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Orla Moloney
Head of Arts Participation, Arts Council
The Artist in the Community Scheme brings artists and communities together in a
collaborative process of considering and making art. From an Arts Council
perspective, this collaboration is important and exciting not only in terms of social
inclusion and equity but also in terms of arts practice and artform development.
While facilitating the public to extend and enhance their experiences of the arts, it
also assists artists in realising their artistic ambitions, two of the key goals outlined
in Partnership for the Arts, the Arts Council’s strategy document (2006 – 2010)
The scheme is open to artists across a wide range of artforms and to a diversity of
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groups and communities. These may be groups from urban or rural areas; they may
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be long standing residents or people who are newly arrived; they may be living
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independently or residing in a hospital or care environment. They may be young,
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the above. Or, they may simply be united by a common interest or pursuit.
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Regardless of the extent of the participants’ knowledge or experience in the arts,
the opportunity to collaborate with a skilled artist brings an opportunity to stop
and take a second look at what may be called ‘normal’ in everyday life. In the arts,
nothing is ‘normal’. Everything can be re-viewed from new angles and in different
ISBN: 978-1-869895-08-2
lights. But the process is not confined to the participants. The artist is also called
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upon to take a second look at their practice and the artform in which they work. It is
a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic,
mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without first seeking the
a challenging but potentially liberating process for all involved, where assumptions
written permission of the copyright owners and of the publishers.
are questioned and everybody has a part to play in the creation of new work.
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