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Screen Work in the 21st Century: Access, Equality, and ‘Creative Justice’

Friday, 30 September 2022, 9am – 1pm

Screen Work in the 21st Century: Access, Equality, and ‘Creative Justice’

A public symposium organised by the School of Creative Arts and sponsored by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Irish Research Council and hosted by Trinity Long Room Hub.

This is an in-person event. It will not be live streamed.

Culture is valuable for human flourishing, while a career in media and the arts is considered prestigious and rewarding. As a ‘cultural industry’, the screen sector (including film, television, and digital games) receives significant public funding in the name of creating meaningful works, inward economic investment and quality employment. 

But how good is this employment in reality? How easy is it to access? How do we ensure that work in the screen industries is ‘good work’, doing justice to culture itself and the people who produce it?

The School of Creative Arts (Film Department) presents a symposium on screen work, with a particular emphasis on the Irish situation. The half-day public event will feature academic presentations and an industry panel, exploring the concept of ‘Creative Justice’ and how this can be achieved in the screen industry in Ireland.



  • 9:00-9:20 Welcome, coffee
  • 9:20-10:50am Academic presentations: (Chair: Ruth Barton, Trinity College Dublin)
    • Mark Banks (University of Glasgow) | Creative Justice in Society and Screen
    • Maria O’Brien (Queens University Belfast) | Identifying the values in the Irish digital games sector: what we learn from the proposed digital games tax credit
    • Denis Murphy (Trinity College Dublin) | Good work? Screen drama, public funding and quality employment     
  • 10:50-11:10 Coffee break
  • 11:10-12:15 Industry panel: (Chair: Roddy Flynn, Dublin City University)
    • Aidan Gillen (Screen and stage actor)
    • Clare Muffly (Industrial Relations manager, Screen Producers Ireland)
    • Jessica Drum (Screen Guilds Ireland)
    • Martin Mannion (SIPTU)
An informal discussion on working conditions on local and international screen productions, including the role of representative organisations for producers and screen workers.

Both sessions will be followed by a Q&A and general discussion.

This is a public, in-person event, but due to space constraints booking is essential.

Image Credit: Alex Litvin

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Arts and Culture, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Researchers, Postgrad, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but registration is essential
Contact Name: Dr Denis Murphy

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