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New strategic overview from Arts Council Ireland

Developing the Arts in Ireland: Arts Council Strategic Overview 2011 – 2013 


Temple Lane Recording Studios in Dublin

We feel that it is in all our interests to help musicians, and artists to counter-act the recession. Following a meeting with all our studios we would like to offer a 30% discount to all your members.

Temple Lane Recording Studios comprises of Sun, Apollo, and Elektra studios, all located in Temple Bar, Dublin. Also Grouse Lodge Studios, in Moate Co Westmeath.

Michael Jackson, Muse, Rihanna, Snow Patrol, and REM are just a few of the many names that have recorded with us over the past 25years.

You can find more information about our studios online at and , or feel free to call or email us.


Custom framing service on offer to Artists


ASNI. Artist Studio Network Ireland

Aims and priorities of ASNI

Establish itself as a collective voice for studio providers

Position itself as a principal source of information, advice and support on all aspects of artists’ studio provision

Advocate and lobby for better working conditions on behalf of the visual arts studio workspace sector

ASNI aims to be an all island studio network supporting artists workspace in rural, urban and international locations

Building on the number of member studios is a priority for ASNI. As the range and diversity of ASNI members grow, the greater its mandate to speak and act on behalf of artists studios and to represent the concerns of studio providers.

Benefits of membership

Be part of an all island network of affordable studio providers

Add your support to ASNI campaigns in favor of studio provision

Access to information and resources

Listing in the online Directory of studio members

Opportunity to participate in decision-making

Voting rights at the ASNI AGM

Criteria for membership

Provide studio accommodation for visual artists

Offer these spaces at an affordable rent to artists in need; i.e. those who are unable to afford to rent workspace on the open market in addition to somewhere to live.

Provide these spaces wholly or substantially for the purpose of creative art practice and the production of art works and cultural meaning in visual and other related languages.

Be not for profit and be able to demonstrate a commitment to affordability and the ongoing support of visual arts practice.

Be of benefit to the public by encouraging and supporting art practice that ultimately engages with the public, or sections of the public, through Open Studio events, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, residencies, teaching, community activities or otherwise.

Support equality of opportunity and be working towards sustainability, accessibility and diversity in their organizational structure, studio provision and other related activities.

Annual membership of ASNI

Unfunded Studios     €20          Funded Studios         €50         Individual Artists      €20.

Payment account details; Artist Studio Network Ireland (ASNI), Address: AIB, 37 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. Account No. 14017092. Sort Code: 93-11-36

Postal address.Artist Studio Network Ireland. Studio 9, c/o Broadstone Studios. 36-40 Upr. Dominic Street. Dublin 7.


Invitation to join Breaking Tunes - a project of First Music Contact

We are getting in touch to let you about Ireland's only dedicated Irish music showcase site

Breaking Tunes is a free online music portal for Irish bands and artists aimed at and sent to the greater music industry and fans every month.

Register as industry here for regular updates and to browse the site.


Production for Arts Events: A PLANNING CHECKLIST

First time events organisers and those wishing to produce more ambitious events – this new guide from Voluntary Arts Ireland will help you plan the logistics of putting on your event; whether a theatre piece, exhibition or arts festival. Find at  (38 pages)Author: Brenda Kent, Voluntary Arts Ireland, 2009

Supported by: Production Services Ireland for technical support and sponsorship Use this guide to think through your event step by step. If you need any further guidance, Voluntary Arts Ireland is happy to help with planning and Production Services Ireland with technical advice.

Further information: – 028 / 048 4483 9327 / www.vaireland.orgRead the Event Planning Guide at


The Ireland Funds’ Philanthropy and Fundraising Toolkit

The Toolkit is an essential practical guide to fundraising and philanthropy for any non-profit. It looks at many key areas such as: board development, running a successful campaign, the 4 fundraising steps: research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, how to run successful meetings, collaborating and merging with other non profits, how to approach companies for CSR support, how to build a brand for your nonprofit, how to write a case statement, and lots more.  It steps out practical and feasible tips for ensuring your non-profit can survive and thrive during these uncertain times.  The toolkit contains 5 main sections, 4 focus inserts, actions plans, useful tips and lots more. If you wish to purchase a copy of  The Toolkit, please click on the following link  or contact Nicki at (01)6627878 or


Guidelines for Good Practice for Participatory Arts in Healthcare Contexts

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust and the Health Service Executive South (Cork) Arts and Health Programme, with financial support from the Arts Council, recently published Guidelines for Good Practice for Participatory Arts in Healthcare Contexts, which were produced by the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University.

