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New Site Goes Live

The new is the space for artists promoting their work with children and young people. It provides a platform for artists to share all their work and give it greater visibility.

The new site offers increased functionality, the new member profiles and project profiles, pages with improved search capacity  and the new design will make it easier to see and demonstrate best practice, highlighting the work in a more appealing and visual way. In addition, new areas will allow members to select and feature projects. Members will also be able to track projects and also ‘follow’ and contact other members. Check out to see the new site


The Waterford Healing Arts Trust has been busy working with Create the national development agency for collaborative arts, in developing a new independent national Arts and Health website. The development phase of the website is funded is by the Arts Council.

The new website will be launched in September 2011 and will provide a resource and focal point for the Arts and Health sector, providing information, support, advice and news, and generating discussion between artists, arts organisations, health service users, carers, healthcare professionals and others interested in the dynamic area of Arts and Health in Ireland.


Arm yourself with a funding toolkit

Arts and Business offer a free fundraising toolkit for download from their website. The kit includes averything from the basic essentials that you need to know; like tips from industry experts and links to online funding opportunities.There are even useful case studies and examples of modern organisations using the toolkit to good effect.To download your own fundraising toolkit visit the arts and business website  


Join the ‘we are more’ campaign

Do you still believe in the power of culture?

ECF does. And we are now calling on you to actively join the we are more campaign.

An initiative of Culture Action Europe in partnership with ECF.

In July, the European Commission will officially launch its discussions on how much will be spent on culture in the next EU budget. They will also be questioning the shape and content of the EU Culture Programme

The resulting decisions by national governments and EU policymakers will influence the next ten years of support for cultural activities. It will directly affect everyone who lives in Europe.

Currently, direct support for arts and culture represents 0.05% of the total EU budget.

we  are more believes this does not properly reflect the importance of arts and culture in the development of all European societies. We seek increased support for culture in the next EU budget.

We cannot wait another decade. We need as many signatures as possible before July to have our voices heard by governments and policymakers. Make a difference by actively supporting we are more!

Read more about the goals of the campaign at

General enquiries: Jeske van Vossen Press enquiries: Mascha Ihwe


Social Media Tip: 5 Ways to Promote Your Offline Event Using Social Media

Promote your event with some smart social media marketing. Here are five ways you can maximize exposure of your event using online tools. If you don't have the time or resources to use all of these tools, using one of two of them can also be very effective.

1. Put it on YouTube:Recent findings show that video content is the most effective way of reaching your audience. If you have some home-made videos of previous events you have run, post it up on YouTube and Facebook. If you don't, make sure you video some short clips of your event on the day as these will allow people who were not able to make it feel connected and will be more likely to attend future events. Having this content will also give you something to use to help promte your event next year.

2. Use Flickr:Everyone loves seeing photos of themselves (as long as they’re flattering). By posting photos of your event on Flickr and tagging them with people’s names, you can generate interest in your event from the people who attended and those who follow them on various social media channels.

3. Put it on Facebook:You can also post the photos and tag them on Facebook. The added benefit of doing so on Facebook is that when you tag someone, it appears on their wall. Anyone who is a friend of someone you tagged can see the photo. The idea is that it will lead them to want to learn more about the event (because hey, they want their photo put on Facebook from a cool local event too). Note that you’ll only be able to tag people that you’re connected to.If your event or company has a Facebook Page, you can include highlights from the event, like quotes from keynotes, activities, awards or even faux pas from speakers.

4. Tweet the event:Don’t overlook the best real-time tool in social media for your event. Sending tweets out to your followers is a great way to keep everyone updated on what’s happening. Twitter is a great tool for connecting people online and offline to your event.

5. Use hashtags:The easiest way to track tweets and other mentions of your events on social media platforms is to ask all participants to use a # with a designated keyword or phrase when discussing it.

