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The New Normal, John Conway with breast cancer survivors.
The New Normal: John Conway with breast cancer survivors.

 

Artist in the Community Scheme Case Studies

The We Claim Banner, Abbey Theatre, Eden Quay site. We Claim: Kathryn Maguire and Young Migrant Women. Image: Ros Kavanagh.
We Claim: Kathryn Maguire and Young Migrant Women. Image: Ros Kavanagh.

The Arts Council believes that cultural interaction enriches the arts in Ireland by offering opportunities for mutual sharing, questioning, learning, understanding and change. It recognises that Irish society is made up of different strands and identities, which are constantly shifting, and that the process of interaction involves change for all involved, not just for those from new or minority communities. The Arts Council understands the term ‘Cultural Diversity’, as it applies to the arts, to encompass inclusive arts programming and, most particularly, intercultural arts practice that involves artists and/or communities from a range of national, ethnic or cultural groups. The Arts Council aims through the Artist in the Community Scheme to encourage meaningful collaboration between artists and communities of culturally diverse backgrounds, as well as artists working within the context area of cultural diversity.

 

Memory Dress
Memory Dress. Charlotte Donovan and Marie Brett with St. Finbarr’s Hospital.

Arts and health embraces a range of arts practices occurring primarily in healthcare settings, which bring together the skills and priorities of both arts and health professionals. From an Arts Council perspective, good arts and health practice is characterised by a clear artistic vision, goals and outcomes. It aims to promote health and wellbeing by improving quality of life and cultural access in healthcare settings. Arts and health can involve all artforms, and incorporate a variety of approaches, including conventional arts production and presentation, arts participation and environmental enhancement. The Arts Council makes a distinction between arts and health practice and the arts therapies. In the former, the primary focus is on the experience and production of art, in the latter, the primary goal is clinical. The Arts Council supports practice where artistic outcomes are prioritised as a means of enhancing health and wellbeing and does not support practice where therapy is the primary goal or outcome.

 

Bridge: Croi Glan and West Cork Inclusive Dance Group
Bridge: Croi Glan and West Cork Inclusive Dance Group

The Arts Council uses the term arts and disability to cover how people with disabilities participate in the arts and how the mainstream arts sector gives consideration to people with disabilities in all aspects of its work. The term encompasses a range of arts practices and activities involving people with disabilities as artists, participants, arts workers, and audience members. It embraces a wide range of contexts including disability arts, Deaf arts, disability-led practice, collaborative practice, access services, and advocacy. 

 

Home: process and partnership. Rhona Byrne with Ballymun Pigeon Club.
Home: process and partnership, Rhona Byrne with Ballymun Pigeon Club.

These arts practices and activities bring artists together with specific groups of people in a mutually beneficial two-way engagement that nurtures and values the different ideas, experiences and skills of all involved, providing the highest quality experience, artistically and personally, for all the participants at every stage of the project, from planning through to evaluation.

The Arts Council understands 'community' in its broadest sense i.e. a group which either lives or works in a specific locality, such as a housing estate, a rural area, or a prison, or which visits a specific place on a regular basis e.g. a café or a museum.  In addition, it understands 'community' to encompass groups that share a particular interest, for example music, the environment or migrant rights.

The Arts Council is committed to assisting artists of all disciplines to make work of excellence, including those who base their practice on social engagement and collaboration.

 

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