The Guidelines are designed to present clear, concise and user-friendly direction to those working in the area of participatory arts in healthcare contexts. The partnership of arts and health can bring new challenges to artists, healthcare professionals, clients and those working in the health-related community and voluntary sector, and it is hoped that these guidelines will help successfully negotiate these partnerships.

The Guidelines were developed through consultation with those currently working in the field of arts and health. They can be downloaded from  and/or–_New_Guidelines.html

Those of you working in the field of arts and health are invited to take time to consider and interpret the Guidelines in the context of your own practice, and send feedback by the 31 October 2010. The Guidelines will be reviewed in the light of feedback received.

Further information

Contact the Waterford Healing Arts Trust at 051 842664 or email

or the HSE South (Cork) Arts and Health Programme at 086 7872061/021 4923136 or email


Artist in the Community Scheme: Four Essays

A new publication from Create and the Arts Council highlights the exciting practice of artists working with diverse communities.

In the publication, Artist in the Community Scheme: Four Essays, artists - Rhona Byrne, Susan Gogan, Declan Gorman and Ríonach Ní Néill, describe their collaboration with communities of interest and place, and document the work produced through the Artist in the Community Scheme, which Create manages on behalf of the Arts Council.

The book shows how the Scheme has become a key mechanism through which collaborative arts is now understood as a vibrant and dynamic contemporary art practice.

Further information

The publication is free - to order a copy call Create on +353 1 4736600

More information on the Artist in the Community Scheme:


Young People, Creative Action and Social Change - Now available to download!!

This is an important piece of research, commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland’s Arts Programme. Through a specific sample group and through focused questions, Anna Fiona Keogh (researcher) has tried to follow the sometimes faint, often mercurial line of young people’s engagement with an art form. We have tried to ascertain (in as much as we can ever quantify these things) what is unique and special about youth arts, what exactly happens in the life of a young person when they engage with an art form and what begins to happen in their creative and imaginative processes. We don’t suggest that this research is exhaustive or conclusive, but it maps a patch of ground in the landscape.

The study involved conducting in-depth research with approximately 50 young people, between the ages of 10 and 18, involved in five youth arts projects or programmes. The projects were selected on a number of criteria including diverse art forms and geographical location. Also, we aimed for a sample which reflects the views of young people from different social backgrounds.

Download the research at


Visual Artist's Ireland launches Social Networking site for Visual Artists

Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) has launched a new social networking site for the visual arts – Visual Artists Ireland has been helping professional visual artists since 1980 with an ever widening group of services. Following discussion and research, VAI wished to supply a further level of public service to the visual arts. Noting the benefits of social networking sites for increasing a person's circle of contacts and connecting users to familiar and new people through mutual acquaintances and common interests, VAI created The Common Room Social Network for the Visual Arts.With forums, blogs, image & video galleries, special interest group creation, and links to other networking sites such as Twitter, provides a convenient one stop area for people working in the visual arts to keep in contact, as well as providing a free platform for presentation, discussion and group support.


New website for CCP Ireland

Cultural contact points have been established in the Member States and in most of the other countries taking part in the programme. They are responsible for promoting the programme, facilitating the participation of as many cultural professionals as possible, ensuring an exchange of information with national cultural institutions, maintaining contact between the participants in the various Community programmes and a link with the other sources of information on the various Community programmes. CCP Ireland has just updated it's website - see more at


Chrysalis Arts UK (worked on Kilkenny Woodstock Project in 2009) Launches Sustainable Approach to Public Art: FREE GUIDELINES

The first ever set of FREE guidelines to help artists and commissioners embrace the sustainable as well as the artistic impact of their work has been launched by Chrysalis Arts , a public art, training and development agency based in rural North Yorkshire.

Public Art Sustainability Assessment (PASA for short) is a free interactive assessment tool available from which aims to promote sustainable practice in public art to artists and commissioners and has been developed to assist Chrysalis Arts in the process of analysing and evaluating projects that they are involved in.

Kate Maddison, Director at Chrysalis Arts comments:” “ When we set out to discover how to address sustainability within our public art practice, we were dismayed to find so little information to guide us. This prompted us to take the first step and start the process of establishing our own method of working sustainably. What we found interested us greatly because it threw the spot-light on issues that are relevant to others involved in commissioning and creating public art and beyond that to the way society values sustainability.”

“ Art has an ability to reflect and potentially influence our behaviour and public art is by its nature in the public eye. Chrysalis Arts believes it has a role to play in promoting responsible behaviour in this context. It soon became clear that we needed to disseminate this information widely, as the issues need to be dealt with by everyone involved in the process of planning, commissioning and implementing public art.”

