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.

EXPLORING MARGINALISED VOICES IN IRELAND’S ARTS SECTOR

After the Speak Up report was published, it was recognised that the initial research did not adequately capture the experiences of certain communities within the arts/creative sector. As a result, Safe to Create are undertaking qualitative and quantitative research to gather as much intersecting information as possible, focusing on experiences of disabled artists and arts workers (including those with intellectual disability), members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and artists and arts/creative workers from a minoritised racial or ethnic background. This research, which includes online surveys (with printed options available on request) and a series of one-on-one interviews, has been developed in consultation with individuals and organisations from these communities.

All surveys are open until Friday 29 March 2024.

If you are an artist or arts worker:

  • With a disability;
  • You are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community;
  • And/or you are an artist or arts worker from a minoritised racial or ethnic background,

We would like to invite you to participate in this research by completing the Safe to Create online survey at this link.

Más mian leat an suirbhé a líonadh trí Ghaeilge, is féidir leat é sin a dhéanamh anseo.

For step-by-step instructions on completing the survey, you can watch our video guide below.

If you need further assistance, you can call their helpline (free of charge) on +353 1 254 8680 at these times until 29 March 2024:

Wednesdays 6 – 8pm

Thursdays 12 – 2pm and 3 – 5pm

Fridays 12 – 2pm

 

Print copies of surveys are available on request: Please contact info@safetocreate.ie or +353 1 670 4906. The deadline for requesting a print copy is Friday 22 March with a deadline of Friday 5 April for returning the completed printed copies.

Safe to Create are aware that, often, the experiences of artists with intellectual disabilities are not considered within research into wider arts sector working conditions. They are determined to redress this imbalance. They are asking similar questions, with adapted language and focus, to ID artists around Ireland. They have divided the research questions between four groups so that they can include the voices and experiences of ID artists, as well as the various support systems around them: families and guardians, professional artists working with ID artists, and ID arts organisations. The survey for ID artists is easy-read, and we have made a short video guide (with subtitles) to answering the questions, so that the survey is accessible to as many people as possible. Even so, we anticipate that most ID artists will require support to complete some, or all, of the questions.

Safe to Create acknowledge that ID arts practice is often very different to other sector’s practice; funding, access, timeframes, and levels of artistic agency are not always the same as for non-disabled artists, and organisations vary considerably in these in these areas. This research aims to capture all of this, and your answers will be used to guide equitable support frameworks for ID artists in Ireland in the future. The survey questions also aim to capture your own professional experiences of workplace conditions and behaviours.

If you are an artist with an intellectual disabilityor someone assisting an artist with an intellectual disability, you can complete the survey in three ways:

  1. Fill out this Easy-to-Read PDF, save and return it by email to info@safetocreate.ie.
  2. Print out this Easy-to-Read PDF, complete it by hand and return it by post to Irish Theatre Institute, 17 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 F293 / scan and email to info@safetocreate.ie.
  3. Contact info@safetocreate.ie or +353 1 670 4906 if you would like them to post you a hard copy of the survey. You can then complete it by hand and return it by post / scan and email to info@safetocreate.ie.

Please use this Easy-to-Read guide or watch the video below to help you to complete the survey. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the above email address / number.

If you are the family member or guardian of an artist with an intellectual disabilityyou can complete the survey in three ways:

  1. Complete the online survey at this link.
  2. Fill out this interactive PDF, save and return it by email on info@safetocreate.ie.
  3. Print out this PDF, complete it by hand and return it by post at Irish Theatre Institute, 17 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 F293 / scan and email to info@safetocreate.ie.

If you are a facilitator of ID arts practice, you can complete the survey in three ways:

  1. Complete the online survey at this link.
  2. Fill out this interactive PDF, save and return it by email on info@safetocreate.ie.
  3. Print out this PDF, complete it by hand and return it by post at Irish Theatre Institute, 17 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 F293 / scan and email to info@safetocreate.ie.

If you are a member of an organisation working with ID artists, you can complete the survey in three ways:

  1. Complete the online survey at this link.
  2. Fill out this interactive PDF, save and return it by email on info@safetocreate.ie.
  3. Print out this PDF, complete it by hand and return it by post at Irish Theatre Institute, 17 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 F293 / scan and email to info@safetocreate.ie.

For step-by-step instructions on completing the online survey, you can watch the video guide here.

If you need further assistance, you can call the helpline (free of charge) on +353 1 254 8680 at these times until 29 March 2024:

Wednesdays 6 – 8pm

Thursdays 12 – 2pm and 3 – 5pm

Fridays 12 – 2pm

Print copies of surveys are available on request: Please contact info@safetocreate.ie or +353 1 670 4906. The deadline for requesting a print copy is Friday 22 March with a deadline of Friday 5 April for returning the completed printed copies.

Visit Safe to Create to learn more about the programme