New EU report on using the arts to promote intercultural dialogue

A new EU report (attached) based on a cross-European project and published in memory of MP Jo Cox advocates for museum and exhibition projects dedicated to migration as a means of empowering refugees. The report affirms culture as “a powerful means of promoting openness to others, sharing emotions and happiness.”

Only Poland and the UK failed to contribute to the report.

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Submissions invited for two commissions, Limerick – deadline 21 June 2017

Submissions are invited for two new commissions of artwork as part of a percent-for-art scheme to enhance the care environment for all visitors and users of the new Emergency Department, and the new renal dialysis unit, both at University Hospital Limerick.

"We would like to promote a welcoming, calm, cheerful, caring, healing and embracing environment with elements that are recognisable and comforting and duly appropriate to the nature of the building and the locality."

Artists invited to submit questions to shadow Brexit minister

The Cultural Campaigning Network has organised a roundtable session with Keir Starmer MP to put forward the case for culture within any Brexit negotiations. Members of a-n members have been invited to submit their questions to Artist and AIR Council member Joseph Young, who will be attending the roundtable on Friday 10 March.

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New international artists’ movement launched to combat populist right

Over 200 leading arts professionals have pledged to take part in exhibitions and art projects around the world to address the rise of right-wing populism through a new international movement, Hands Off Our Revolution. In a statement of support, Anish Kapoor said “Our art affirms our humanity and we insist on inclusion of all and for all”.

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Creative industries announced as key area in Government's industrial strategy

The Government’s Green Paper ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ has named the creative industries as one of five key strategic areas. Sir Peter Bazalgette will lead on the development of a sector deal with government after an independent review.

The Green Paper is part of the government’s ‘Plan for Britain’, post-Brexit.

Read the paper here

Creative Industries Federation responds to Brexit speech

The Federation has argued for the importance of a sector-by-sector approach to trade to support the creative industries - and has called for a discussion on paying to be able to continue to participate in some European research and cultural programmes which benefit the UK's cultural sector. A survey of exhibitors at the London Art Fair this week demonstrates a belief that ensuring free movement of people and goods within the EU is the most important thing the UK government can do to ensure London remains a global art hub.

Part-time Arts And Culture Co-ordinator, Age & Opportunity, Dublin – deadline 12 August 2016

A one-year contract to co-ordinate initiatives including the Bealtaine Festival, Samhain, Cultural Companions and Beosach (Age & Opportunity’s international arts and culture journal).

Applicants must have a minimum of three years proven track record of experience and achievement in the field of arts management. A degree-level qualification in an arts-related field or equivalent is desirable.

20-hour week, Monday to Wednesday; applicants must be highly flexible.

Salary circa €36,000 pro-rata (€19,200 for 20 hours)

National Theatre to launch listening project in response to referendum

One-to-one conversations will be designed to discern as wide a range of attitudes as possible to the UK and its future.

The project will inform the future direction of the National. Artistic director, Rufus Norris, says:

“Art always responds to the time. And this has been a huge wake-up call for all of us to realise that half the country feels that they have no voice. If we are going to be a national organisation we must speak to and for the nation. Our principal response initially is to listen: to listen to that voice and art will follow from that.

Submissions open: 5th International Health Humanities Conference, Seville – deadline for abstracts 30 June 2016

The International Health Humanities Network, University of Seville, is hosting the 5th International Health Humanities Conference, on theme of ‘art and humanities for social inclusion, education and health: creative practice and mutuality’.

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: Music beneficial for early-stage dementia

Researchers led by Dr. Teppo Särkämö at University of Helsinki, Finland have revealed that caregiver-implemented musical leisure activities, particularly singing, are cognitively and emotionally beneficial especially in the early stages of dementia.


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