Dublin City Council has launched a new survey into the provision of arts and culture spaces, programmes, activities and services within the Dublin North-Central area of the city.
The study will seek to explore how artists and arts organisations interact with the local community, identify existing barriers to participation, and generate new ideas to improve arts infrastructure in the North Central area in the future.
Dublin North-Central has become one of the fastest growing administrative areas of Dublin City, covering neighbourhoods such as Kilbarrack, Raheny, Belmayne, Clongriffin, Donaghmede, Coolock, Clontarf, Fairview, Darndale, Priorswood and Clare Hall, Artane and Beaumont. Despite a steady growth in resident numbers and community initiatives, the provision of arts and cultural infrastructure in the area remains low compared to other parts of Dublin.
Ray Yeates, City Arts Officer at Dublin City Council Arts commented, “Dublin North Central is home to many of the city’s great artists and creative initiatives yet the area does not automatically spring to mind when identifying a thriving arts and culture community. We are excited to launch this research, which will be the first localised arts and culture study into a specific administrative area of the city. The ambition for this project is to comprehensively depict the needs of both the artists and the audiences of the North Central area to foster informed and considered future provision and supports are in place.”
The project builds on recent research undertaken to inform the Dublin City Council Development Plan, which recognises there is a fundamental link between arts infrastructure and developing sustainable places; that art provides mutual benefits to both the artist and to the community in which they create.
The first phase of the research project includes a survey which is being hosted at www.dublinnorthcentral.ie and the deadline for responses is Sunday 03 April 2022. The survey is being undertaken by Turley Strategic Communications and the survey will be followed by a series of focus groups scheduled to take place in April 2022, managed by Thrive Audience Development.
The research is being widely supported by existing arts projects taking place in the North Central area throughout 2022 including: Creative Places, a programme of Arts Practice and Participation in Darndale, Faoin Speir, a community arts fete due to take place in summer 2022, and Artane Place, a new artist workspaces project.
Source: Dublin City Council