The Umbrella Project by Rhona Byrne, commissioned by Fire Station Artists’ Studios and supported by Dublin City Council.
Places Matter: What happens when we invest in the arts?
This inaugural national conference is the first in a planned biennial series being held under the auspices of the new Arts Council / Local Government agreement A Framework for Collaboration (PDF, 1.5MB). The conference addresses the societal benefits from state expenditure on the arts and explores the role of the arts in building cohesive and sustainable communities. Following the centenary year, when cultural expression and citizenship were critical to the national response and programming of the commemorations, the conference has placed our cultural future at the heart of its focus.
The conference includes key note presentations on cultural value from Prof Geoffrey Crossick and Prof John O’Hagan and contributions from Dr Emer Smyth, Head of Social Research at the ESRI, Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO and Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbanism, at Architecture and Design, Scotland. The conference will be chaired by Dr Frances Ruane, an Irish academic economist and former director of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Dublin, Ireland 2006−2015.
Case studies that demonstrate what happens when we invest in the arts will provide an inspirational feature of the conference and Emmet Kirwan, actor, writer and social observer will contribute in his own inimitable style.
Registration is closed.
To download a copy of the conference programme - please click here (PDF, 0.97 MB).