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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

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  • 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)


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.

//ENDS

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

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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


Pack the Dáil this Weds 22 June 2016

June 20 2016, at 2.08pm


PACK THE DÁIL WITH ARTISTS ON WEDNESDAY EVENING

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


Opposition Parties Put the Arts Centre Stage - NCFA Welcomes Political Progress

June 15 2016, at 1.33pm


Press Release - 

OPPOSITION PARTIES PUT THE ARTS CENTRE STAGE 

NCFA WELCOMES POLITICAL PROGRESS 

15 June 2016 - The National Campaign for the Arts welcomes the increased engagement of the opposition and the government with the national debate on the vital role of the arts in Irish life.  

The NCFA has engaged with all sides on this issue in an effort to secure an all-party approach to arts and culture. This has led to commitments from Taoiseach Enda Kenny to bring the draft national cultural strategy Culture 2025 to the Oireachtas Arts Committee for discussion and finalisation, having been raised on the Order of Business by Labour leader Brendan Howlin.  It is vital that the final strategy is backed up by long-term funding commitments.

The NCFA looks forward to the upcoming Dáil debate on the arts. This debate will take place on foot of a Fianna Fáil motion tabled by Arts spokesperson Niamh Smyth to put the arts centre stage next Tuesday. The NCFA will be meeting with party leaders Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats), Gerry Adams (Sinn Féin) and Mícheál Martin (Fianna Fáil) to continue to make the case for the arts over the coming week.

Ireland remains at the bottom of the European League for Government Investment in Culture and the Arts. Council of Europe data shows that in 2012 Ireland spent just 0.11% of GDP on the Arts and Culture, compared to a European average of 0.6% of GDP. The NCFA is seeking an increase over the lifetime of the government to half the European average i.e. 0.3%.

//ENDS

Editor’s Notes:

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

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


NCFA Newsletter: June 2016

June 10 2016, at 1.07pm


NCFA Newsletter: 7 June 2016 -

In recent weeks the NCFA has been busy garnering support for our collective Manifesto and our call for an All-Party Approach to the National Cultural Policy.

Together with a body of Volunteer Coordinators we are seeking to activate communities of support in each Irish Constituency. Groups are now active in most Constituencies - through online forums, in-person discussions and letter-writing campaigns.

We have called for our membership to write to or email their local representatives and we have already had responses from and meetings with many TDs.

Over 50 parliamentary questions were posed to Minister Heather Humphreys this past week, which shows the level of impact the campaign has had so far around the country.

Read on for more information on our ongoing work and to find out how you can lend your voice to the Campaign.

Thank you for your continued support.

Meetings and Engagements

NCFA Representatives from the Meath East Constituency met recently with government Chief Whip Regina Doherty. This was a positive meeting during which our Manifesto was clearly communicated and heard.

Further meetings have been confirmed with Labour leader Brendan Howlin and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams for the coming weeks, as well as with Fianna Fáil’s arts spokesperson Niamh Smyth.

We remain committed to advocating on behalf of all members of the NCFA and to driving home the key asks laid out in the NCFA Manifesto.

We will keep you up to date on the outcomes of these conversations. 

Write to your Local Representatives

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to write to or email your TDs and Senators, using the sample letter template available for download from our website.

Please keep us informed if you receive a reply or an offer of a meeting. We would welcome the chance to work with you to support your efforts within your own Constituency.

What Next? Thurs 9 June

There was an overwhelming response to the announcement of the first What Next? NCFA conversation: a public meeting for the arts community in Project Arts Centre on Thursday 9 June from 09.45 – 11.15.

This event is now fully booked but we will have updates on the outcomes of the conversation later in the week.

What Next? is a national movement of arts and cultural organisations, artists, funders, policy makers, institutions. Initiated in the UK, the purpose of the forum is to come together regularly to articulate and strengthen the role of culture in society. What Next? is interested in how we can act together to make change happen and how we can hold an authentic conversation about value with decision makers, the public and each other.

Speakers at the 9 June Dublin event will include Hannah Bird (National Movement Lead, What Next?) and Brian Sheehan (Co-Director, YES Equality).

Stay Tuned for More


What Next? A public meeting for the arts community on 9 June

May 28 2016, at 9.12am


 


What Next? National Campaign for the Arts

The National Campaign for the Arts is a volunteer-led, grass roots movement that makes the case for the arts in Ireland. It seeks to ensure that the arts are on local and national government agendas and are recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish life.

