Feature Article
Welcome to the February edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry in conversation with Joseph O'Connor at the University of Limerick
Theatre Schemes Update
Meet the Creative Associates
Places Matter | Creating Diverse Participation in the Arts
Grants and Awards
Closing dates announced for the film awards Reel Art and Authored Works 2019
Young Ensembles Scheme 2019
Deis Recording & Publication Award next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 4 April 2019
Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme - Deadlines 2019
Deadline: Arts and Disability Connect
News from the community
Call for applications: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office Musicians-in-Residence Scheme 2019
What Next: Dive In, Discover Dance
The MAC: Programming Officer – Full Time Permanent
And the tide was way out’ Paul Hallahan and Lee Welch : Municipal Gallery
Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra present high impact works in Voices from the Edge
Writing for a Change: Flash Fiction Competition
Marian Keyes Young Writer Award
Creative Europe Desk
Free seminar: Communications and your EU culture project
Welcome to the February edition of our Newsletter

We are very pleased to announce that on 27-28 March at NUI Galway, the Arts Council and the County and City Management Association will host our biennial conference Places Matter. The event starts with the launch of the Arts Council’s Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy which sets the overall context for the conference.

Ireland is changing rapidly – the population of the State has increased by 70 per cent in 60 years, and continues to grow. More than one in 10 of us were not born in Ireland. Our conference takes this as its starting point, and aims to provoke and inspire policy makers, arts organisations and artists to create and embrace diverse participation in the arts and challenge exclusion in the arts.

We will be joined by Nina Simon, Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, to tell us how she transformed that institution through her participatory audience and programming philosophy. Abid Hussain, Director of Diversity Arts Council England, will give us insights from Britain. And from Canada, Professor William Schabas, who is also Chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, will bring further international perspective.

Moderated by Dr Ronit Lentin, with participation by many artists and practitioners, it really is shaping up to be a fascinating two days.

Elsewhere in this month’s newsletter, the Creative Associates, the artists and teachers who form a key element in the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative being led by the Arts Council, are hard at work in 150 schools around the country. If you have opportunities that you would like to share with schools and the Creative Associates they are working with, please contact them through our website.


With best wishes,


Orlaith McBride