ARINS commissioned Report: The Future of Cross Border Cooperation by The Audience Agency

12 Sep 2022


ARINS: Analysing and Researching Ireland North and South is a joint project of The Royal Irish Academy and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies(link is external) at Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs. It is a multi-year initiative that brings together experts from various disciplines to provide evidence-based research and analysis on the most significant questions of policy and public debate relating to options for the future of Ireland, north and south in a post-Brexit context, focusing on three broad areas: Political, constitutional and legal questions; Economic, financial, social and environmental questions; Cultural and educational questions. 


The future of cross border cooperation in the Arts

The ARINS project has published (today, 12 September 2022) The Audience Agency report entitled The future of cross border cooperation in the Arts.

The report investigated the interconnections between the arts sector in Ireland, North and South. Mapping cross border cooperation in public and industry bodies it offers an assessment of the existing landscape in terms of policy and practice and makes recommendations for future policy design.

The research team for the project was led by Dr Steven Hadley, academic and consultant, and include Sophia Woodley, Head of Innovation and Policy Research, Jonathan Goodacre, Senior Consultant International, Richard Turpin, Chief Research Officer, Oliver Mantell, Director of Policy Research, Anne Torreggiani, CEO and Penny Mills, Chief Consulting Officer with support from Professor Justin O’Connor and Matti Allam.

This report contributes to the “Cultural and Educational” strand of ARINS. Led by Dr Catherine Wilsdon, Notre Dame, and Ruth Hegarty, Royal Irish Academy, the work of The Audience Agency was overseen by an advisory committee which includes Valerie Bistany, The Irish Writers Centre, Professor Diane Urquhart, Queen’s University Belfast and Colin Murphy, playwright and journalist.

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Part funding for the project has been secured from the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund. If you have an interest in this project, please contact