The online interactive checklist is easy to use and covers the key issues which surround sustainable practice in public art. This checklist is supported by full guidelines and useful case studies.

To use the free PASA checklist and download the guidelines please visit and register at .  Registered users can answer questions about their art activity or project online and when the checklist is completed, they can download their answers as a pdf document.

PASA has been created for artists and creative practitioners as well as public art organisations, local authorities, developers, commissioners, funders, architects, landscape architects, engineers, contractors, communities, schools and anyone else who may be involved in the commissioning, development, creation, maintenance and decommissioning of public art at different scales and in different contexts.

Chrysalis Arts have developed PASA in consultation with a wide range of partners – including artists and arts organisations, local authority officers, specialists from higher education establishments and environmental consultants Gaia Research, as well as looking to government sources and other creative practitioners such as architects for guidance on sustainable principles and practice.

“While artistic considerations should be foremost in creating public art, there is no reason why artists cannot embrace sustainable principles in the way in which they conceive and implement their ideas, as long as this is supported through the funding and commissioning process… “Kate Maddison. 

Chrysalis Arts view PASA as very much the starting point in the debate around public art practice and sustainability, and hope that by throwing the debate open to others, the result in the long term will be a more sustainable way of working.

For more press information and images contact Jane Redfern PR tel 01845 526720 / 07724 131179 email   / to speak to Kate Maddison, Chrysalis Arts / email


Ireland: Launch of Plein Air Painters Community Site

PLEIN EIRE, a website for plein air painters in Ireland has been launched. For information on outdoor painting, equipment, paint outs and to make new friends and keep in touch, sign up. Free.Contact Name: Tony RobinsonVenue Address: http://pleineire.ning.comEmail: info@artintheopen.orgWebsite:


Professional Photo/Video Documentation for Artists

Professional, high quality and economical photographic and video documentation is now availabe at a special, discounted rate for artists by the award winning lens-based media artist Mike Hannon. Mike has many years of expertise in photography and video, as an artist in his own right and in the provision of documentation for others’ projects. He understands that artists often require top quality documentation of their work for websites, applications and catalogues, but that this may not always be economically viable. He is offering a heavily discounted rate for individuals working in the visual arts.

Please see for examples of his work, and to contact him for a quote.

087 678 2962



Have Your Artists Books and Monographs Listed in the VAN

The Visual Artists News Sheet runs regular listings of artists books and monographs – in order to assist artists with distribution and publicity for their publications.

If you are an artist and have recently produced (in the last 12 months) a monographic publication, simply email the following details to – date of publication; title; dimensions; number of pages; format (eg: spiral, stitched perfect bound, hard-back / soft-back etc.); list of contributors; ISBN number (if relevant); short description (two or three lines).


New Irish Internet TV - An Làr TV

An Làr TV is a new Irish Internet TV channel, broadcasting 24/7 over the internet. As the name suggests, An Làr TV is about all things Irish. The programme schedule reflects that. Communities, groups and individuals around the country are invited to engage with An Làr TV, using the channel as a platform to educate, entertain and inform.

An Làr TV has produced a documentary called “Civil Partnership and Pride 2010 – We are family too”. Made with co-operation from the LGBTQ community in Ireland, this ground breaking documentary explores new Irish legislation on Civil Partnership and its impact on families, from legal and personal perspectives. The documentary includes extensive coverage of the LGBTQ Pride Festival held in Dublin in June 2010.

“Civil Partnership and Pride 2010 – We are family too”  is currently being broadcast on An Làr TV daily, at 9am, 1pm, 7pm and 9pm (GMT). An Làr TV would recommend viewing for anyone with an interest in the Pride Festival or Civil Partnership - the channel can be found at, or

An Làr TV is currently calling for submissions from groups and individuals. If you are interested in making a show, please contact Susanne Carpenter at


Advice from the Wheel on cost cutting measures and making ends meet during the recession

The devastating effects of this recession on all aspects of Irish society need no introduction. However, tough as times undoubtedly are, there are still a number of practical steps that all non-profit organisations can introduce to alleviate the strain on operations.

Practical Steps for Cutting Costs:

Staffing costs - while staff working in non-profit organisations are not usually highly paid in general, staff costs tend to be our largest expense. If times are really hard and you are considering having to consider redundancies, perhaps you could consider some alternative ways of reducing staff costs e.g. pay cuts (heavier at the top than at the bottom, and voluntary), short term working, shorter hours etc. 

Fundraising costs – can they be reduced or should they be increased to do more of what you are doing at present or something different to bring in more funds? Do you always do the same things? Is your message dated?

Service providers - your costs with various service providers (e.g. utility companies etc) may be limited, but there still may be some worthwhile savings to be obtained by reviewing offerings for utilities and rent, bank charges etc.

