The Arts Council at 70: Critical Voices 2022

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Thursday 14 July 2022

8:30 pm

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In this, its seventieth year, the Arts Council has commissioned Critical Voices 2022, a series of essays and accompanying discussions. Critical Voices 2022 reflects on the Arts Council’s history, the value of the arts, and the impact of 70 years of public investment in the arts. Critical Voices, in collaboration with the West Cork Literary Festival presents a special event with unique perspectives on the role of the arts in Ireland past, present and future. This event features contributing essayists Rita Duffy (visual artist) and Professor Kevin Rafter (Chair of the Arts Council) and they will be in conversation with Fiona Kearney

Admission: €5

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Copies of the Critical Voices 2022 publication will be available at this event. Topics included in the publication and series include

  • the relationship between various governments and the arts since the 1950s,
  • the arts and culture as common languages across the world
  • reflections on a diverse Ireland and the role of the arts in celebrating contemporary Ireland
  • recognising the role of creativity as a positive force in the world
  • ról agus tiomantas na Comhairle Ealaíon don Ghaeilge a mheasiú agus an ról is féidir leis na healaíona a imirt chun  forbairt na Ghaeilge mar theanga bheo labhartha a chinntiú.


Rita Duffy

Rita Duffy is one of Ireland's groundbreaking artists, using her work to involve the histories and narratives of different communities in Ireland and all over the world. She became famous...

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Prof. Kevin Rafter

Prof. Kevin Rafter was appointed Chair of the Arts Council in June 2019. He is Head of the School of Communications at Dublin City University and is the author/editor of...

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