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What Next? Minutes of meeting 3 August 2016

August 11 2016, at 3.35pm

NCFA What Next?
Minutes of meeting, 3 August 2016

In attendance: Eoghan Carrick, Tom Creed, Ali Kirby, Karina Lundstrom, Siobhan Mooney, Siofra Nic Liam

Political progress/updates:

  • Consultation with Bricolage and Q4 is currently developing - our mission is being refined
  • Their focus with the NCFA is on artist’s rights and the formation of a Cultural Ministry.
  • Two actions are being sought from government – to take Ireland from the bottom of the European League in terms of funding and to commit to ongoing investment in the arts.
  • We need to focus on arts at a local level as politicians are driven by local matters in order to be re-elected.
  • There needs to be an ongoing emphasis on arts in education.
  • Three key points we need to emphasise:

1. The arts are an integral part of local life, creating cohesion and strengthening bonds within communities.

2. The creative industries in Ireland such as fashion, games, and film are highly lucrative and support the economy.

3. Our culture is our national identity, it defines us and it increases tourism to our country.

  • There is more academic research to be done with the possibility of hiring a researcher in the future.
  • A meeting will take place with the Arts Council next week.
  • Party think-ins will take place in September so our message needs to be refined in the next two weeks.
  • We need to reactivate local constituency groups. Tom C will take the lead on this over the next week.
  • The NCFA are seeking €350 million funding/spend on (for the arts) from the government. This is double the current figure.
  • Artist Charter being developed with focus on taxation and social protection.
  • ‘Stem to Steam’ initiative focuses on art in the curriculum as a priority subject instead of an extra or add-on
  • Main messages for the arts campaign: Money, the artist, education, the public, and corporate and philanthropic investment.
  • We need to increase engagement between the public and the campaign. Build up strong working group and encourage more volunteers.
  • Another public meeting should take place soon, possibly after budget announcement

Next meeting: 10 August, 9am at VAI offices (Central Hotel Chambers, 7/9 Dame Court, Dublin 2)

What Next? Minutes of meeting 27 July 2016

July 27 2016, at 4.59pm

NCFA What Next?
Minutes of meeting, 27July 2016

In attendance: Eoghan Carrick, Tom Creed, Karina Lundstrom, Shelly McDonnell, Siobhán Mooney, Síofra Nic Liam

General updates:

  • Eoghan C and Karina L have created the list of arts organisations. They have created a shared folder on google drive – can everyone have a look and help fill in the information?
  • Meeting with Q4 PR went really well last week
  • Bricolage will send us a proposal for the message we want to send out
  • The vote yes campaign was based around the swing voters – our campaign   should not be for the converted
  • Michelle Browne will engage with colleges when she comes back
  • More things to move on next week; public engagement, new messaging, meeting the politicians
  • Tom C will check if he can put the contact details for the constituency organisers on the website.

Political progress/updates:

  • Tom C, Cian O’Brien and Angela Dorgan will meet with Orlaith McBride from the Arts Council next week
  • Constituency activity: next important step is when the politicians go on a retreat/think-in, we need to get in contact with them before this. Tom C will have the dates for this by next week
  • Core research group: policy experts and academics are researching models for good arts policy and models for good arts campaigning.  Tom C will check the timeline for the research requested by Peadar Tóibín
  • August will be about preparing – when the politicians and colleges are back we will speed up our work/the campaign
  • The arts have never been so engaged politically - Heather Humphreys has attended several cultural events recently.

Social media
Eoghan C will:

  • schedule a FB post about the NCFA meetings each week
  • create a private FB group for NCFA members where we can all share articles/news, this will be used as a filter and approved articles will be put on the public FB page.
  • research optimal times to post and share reminders, minutes and articles on FB and twitter.

Culture 2025 document is on the department website here

Next meeting: 3 August, 9am at VAI offices (Central Hotel Chambers, 7/9 Dame Court, Dublin 2)

Press Release :: Statement from NCFA following publication of draft national cultural policy

July 27 2016, at 4.45pm

Statement from NCFA following publication of draft national cultural policy

21 July 2016 - The publication of the draft ten-year national framework policy for culture marks a significant moment, two years after the previous Government's decision to initiate the process.

The NCFA shares the Government’s view that the draft document represents the “beginning of a process”, and thanks the Minister for agreeing to send it as a draft to the Oireachtas for consideration on a cross-party basis in the new Joint Committee on Arts & Heritage. 

Even as a high-level framework, the draft policy document seems brief, with further development needed in a number of areas.  To make the policy effective, the development of an implementation plan with specific and measurable actions and targets is clearly vital and, once the draft framework policy is finalised, we welcome the Minister’s commitment to move quickly to develop that plan in partnership and consultation with all the stakeholders. 

The NCFA looks forward to making a full contribution to both the finalisation of the draft framework policy and the development of the implementation plan, engaging actively with the Minister and Government, the Joint Committee and with all members of the Oireachtas.

On behalf of the Irish arts community, the NCFA is determined to help achieve a new cross-party consensus on a ten-year vision for culture at the heart of Irish life and society.


Media information: 

Sabrina Sheehan, Mission PR & Communications 
sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie | 086 250 3751

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:

  • Commit to increasing annual investment in Arts and Culture to 0.3% of GDP, taking us half way to the European average
  • Publish the cultural policy document Culture 2025 in draft form for interrogation by the Oireachtas Arts Committee
  • 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
  • Implement tax efficiencies/strategies to stimulate corporate and philanthropic giving
  • Create a new Arts fund from National Lottery funds
  • 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

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

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