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Welcome to the June edition of our newsletter
News this month
Festival and Events Adviser to the Arts Council: Request for Tender
ilDÁNA 2021 / 2022
Exhibitions showcasing the Arts Council Collection taking place this Summer 2021
Grants and Awards
Agility Award 2021, Round 2
Festival Investment Scheme 2022 Round 1
Creative Schools
Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools 2021
Creative Europe Desk
i-Portunus Houses Briefing Event
Creative Europe 2021 – 2027: Spotlight on Cultural Heritage
Creative Europe Focus on Architecture
News from the community
Wexford Festival Opera seeks Executive Director
Artistic Director/ CEO Carlow Arts Festival
Irish Aerial Creation Centre seeks Managing Director
Exhibitions showcasing the Arts Council Collection taking place this Summer 2021

Woman in the machine – Visual, Carlow. From June 4th

Woman in the Machine, co-created by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival, will unfold through film, exhibitions, sound works, light installations, digital native events, a 360 virtual exhibition space, performances, talks and community engagement projects created in response to Carlow’s landmark former Braun site, and inspired by the film about female pioneers in sound Sisters With Transistors by Lisa Rovner and women working at the intersections of art, science and digital media.

Woman in the Machine is part of Carlow Arts Festival 2021, VISUAL’s Summer Programme and presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

Featuring works from the Arts Council Collection by Lucy Andrews / Rhona Byrne / Maria Farrington / Niamh McCann / Maria McKinney / Helen McMahon / Margaret O'Brien / Fiona Reilly / Lorraine Tuck

Sculptors at Work - F.E.McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge. Open May

When Anne-Katrin Purkiss photographed F.E. McWilliam in London in 1989, neither could have envisaged that, more than 30 years later, the image would hang in a museum dedicated to the sculptor in his birthplace, Banbridge, County Down. In the years since that serendipitous meeting, Anne-Katrin Purkiss has photographed dozens of sculptors, often in their studios. Sculptors at Work includes a selection of 40 of these portraits. Some, like Elisabeth Frink, are engaged in the physical act of making. Others, including Irish artist Eva Rothschild, appear to wait patiently for the process to be over so that they can get back to work. The artists included represent the diversity of contemporary sculpture, which is no longer limited by materials, permanence, gender or ethnicity.  A selection of work by artists including Elizabeth Frink, Kenneth Armitage, Tim Shaw, Eva Rothschild, Geoffrey Clarke and Rana Begum, loaned by public and private collections, will be exhibited alongside the portraits reminding us that the origins of these images are in the act of making.

Featuring the artwork Trophy by Eva Rothschild from the Arts Council Collection.

Agitation Co-op – Temple Bar Gallery & Studio                                     11 May – 10 July 2021

Agitation Co-op is an exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios that investigates the subject of landscape from a range of vantage points; not only social and political ideologies but also, mapping and topography. The exhibition includes artworks by Michele Horrigan, Catriona Leahy, Laurie Robins, and Libita Sibungu. It is accompanied by an online screening programme highlighting films by Forensic Architecture, Melanie Smith, and Eva Richardson McCrea, Frank Sweeney and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society.

Featuring artwork Made Ground from the Arts Council Collection by Eva Richardson McCrea, Frank Sweeney and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society.


These exhibitions represent one of the Arts Council’s key priorities of supporting public engagement with the arts set out in its 10 year strategy Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts.

Over the coming years, the Arts Council Collection is committed to further expanding its programme of exhibitions, loans and partnerships aimed at facilitating the public across the country to experience and engage with the works first hand.



New Arts Council Collection acquisitions – 2021

The Arts Council continues to celebrate and support the excellence of contemporary Visual art practice through its acquisitions and we will shortly be announcing confirmation of the latest works to be added to the Collection via our website and social media.