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NCFA What Next - Minutes of Meeting 20 July 2016

July 22 2016, at 2.29pm

NCFA What Next?

Minutes of meeting, 20 July 2016

In attendance: Eoghan Carrick, Tom Creed, Karina Lundstrom, Jo Mangan, Siobhan Mooney, Síofra Nic Liam


Political Progress:

  • Eoghan C, Jo M and Eugene Downes had a meeting with Peadar Tóibín (SF)
  • Peadar T is leading a committee on arts, he is well informed and has agreed that NCFA will be formally invited to the committee in September
  • Peadar asked us to layout our wants and needs, we have to provide him with the following:

1. An example or examples of what we consider a good Cultural Policy form overseas
2. Our own feedback on the Policy Doc
3. Figures (possibly via rep bodies) on how many people a dole equivalent would be relevant for
4. Ideas for legislation - I am presuming a look at the Arts Act and/or Social Welfare legislation is best to focus on
5. Look at 3 year budgetary targets for each element of spend of the Dept (Arts Council, Film Board, Heritage Council etc)
6. Get any draft legislation in terms of the social welfare drive from Labour

The current research committee: Olwen Dawe, Emily Mark-FitzGerald,  Iseult Byrne, Eugene Downs, Willie White. If anyone else would like to get involved please let Jo M know.

Many politician’s are on holidays, however we still need to stay in contact as it is s pre budget time.

1. Objectives (from last weeks minutes under 'what are we asking for?')

- A sustainable Cultural Policy – not just feeding money into special events
- Cultural Experts are needed to advise this policy
- Joined up thinking between the departments -

  • How culture is tied to business, the arts are an industry that we are world class in – a meeting with the IDA was discussed
  • We need a Cultural Ministry
  • Education 

- Money needs to go to artists rather than just buildings
- Multi annual funding as opposed to annual funding, allows for better planning and sustainability
- Conversation needs to happen with the Arts Council about funding, more people need to be funded - money needs to be spread further
- Art and Social Protection – Status of the Artist needs to be recognised
- When an artist goes to social welfare offices they are told to get a job/work on CV /do a course etc. Artist as a profession needs recognition.
- Again we can bring this up with Leo V and Tom will follow up with Claire Barrett about this.

We want Culture to feature in all departments, not just the Arts Department

2. What Are Our Messages?

- Arts are part of everyone’s life
- Arts are not a hobby (but they can be)
- Arts are for all
- Entertaining/challenging
- Rebranding the arts?
- Everyone engages with the arts and everyone should have the opportunity to do so
- Arts are not just about participation, arts are an industry and we need to talk about them as such
- Arts has the potential to challenge status quo

3. What Are Our Structures?

- Karina L will create a list of other arts organisations that should get involved with NCFA and come to meetings
- When Jo M and Tom C cannot attend others will chair the meetings
- The core groups mission and objectives need to be passed on to the constituencies, every constituency goes to their local politician with the research that the core group/research committee has done and reports back
- Within these local structure Tom C needs people that he can deputise to
- If the core group is not clear then the local groups become disengaged
- Communication with each group at least once a month

4. Work Streams

- How campaigns start and develop and how we know when they have succeeded
- How work is done, coordinated, delegated and reported – timelines/ work streams/ activity
- NCFA road show – touring the country meeting with people face to face
- Gather public support, Culture Night will be a big undertaking to get our message across
- Postcards: Who are they for? Who do people send them to? What is achieved?
- We need to record people’s testimonies

We need to know exactly what this project is.

Working Group/ Next Week

- Karina L to research and make a list various arts organisations. Next step is to make contact; ask them to come to the Wednesday meetings and to become engaged, also ask to become involved in the various constituency groups (email info@ncfa.ie)
- Jo M:

  • Ask Noelia about helping with the website, Noelia to approach the website creators (Conor & David)
  • Set up meeting with IMRO
  • Siobhán M: Connect with Aoife Lucey about the website admin
  • Síofra Nic L: Organise meeting with Socialist party when possible
  • Eoghan C: Looking after admin and social media, will help Karina L with list of arts organisations

- Tom C:

