23 September, 2019 - Minister McHugh announces launch of Arts and Culture in Education Research Repository

Launch of archive to preserve Arts in Education content and showcase the work of creative organisations in Ireland


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Monday September 23) announced the opening of a new free-to-access online archive to showcase creative activity of teachers, artists, researchers and others.

The Arts and Culture in Education Research Repository (ACERR) will be open to people working in education and the public, allowing them an insight into the inspirational ideas being developed for schools.

Some of the work available in the archive includes an essay from the UCC School of Digital Humanities on using Minecraft as a tool for creative engagement in the classroom and a project on using rap music as a creative method in research with children and young people.

The repository also details the experiences of Lisa Cahill, a dance artist in residence at Maynooth University in 2016. The repository has allowed for videos of Lisa’s work to be recorded and uploaded for the public to view.

It is hoped the archive will be expanded as teachers, schools, arts and cultural researchers, academics, colleges and universities and artists offer resources including video, music, dance, drama and art.

The repository will also help to overcome traditional barriers to publication for arts and creative practitioners.

Making the announcement, Minister McHugh said: “This Government is doing huge work to put creativity to the fore of a child’s education and development, not least with the 300 schools in the Creative Ireland programme or the growth of Music Generation.

“The new archive will grow over time and help to cement the great work already being done every day in our classrooms as well as giving researchers and parents and others an insight into how we can inspire the next generation.”

The ACERR has been developed as part of the Creative Ireland Programme and has been supported by the Dormant Accounts Funds.


Notes for Editors


The Arts and Culture in Education Research Repository (ACERR) has been developed by an association of institutions committed to upholding the principles of the Arts in Education Charter and the Creative Ireland Programme, promoting Arts and Cultural Education and Arts in Education Research. Its creation fulfils one of the commitments made in the Arts in Education Charter (2012).

The ACERR has joined the Digital Repository of Ireland as a member in order to securely deposit materials relating to arts and culture in education in a trusted digital repository. Work on developing the ACERR has been overseen by a steering group with members representing over 10 national cultural and educational institutions. The ACERR intends to facilitate long-term preservation of arts and culture in education content from a broad range of backgrounds.

The ACERR will facilitate data in a range of mediums, including video and images, which will help researchers convey and demonstrate the findings of their research to the general public, who will have free access to the repository. The ACERR has been developed as part of the Creative Ireland Programme with support from the Dormant Accounts Funds.

The ACERR is available to access HERE.

The Creative Ireland Programme is a culture-based programme, all of Government initiative which places creativity at the centre of public policy, and is designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. You can find out more HERE.