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‘Building the Dream in a Theatre of Peace: Community Arts Management and the Position of the Practitioner in Northern Ireland’

Jennings, Matt (2012) ‘Building the Dream in a Theatre of Peace: Community Arts Management and the Position of the Practitioner in Northern Ireland’. Journal of Arts and Communities, 4 (3). pp. 161-180. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1386/jaac.4.3.161_1

Abstract

This article addresses the practice of community drama as an aspect of conflict transformation in Northern Ireland since the beginning of the peace process established by the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, particularly examining the tensions between public policy, arts management, and the experiences of practitioners and participants. The key focus is an analysis of the ways in which organizational contexts have enhanced or restricted the potential for critically reflective practice. As has been discussed in a previous article by M. Jennings and A. Baldwin, the prioritization within cultural development organizations of adhering to ‘top-down’ funding agendas and evaluation criteria has neglected consideration of the real challenges faced and the achievements of facilitators and participants within the context of specific projects. The complexity of the relationships between artists, cultural development organizations, funding bodies and the state have made it difficult for community artists to establish and transmit the values and significance of their own practice. The tensions between these stakeholders have undermined both the efficacy of community arts practice and the credibility of cultural development policy within contemporary Northern Ireland. The controversies around, scepticism regarding and even bomb attacks on the offices of the UK City of Culture company in Derry/Londonderry during the last two years indicate the risks of failure in these areas.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:community drama/community-based theatre arts management Northern Ireland conflict transformation cultural development practitioner
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:30401
Deposited By: Dr Matt Jennings
Deposited On:14 Oct 2014 09:06
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:16

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