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Sunday Miscellany Recording

Some interesting insights into the impact of the arts were explored on a special Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio1 on Sunday 12th December at 9.15am. It was recorded live at a recent conference marking 25 years of local arts development in the Irish World Academy in Limerick. A podcast from the programme is available on http://www.rte.ie/radio1/sundaymiscellany/
In particular, Kay Sheehy, the first Arts Officer to be appointed in Ireland, spoke of her time with Clare County Council and one particular programme she was involved with.

The conference is featured on http://www.platformireland.ie arts channel, Irelands first audio-visual weekly Local Authority arts news service. The feature has interviews with some of the key contributors in the 25:25 Conference which looked at the role of the arts and culture in achieving local economic and social development objectives.

Press Release : Marking 25 years of Local Arts Development

In June 1985 the first County Arts Officer was appointed to Clare County Council, marking the beginning of a new relationship between the Arts Council and local authorities in promoting and developing the arts at local level.

There are many who would argue that this single strategic initiative has provided the main impetus for the transformation of the cultural landscape of Ireland over the intervening years. Since the 1990s particularly, local authorities have led the development of a number of new arts venues around the country, supported through the central government capital support schemes CDIS, Access I and Access II. New arts legislation introduced in 2003, The Arts Act 2003, requires each local authority to prepare and implement plans for the development of the arts within its functional are. In most instances local authorities had already been developing arts strategies and many are now on their third or fourth plan. There are now 34 arts officers employed by local authorities countrywide.

A conference that marks 25 years of Arts Council and local authority partnership took place in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick on 25 and 26 November 2010.

Panel discussions on current salient themes - such as the Creative Economy, Area Development and Cultural Planning, were chaired by Olivia OLeary. Contributions included case studies of Irish Chamber Orchestra, Film Offaly, Derry City of Culture 2013 as well as theoretical and academic responses. Sustainability for arts and cultural development over the next 25 years was a recurrent theme throughout the event.

A special recording of RTE's Sunday Miscellany took place in The Irish World Academy during the conference. It featured readings by Kay Sheehy, the first arts officer, visual artist Amanda Coogan, Hugh Murray, Chairman of EVA and Kildare based writer Mae Leonard. Music performances included solo performance by Micheal OSuilleabhain, 12-year-old prodigy, Andreas Varady playing jazz guitar and the Limerick County Youth Choir. This recording will be aired on RTE Radio1 on Sunday 12th December at 9.15am. A podcast from the programme is available http://www.rte.ie/radio1/sundaymiscellany/

The conference is featured on http://www.platformireland.ie arts channel, Irelands first audio-visual weekly Local Authority arts news service. The feature has interviews with some of the key contributors in the 25:25 Conference which looked at the role of the arts and culture in achieving local economic and social development objectives.

Lucina Russell, Chairperson of the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers.
Kildare County Arts Officer,
Kildare County Council,
Riverbank, Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Tel: 045-448318;
E mail: lrussell@kildarecoco.ie

25 years
Local Arts Development
The Arts Council and Local Authorities 2010

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Forbairt na nEalaíon Áitiúil
An Chomhairle Ealaíon agus Údaráis Áitiúla 2010


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