July Newsletter- Arts Audiences

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Welcome to our news for Summer 2014

WE HAVE A NEW WEBSITE.  Go to www.artsaudiences.ie to see all our latest news and check out our reports and training.  To add upcoming events directly to your schedule using our calendar feature, click here

ALUMNI DAY FOR GRADUATES. On July 4th, Venue and Festival Managers who have graduated from the Audience Development Programme over the last two years joined this year’s class to enjoy a day of continued learning, including a session on dealing with the media.  In the afternoon, the class met Alistair Spalding, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells and heard him being interviewed by Laurence Mackin, Irish Times. See the interview in the Irish Times here

GOOGLE @ THE ARTS DAY. On May 15th we had our annual day at Google.  As always the Google volunteers delivered a series of fascinating talks on subjects such as ‘How to increase your web presence’ and ‘The Irish Digital Landscape’ as well as hearing from fellow Arts Organisations who have benefited from the individual Google mentoring.  The lucky 150 who were  able to attend were challenged, interested and engaged.  If you were unable to join us in 2014, there’s always next year.

To hear more about the day and perhaps spot yourself in a photo, click here


OPERA- This new Arts Audiences/Arts Council project is aimed at building capacity in opera organisations around audiences. In 2014,  Four opera companies will work with the recently appointed consultants (Annette Nugent and Heather Maitland) and ultimately a report will be produced on ‘How to market an opera production in Ireland’.Learn more here

CINEMA-On June 17th, participants in the ongoing cultural cinema benchmarking gathered at the IFI for the latest results. Details (and photos) here

LITERARY FESTIVALS benchmarking.  Work is ongoing on this project and we look forward to hearing the latest results in December.

HERE & NOW This ongoing exploration of gallery visitors in Ireland is designed to gain insight into how audiences are engaging with the visual arts. More information here.


This Spring we ran Touring Marketing Training, offered to those funded by the Arts Council to tour from July-December of 2014.  The 3 intensive days on how to market a production on tour were attended by organisations including; Fabulous Beast, Liz Roche Company, Tumble Circus, Irish National Youth Ballet Co., Access Cinema, The Ark, Una McKevitt, Raymond Scannell, FARM, Joanna Williams, Kids Own, Marie Brett, Kinsale Arts Festival and Note Productions as well as Aisling Ghear, Moving on Music and Maiden Voyage, all three of whom joined us from Northern Ireland under the new cross-border touring initiative. See more here

Well done on completing the course and good luck with the tours.







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