Exit 15, a partnership between Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Voluntary Arts Ireland, funded by the Arts Council‘s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme. Photo by Rachel Burke.
In 2019, we published our Equality, Human Rights and Diversity (EHRD) Policy and Strategy, designed to build on a range of existing Arts Council work areas, including an Arts and Disability policy,
a Cultural Diversity and the Arts policy and a Dignity at Work policy.
Arts Council Director Maureen Kennelly and artist Amanda Coogan outline the policy’s key areas
As the agency tasked with the development of the arts in Ireland, it is crucial that the Arts Council takes a proactive and focused approach to guaranteeing a basic human right: ensuring that everyone who lives in Ireland has the opportunity to engage
with, and participate in the arts.
In publishing our Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy and Strategy we have committed to taking actions over the course of the coming years to actively deepen our understanding of inequalities in the arts and develop substantive ways to address
We recognise that our policy must be embedded from the outset in our own institutional structure and practice and we will work towards ensuring that our board, staff, advisers and panellists, best reflect and represent the diversity of contemporary Ireland.
Diversity is a core organisational value in the Arts Council’s 10-year strategy to 2025, Making Great Art Work, centred on respecting
diversity of artistic practice, of public engagement, and of social and cultural traditions. This core value attests to the organisation’s commitment to and appreciation of the value of diversity.
Read the full policy here: Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy 2019.
A condensed version of the policy is available in the following languages:
Research and resources
Our research and resources page outlines key initiatives and reports conducted in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion, which you can access here: Research and Resources.
Each year, we publish statistical information on individuals applying for and receiving Arts Council funding, broken down by gender, disability and ethnicity / cultural background. Read more about first annual report here: Diversity and Awards 2020.
For Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy enquiries, contact: