The Arts Council is to meet three signatories of a letter, sent to it and the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, to discuss concerns about equality in the Irish arts sector.

The letter, which was signed by arts practitioners, publishers and academics as well as members of the wider arts community, calls for what it terms ''acceptable standards of ethics and governance" in the Irish Arts sector.

The signatories have called for a workable code of conduct for Arts Council funded organisations with clear guidelines on proper conduct towards other artists and art workers, and said there should be a clear channel of complaint to the Arts Council to address complaints of workplace harassment against Arts Council funded bodies and individuals.

In a statement, the Arts Council said it will meet representatives of the signatories to address their concerns and clarify its own work and role, and it said it is hoped the meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss areas of mutual interest and concern.

It said that when it does receive complaints in relation to funded organisations or individuals, these are dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said it welcomed the proposed meeting and said everyone working in the arts sector is entitled to work in an atmosphere in which respect, dignity, fairness and equality are the norm. 

It said the department has provided boards under its aegis with corporate governance training to fulfill their functions more effectively, and to support them in ensuring that policies in relation to equality and respect in the workforce operate effectively in line with best practice.