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 young people, children and education.

 
TitleDescriptionYear:Pages
Early Childhood Arts: Three Perspectives (PDF, 1.18 MB) Following a roundtable discussion involving Irish early childhood arts and education practitioners in October 2012, the Arts Council identified some fundamental steps to be taken at a research level in order to inform policy and provision in the rapidly growing area of early childhood arts. The Arts Council commissioned three independent perspectives: an overview of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) policy and provision in Ireland; a background paper on the role of the arts in early childhood learning and development; and an international perspective on best practice in Early Childhood Arts. 2014115
Review of theatrical presentations of curriculum plays for second-level school audiences (PDF, 3.30 MB) A review of theatrical presentations of curriculum plays for second-level school audiences was conducted on the Arts Council's behalf between February and June 2012. This document comprises a 56-page report on the findings and recommendations of the review process; and associated appendices (50 pages). Contents page and appendices listing are interactive, for ease of access. 201256
Encountering the Arts (PDF, 0.25 MB) A Report on the Encountering the Arts Conference at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, 5 November 2010201036
ART-YOUTH-CULTURE: FYI (PDF, 1.15 MB) Report and Arts Council response to a meeting of young people and policy makers on 27-29 March 2010.201062
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
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
Points of Alignment - The report of the Special Committee on the Arts and Education (PDF, 0.33 MB) A report arising from the Special Committee on the Arts and Education. The committee was established by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, in tandem with the Minister for Education and Science and consisted of nominated representatives from the arts and education sectors with special knowledge of the intersections between the two fields. The report focuses on arts-in-education provision in Ireland and makes five key recommendations to improve such provision. 200872
Summary Guide Points of Alignment - The Report of the Special Committee on the Arts and Education (PDF, 0.08 MB) Summary guide of the full report200811
Arts-in-Education Directory 2007 (PDF, 0.60 MB) A directory of arts organisations working with primary and second level schools in 2007. The directory was compiled from questionnaires sent in March and April 2007 to all organisations and local authorities in receipt of Arts Council revenue funding in 2007, seeking information about their arts-in-education programmes.200787
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
Artists~Schools Guidelines (PDF, 2.60 MB) Artist~Schools practice is a general term for what happens when skilled, professional artists work for and with primary/secondary school pupils in the making, receiving and interpreting of a wide range of arts experiences. The practice can happen within or outside the schools, in all art forms and disciplines and can range from one-off visits, through more extended programmes, to intensive, collaborative projects. The Guidelines are intended to assist artists, arts organisations, schools and all those interested, e.g., early childhood providers, parents, policy-makers, in designing initiatives by setting out characteristics (philosophical and practical) of good practice models; pointing to key issues and questions to be addressed; setting out approaches to planning/implementation/evaluation. 200633
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
Arts in schools 2004 (directory) (PDF, 0.26 MB) A directory of organisations running arts-in-schools programmes in 2004.200488
A policy framework for education, community, outreach (ECO) (PDF, 0.10 MB) 200430
The arts and health handbook (PDF, 1.31 MB) A practical guide2003110