About Ireland Inspires
The Irish community in Britain has always engaged in culture, arts and sport as a means to identify and express, remember and flourish. Irish in Britain is committed to building on this deep–rooted heritage through high quality cultural development work. With Ireland Inspires, we aim to create, support and celebrate the Irish communities’ contribution, shared experiences and future participation in the cultural landscape of Britain.
“Working closely with Irish in Britain on their youth music project, I was inspired by their cultural vision and expertise. The outcomes were creative, contemporary and proved to be a real opportunity for partnership working both within and beyond the Irish community.”
Sid Peacock, composer
Our four year cultural strategy, 2012–2016
Our first ever Cultural Strategy, developed in 2011, sets out our commitment, vision and future ambitions, and it is through the development and implementation of this strategy that we hope to become a leader in the nurturing, promotion and safe–guarding of culture, arts and sport for the Irish community here.
The strategy is a framework for action and will underpin the development of our cultural programming for the years ahead. It is driven by our view that the cultural, artistic and sporting identity of the Irish in Britain is at the very heart of all of us and is a path through which all parts of the community can contribute and benefit. Through the Ireland Inspires cultural strategy we will work to:
• develop opportunities for Irish people living in Britain to engage in and experience high quality cultural pursuits as creators, participants, and audience members
• advocate for and provide access to arts and cultural experiences that enrich lives and strengthen communities
• work in partnership with our members and other stakeholders
• celebrate and promote the contribution and significance of Irish cultural activity to life in Britain
Throughout its lifetime the strategy will provide the framework for nationwide arts, sport and heritage provision and development for the Irish communities in Britain. Across four areas of work – projects, advocacy, support and communication and in keeping with the guiding ambitions, all programmes and activities devised and implemented by Irish in Britain will work to be creative, strategic, enriching and high quality.
For more detail, read our four–year cultural strategy.
Each year, the strategy will be reviewed and the outcomes from our cultural work strategically planned, monitored and evaluated from which new work and projects will be develop which take account of the aims of Irish in Britain, wider cultural policy changes and developments, the needs of our members and stakeholders and our success and challenges over the previous year. To see a review of our work in 2012 see our report here and our infographic here.
Partnerships and Collaborative Working
At the heart of our cultural activity is the development of partnerships and working in collaboration. We believe collaborative approaches progress our own work, learning, and discourse and offer Irish people in Britain ways to meet with other communities and audiences, providing us with new opportunities for engagement and programming. Through our cultural work to date we have worked with a wide variety of partners on a range of projects including our Irish community members, universities, archives and arts, heritage, sporting and organisations.
Interested in working with us on a project? Get in touch!
We provide support, advice and signposting to our members, arts, sports and heritage organisations as well as individual artists and practitioners working in the sector. Our support is offered across areas including cultural funding advice, marketing and communication, strategic and project planning and other needs of our community and stakeholder groups.
Got an issue or need some advice? Contact us
Over the second half of our cultural strategy term, Irish in Britain aim to become a leading representative voice for the Irish community in Britain for cultural policy. The cultural coordinator will work with our policy officer to identify areas of priority. We will respond to relevant policy consultations in both Britain and Ireland; develop policy positions around particular issues, for example funding for Irish cultural work in Britain; and begin the development of a long–term policy position to inform approaches to our cultural development work going forward and to better enable our community’s engagement with cultural life in Britain.
We’ll keep you updated of our work in the area on our news page but if you’d like to get involved and have a particular issue, get in touch with our cultural coordinator.