Dublln City Council has launched a new research project into the provision of arts and culture spaces and services within the Dublin North-West area of the city.
DCC seeks to explore how artists and organisations interact with the community, identify existing barriers to participation, writes Rose Barrett. This will help to generate more ideas, programmes, activities and services and thereby improve arts infrastructure in Dublin North-West going forward.
Dublin North-West has become one of the fastest growing administrative areas of Dublin City, covering the neighbourhoods of Ballymun, Finglas, parts of Glasnevin (Ballygall), Santry area of Fingal and the Whitehall area to the West of Swords Road.
Despite a steady growth in population and community initiatives, the provision of arts and cultural infrastructure in the area remains lower than other parts of Dublin.
Ray Yates, DCC City Arts Officer said: “Dublin North-West is home to many of the city’s great artists and creative programmes, yet the area does not automatically spring to mind when identifying a thriving arts and culture community. We are excited to launch this research survey, which will act as a localised arts and culture study into North-West area of the city.”
He continued: “The ambition for this project is to comprehensively understand the needs of artists, those who wish to participate in and learn through the arts and the needs of audiences in the North West area.”
The project builds on recent similar research undertaken in the Dublin North-Central area, which recognises the fundamental link between arts infrastructure and developing sustainable places; that art provides mutual benefits to both the artist and the community in which they create.
The deadline for responses to the first phase of the research project is Friday, September 15 and includes a survey which is being hosted at www.dublinnorthwest-arts.ie
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