CPOI organises meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences exploring cultural policy research on the island of Ireland. In this section you will find more information on these activities. Please get in touch if you’d like to work with us on an event.


Making Art in the Rural
6 April 2023
1 – 2pm, Online Webinar

A session co-organised by Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland and the UCD Center for Irish Towns as part of their Talking Towns Seminar Series with UCD Earth Institute

This session explored the circumstances, challenges and opportunities that making art in the rural presents for those living and working in and across the rural.

Bernadette Quinn, Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts & Tourism, Technological University Dublin, Ireland
Harnessing digital infrastructures to make art in the rural

Anthony Schrag, Senior Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland
“Not Solutions Focused”: arts organisations operating in remote and rural areas – findings and discussions from the Rural Arts Network Scotland

Victoria Durrer, Ad Astra Fellow in Cultural Policy, UCD and Aoife McGrath, Senior Lecturer, QUB, Argyro Tsampazi, Researcher, QUB
Sites of Significance: Understanding the dance ecology in rural border areas
(a project funded by Cavan Arts / Cavan County Council with support from Creative Ireland).

Chaired by Orla Murphy, UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy will be chairing our panel.


The Film Festival as a Unique Cultural Space in Ireland, 2 December 2021, via zoom. A place of discovery, the festival format lends itself to experiments with new content, new delivery modes and new experiences. The film festival offers a space for exploring new films, but also pragmatically operates within the wider economies of the international film distribution networks. Join Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director of the Dublin International Film Festival; Mamobo Ogoro of Gorm Media; Sarah Smyth of Screen Scotland; and Fionnuala Sweeney of the Irish Arts Council in a discussion exploring these issues, moderated by Dr. Maria O’Brien.

Our Dancing Lives: From Practice to Policy, 5 November 2021, via zoom.  Led by Dance Ireland and Theatre and Dance NI this event explored findings from the Dance Counts survey and Dance Conversations, a mixed methods dance, film and discussion-based research project undertaken with 6 dance artists from both sides of the border, supported by the Department for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media under the Cooperation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme.


Exploring Disability and the Arts: Rights and Pathways of Support for Artists, March 2019 at Queen’s University Belfast.The event gathered together practitioners, policymakers and researchers to discuss disability within the arts in an informal, conversational setting. 25 people attended, including researchers, artists and individuals from district councils, arts support networks and organisations, arts organisations, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Department for Communities. It was organised by Dr Franziska Schroeder, Sonic Arts Research Centre; Dr. Victoria Durrer, Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland and Paula Larkin, University of Atypical. A statement on Rights and Pathways of Support for Disabled Artists resulted from the event which is available here.


Exploring Cross Border Cultural Policy in Practice, November 2018, in partnership with the North South Social Innovation Network this event explored cultural policy as a cross-border practice.

Brexit Discussions Day, November 2018 at Belfast City Hall. The Belfast Visual Arts Forum (BVAF), in partnership with Theatre NIThriveCreative Europe Desk UK – Northern IrelandAICA (L’Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art) with the support of the Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland hosted a Brexit discussions day on Thursday 1 November 2018. Key findings and points of discussion are available here.

BREXIT Statement was prepared as a result of our discussion.

Perspectives on Cultural Governance: Lessons from Research in The Philippines and Taiwan, February 2018 with Jason Vitorillo, Lecturer in Arts Management at LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore, and Jerry Liu, Professor (Associate) in Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, National Taiwan University of Arts.


Alternative Perspectives on Cultural Participation, October 2017. Abigail Gilmore (University of Manchester), Leila Jancovich (University of Leeds) and David Stevenson (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh) led a discussion exploring the assumptions, problems and capacity issues underlying how we define and value cultural participation in both policy and practice. Presentations available online.

Young people’s perspectives on culture, identity and cultural participation on the island of Ireland today, September 2017. Curated by Molly Goyer Gorman, this event explored young people’s perspectives on culture, identity and cultural participation on the island of Ireland to-day. It featured presentations by postgraduate researchers as well as young people, ages 16 – 25 speaking about cultural activities of importance to them. Presentations available online.


Methods Workshop,  Cultural Policy Research Winter Seminar 2016 in collaboration with MA Festive Arts, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, November 2016.


The Production of Our Contemporary Livelihood conference and CPOI launch at the School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast, October 2015.

CPOI Feasibility meeting held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, May 2015.

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