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 essayist Professor Kevin Rafter (Chair of the Arts Council) and he will be in conversation with Fiona Kearney, director of the Glucksman Gallery

Visual artist Rita Duffy was scheduled to speak at this event but is no longer available

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.


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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Fiona Kearney

Fiona Kearney is the founding Director of the Glucksman, a purpose-built contemporary art museum on the campus of University College Cork. In this position, she has curated numerous exhibitions of...

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