NCFA will host a public meeting for the arts community in Project Arts Centre on Thursday 9 June from 09.45 – 11.15. The purpose of the meeting is a forum to discuss the viability of the setting up of a movement similar to What Next? What Next? is a national movement of arts and cultural organisations, artists, funders, policy makers, institutions, and individuals in the UK who come together regularly to articulate and strengthen the role of culture in society.  They’re interested in how they can act together to make change happen and how they can hold an authentic conversation about value with decision makers, the public and each other.

Speakers at the event include Hannah Bird (National Movement Lead, What Next?) and Brian Sheehan (Co-Director, YES Equality).

There will be room for discussion around practical next steps that the arts community can take to get involved at local and national level, and engage in our country’s conversation about culture.

Timetable
Thursday 9 June 09.45 – 11.15
Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs, 39 East Essex Street, Dublin 2. 

09.30 – 09.45 Arrivals
09.45 - 10.15 Brian Sheehan (Co-Director, Yes Equality)
YES Equality Campaign – Persuading People to Come with You
10.15 – 10.45 Hannah Bird (National Movement Lead, What Next?)
An Introduction to What Next?
10.45 – 11.15 Jo Mangan (Chair, NCFA) & Maria Schweppe (Freelance Arts, Festival & Comedy Producer)
Q&A - Next Steps

Please RSVP in advance to confirm your attendance at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/what-next-national-campaign-for-the-arts-tickets-25718979159

Brian Sheehan
Brian is the Executive Director of GLEN, one of Ireland’s leading LGBT strategic and advocacy organisations since 2007. He was the co-Director of the Yes Equality campaign for the successful marriage referendum in 2015, along with Grainne Healy.. Brian is also co-chair of ILGA-Europe, one of the main driving forces for political, legal and social change at the European level for LGBTI people, which represents 400 member organisations across 45 countries in Europe.  He has been involved for many years in LGBT community organisations, including support, cultural and advocacy. He has a background in the corporate, IT and non-profit sectors.

About Yes Equality
Yes Equality, formed by GLEN, Marriage Equality and the ICCL, led a country-wide strategic and focussed campaign to persuade a majority of Irish people to vote yes in the marriage referendum. It galvanised support from individuals and ally organisations and set a tone and messages which were carried through all aspects of the successful campaign. The campaign itself was built on years of solid work by the three organisations and on a history of successful progressive gains for LGBT equality in Ireland over the preceeding 20 years.

https://www.yesequality.ie/

Hannah Bird
Hannah is a Creative Producer. She creates and leads projects in the creative industries and is passionate about exploration. Much of Hannah’s work is focused on developing collaborative projects between the cultural sector and other disciplines. Hannah is the National Movement Lead for What Next? She has developed programmes of work for clients including Southbank Centre, King’s College London, Clore Leadership Programme and University of the Arts. Other high-profile work has included producing the Culture and Climate Change: Future Scenarios artist residencies project with the Open University and University of Sheffield, developing a STEM to STEAM policy and 24hr STEAM Hack for the Cultural Learning Alliance, and leading art and science expeditions in the Arctic and Andes for Cape Farewell.

http://www.hannahbird.net/

About What Next?
What Next? are a national movement of arts and cultural organisations, artists, funders, policy makers, institutions, and individuals who come together regularly to articulate and strengthen the role of culture in society.  We’re interested in how we can act together to make change happen and how we can hold an authentic conversation about value with decision makers, the public and each other.

Over the last four years the What Next? movement has grown organically to encompass 35 chapters around the UK, each meeting regularly and bringing together individuals, organisations and institutions to work on locally significant issues, and to consider how to contribute to wider action.  Each chapter identifies its own priorities as well as collaborating with others and working as a national movement.  Some are headed by cultural leaders, some by young professionals at the start of their career.  All activity is open to anyone who chooses to attend. Chapter Chairs step forward to take the initiative to set up each What Next? Group. What Next is sustained by an extensive voluntary effort and buy-in - from Chairs, attenders and collaborators across this picture - and then also by a minimal enabling structure of paid freelance support at the core.

This structure has enabled What Next? to become a catalyst for fresh thinking and new policy ideas, and to engage with Ministers, politicians and civil servants from different national, local and devolved governments, experts, activists, policy makers, peers and colleagues from many dimensions of civil society, policy making and political life.  It has built new relationships, understanding, and best practice between colleagues, and new levels of trust, openness and externally engaged action within the sector.   Combined with the political lobbying skills offered by What Next? adviser Rosie Luff of Hanover Communications, What Next? advocacy and case making have had an impact on government policy and on funding decisions, particularly in 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review when we took a delegation to Treasury and ran a national campaign aimed at back-benchers: Arts 4 Britain.

http://www.whatnextculture.co.uk/

 

Press Release :: 23 May :: NCFA calls on Minister for All-Party approach to National Cultural Policy

May 23 2016, at 7.01am


  • NCFA calls on Minister for All-Party approach to National Cultural Policy


  • Campaign believes Dáil Majority will support ambitious new approach


  • Cultural policy must have budgetary resources to make it reality


 

The National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) calls on Minister Heather Humphreys to adopt a new all-party approach to national cultural policy. The NCFA urges the Minister to submit the long-awaited national cultural policy, Culture 2025, to the Joint Committee for Arts, where it can be discussed and finalised on an all-party basis. The policy can then be adopted by plenary vote in the Dáil.


