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ACNI Seek Comments on Intercultural Arts Strategy

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland have published documents relating to their Intercultural Arts Strategy. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland recently ‘screened in’ the Intercultural Arts Strategy and has determined that the draft strategy needs to be submitted for a full Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA). An EQIA is a thorough and systematic analysis of a policy. Its purpose is to improve the work of the Arts Council by making sure we promote equality and do not discriminate.

The Screening document, Equality Impact Assessment and Draft Strategy can be obtained in multiple formats here:

The Arts Council welcomes comment on the strategy and its impact in respect of the nine categories of persons identified in the nine equality categories covered. The closing date for receipt of comments is: 6 September 2011.

Please submit all comments on this report to Jacqueline Witherow at the address below. Comments will be accepted in any format.

Jacqueline Witherow, Policy Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, MacNeice House, 77 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6AQ

T: 028 9038 5219

F: 028 9066 1715



Call for Participants: IMMA Web Survey

IMMA has a growing online community and this survey seeks find out more about this community. Whether you are an avid tweeter or an e-bulletin subscriber, an internet novice or internet pro, we’d love to know what you think.IMMA Web Survey:  The survey will only take 5 minutes to complete and participants will be entered into a draw with the chance to win a fully-illustrated Philip Taaffe catalogue.


Gathering 2011 - Critical Development of a Sector: Establishing Criteria for Qualitative Assessment and Critical Response

26th - 28th October in Kilkenny

Presented by Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland & hosted by Barnstorm Theatre Company

Keynote address and practical session by John Borstel co-author of the Critical Response Process with Liz Lerman.  We are fast approaching that time of year when we gather to present, debate and explore professional theatre for children and young people. This year the Gathering is hosted by Barnstorm in Kilkenny from 26th to 28th October.

The theme for Gathering 2011 is: Critical Development of a Sector - Establishing Criteria for Qualitative Assessment and Critical Response. This year's event will focus on developing a climate of nurture and support through peer feedback for practitioners, emerging artists in the field and other stakeholders.  To this end our Keynote Speaker is John Borstel co-author of the Critical Response Process - a method for getting useful feedback on a performance through facilitated dialogue between the creator and a group of responders.

There will be inputs from others in the field of critical assessment and evaluation.

John Borstel will also facilitate a half-day practical workshop session with delegates and invited others on how to use the Critical Response Process.

Part of the programme will include 5 productions and a work-in-progress from Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as panel discussions and debates. 

The brochure and further details on booking your place will be circulated when all elements have been confirmed.


Music Generation National Seminar - Booking Now Open!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. 9.30 am - 4.00 pm.

Get involved in Music Generation: the U2 and Ireland Funds supported National Music Education Programme. Come along to the seminar to:  

Find out more about Round 2 funding  Share information and learning from Round 1  Find out about developments in Louth, Mayo and Sligo   Network with a wide range of individuals and organisations   Engage in discussion  Get energised about music education in Ireland! 

This seminar is open to anyone interested in music education or simply finding out more about Music Generation - Registration Fee €25.  

Payments to be made to Artscope.  

To book your place now, contact Artscope.   

T: 01 505 9582 E:   


Society for Music Education in Ireland: Annual Conference & Call for Papers

SMEI inaugural annual conference Music Department, University College Cork 11 – 13 November 2011. Keynote Speaker: Phil Mullen, Goldsmiths University London.

Call for papers, poster and workshop proposals which address one or more of the following general areas:

Music learning and teaching Music development Music, community, culture Music education policy Music, education, society Music education and theory

Individual, joint and group submissions welcome. Proposals should be submitted electronically on or before September 15 2011 to Michelle Finnerty at Further details on the conference will be uploaded later on the SMEI website. 


Summer Lunchtime Lecture Series at National Sculpture Factory‘Frequencies III: Art & Publicness’

Every Wednesday from 27 July – 31 August 2011(All lectures begin by 1:05pm and end by 1:50pm so feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee and tea provided)

This year’s ‘Frequencies’ series looks at Art & Publicness. Art and its Public Responsibilities. Creative production in the public realm has always been fraught, now possibly more than ever with greater demands for democratic uniformity, for reflexive community participation, , financial accountability and ‘value’ and with the emphasis more and more frequently placed more on civic responsibilities rather than on creative outcomes or expression. These issues will be discussed by both artists and commissioners alike in this series, through a reading or analysis of their particular creative practices and strategies that leads to new, exciting and creative artistic outcomes.

Wednesday 10 August 2011: Sarah Tuck – Director of CreateReconstructing Artistic Identity through Collaborative Exchange

Wednesday 17 August 2011: Jesse Jones – ArtistCollaborative Knowledge

Wednesday 24 August 2011: Ruairí Ó Cuív – Public Art Manager Dublin City Council - Time and Place – 
 Nurturing artistic creativity in Public Art

Wednesday 31 August 2011: Augustine O’Donoghue – Artist Culture, Resistance and Social Change

For further details on this Lecture Series see:  or contact us at .


Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

Facebook: Mayo Culture Night

Culture Night 2016

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