Mergers - could you merge your organisation with another and save funds? If so, this may be an excellent route, but it is a longer term option, not a short-term fix.

Back-office services - a less ambitious target and one which might be a stepping stone to longer term merger would be to merge back-office services – accounting/admin support etc.

Further information 

This article comprises edited highlights of a full article which can be read at


Visual Artists Ireland Student Pack

A resource pack for visual and applied art students and recent graduates.

This pack has been put together for the benefit of visual and applied arts students and recent graduates making the transition into professional  practice in Ireland.  With more visual and applied arts courses available than ever before, the number of aspiring artists continues to grow. The visual arts attract many talented and creative people so the sector can be very competitive.

This pack is intended to give students and recent graduates an idea of the practical areas they will need to consider and the options open to them following graduation.

Your qualification is just your first step to becoming a professional artist.

You can download the VAI Student Pack on our website here:


Shift in Perspective - an arts and disability resource pack

The resource pack is designed to assist arts organisations to develop innovative approaches in high-quality contemporary arts and disability practice and to make their events more accessible to artists and audiences with disabilities. The pack has been put together by a partnership group, which includes the Arts Council, Arts and Disability Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Mayo County Council and South Tipperary County Council


Na Píobairí Uilleann launches a new on-line resource

Na Píobairí Uilleann launched a new extensive on-line resource entitled SOURCE this month.  SOURCE provides access to an underlying digital media database comprising thousands of video clips of the best of Irish traditional music built up from our monthly recital series over the last five years. SOURCE also provides a new platform for our instructional tutor video series covering beginner, intermediate and advanced tunes. Other material includes selections from their audio and photo archive including thousands of high quality photographs of classic instruments. Also available are the Irish Music Collections On-line (IMCO) Galleries consisting of over 1,600 pieces of music from 24 significant historical music collections dating from as early as 1724. These tune collections have been transcribed by Na Píobairí Uilleann from the originals and are available to review or listen to using the freeware Sibelius Scorch player. In deploying the site they also took the opportunity to merge some of their existing web based resources such as their on-line library into the SOURCE.Further information


Irish Music Education

An exciting new initiative for the music education community – Irish Music Education ( IME is an innovative resource for the music education community in Ireland that has been set up to connect the diverse strands of music education in Ireland, foster the exchange of ideas, knowledge, resources and expertise and be a flexible resource that can respond to the emerging support needs of research and practice in music education.

IME is most importantly a ‘doing’ organisation. Its strength will be driven by its participants. Through wide ranging activities as the interactive website, monthly lead articles, practice group, reading group, voicing conference and mapping music project, this initiative aims to connect the diverse aspects of music education, whether it is practice or research, formal or informal, based in school, studio, university, cultural organisation or wider community, and with people of whatever age or professional level within a multitude of music genres.

Go to to get involved, find out more and be a part of this new departure for Irish music education. Please circulate this email and flyer to ensure maximum access and participation to this resource.


New eBook: Playing the Baroque Harpsichord

Bray Baroque has now launched this new eBook, recently written in Ireland. A review is to appear shortly in a British magazine. Full details on the book\'s webpage  Contact Tel.: 012764713Email: dvc@braybaroque.ieWebsite: Admission Fee: €9.90


Fáilte Ireland - traditional arts promotional opportunity

Fáilte Ireland are now actively collecting information for their promotional use, on traditional Irish music, song, dance and other events, venues, ‘Learn to’ courses (for traditional music, song and dance) and on pubs participating in a traditional Irish music session or performance programme. Using this information, Fáilte Ireland are planning to increase their promotional profiling of traditional Irish arts events and programmes via the new Discover Ireland consumer website and through other appropriate channels.

If there are any traditional Irish events, venues or activities which you would like to see featured, this information can be submitted through the new data collection website at For the avoidance of duplication, Fáilte Ireland are also working closely with other appropriate organisations as well as the Arts Council e.g. Comhaltas, County Arts Officers, the Irish Vintners Federation etc

The deadline for submitting information, via the website, is Friday, February 4, 2011. There are no fees involved in submitting the information or in Fáilte Ireland profiling it. 


Work Plan for Culture 2011 – 2014

The European Union’s Council of Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Ministers adopted the Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014 during their meeting on 18-19 November in Brussels.

This plan sets up 6 priority areas.

Priority area A: Cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and accessible and inclusive culture.Priority area B: Cultural and creative industries.Priority area C: Skills and mobility.Priority area D: Cultural heritage, including mobility of collections.Priority area E: Culture in external relations.Priority area F: Culture statistics.

Further information

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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