Arts Policy Forum

The voluntary and community arts policy forum was formed in Spring 2006 and is jointly chaired by Kevin Murphy from Voluntary Arts Ireland and Conor Shields from New Belfast Community Arts Initiative .

The Forum meets two to three times a year and its aim is "To enhance the capacity of the voluntary and community arts sector to make policy responses and participate in policy development, in order to influence decision making and public policy."

Membership of the Forum is drawn from across the voluntary and community sector and is open to any organisation with an interest in community arts issues. The Forum's work so far has been dominated by the Arts Council's Strategy which has now been launched.