Research and publications

As the development agency for the arts, the Arts Council has commissioned, assisted or published many reports and studies that outline how the Council seeks to enrich provision and practice in all the arts, including in the area of arts participation.

 
TitleDescriptionYear:Pages
Arts and Disability (2012-2016) Arts Council Policy and Strategy (PDF, 3.98 MB) The Arts Council's Arts and Disability policy and strategy outlines the Arts Council's support and understanding of arts and disability practice and the make-up of the sector. The policy is built on a set of key values including a commitment to equality and inclusion and recognition of the complexity and diversity of the people and practices involved. The strategy takes a holistic approach with measures designed to mainstream access alongside a series of strategic targeted supports and a programme to build capacity both within the Arts Council and across the arts sector. 201220
Cultural Diversity and the Arts - Language and Meanings (PDF, 2.77 MB) Cultural Diversity and the Arts - Language and Meanings is an edited version of chapter four of Cultural Diversity and the Arts, a section of the research report commissioned by the Arts Council in partnership with the Office of the Minister for Integration / National Action Plan against Racism (nPar). The pamphlet is intended as a resource for the arts sector and the diverse publics with which it works or wishes to work.2010N/A
Shift in Perspective - an arts and disabilty resource pack (PDF, 1.43 MB) This resource pack is the result of a partnership between the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Mayo County Council, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and South Tipperary County Council. It grew out of the partner organisations' work to develop innovative approaches in high-quality contemporary arts and disability practice, and to make arts venues more accessible to artists and audiences with disabilities. 201043
Cultural diversity and the arts - policy and strategy (PDF, 0.08 MB) The Arts Council has developed this policy and strategy for cultural diversity in the arts in order to inform its work over the coming years and to support the wider arts sector in developing its thinking and practice20108
Touring policy 2010 to 2015 (, ) The Arts Council has adopted a new policy for touring, to be delivered over the six year period 2010-2015. 20092
Guidelines for taking and using images of children and young people in the arts sector (PDF, 0.54 MB) The guidelines are intended to provide support and guidance to arts organisations and artists working as arts practitioners, facilitators or tutors making, recording and using images of children and young people.200916
Solo practitioner code of practice for working with children and young people (PDF, 0.45 MB) The code is intended to provide support and guidance to artists working in a solo capacity as practitioners, facilitators or tutors with children and young people.200916
Vital Signs - Points of View (PDF, 0.31 MB) Points of View is a series of opinion pieces about arts and health practice that was commissioned as part of Vital Signs: Arts and Health in Context. Vital Signs was a programme of arts and health events, which took place in October 2009. The programme included a national conference in Dublin, an exhibition of work that took place in a range of a range of gallery and health-related settings in Dublin 8, and the Points of View opinion piece series. The Vital Signs programme and the Points of View series in particular, aimed to provoke greater discussion, critical reflection and response, within the arts and health sectors. Vital Signs was an Arts Council initiative delivered in partnership with Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. 200925
Cultural diversity and the arts research project: Towards the development of an Arts Council policy and action plan (PDF, 0.52 MB) This report forms part of the documentation on Cultural Diversity and the Arts, prepared under the Cultural Diversity Research Project: Towards the development of an Arts Council policy and action plan.200974
Arts, Education and Other Learning Settings. A Research Digest. (PDF, 0.39 MB) This report contains a digest of information on 72 research reports published in relation to the arts in education in Ireland between 1979 and mid-2007, as well as more detailed summaries of 14 of these reports. 2008134
Guidelines for the protection and welfare of children and young people in the arts sector (PDF, 0.63 MB) The guidelines have been devised to assist those in the arts sector in the development of their own individual child protection and welfare policies and procedures. The document can be used as a template and contains ‘best practice’ elements which should be included in any child protection policy and procedures. The guidelines include: policy statement on child protection and welfare; code of behaviour; reporting procedures; confidentiality statement; recruiting and selecting staff; managing and supervising staff; involvement of primary carers; dealing with allegations against staff; complaints and comments procedures; accidents procedures.200642
The Role of Narrative in Healthcare (, 0.15 MB) This report, by Dr Muiris Houston, examines the role of narrative in healthcare. It comprises a literature review of the area of patient narrative, interviews with experts in the area and presents examples of patient narratives. The work has been commissioned by the Arts Council in order to identify the importance, differences and implications for health of how patients present their illnesses to doctors200657
The public and the arts 2006 (PDF, 2.22 MB) A study commissioned by the Arts Council to provide up-to-date information on the behaviour and attitudes of Irish people to the arts. The study was undertaken by Hibernian Consulting with Martin Drury independent arts consultant in 2006 and it draws on a survey of 1,210 people at 100 locations around Ireland. The study looks at what people think about the arts, and their behaviour in relation to attendance, participation, and consumption of the arts. 2006156
The public and the arts 2006: executive summary (PDF, 0.44 MB) An executive summary of the study commissioned by the Arts Council to provide up-to-date information on the behaviour and attitudes of Irish people to the arts. The study looks at what people think about the arts, and their behaviour in relation to attendance, participation, and consumption of the arts.200624
Partnership for the Arts in practice 2006-2008/Comhpháirtíocht ar son na nEalaíon cleachtais 2006-2008 (PDF, 0.31 MB) 2005100
The participation of young people in the arts in Ireland (PDF, 0.09 MB) A proposed policy and action plan for the period of the third arts plan200532
Art is not a luxury but a necessity (, 0.03 MB) Keynote speaker notes by Semir Zeki from one of the four keynote sessions at the Arts and Health Conference, which each addressed the question 'how do the arts change the healthcare experience?' 20042
Swansongs (, 0.03 MB) Keynote speaker notes by Paul Robertson and John Zeisel from one of the four keynote sessions at the Arts and Health Conference, which each addressed the question 'how do the arts change the healthcare experience?' 20045
Soundings (, 0.05 MB) An essay, by Paul Roe, commissioned by the Arts Council for The Arts and Health Conference, Dublin Castle, Ireland, 24-26 June 2004 200416
Art and Health (, 0.04 MB) An essay, by Grant Watson, commissioned by the Arts Council for The Arts and Health Conference, Dublin Castle, Ireland, 24-26 June 2004 200415