  • Update the constituencies
  • Set up meetings with Arts Council and Department of Arts
  • Eugene D: Set up meeting with film board
  • Constituency groups: Get more members and contact/keep up contact with TD’s

Next meeting 9am on 27 July at VAI offices

NCFA What Next - Minutes of Meeting 15 June 2016

July 14 2016, at 1.25pm

What Next? Minutes of Meeting | 15 June 2016

In attendance: Robert Blake, Michelle Browne, Iseult Byrne, Eoghan Carrick, Tom Creed, Karina Lundstrom, Shelly McDonnell, Fiona Reilly

Political progress and meetings:

- 14/06 NCFA met with Brendan Howlin, Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys

  • Discussed Culture 2025, the lack of consultation and shortcomings in the strategy
  • Howlin has since secured the agreement of the Taoiseach that the draft will be referred to the Oireachtas Committee for debate and amendment prior to finalisation

- Fianna Fail have put forward a motion on Arts to be discussed in the Dail next Tuesday evening (21/06)

- Separate cabinet committees to be set up: Arts & Gaeltacht / Rural Affairs & Regional Development

- Independents 4 Change to chair the cabinet committee for Arts & Gaeltact

- NCFA Constituency reps have been meeting with TD’s in their regions:

  • All of the letters to local TD’s having an impact
  • Particular support from Niamh Smith (Fianna Fail, Cavan), Regina Doherty (Fianna Gael, Meath East), Kate O’Connell (Dublin Bay South)
  • Meeting Micheál Martin early next week (FF, Cork SC), Tom speaking to Frances Fitzgerald (FG, Dublin Mid-West) later today
  • Continued difficulty getting response from Michael and Danny Healy-Rae (Independents, Kerry) and Eamon Ryan (Green Party, Dublin South)

Public Engagement: 

- NCFA met with Bricolage (Yes Equality Campaign). Willing to work with us on pro bono basis on planning our public engagement - branding and focus groups.

- What is our message?

  • investment not subsidy
  • UN right to participate in cultural life
  • Arts and Education – STEAM, culture as a mode of communication and critical thought
  • Culture experienced by all
  • Investment in world class culture

- Update public facing website:

  • assess immediate changes that can be made and email to Tom Creed
  • Tom and Iseult to follow up with designers and make changes

- Organise NCFA roadshow to constituency groups (August?)

- Workshops /training /online info on campaign Top 10 questions and example answers

- Sectoral support:

  • Call to action for salaried cultural practitioners and administrators to contribute working hours to campaign/ offer in-kind support
  • contact Arts Management/Policy and Practice tutors and graduates in Dublin and Galway (tutors Pat Cooke UCD, Maeve Mulrennan NUIG)
  • contact Cultural Geography Departments, Maynooth (Gerry Kearns), NUIG (Pat Collins)

- Discussed: possible actions to engage with the public

  • Videos and images visualising life without culture – a day in the life narrative

- Videos sharing personal stories: Impact of arts on individuals, artists and audience

  • arts and health
  • education
  • community
  • influence growing up
  • case study eg Stuart Carolan

- Open call for videos taken by supporters and shared online

- NCFA reps at Culture Night documenting events

- College roadshow in Autumn

- Fairness – making the time and labour visible

  • videos behind the scenes
  • recording a days/weeks work in the sector, clocking in and out

To Do:
- Everyone to email Tom and Isault re website changes
- Michelle and Shelly to start planning college roadshow
- Aim to meet all TD’s by 7 July

Next meeting:
- 22/06/2016 at 8.30am
- VAI offices, 7-9 Central Hotel Chambers, Dame Lane, D2

Press release :: 22 June :: Government announces change of Department title

June 23 2016, at 1.33pm

Government announces change of Department title to Arts , Heritage, Rural, Regional & Gaeltacht Development

Unanimous support for motion on the Arts as presented by Niamh Smyth TD (FF) by all parties to a full public gallery

Richard Boyd Barrett TD added an amendment to the motion calling for an increase in arts funding, to bring it in line with the European average of 0.6% of GDP

The National Campaign for the Arts was represented by a full public gallery in the Dáil and overflow rooms today on the occasion of a private members motion on the Arts by Niamh Smyth TF (FF). We welcomed the debate and motion as set out by Niamh Smyth, TD and that fact that this motion was accepted by all parties in the house.

