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The Arts Office

Dublin's cultural and arts heritage is a fundamental part of the city's identity. Our capital city has a reputation as a modern, vibrant place to live, work and visit.

By working in partnership with arts practitioners and organisations, we can ensure the arts remain a vital part of Dublin. The City Arts Office assists artists and communities to enhance their contributions to and experiences within the arts.

The City Arts Office is part of Dublin City Council’s Culture Recreation Amenity and Community Department. It holds a specialised remit to: 

  1. Practice the arts - for example, by supporting artists and arts organisations
  2. Participate in the arts - support individuals and groups who want to develop an arts project, whether community-led or otherwise, or who want guidance in learning about the arts 
  3. Develop audiences for the arts - whether in schools, communities or in business
  4. Work with other City Sections to maximise opportunity for the public to engage in the arts, and particularly to improve access to the arts

The City Arts Office works in partnership with other Dublin City Council sections, and in particular with those concerned with arts and cultural programming and provision.

These include but are not limited to:

Planning Department
Heritage
Archaeology
Community
Irish Language
Festivals and Events
City Libraries
The Hugh Lane Gallery
City Parks
City Architects

In alignment with DCC objectives as expressed in the Arts Plan 2014-2018, these following core competencies are key to successful applications to the Revenue Grant Organisations of the City Arts Office.

  1. Strategic Leadership: adaptability and contribution to the sustainability and development of the city’s arts infrastructure.
  2. Arts Development and Public Engagement: supporting access, awareness and appreciation of the arts, given demonstrable connection between excellence and access.
  3. Partnership: providing stimulus and opportunity for the arts sector.