The Civic attended a celebratory event for participants in the National Audience Development Programme.

Arts Audiences, a partnership initiative of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon welcomed leading arts directors and senior managers from venues and festivals across Ireland, to a celebratory event for participants in the Audience Development Programme, which has been operated by Arts Audiences since 2012. The 2014 class were joined by graduates from the previous two years along with invited guests to celebrate their achievements and reflect on the programme.

Commenting on the programme, Niamh Honer, Civic Theatre, Tallaght said:
“The Civic has participated in both the Audience Development Programme and the Google mentoring scheme which Arts Audiences runs. We saw a 70% increase in unique visitors to our website last year, compared to the same period in 2012. The know-how we have developed by participating in both initiatives has been invaluable to us, providing us with up-to-date skills which are helping us to meet the challenges of this constantly evolving digital landscape.”

The Audience Development Programme was initiated by Arts Audiences and The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and is facilitated by Irish Times Training and accredited by the University of Ulster. It enables senior venue and festival managers to develop skills and strategies to deepen their relationships with audiences and increase attendance at arts events. Graduates of the course receive an Advanced Certificate in Management Practice from the University of Ulster. In all forty two individuals will graduate from the programme.


L-R- Niamh Honer, Civic Theatre with Martin Drury, The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Niamh Byrne, Civic Theatre