The NCFA is seeking the Minister's commitment to this inclusive, democratic approach on the same basis as the recent proposal by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, that a ten-year national health policy should be developed on an all-party basis by Oireachtas Committee. 


A ten-year cultural policy which is genuinely national and which extends to the terms of future Governments, clearly needs to be discussed and agreed by all political parties, reflecting the democratic views of the Dáil as a whole.  A transformative national cultural policy must have high ambitions, concrete targets, and the budgetary resources to make it reality. 


The groundswell of support in recent days suggests that a majority exists in the 32nd Dáil for such an approach. The NCFA looks forward to working with Minister Humphreys, the Government, and with all parties in the Dáil to construct such a majority to agree, resource and implement a national cultural policy for the next decade that is fit for purpose and worthy of the aspirations of the nation, its founders and its citizens. 


/ENDS


Editor’s Notes:


Ireland remains at the bottom of the European League for Government Investment in Culture and the Arts. Council of Europe data shows that in 2012 Ireland spent just 0.11% of GDP on the Arts and Culture, compared to a European average of 0.6% of GDP.  


For every €1 invested by the Arts Council, more than €0.70 returns directly to the exchequer in taxes. For a net cost of €0.30, Arts Council investment generates €2.50 in turnover, more than an 8-fold return on investment.*


Artists work in all areas of society, including the health sector, community development and education. This is possible with the support of organisations such as Create (the national development agency for collaborative arts), Local Authorities, the HSE and the Arts Council.


An estimated 21,500 people are employed in the Irish Arts and Culture sector.


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

 

Press Release :: 19 May :: Campaign welcomes engagement, but wants solid commitments

May 19 2016, at 11.18pm


Campaign welcomes engagement, but wants solid commitments 

Taoiseach must back up words with investment in arts 

Retaining €50million is first step to sustainable investment 

Irish Oscar Nominee Ed Guiney backs NCFA campaign

The National Campaign for the Arts held a constructive 90-minute meeting with Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys today. We welcome the fact that the Minister took time to listen to our concerns regarding the need for greater investment, policy reform and a strong long-term vision for the arts. We believe it is important that this dialogue continue. 

However, we received no solid commitment from Government to address the serious issues facing the sector. The Minister was not able to guarantee that her department would retain the additional €50 million that went into the Department for the 2016 Commemorations. This additional funding must be retained annually, if the government is serious about the arts. This is just the first step towards insuring that Ireland grows a sustainable Cultural sector.

 

The Taoiseach’s visit to US highlights the huge gap between the lip service paid to the arts, and the reality that Ireland is bottom of the European league table for investment in arts and culture. Launching the Ireland 100 arts festival in Washington, Mr Kenny quoted JFK: “I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the artist”. The Taoiseach added: “When it comes to Ireland, I agree”. If he does agree, he must back his words up with actions, commitments and investment.

 

Ireland’s funding for the Arts places us at the bottom of the European league table. Council of Europe data shows that in 2012 Ireland spent just 0.11% of GDP on the Arts and Culture, compared to a European average of 0.6% of GDP. Such facts, add to the irony of the government jumping on the band wagon whenever Irish artists win at the Oscars or the Oliviers. The National Campaign for the Artsis calling for the contribution of Irish arts to be recognised in real terms, with real investment.

 

Oscar Nominated Film Producer Ed Guiney of Element Pictures (Room, The Lobster) was part of the NCFA delegation at this morning’s meeting. Afterwards he said Saudi has oil, we have creative talent. For generations we have been punching so far above our weight when it comes to our success in the arts internationally. So it’s now time to mine our greatest natural resource and to seriously engage and fund the arts in order to grow the sector into the world beater we know it can become; a true source of national pride to propel our country and its growth into the future.”

 

Chairperson of the National Campaign for the Arts Jo Mangan said: “As an initial target we should aim to increase arts funding to half the European average. We think that is a modest proposal by anyone’s standards.”

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE ARTS

 

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. It seeks to ensure that the Arts are on local and national government agendas and are recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish life.

