Welcome to the January edition of our Arts Council newsletter.
We recently announced our investment strategy for 2016 where we will invest €60.1m leading the development of the arts in Ireland, bringing the arts to people and communities across Ireland. This marks the transition to our new 10-year strategy, Making Great Art Work.
The strategy prioritises the artist and public engagement, and looks to develop the conditions, infrastructure and environment to enable artists and organisations to make work and to encourage people to access and participate in that work. To support the new strategy the main elements of the Councils investment in 2016 are:
€32 million to 195 arts organisation.
€1.4m in Touring which will see performances tour to every county in Ireland, both north and south
€180k in a new Emerging Artists Bursary Scheme
€1.72m in regular funding to Local Authorities as well as an additional €350k to establish a new strategic Local Authority Partnership Scheme
Ealaín na Gaeltachta, the Arts Councils partnership with Udarás na Gaeltachta received an increase on previous years to €316k
Over €5.2m was awarded to venues in every county throughout the country
Over €2.6m was awarded to Festivals
Over €2.24m was awarded to literature organisations and initiatives
€4m was awarded in the visual arts
€6m was awarded to Theatre with an unprecedented €1.2m specifically to support new projects in theatre
An additional €1m to support multi-disciplinary projects for artists and organisations will be announced in the spring
Over the coming months we will develop the first Making Great Art Work - 3-year plan 2017-19 which will be published in the early summer. We will also begin to consult with the arts community and other individuals and agencies as we develop plans across arts areas and art forms. We will provide further information on this process over the coming weeks.
Also in this month’s newsletter we update you on the Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016, which includes our ‘Open Call’, the ‘16 x 16: Next Generation Bursary Awards’ and ‘A Nation’s Voice’. In our 2016 Programme, the Arts Council is placing the ‘artist and the arts’ at the centre of how it responds to the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
There is information about the next Deis Award closing date as well as details and dates about our Commissions Award. Round 2 of the 2016 Festivals and events Scheme is announced as are deadlines for the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme and the Young Ensembles Scheme .
We have details on the Arts and Health conference, Check Up, Check In which is on the 29th January. There is also information on our new training initiative on ways to engage the public with architecture: Extending Architecture.
And finally the newsletter round off with international news from the Creative Europe Desk – Culture office.
The Creative Connections conference taking place on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 January 2016 in Galway will offer an unprecedented opportunity to explore issues and share ideas around arts and disability.
The Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016 is titled ART: 2016. The Arts Council is placing ‘the artist and the arts’ at the centre of how it responds to the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects. The Scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.
The Arts Council will offer the following Project awards : Arts Participation Project Award, Circus Project Award, Dance Project Award, Film Project Award, Music Project Award, Street Arts and Spectacle Project Award, Theatre Project Award.
This month the Culture Office looks back on 2015, highlighting some current Creative Europe projects. We also provide notice of the Culture Sub-Programme Travel Award and a new website for finding European partners.