'Welcoming the Stranger' choreographed and directed by Catherine Young, performed in Siamsa Tíre, Tralee. Photograph by Dominick Walsh
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:
Data Reports and Statistics
The Arts Council’s Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy commits to collecting more information about the artists that apply for funding and those that receive funding, and in particular commits to publishing an annual report on gender statistics.
The first of these reports provides data on gender statistics for 2019 individual awards and is available to download here: Individual Awards 2019: Report on Gender Statistics
For Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy enquiries, contact Olwen Dawe, Project Lead (Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy) (email@example.com) or Monica Corcoran, Strategic Development