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In March 2019 the Arts Council launched its new Equality, Human Rights and Diversity (EHRD) policy which proposes positive policy measures to promote equality of opportunity, access and outcomes for all those living in Ireland regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller community, with socio-economic background included as a tenth ground. In a bid to guarantee that the policy would be both living and pro-active an initial three-year action plan was incorporated into the policy to ensure its immediate implementation.
Arts Council support is critical to the existence, development and vitality of the independent visual arts sector in Ireland, as it is an artform that does not have significant ways of generating income from alternative sources.
The Arts Council and Local Government jointly hosted its second biennial conference, Places Matter, today in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway. Addressing inclusion and Ireland’s rapidly changing demographic, speakers included Director of Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Nina Simon, Director of Diversity, Arts Council England, Abid Hussain and Dr William Schabas. The conference was chaired by Dr Ronit Lentin, associate professor of sociology, Trinity College.
This Equality, Human Rights and Diversity [EHRD] Policy builds on a range of existing Arts Council work areas, developments and policies including an Arts & Disability policy, a Cultural Diversity and the Arts policy , and a Dignity at Work policy .It recognises that whilst developmental initiatives have been promoted and supported by the Arts Council over many years, our work in advancing change has still been too limited and too compartmentalised.
Today, the Arts Council launched its new Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy, at an event in Galway. The policy, developed in the context of Ireland’s contemporary diverse society, was launched by Rory O’Neill at the Pálás Cinema in Galway alongside Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride.
The Arts Council and Local Government will jointly host its second biennial conference, Places Matter, on the 27th and 28th of March in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway. The conference will address inclusion and Ireland’s rapidly changing demographic and ask; how can we ensure that the arts in Ireland reflect our diverse society? Are opportunities to take part in the arts meaningful and relevant to all members of our communities?