Arts organisations will have to show they are creating a 'safe space for workers', or risk losing statutory funding, the Minister for Arts has said.

Minister Catherine Martin was speaking at the launch of 'Safe to Create', a series of supports aimed at transforming workplace culture in the arts.

The problem of discrimination and harassment in the arts is not a new one, but was brought to global attention by the 'me too' movement. Here, an Irish Theatre Institute survey found a culture of bullying and harrassment across all sectors of the arts, with 70 percent of peole saying they had experienced harmful behaviour in the workplace and 53 percent having witnessed it.

Minister Catherine Martin

Today a new support system to be known as 'Safe to Create' was launched at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin.

The website www.safetocreate.ie will feature information, guidance, toolkits and templates for artists and arts workers regarding Dignity at Work rights and responsiblities.

The existing 24 hour well being programme run by Minding Creative Minds will be enhanced to feature specialist trauma and abuse counselling, and a training programme has been developed for arts and creative sectors with topics including how to tackle bullying and harassment, unconscious bias, bystander training, intimacy coordination and more.

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Listen: Niamh O'Donnell of the Irish Theatre Institute talks Safe to Create on Morning Ireland

Meanwhile organisations are being asked to adopt a 'code of behaviour' to create workplaces free from bullying, harassment and intimidation of any kind.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Martin said: bodies like the Arts council and Screen Ireland, who distribute the bulk of Irish arts funding, will be modifying their terms and conditions and if organsations are not creating a safe space for artists to work then ultimately that will take away their funding.

"While we know that these issues are not confined to the arts sector, through 'Safe to Create', we are leading the way in trying to improve and transform damaging norms. I hope that this extensive programme of supports will encourage other sectors to follow suit."