For example, Voluntary Arts Ireland used the hashtag #ArtsHustingsNI to help track all mentions of the recent Arts Hustings event we helped organise in Belfast . For those unable to attend, following the hashtag was a great way to stay updated and to join the debateIf you are running a small event and would like some guidance on how best to use social media to help promote it get in touch with us. Alternatively if you have any feedback on this tip, or suggestions for future social media tip's, you can email us at


Visual Artists Ireland Launches New Online Events and Deadlines Calendar

Visual Artists Ireland launched today a new events and deadlines calendar feature in its comprehensive guide to what’s on in the Visual Arts in Ireland.The new calendar features details on forthcoming deadlines, visual art exhibitions, events, festivals, talks and conferences across Ireland.  The calendar is broken down across regions, and provides details of exhibitions openings and what’s on across Ireland on a day to day basis.The feature is yet another free service provided by Visual Artists Ireland to increase awareness of the visual arts across Ireland .Visual Artists Ireland’s information is also available through Twitter (@VisArtsIreland), Facebook (Visual Artists Ireland), an eMailing list, and Newsfeeds so that people can easily find out what is going on around the country.



Culturefox is a new Irish cultural events website and app which functions globally on PCs and all mobile phone platforms. It is extremely user friendly and is aimed to appeal to individuals and families, across all age groups. Culturefox has been designed to recognise that trends show that tourists are increasingly travelling with a 'cultural experience' in mind, that they are taking more frequent, shorter breaks and that they want instant information on the move which they can view at with ease. They also want to be able to go to a single reliable and authoritative source and that is our ambition for Culturefox. In practical terms, Culturefox now replaces the What’s on Guide, which the Arts Council has managed to date. What this means for your organisation is that we now require you upload details of your events and activities onto the Culturefox site, for which a guideline manual is attached. The success of this site is dependent upon your co-operation; upon the systematic uploading of all your events so that we can make sure the guide is comprehensive. A user handbook with details of how to do this is attached. In order to ensure consistency and that the site becomes the most comprehensive available, I would ask you to bring it to the attention of the person who is responsible for marketing and promoting the activities of your organisation, so that they can now use it as a resource in this regard. You might find it useful to log onto the prelaunch address and the mobile site is: for an initial review of the website. The official launch date is 1 June, details of which will follow.


Ideias do Levante

Ideias do Levante - Lagoa's Cultural Association (Algarve, Portugal) and Crowntek, Lda. (Algarve, Portugal) are proud to announce that (an international choral classifieds and links directory Web site) is online!

The idea behind is to provide an online meeting place where people could exchange information regarding Choral Music via a modular online platform. Through, members will be able to post ads/links (related to Choral Music) regarding: Choirs, Performances, Organizations, Education, Choral related Market, Employment, Web, Conductors, Vocal, Soloists, Composers, Accompanists, etc.

We would like to invite you to visit at and post/share your Choral related ads/links.

Please feel free to leave any comment(s)/suggestion(s) at's "Contact" page.

This Web project was created by Crowntek, Lda. ( ) in a partnership with Ideias do Levante ( regarding a mutual agreement of IT development for cultural purposes.


NEW WEBSITE - has been developed to promote a wide range of ‘rain free’ activities in Ireland, the site also promotes special offers and has an online reservation system.

Simply create an account, add a description of your business and the workshops you offer, add your website details and even upload a photo for FREE!

Enquiries Contact:

Christina Swift  


Mobile: 0852114418


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


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, 2009Supported by: Production Services Ireland for technical support and sponsorship 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


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.

Telephone: 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


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




Literature for instrumental music teaching to download from the internet

Our instrumental music teaching method for beginners to advanced has many advantages. Just to explain a couple:

1. RUGERI offers the most detailed search machine for sheet music to match the students skills.

- On our homepage,, you may flip through

  more than 20,000 teaching pieces until you find what you are

  looking for, free of charge!

2. RUGERI offers the perfect possibility to diagnose the student's progress, thanks to automatically recorded downloading of music pieces being designated to each student.

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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