We want a Dublin
where culture connects
everything and everyone.

Established in April 2018 Dublin City Council Culture Company runs cultural initiatives and buildings in the city and
is involved in the implementation of the Dublin City Cultural Strategy.


Collaborating with citizens, communities, cultural organisations, businesses, and Dublin City Council itself, the company’s work is focused on embedding cultural experiences and increasing cultural participation throughout Dublin’s neighbourhoods. A sustainable city is based upon the foundations of, and interactions between, economic development, environmental sustainability, social inclusion and culture. This new company signals the central role that culture plays in the daily lives of all who work, live in, or visit Dublin.

Our Initiatives


Dublin’s Culture Connects

aims to connect Dubliners to their city through making and taking part in culture. It’s really that simple. We base projects on people’s stories, wishes and experiences. We do this in the best way possible by listening, learning and sharing. We are not afraid to try new things.

Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg

is Dublin City's response to the national initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Cruinniú na nÓg captures the ethos of Creative Ireland’s Creative Youth Pillar. The Dublin City programme’s focus is participation, with activities taking place in all kinds of spaces from National Cultural Institutions to community spaces, from city suburbs to beaches and parks. Dublin Cruinniú takes place on Saturday June 23 and is presented in partnership with Creative Ireland and RTÉ.

14 Henrietta Street

is a new visitor attraction opening to the public in September 2018. Pre­launch tours are available from 6 July - 8 September 2018, but should be pre-booked. Dating from the 1720s, Henrietta Street is the most intact collection of early to mid-­18th century houses in Ireland. From Georgian townhouse to Tenement dwelling, 14 Henrietta Street tells the story of the house and the lives of the people who lived there and how social change impacted on them over time. Built as a townhouse for the Dublin elite, 14 Henrietta Street was turned into tenements in the 1880s, remaining as such until the last families left in 1979.



About us


Dublin City Council Culture Company is an independent company limited by guarantee established in April 2018.


Our Vision


A Dublin where culture connects everything and everyone.


Our Mission


Connecting people through culture and conversation, to generate experiences, to ignite imaginations, to inspire actions.


Our Values


We maintain a value-­driven approach to projects, programmes and initiatives, and buildings. The values informing all we do are:

Participation & Engagement

Because it makes culture ‘real’, it activates and empowers people (using their imagination and creativity), it connects people together.

Partnership

we act as a catalyst, bringing different people and organisations together to  grow knowledge, empathy, understanding… and respect.

Relevance

we aim to embed culture in everyday life because culture is central to human development and central to Dublin’s quality of life. We work on themes sourced through engagement.

Quality

we access and use skills, experience, and knowledge to build impact, sustainability and quality into every project.

Capacity Building

we develop skills and activate new ways of working that enable everyone to create more cultural opportunities, ensuring continued impact and legacy.

The Dublin City Council Culture Company team is made up of people from a mixture of backgrounds who, between then, have over 150 years of experience across culture, community engagement, events, policy, communications, education and project management. We all share the belief that cultural excellence is achieved through participation, relevance and connection.

CEO (interim) - Iseult Byrne
Head of Engagement - to be appointed
Head of Operations (Interim) - Louise O’Reilly
Head of Visitor Experience - Gemma Sexton
Communications advisor - Annette Nugent

Engagement

Engagement team Manager - Aalia Kamal
14 Henrietta Street & Tea & Chats - Hannah Pinchkheard
Culture Club - Shauna Sweeney
Local Heroes & Tea & Chats - Kathy Conlan
Tea & Chats - Kate Aston
National Neighbourhood - to be appointed

Operations

Administrator - Sandra Rodriguez-Campos

Visitor Experience

14 Henrietta Street guides - Tracey Bardon, Lisa Flanagan, Johanna St John

Communications

Communications Manager - to be announced
Digital officer - Indre Dambruskaite
14 Henrietta Street - Rowena Neville & DHR Communications

Special initiatives

Cultural Map - Heather Maitland, Annette Nugent, Aalia Kamal
EU Lab - Tracy Geraghty


Our Board of Directors



Chairperson

Richard Shakespeare

Directors:

Siobhán Bourke
Tim Carey
Vincent Jackson
Greg Kelly
Rhona O'Brien
Ray Yeates
L-R: Tim Carey, Principal Officer, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Ray Yeates, Dublin City Arts Officer; Cllr Vincent Jackson, Dublin City Council; Cllr Greg Kelly, Dublin City Council; Siobhán Bourke, Founder & Director of Irish Theatre Institute; Rhona O'Brien, General Counsel and Company Secretary of Aryzta plc; Richard Shakespeare, Assistant Chief Executive, Planning and Property Development & CRES (Culture, Recreation & Economic Services).

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