AMPLIFY: A Call for Transformative Action arose from the recognition that Speak Up: A Call For Change (published in 2021), commissioned by Irish Theatre Institute and funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media, did not adequately capture the experiences of specific communities within the arts and creative sectors.

As a result, research work was undertaken to gather as much intersecting information as possible, focusing on experiences of disabled artists and arts workers, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and artists and arts/creative workers from a minoritised racial or ethnic background.

To capture information on the lived experience of intellectually disabled (ID) artists, a strand of the research focused specifically on surveying ID artists, family members of ID artists, ID arts organisations, and arts workers who facilitate arts projects with ID artists.

The research was developed in consultation with individuals and organisations from these communities.

More than 500 artists and arts workers from across different art forms, including visual arts, theatre, film, music, literature, and others, participated in the study, which comprised online surveys, focus groups, and one-to-one interviews.

Therefore, this report presents the findings of a comprehensive research programme, designed to shed light on the lived experiences of disabled, LGBTQIA+, and ethnically diverse artists and arts workers in Ireland.

All surveys opened on Thursday 25 January 2024 and remained open until Friday 29 March 2024. 

AMPLIFY REPORT:

AMPLIFY REPORT INCLUDING APPENDICES [22MB]

REPORT: Appendices

APPENDIX 1: MARGINALISED VOICES SURVEY QUESTIONS 

APPENDIX 2: MARGINALISED VOICES VIDEO GUIDE

 

APPENDIX 3: RESEARCH PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET 

APPENDIX 4: PARTICIPANT CONSENT FORM

APPENDIX 5: INDICATIVE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 

APPENDIX 6: EASY-READ ARTISTS SURVEY 

APPENDIX 7: EASY-READ SURVEY GUIDE 

APPENDIX 8: ID ARTIST VIDEO GUIDE 

APPENDIX 9: ID FACILITATORS SURVEY 

APPENDIX 10: ID FAMILY MEMBERS SURVEY 

APPENDIX 11: ID ORGANISATIONS SURVEY 

APPENDIX 12: EASY-READ REPORT SUMMARY

PLAIN ENGLISH SUMMARY OF THE AMPLIFY REPORT

AUDIO VERSION of the Report

INFLUENCING CHANGE: PATHWAYS TO DIGNITY AT WORK THROUGH GOOD GOVERNANCE  

In November 2023, Safe to Create undertook a piece of research which asked Chairs, Board Members, Trustees, and Executive/Senior Management to reflect on their level of knowledge and experience of Dignity at Work policy and process from a Governance perspective through participating in a very short anonymous survey entitled ‘Governance and Dignity at Work in Ireland’s Arts & Creative Sectors’. This research was conducted between 21 November 2023 and 31 January 2024.

336 people operating at the upper levels of management and governance in Ireland’s creative sectors accessed the survey.

The aim of this research was to identify the barriers to good governance and dignity at work in Ireland’s publicly funded arts and creative organisations, and called on those in charge to provide insight into what is working and what needs to change so perpetrators of poor and harmful behaviour can be held to account.

The survey was developed by Dr Ciara L. Murphy and Olwen Dawe, in consultation with the Safe to Create programme management team.

The insights gathered from this survey have now been launched as Influencing Change: Pathways to Dignity at Work Through Good Governance (May 2024).

Download: Influencing Change: Pathways to Dignity at Work Through Good Governance (PDF)

The analysis has highlighted that key processes are absent in at least one in four organisations; that there is a strong appetite across leadership in arts organisations to increase knowledge of best practice and engage in additional training; and that smaller organisations often face disproportionate challenges in implementing best practice and require additional support.

This work forms part of Safe to Create’s significant three-year research strand in response to the recommendations of SPEAK UP: A Call for Change (launched 2021) to examine the prevalence and impact of harmful behaviours in Ireland’s arts/creative sector. Importantly, the insights gathered will guide and assist in the development of further Safe to Create supports, toolkits, training and other materials to improve workplace experience in our sector.

A huge and sincere thank you to all who gave their time and attention to participate in these important pieces of work.

 

BACKGROUND:

The SPEAK UP: A Call for Change report was launched in October 2021. Researched by Dr. Ciara L. Murphy, Dr. Brenda Donohue, and Conall Ó Duibhir, with support from Dr. Peter Campbell and Olwen Dawe, the report’s stark findings confirmed that there is a culture of harmful workplace behaviour throughout the arts sector and a worrying lack of supports to tackle this issue. The ‘Safe to Create’ programme responds to a series of recommendations identified in this report.

Recommendation 5 of the Speak Up report called for investment in further research, noting that without a full picture of the size and demographics of the sector, accurate and worthwhile analysis of issues – and progress – is difficult to achieve around Dignity at Work.

As a result of this recommendation, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media and Irish Theatre Institute re-engaged the research team to undertake a significant research programme from 2022-2025 to examine the prevalence and impact of harmful behaviours in Ireland’s arts/creative sector, and to measure the impact of the Safe to Create programme. Both research reports, AMPLIFY: A Call for Transformative Action and Influencing Change were initiated following this recommendation.

 

Updated July 2024