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Places Matter, the joint biennial conference series between the Arts Council and Local Government, has been running since 2017. Coming towards its third iteration, it continues to explore and provoke themes of people and places such as, ‘what does it
mean when we invest in the arts’, ‘building inclusion in the arts’ and ‘investing creatively in people and places’.
Places Matter, Investing Creatively in People and Places, will be held in VISUAL in Carlow on 24 and 25 March 2022.
With an overarching theme to explore our common purpose to creatively address the future challenges of people and places, the conference will investigate the role of artists, arts and culture in challenging place based topics such as planning, social
cohesion, climate and environment.
The conference which will be a hybrid programme of key notes, conversations and artistic experiences should be of broad interest to policy makers, state agencies, government departments, elected representatives, local authority management and staff, arts
organisations, artists and community organisations.
Call For Submissions
To ensure the conference can put forward a hybrid programme of key notes, conversations and artistic experiences that will stimulate, provoke, discover and inspire a greater framework of collaboration for people and places, a call out for case
studies, presentations, extracts and interventions is now open.
If you have a project, a programme, an artistic response or research that you think could address one or more of the following questions we would love to hear from you.
How has the impact of the pandemic influenced the importance of the places where we live and their creative potential?
How can we creatively collaborate for a better future for people and places?
What cross sectoral or trans-disciplinary examples of artistic or design interventions could be highlighted and what lessons are being learned?
In both rural places and urban spaces, what are the new provocations of place and identity and how have artists brokered this?
What is the potential role of the arts and the artist in civic conversation around climate adaptation?
Are we adequately availing of our creative resources to better plan for our places?
What does recent research and data tell us about the future of our places?
Who is part of our place based conversations and are all voices included?
Does where we live matter for opportunities to engage in the arts?
What Are We Interested In?
We are interested in a range of engaging ideas from a range of perspectives that explore the conference questions and can be presented and explored in experimental and innovative ways.
We will create a dynamic and novel conference environment that will inspire participants and delegates to work creatively together for people and places.
We are interested in a range of voices including those from communities.
There is potential for different forms of presentation and participation, online and in person; according to the nature of your proposal, we may include you as a presenter, panellist, break out discussion or artistic response or intervention.
The conference will be presented with the lowest carbon footprint possible, please be mindful of this in your submission.
How To Make A Submission
Please submit a short proposal to present, be a case study, hold a conversation or create an artistic response. Your submission should be no more than 3 pages and must include:
Title of presentation/case study
Short description of your proposal.
Short description of how your contribution will fit within the conference theme?
If your proposal is preferred for an in person or an online experience
Name of speaker/s, contributor, artist/s and their bios.
Freelance and other fees will be commensurate with the level of contribution, for example but not limited to:
20-30 min presentation and/or panel discussion €400
1 hour workshop €550
Artist fee for commissioned intervention €1,000 (plus material cost)
Please outline any additional costs related to your proposal, including travel and accommodation if your preference is for in person.
Criteria for selection will be:
Relevance to the themes outlined
Quality and innovation of the idea proposed.
Curatorial balance in the range of perspectives and modes of presentations
Feasibility and available budget
Please submit your proposal by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 5 November 2021 at 5pm
Places Matter conference is a partnership between the Arts Council and the CCMA / Local Authorities Ireland developed under A Framework for Collaboration. To
look back at our previous Places Matter conferences please see 2017 and 2019