Many of the speakers remarked how unusual it was to have such a large number of people in the public gallery; demonstrating the importance of this campaign.

The campaign noted the strong commitment on all sides of the house to the development and agreement of a new national cultural policy with real vision, ambition and concrete targets and looks forward to a robust, democratic process of policy making, involving all parties through the Joint Committee for the Arts as well as the Dáil.

The NCFA welcome that the government, in the course of this evening’s debate, announced a change of title for the department; which was read into the Dáil record by Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD as The Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural, Regional & Gaeltacht Development.

The NCFA also welcomed the amendment to the motion by Richard Boyd Barrett, TD which included an increase in funding for the Arts to 0.6% of GDP which if adopted, would have a transformative effect on the Arts in Ireland.

During the course of the debate there were contributions by the following 26 Ministers and TDs:

Niamh Smyth (FF), Minister Heather Humphreys (FG), Minister Finian McGrath (Ind), Peadar Toibín (SF), Gerry Adams (SF), Aengus O’ Snodaigh (SF), Maurice Quinlivan (SF), Carol Nolan (SF), Joan Burton (Lab), Richard Boyd Barrett (AAA PBP), Mick Barry (AAA PBP), Maureen O’Sullivan (Ind), Thomas Pringle (Ind), Catherine Connolly (Ind), Michael Healy-Rae (Ind), Michael Collins (Ind), Danny Healy-Rae (Ind), Catherine Murphy (Soc Dem), Catherine Martin (Green), Micheál Martin (FF), Hildegard Naughton (FG), Tom Neville (FG), Junior Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy (FG),  Junior Minister Helen McEntee (FG), Kevin O’Keeffe (FF) and Aindrias Moynihan (FF).

The Campaign

Established in 2009 as a response to the McCarthy Report, The National Campaign for the Arts is a nationwide, volunteer-led, grass roots movement that makes the case for the Arts in Ireland.  The NCFA’s pre-election manifesto included calls on the government to:

  1. Commit to increasing annual investment in Arts and Culture to 0.3% of GDP, taking us half way to the European average

  2. Publish the cultural policy document Culture 2025 in draft form for interrogation by the Oireachtas Arts Committee.

  3. Maintain on an annual basis, the €50 million allocated to the Department of Arts for 2016 commemorations, and ring-fence it for The Arts Council and The Irish Film Board.

  4. Implement tax efficiencies/strategies to stimulate corporate and philanthropic giving

  5. Create a new Arts fund from National Lottery funds.

  6. Appoint an expert panel of Artists/Cultural Managers to function as Policy and Strategy Advisors to the Minister and the Department.

* = Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland 2011, prepared by Indecon International Economic Consultants

For further information, visit www.ncfa.ie.

For media information, contact: Sabrina Sheehan sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie

086 250 3751

What Next? This is Next.

June 20 2016, at 2.17pm


Following the What Next? public meeting, a regular What Next? meeting will take place every Wednesday morning over the summer from 9am to 10am.

On Wednesday 20 July the meeting will commence at 8am. 

We are grateful to Visual Artists Ireland for the use of their meeting room.

All are welcome to join one or more of these meetings at:

7/9 Central Hotel Chambers, Dame Court, Dublin 2. 

Find on Google Maps. 

Pack the Dáil this Weds 22 June 2016

June 20 2016, at 2.08pm


As previously announced, Fianna Fáil have called a Dáíl debate on the Arts which will take place on Wednesday 22nd June from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. The motion is very comprehensive, you can read it here.

We need the visitors' gallery at the Dáíl to be packed with artists and arts workers for the debate.

This was very effective back in June 2012 when we packed the gallery - it means other TDs will speak and acknowledge the presence of the people who are there.

We need you to do the following immediately:

1. Contact all TDs that you’ve previously been in touch with and urge them to be there to represent you, their constituents, at the debate.

2. If you can be in Dublin for the debate, ask your TD to arrange visitor passes so you can be there.

You'll find a full list with contact details for all TDs in your constituency at the link here

Please join us in maximising the impact of this important moment in our collective campaign for an All-Party Approach to the National Cultural Policy, Culture 2025

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