The Arts Council and Local Government will jointly host its second biennial conference, Places Matter, on 27 and 28 March 2019 in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway.
The conference will be of interest to public and civil servants, artists, arts organisations, politicians, academics and anyone interested in improving how we build inclusion in the arts based on the principles of inclusivity and equality.
Our population has increased by 70% from 1961 to almost €5 million in 2016 and today the 535,475 non-Irish people living in Ireland come from 200 different nations and 13.5% of us live with a disability. The Government estimates that in the next 20 years our population is set to grow by a further million people. The conference will address the theme of Ireland’s rapidly changing demographic and ask; how we are collectively responding in growing and diversifying our audiences and the artists that we work with.
WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH
13.30-16.00 — OF/BY/FOR ALLWorkshop with Nina Simon
, Director of Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. A free event for leaders in Irish arts organisations, venues and local authorities
The Cube and Stage, NUI Galway
18.00-20.00 — Launch of the Arts Council Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy
and screening of short films illustrating diversity and equality
Pálás Cinema, Galway
THURSDAY 28 MARCH
BAILEY ALLEN HALL, NUI GALWAY
09:15 — Arrival and registration
10:20 — Welcome from the Arts Council and County and City Management Association.
Orlaith McBride (Director, Arts Council) and
Ann Doherty (Chief Executive, Cork City Council)
10:35 — Introduction by Conference Chair
Dr Ronit Lentin
10:45 — Nina Simon, Director Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
The story of a struggling cultural facility and its transformation into a dynamic community institution, deepening and diversifying its offering and its audiences and how the OF/BY/FOR ALL global movement aims to increase relevance and sustainability
11:30 — Denise Chaila
| artistic intervention
11:40 — Break
11:55 — Abid Hussain, Director of Diversity, Arts Council England
Making the creative case for diversity; policies and programmes that have made a significant impact to diversifying the arts and cultural landscape in England
12:15 — A conversation on the creative case for diversity
moderated by Dr. Ronit Lentin.
4 x 5 minute provocations followed by panel discussion:
- Lorraine Maher | activist
- Nita Mishra | poet
- Rosaleen McDonagh | playwright
- Kunle Animashaun | academic and theatre practitioner
- Abid Hussain | Director of Diversity, Arts Council England
13:05 — GloryAnumudu and
Theo | young Irish voices
13:20 — Lunch
That's Life present In Flow, a project combining Javanese Gamelan, improvisation and electronic music.
This ensemble from Galway has been working for the past year composing and developing a new approach to using improvisation on Gamelan in collaboration with facilitator and jazz musician Aengus Hackett.
In Flow is supported by the Arts Council, Galway City Arts Office and That's Life. A 20 minute performance will take place over lunch.
14:15 — Rusangano Family | artistic intervention
14:30 — Dr William Schabas
The place for equality, human rights and diversity in our everyday places, cultural expressions, communities and conscience
14:50 — A conversation on making a difference
moderated by Dr. Ronit Lentin
5 x 5 minute provocations followed by panel discussion with:
- Dr. Zoe O'Reilly
- Una Carmody
| cultural consultant
- Helen Marriage
| Creative Director Galway 2020
- Melatu Uche Okorie | author
This Hostel Life
- God Knows |
musician and tutor
15:50 — Conference sum up Ronit Lentin and Orlaith McBride
The conference is free to attend for artists and students..
The fee for professionals is €80 plus booking fee.
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