Press release issued for Exit 15


Exit15, the creative place programme responding to the artistic aspirations of local people who live in the area around Exit 15 has launched Dublin 18 Is…..

Dublin 18 Is…invites ideas for community-led projects that grow local cultural life and invites people to help decide how to allocate funding to support them. Communities are coming together on Saturday 23rd November, 2.30-5pm in the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus for the Pitch Your Project event, to present ideas and decide which projects to support. Funding up to the value of €5,000 is available for cultural projects that directly benefit people in Ballyedmonduff, Ballyogan, Cabinteely, Carrickmines, Foxrock, Kilternan, Sandyford, Stepaside and Ticknock.

Dublin 18 Is….is a participatory budgeting initiative supported by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in partnership with Voluntary Arts Ireland. Participatory Budgeting can be described as “Local People deciding how to allocate part of a public budget.” It is a way for citizens to have a direct say in how public funds are used to address local needs.

Welcoming the announcement of this local funding opportunity, Cllr Shay Brennan, Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council says:

“Following on from the great work of Exit 15 in the Ballyogan area, which began in 2016, I am delighted to launch this new phase of the project, Dublin 18 Is…., which will see the local community lead on the development of new cultural ideas and importantly, decide which projects they most want to see supported in their area.“

Kevin Murphy, Creative Associate with Voluntary Arts Ireland says:

“This is a wonderful way to involve local people in making decisions about the things that matter to them. People are being creative everyday in their communities and by investing in the cultural projects that they value and are often leading we are helping to build strong, active and creative communities” 

For more details and to start building your pitch visit http://exit15.ie/portfolio/dublin-18-is/

Editors Notes:

Exit 15

Exit 15 is a partnerships between Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Voluntary Arts Ireland. Exit 15 is a creative place programme responding to the artistic aspirations of local people in the Ballyogan area of DLR. It is coupled with an action research project led by Queens University in tandem with two other local authorities and arts partners with extensive experience in arts and communities of interest.

The project is funded under the The Arts Council Ireland‘s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme which supports initiatives in the field of local-authority-led arts development. The emphasis is placed on supporting partnerships that focus on developing projects, resources or services that are ambitious and are testing new ground.

Participatory Budgeting

“Participatory Budgeting is recognised worldwide as an effective way for empowering local communities and a model of best practice in public and democratic engagement.”



PB can be used to allocate spending from a range of sources including: Local Councils; Housing Associations; Schools; Public Health Trusts; Police and Community Safety Partnerships; Social Enterprises; Trusts and Charities.


PB is much more than just deciding how resources are allocated. It provides opportunities to engage in non-traditional ways that reach out to people who don’t often have a voice and it can become a celebration of positive action in the community.