advocacy groups. We also drew on learning from previous consultations and work, including that of some of our funded organisations with specialist expertise in particular areas.

A process like this is necessarily broad and complex and the Arts Council is committing to ensuring that any policy we launch is both living and proactive. A robust process of consultation, with artists, organisations, representative bodies and agencies will be put in place to ensure this is the case. We will also ensure that there is a clear Implementation Plan accompanying the final policy when it is published in early 2019.

In the meantime we plan to share the draft policy in the coming weeks with all those who so generously gave their time and insights to this process and other key stakeholders. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have contributed thus far and look forward to continued open and honest dialogue with people in 2019.