The review is now underway.The review is timely and necessary. The decade since the 2003 Arts Act consisted of two periods of starkly contrasting fortunes for the arts. First there were five years of remarkable expansion and development with unprecedented levels of investment. The following five years (2008-2013) saw the model so recently developed become increasingly stressed by the severe and sudden contraction in public investment.
The scale of that reduction and its effect on the entire arts ecology have now reached a point where we must take stock, focus on the future, and make whatever policy, structural or funding changes are necessary to achieve the best arts experiences we can for the people of Ireland.
The wider social, cultural and technological changes that have occurred in the past decade, some of which have particular relevance for the arts, will also inform our deliberations.
The review is being overseen by a steering group, chaired independently by Terence O'Rourke. You can see full details of the Steering Group's membership here and its terms of reference here.
Some background documents