Why creativity matters Exit 15: A Creative Placemaking Project Exit 15 was a partnership programme between Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Creative Lives (formerly Voluntary Arts Ireland) working with people and organisations living, working and based in the Ballyogan area of Dublin from 2016 - 2020. Working in the field of local arts is a long term practice that involves the commitment and reflexive engagement of many stakeholders. On 2 November 2021, we held a conversation exploring the legacies, possibilities and challenges of supporting the development of community-engaged and responsive local arts provision to mark the launch of our booklet, Exit 15, a creative placemaking project. This document is uploaded below! Exit 15 responded to the artistic aspirations of local people and organisations living and working in the Ballyogan area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (dlr). At the heart of the project was a desire to be open to learning, open to our failure, and to share our experiences with others. Project researchers, Dr. Victoria Durrer (UCD) and Meadhbh McIlgorm joined dlr Assistant Arts Officer Máire Davey in reflecting with Dr. Anthony Schrag (QMU) and Dr. Leila Jancovich (University of Leeds) on the possibilities and the questions Exit 15 raised regarding place-specific work, perceptions of cultural participation, the voice of the artist, and the challenges and potential of participatory decision-making in local arts provision. This talk was chaired by Damien McGlynn, Ireland Director, Creative Lives. Download the report: Exit 15: A Creative Placemaking Project [PDF, 4.5MB] Exit 15 was funded under The Arts Council of Ireland’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme and dlr's Arts Office and Community Development Section in partnership with Creative Lives (formerly Voluntary Arts Ireland) and supported by Create.