Launch of Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Arts Strategy
June 19, 2007
I was delighted to attend an event in Dun Laoghaire last night where Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council launched their first published arts strategy. I have to declare an interest here as I worked with the arts office to design and manage the consultation process that informed the shape of the strategy.It’s always satisfying to see a final document after a long and complex consultation process, particularly in this case as great care has gone into the design of the plan which includes a series of commissioned photographs by Ros Kavanagh. I was really impressed by the way in which the arts officer Sharon Murphy acknowledged the work of previous staff of the arts office by naming them and inviting others to contribute written material to the documentation – she placed the current plan in a context that is wider and richer than the period of time that she has been in post at the local authority. I am also delighted that Sharon has become the most recent recipient of the Jerome Hynes Fellowship and will take up her role as Clore Fellow from September onwards.
So much of the work we do as consultants is “confidential” and does not result in public documents which can make it challenging to talk about the work with new and potential clients in the absence of something “tangible”. That’s one of the reasons I started a blog and increasingly I am bumping into people who are reading even if they are not commenting. I’m wondering how other consultants find this issue of the absence of publicly available “evidence” of their work?
I will post a link to the pdf of the plan once it has been uploaded to the DLR site