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Dublin Castle
Conference Hall
12 January 2017
Above: The Umbrella Project by Rhona Byrne, commissioned by Fire Station Artists’ Studios and supported by Dublin City Council.

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The Arts Council and Local Government are hosting a joint conference on 12 January 2017 in Dublin Castle on the theme of

‘Places Matter: what happens when we invest in the arts?‘

This inaugural national conference is the first in a planned biennial series being held under the auspices of the new Arts Council / Local Government agreement A Framework for Collaboration. This is an important opportunity to demonstrate the unified approach the Arts Council and Local Government are taking to supporting and developing the arts across Ireland. 

The conference looks at the societal benefits from state expenditure on the arts and explores the role of the arts in building cohesive and sustainable communities. Following the centenary year, when cultural expression and citizenship were critical to the national response and programming of the commemorations, the conference has placed our cultural future at the heart of its focus.

The conference will be chaired by

Dr Frances Ruane, an Irish academic economist and former director of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Dublin, Ireland 2006−2015.

It will include keynote presentations on cultural value from:
Prof Geoffrey Crossick
Prof John O’Hagan 

and further contributions from: 
Dr Emer Smyth, Head of Social Research at the ESRI
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO
 Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbanism, at Architecture and Design, Scotland. 

Case studies that demonstrate what happens when we invest in the arts will provide an inspirational feature of the conference and Emmet Kirwan, actor, writer and social observer will contribute in his own inimitable style.

Registrations Fees:

€50 for Organisations
 €20 for Artists & Students

Registration will close on 9 January 2017 at 5pm Irish time


For queries on registration please reply to this email or contact us at: 
Places Matter Secretariat 
Abbey Conference
Phone: 01 648 6261
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