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What Next? Minutes of meeting 7 September 2016

September 07 2016, at 4.28pm

What Next? Minutes of meeting
7 September 2016

In attendance: Niamh Lunny, Gráinne Pollak, Síofra Nic Liam, Gavin Murphy


Culture Night:

  • PDF to be produced and distributed to Arts Organisations, providing facts on the current funding situation for the Arts in Ireland and inviting the public to offer their symbolic support for raising it to European average
  • Discussed: how many points/questions, what info needed from signer, what graphics to include. Regarding dissemination, need to provide clear guidelines for venues, publicise PDF to venues, publicise to public.
  • 3 points to be compiled, including info on government’s current spending on culture, poor working and living conditions for artists in Ireland and the benefits of engaging in culture for everyone across all areas like education, health, economy and community.


  • Niamh and Gráinne to revise and re-word any unclear points drawn up at meeting
  • Gavin to send final document to designer

NCFA What Next? Minutes of meeting 31 August 2016

August 31 2016, at 4.31pm

NCFA What Next? Minutes of meeting 
31 August 2016

In attendance:  Eoghan Carrick, Karina Lundstrom, Shelly McDonnell, Gavin Murphy

Website and mailing list

  • Irma and Eoghan still working on getting the database sorted
  • Shelly will ask David Wall for access to the back end of NCFA website in order to transfer the mailing list from Feb on into the Create Send mailing list
  • Mailing lists need to be consolidated before Culture Night in order to pass on info and update members.

Culture Night

Main actions:

1. Vox Pop: coordinated by constituency reps
2. Filming:  Overview by Jenny Keogh
3. PDF:

  • A simple statement of support, max three points (inc. bringing Irish arts funding in line with EU average), tick boxes, collect names and email addresses, small space for comments.
  • Efficient black and white pdf design
  • Sent to organisations and constituency reps, collected by constituency reps

4. Flash Mob: Deborah Kelleher and RIAM open to organising a flash mob, will need an NCFA point of contact
5. Social media Hashtag: One that is specific to CN and NCFA

Correspondence (needs to be out in a weeks time):

  • Heads up emails to Culture Night and larger institutions that support NCFA but cannot do so publicly: this is to gauge support for the arts from the general public, not to incite protest or hi-jack the events
  • Venues and Constituency reps: asking for support, listing all actions, copy of PDF, hashtag
  • NCFA members and mailing list: letting them know about the PDF, vox pop, hashtag, asking them to share NCFA posts


  • Ali: Follow up with Jenny and badges
  • Karina: contact Tom re getting constituency reps as volunteers on CN
  • Eoghan: contact Jo re PDF. Confirm it’s ok, what to be included on PDF and in correspondence
  • Shelly: get in touch with David Wall, update mailing lists to Create Send and Eoghan
  • Gavin: contact Atelier (David Smith) re designing the CN PDF

Next Meeting 07 September, 9am at VAI

What Next? Minutes of meeting 10 August 2016

August 11 2016, at 3.39pm

NCFA What Next?
Minutes of meeting, 10 August 2016

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

Political Progress/ Updates

Tom gave an update on the NCFA/ Arts Council meeting:

  • In submissions / feedback, it will be key that we integrate funding milestones into the shorter-term as well as “to 2025”.
  • In light of current context the ‘arms-length principle’ should be invoked in our submissions
  • In relation to the 1916/2016 commemorative funding, they have requested this be ring-fenced annually as part of future investment
  • In terms of future-planning we should integrate a targeted approach to the Local Authorities into our planning– specifically through both the Arts Officers, CCMA and Councillors;
  • It was noted Culture2025 will signal the first time the policy function of the Arts Act will have been enacted.
  • It was also suggested to us to be clear of our role in terms of representing the arts community within a broader cultural discussion;
  • As an FYI: the Arts Council has requested €10M in additional funds in their pre-budget submission, and there is a general query around the impact of the €43M required for Galway ECOC


  • Ian asked about the procedures around the public emailing to offer support. Focus should be put on co-ordinting them with their constituency groups and engaging with the social media on Twitter and Facebook. Get the information out. Like. Share. Retweet.
  • Shelly and Siobhan brought up that there will be a NCFA Information Table set up at the Visual Arts Annual Get Together in IMMA on the 26th August. Jo Mangan has been contacted and Shelly and Siobhan are going to spearhead, ensuring the desk is manned. The “What You Can Do” page that Tom is making up will be available at the desk for people to take.
  • Eoghan asked the group to keep sending on articles for the social media. It helps.
  • The website was discussed and suggestions were made to make it easier to navigate. It needs to be clearer in how it tells people: what we do, who we are and how people can help. It also need the information to be updated and streamlined.

To Do:

  • Tom will finish the update of “What You Can Do” information for the website and collating the constituency co-ordinator information.
  • Ali, Eoghan, Karina will report back on the website meeting
  • The public messaging information will be followed up by Tom.
  • Ali and Ian will continue to look after the NCFA email.
  • Eoghan will continue to update the Social media.
  • Shelly and Siobhan will gather a group of people to man the NCFA desk for the Vis Arts Annual Meeting.

Next meeting: 17 August, 9am at the VAI Offices (Central Hotel Chambers, 7/9 Dame Court, Dublin 2)

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)

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