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Arts Council research 'Third Spaces'

As part of its strategy development, the Arts Council recently engaged Pathfinder/Bricolage to carry out qualitative research into perceptions of the arts with small groups around Ireland. The insights from this exercise they found surprising, challenging, encouraging and compelling. 

Small groups of members of the public from different age profiles and socio economic backgrounds were engaged and asked to discuss 'What is Art?'

The objective was 'to determine how to increase public engagement in the Arts'. The type of questions, answers and responses received, outlined the many different barriers to engaging with the arts, as well as what people want to gain from engaging with the arts. Many people outlined a lack of confidence in crossing into perceived traditional 'arts spaces' with many explaining how art which appears in a variety of locations such as car parks, fields, streets etc, gives a permission to engage in 'high art'. These spaces have been termed 'Third Spaces' and are the kind of spaces where the Street Artists, the Circus Artists and the Spectacle Artists present work.

Some key recommendations emerged from this study which included the following:

  • Make Arts Council decisions more transparent

  • Encourage more locally accessible art projects

  • Grow excellence in arts

  • Develop more community and socially engaged projects

  • Encourage young talent

  • Explore people's creativity

  • Root the arts in the community

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Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network

Irish Theatre Institute, 17 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
00 353 (0)87 0541812 info@isacs.ie
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