 

The NCFA’s proposition is to work with the government and the sector to recognise the centrality of the Arts to the future, as well as the history, of our nation, and to achieve an appropriate and functional level of state investment in the Arts and Culture.

 

For further information, visit www.ncfa.ie


Please Sign and Share this Petition for #ArtsDeptNow

May 12 2016, at 2.29pm

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Irish Arts, Culture & Heritage need Adequate Funding and a Dedicated Government Department

Thousands of signatures have been gathered so far on this petition. More are needed. 

We value Arts, lets tell the Government that.

View and sign the petition online at Uplift

TO: MINISTER HEATHER HUMPHREYS

Give arts, culture and heritage the respect it deserves by creating an independent Department and setting a funding target of 0.6% of GDP (the EU average spend on arts/culture). Ireland has one of the lowest levels of public support in the EU.

Why is this important?

Ireland has one of the lowest level of public funding and support for arts and culture in all of Europe. Successive Irish governments claim to honour and take pride in our rich cultural heritage, celebrated artists and world-class artistic achievements but consistently fail to nurture and support the creative community.
The Arts, Culture and Heritage communities have suffered disproportionately under the last government. The impact in the sector, on jobs, community and education as well as on our international reputation has not been assessed in any credible way by the incoming government. We demand a) an independent adequately resourced Department is created b) a commitment to raising funding the arts, cultural and heritage sector to European average of 0.6% c) publication of a national cultural policy that has the endorsement of the community.


Over 7,000 sign petition for dedicated Arts, Culture & Heritage Department

May 12 2016, at 2.26pm


Over 7,000 sign petition for dedicated Arts, Culture & Heritage Department

  • NCFA says Arts will lose out in new ‘Frankenstein Department’
  • Ireland remains bottom of European league table for Arts funding
  • Government chooses Centenary year to downgrade the Arts

The National Campaign for the Arts is dismayed at the creation of what can only be described as a ‘Frankenstein Department’ covering Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht. Given the central role of the Arts in our society and the key role they have played in the 1916 Centenary, we are perplexed and angered by this decision. The National Campaign for the Arts calls on the government to rethink this ill-advised approach and commit to the establishment of a dedicated Arts, Culture and Heritage Department.

In just a few days over 7,000 people have signed a new petition calling for the creation of an Arts, Culture and Heritage Department. The petition is supported by a social media campaign with the hashtag #ArtsDeptNow. This is a signal from the Arts community and the wider public that we are tired of being side-lined.  The National Campaign for the Arts believes that at the very least, the government must reconsider the mismatch being proposed, so that Arts, Culture and Heritage are allied with more closely related sectors.

The leaders of 1916 were poets and artists. They understood the importance of the Arts in national life. It is an irony that seems completely lost on this government that they have chosen the Centenary of the Rising to push the Arts further into a corner, and ditched the Heritage portfolio altogether. The Arts need a strong voice at the cabinet table. At the moment, all the Arts gets is lip service and hollow praise when an Irish artist succeeds abroad.

A dedicated Arts, Culture and Heritage Department would offer some hope of adequate funding for a sector that has seen years of cutbacks. Ireland remains at the bottom of the European League for Government Investment in Culture and the Arts. Council of Europe data shows that in 2012 Ireland spent just 0.11% of GDP on the Arts and Culture, compared to a European average of 0.6% of GDP. 

Commenting on the push for an Arts, Culture and Heritage Department, Chairperson of the National Campaign for the Arts Jo Mangan said: “This is a year when the arts have once again made Irish people proud, not only at home with the many cultural events exploring our national heritage, but also abroad with our film, theatre and music talents once again featuring in the world’s biggest award ceremonies like the Oscars, Grammys and Oliviers.  All of the sectors within the new department are important but we believe none of them – and particularly the arts – is served by being shoe-horned together in this way.”

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE ARTS

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. It seeks to ensure that the Arts are on local and national government agendas and are recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish life.

The NCFA’s proposition is to work with the government and the sector to recognise the centrality of the Arts to the future, as well as the history, of our nation, and to achieve an appropriate and functional level of state investment in the Arts and Culture.

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


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Ireland bottom of the European league in terms of public funding for the Arts

September 17 2015, at 12.38pm


The National Campaign for the Arts today (Wednesday 16 September 2015) launched its pre-Budget submission calling on the Ministers for Finance and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to increase current direct investment in the arts for 2016, thereby beginning the process of repairing the widespread damage suffered by the sector in recent years. 
 
The NCFA called on the Government to match EU average GDP spending on the Arts. Public funding for the arts and culture in this country represents just 0.11% of GDP, putting Ireland at the bottom of the European league table, compared with an average of 0.6%.

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