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'Just about coping': precarity and resilience among applied theatre and community arts workers in Northern Ireland

Jennings, Matt, Beirne, Martin and Knight, Stephanie (2017) 'Just about coping': precarity and resilience among applied theatre and community arts workers in Northern Ireland. Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy, 4 . pp. 14-24. [Journal article]

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Abstract

In March 2015, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) cut grant funding to some arts organisations by 40-100%, in order to manage an 11% reduction from the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) in its 2015/16 Budget (ACNI, 2015). This was despite a high-profile ‘13p for the arts’ ACNI campaign, which had lobbied the NIE to preserve existing levels of arts funding (estimated at 13p per capita per week), already significantly lower than in other parts of the UK (‘far less than the 32 pence per week spent in Wales’, Litvack, 2014, online). Alongside cuts to spending on Social Development, Health and Education, and a reduction in European Union Peace funding, these have reduced the financial support available to applied theatre and community arts practitioners in Northern Ireland, despite such initiatives as the 2013 UK City of Culture programme. In these increasingly precarious conditions, how can community-based artists survive?

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Precarity; resilience; community arts; freelance workers; Northern Ireland; applied drama
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:38032
Deposited By: Wendy Aiken (Admin)
Deposited On:26 Sep 2017 18:13
Last Modified:05 Jul 2019 09:03

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