Welcome to 126

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FOOTFALL is a national collaborative research project where 126 will explore the position of small arts organisations in Ireland. FOOTFALL will aim to create a national conversation between all of the smaller self-organising artist-led spaces in Ireland.

The goal of the research project is to develop new, nuanced means to articulate the value of the work of smaller diverse and risk-taking visual arts organisations, adding to or replacing the need for econometric indices (e.g. revenue and footfall). FOOTFALL will make a case for the viability of smaller arts organisations by questioning their sustainability and examining their situation. Questioning what separates the activities of artist led organisations from those of other art institutions and what role they play in artist’s careers. This will involve finding and creating a network of collaborative partners, conducting qualitative and quantitative research through survey, co-ordinating a working symposium and publishing a research report.

The research and data compiled will culminate in symposium that will take place in the Harbour Hotel on Friday the 21st of November 2014, as part of TULCA Festival of Visual Art. Four speakers including Valerie Connor (NCFA, independent curator) will present papers at the symposium. The artists and researchers Ailbhe Murphy and Ciaran Smyth (Vagabond Reviews) will facilitate the event.

A report on the whole research project will be written by Joanne Laws and published in 2015. We believe the FOOTFALL research report will be comprehensive and nationally relevant to artist-led organsations, funding bodies, arts policy makers and researchers in the coming years.