FOOTFALL: Articulating the Value of Artist Led Organisations

FOOTFALL is a national collaborative research project devised by 126 to explore the position of small arts organisations in Ireland. The goal of the research programme is to develop new, nuanced means to articulate the value of the work done by smaller, diverse and risk-taking visual arts organisations. Questions will be raised about the sustainability and situation of artist led organisations in Ireland. The research will look at what separates the activities of artist-led organisations from those of other art institutions and what role they play in artists’ careers. We have engaged across a range of research methods, including the dissemination of detailed questionnaires to visual art audiences and the current the and former staff of Irish and international artist led organisations. A FOOTFALL research report has since been collated by arts writer and researcher Joanne Laws and published on the 23rd March 2015 (read and download the report here).


Footfall Symposium:

The FOOTFALL Symposium took place on the 21st of November 2014 during TULCA Festival of Visual Art in Galway. The symposium was coordinated by Megs Morley and 126 and included presentations from invited contributors, Jason E. Bowman (Midwest UK; University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Valerie Connor (NCFA chairperson, Independent curator) and Mikael Löfgren (writer & activist, Unga Klara theatre Stockholm). In the afternoon, a discursive ‘Plenary Session’ was devised and facilitated by Ailbhe Murphy and Ciaran Smyth of Vagabond Reviews.


Invited Speakers

Jason E. Bowman –  Valuing the Artist-Led: Do We Still Want to Lead, Run, Centralise and Initiate?

Valerie ConnorOn Our Watch: Artist’s Time

Mikael LöfgrenNo Exceptions

Vagabond ReviewsPlenary session

Footfall Report


FOOTFALL is kindly supported by Arts Council Project Award 2013



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