Space for the Arts
A Space For the Arts – Draíocht’s Strategy 2018-2022, presents a vision which may be familiar – of an Ireland where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy and be enriched by the arts.
How we work towards that vision stems from our name: Draíocht meaning magic. We want to share the magic of the arts through presenting a year-round programme of work, by creating opportunities for participation and by close collaboration with artists, all the while bringing our values of welcome, fun, magic, belonging and nurture abundantly to life.
Our Strategic Priorities:
We have identified five strategic priorities which support and drive our ambitions now and into the future.
Supporting artists at the heart of our work is a programme of theatre, dance, music, comedy, visual arts, work for children, young people and families, workshops and so much more. With careful consideration of all tastes and budgets, it blends Irish and international work, community and professional artists, work that is popular as well as that which may be new and unknown. Such a programme requires careful curation and takes time. We encourage our audiences and develop deep relationships with the artists, companies and networks which will serve us and them. In doing all this there is one constant that guides us: quality. We want only the very best for our audiences and our artists.
Reaching more people
There’s much to explore and celebrate in our community, one of the fastest growing, youngest and most diverse in Ireland. We want to play a pivotal role in foregrounding and promoting all that makes it so unique as well as in appreciating our common ground. We want to provide opportunities for people to explore and express their creativity as individuals and as a community and to consider their relationship with the area, creating a proud, unassailable sense of place.
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
Giving children and young people a voice
Our belief in the value of the arts for children and young people as well as the demographics of the area drives this priority for us. We want to offer every child and young person ongoing access to the arts in a safe and stimulating environment where they feel free to be their creative selves. Our work will be informed by what we know but, more importantly, will respond to what the younger members of our community tell us is relevant and of interest to them. In doing so, we will uphold our position as a model of best practice in arts provision for children and young people.
We believe that we can achieve more for the people that matter to us by working collaboratively with key organisations. Recognising that truly effective partnerships take time and are built on trust and respect, we will work over the next few years to strengthen the existing relationships we value and to identify and develop strong new ones with complementary or like-minded partners. As we seek to expand our reach and impact, we look forward to establishing these partnerships with all types of organisations within the arts, culture and creative industries, the business and education sectors and with statutory agencies and departments.
Securing our future
To support the delivery of this strategy and better ensure our future we need to review and strengthen how we work. We need to develop our capacity and capability in a number of key areas to keep abreast of regulation, uphold best practice and be ready to deal confidently with any new opportunities or challenges that may arise.