Volume 4, 2016-17

Volume 4, 2016-17

Table of Contents

Art practice, process, and new urbanism in Dublin: Art Tunnel Smithfield and social practice placemaking in the Irish capital

This paper presents research with Art Tunnel Smithfield (ATS), Dublin, positioning it in Dublin-wide place- making practices, and situating it within the city’s tracts of vacant land and Dublin’s bespoke new urbanism. It focuses on the project as a form of social arts practice, giving examples of arts activities and agencies in the space, and locat- ing the work within placemaking typology as ‘social practice placemaking’ (SPPM).

Key words: architecture; art; critical spatial practice; placemaking

‘Just about coping’: precarity and resilience among applied theatre and community arts workers in Northern Ireland

Through a focused study on the 2013 UK City of Culture programme in Derry / Londonderry, this paper explores the economic precarity of community-based artists, despite such programmes heavy reliance on such artists for proposed ‘success’. 

Key words: Precarity; resilience; community arts; freelance workers; Northern Ireland; applied drama

Exporting Art from Ireland: The Alfred Beit Foundation and the Protection of Cultural Property

This article examines the legislative framework in place in Ireland, before and after the events of the Beit sale in 2015. The sale was challenged in court by An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland – and the court case began a judicial review of the licensing regime, which initiated a series of changes by the Irish government. The article reviews the changes made to the system, and highlights continuing weaknesses in the regime.

Key words: cultural property; Alfred Beit Foundation; cultural heritage law; corporate governance

A view from the bridge: institutional perspectives on the use of a national internship scheme (JobBridge) in Ireland’s National Cultural Institutions

Ireland’s National Internship Scheme, also known as JobBridge, was in place between 2011 and 2016, and in excess of 40,000 internships were commenced during that period across the private, public and voluntary sectors. This study examines the use of JobBridge and other internship schemes in five of Ireland’s National Cultural Institutions during a time of high unemployment and an extended recruitment moratorium in the public sector.

Key words: JobBridge; internships; unemployment; national cultural institutions; passionate labour; social capital

REVIEW: Communities of Musical Practice (Ailbhe Kenny: Routledge, 2016) 

A review of Communities of Musical Practice by Ailbhe Kenny, which explores ‘situated’ collaborative music-making practices on the ground in Ireland.

Key words: community music; Ireland;

REVIEW: The Cultural Intermediaries Reader (Jennifer Smith Maguire and Julian Matthews, eds.: Sage, 2014)

A review of the conceptualisations of ‘cultural intermediaries’ in The Cultural Intermediaries Reader, edited by Jennifer Smith Maguire and Julian Mathews.

Key words: cultural intermediaries; production; consumption; art; culture

REVIEW: The Great Reimagining: Public Art, Urban Space and the Symbolic Landscapes of a ‘New’ Northern Ireland (Bree T. Hocking: Berghahn, 2015)

A review of The Great Reimagining: Public Art, Urban Space and the Symbolic Landscapes of a ‘New’ Northern Ireland is written by Bree T. Hocking.

Key words: Northern Ireland; public art; legacy; past

REVIEW: Cultural Capital: The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain (Robert Hewison: Verso Books, 2014)

A review of Robert Hewison’s Cultural Capital: The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain, which provides a cultural historian’s perspective on publically funded culture in Britain from 1997 to 2012.

Key words: New Labour; cultural policy; cultural industries; creative industries


Editorial Board:
Pat Cooke (University College Dublin); Victoria Durrer (Queen’s University Belfast); Emily Mark-FitzGerald (University College Dublin); Kerry McCall (Institute of Art, Design & Technology Dún Laoghaire); Niamh NicGhabhann (University of Limerick)

Assistant Editor: Laura Ryan