When: Wednesday June 12 & Thursday June 13
Where: Sessions in National Opera House & Wexford Arts Centre
Tickets: On sale now – ticket includes access to all sessions, lunch on both days, dinner and evening programme
Hotels: We’ve secured a really good rate in Clayton Whites Hotel
Travel: Options here.

Programme Summary 

Wednesday June 12 National Opera House

From 11.00
At registration, sign up for your e-car test drive, available throughout the afternoon.

Screening of documentary Borderlands directed by Oisín Kearney.

Keynote address, New Frontiers
On the edge of Europe with our confidence in the soft power of cultural diplomacy and exchange dented, how will culture re-connect and connect us across city, county, new country and continental borders to imagine new frontiers?Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, British Council introduced by Eugene Downes. Afterwards, in conversation with Ása Richardsdóttir, Secretary General, IETM.

Menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices.

Theatre Forum and TheatreNI chairs welcome delegates. Peter Daly and Louise Rossington

Valuing artists
A conversation about how important it is to value artists as well as the arts:
Artists examine the fault lines in their working worldMaking arts centres work for artists Paying artists accordingly.
Lian Bell, Andrea Irvine, Aonghus Óg McAnally, and Catherine Young with Julie Kelleher

Open Forum
Discussion on how to value artists, what needs to be done to improve employment conditions and increase work opportunities in the performing arts?Vicky Blades, Eoghan Carrick, Ása Richardsdóttir, and Ann Russell with Anna Walsh


Valuing and developing audiences
We have come to expect personalised marketing communications, more intense experiences and social activism from our chosen brands. This conversation to investigates how arts marketing can and does successfully capitalise on these trends.
Jennifer Jennings, Heather Maitland, Philip McMahon, and Dawn Walton

Evening Programme

The Deadly World of Opera
Join Irish National Opera and studio artists for a performance of The Deadly World of Opera, Jerome Hynes Theatre, the National Opera House.

Reception hosted by Wexford Arts Office in the foyer, National Opera House.

Dinner, Clayton Whites Hotel.

Evening event

Jilted Generations DJ/Music/performance event with special guest artists/Live art, Wexford Arts Centre.

Thursday 13 June Wexford Arts Centre

Venues and Festivals Forum
Climate Action! High Importance
Venues, arts centres and festivals get together to talk about topics of particular interest to arts organisations.
With a recently declared Climate Emergency, find out what you and your organisation can do right now.
Discussion led by Catríona Fallon, a founder of the Green Arts Initiative in Ireland joined by Claire Murray, Head of Development and Marketing at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.

Venues Review
The County and City Management Association (CCMA) and the Arts Council commissioned a joint study of arts centres in Ireland. It has concluded and its commissioners are considering actions arising from the Review. The Arts Council will itself be responding to findings of the Review through forthcoming applications for funding in 2020. Hear more about the findings and how local authorities and the Arts Council will respond jointly and separately in the coming years.
Val Ballance

National Opera House

Coffee and networking

Resonant edges, Vocal Workshop
For artists who wish to enhance their vocal skills through live practice and group experiences, this workshop offers warm-ups, vocal exercises and singing, with reference to the inclusive and creative engagement practices of Music Generation Wexford.
Aileen Donohue

Networks across borders
Think of the word ‘networking’ and you might grimace. And yet to prolong the life of a show, develop the widest audience possible while diversifying income, creating a strong local, national and international network is probably the most important action an artist or producer can take outside of the studio or rehearsal room. This session looks at the opportunities, challenges and outcomes experienced by artists and organisations in creating and maintaining networks.
Tom Bonte and Bush Moukarzel with Róise Goan

Menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices.

Blurring Boundaries
How boundaries, real or imagined, stage and screen, music and dance, theatre and opera, virtual and real are becoming blurred all to the good for the art, artists and audiences.
Emily Aoibheann, Luke Casserly, and Emma Martin with Tom Creed

Closing address Reframing our borders – What if?
Oisín Kearney and Michael Patrick talk about their play for Ireland, THE ALTERNATIVE, and some questions it poses. What if Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom? What if Home Rule had passed? What if there was no War of Independence? No Civil War? No partition? What if the island had only one soccer team?
Oisín Kearney, Michael Patrick

Closing remarks