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Wednesday 22nd March 2000 at 11am 0 Comments

Members Determine that art should

"punch above its weight"

At the first meeting of the newly appointed Arts Council, on Thursday 16 March, it was resolved to translate the enthusiasm and vigour of the new 15-strong membership into a determination to seeopenness in decision making and transparency of process carried into all the Council’s affairs. In keeping with this spirit, the first decision taken by the new Council was to investigate the practicalities of opening all its meetings to the public.

Members responded warmly to a briefing given from a senior official of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. He stressed that this was a time of great opportunity and also alerted members to the hard work that lay ahead and the need to ensure that arts and culture were making a full contribution to society. The Council is looking forward to a closer relationship with the Department in achieving this end.

The Council recognises the international context in which the arts from Northern Ireland are presented and the great distinction and celebration its artists have brought to Northern Ireland.

Members have been appointed by the Minister for their personal expertise and energies for the service of the arts. While individual members are not appointed to represent any particular interest group, they do re present collectively the sector as a whole. It is the collective responsibility of the new Council to determine future direction and the Council intends to embrace this unparalleled opportunity to develop imaginative new ideas, to enable the sector to exercise its influence on the programme for government.

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