In this month's newsletter, the Arts Council welcomes the new Laureate na n-Óg, Niamh Sharkey. The position and honour -- Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature -- was established to engage young people with high quality work for young people and to underline the importance of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative life. Niamh Sharkey, one of the country’s most popular authors and illustrators, received her Laureate na n-Óg medal from the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, at a special event the Arts Council’s offices at 70 Merrion Square, Dublin.
We provide notification of upcoming deadlines. The deadline for the next round of Bursary Awards is Thursday 12 July, 2012 at 5.30pm. The Arts Council provides the Bursary Award to assist artists in the development of their arts practice. We will be hosting information clinics for Bursary awards. The clinics will offer advice and information on the application process to artists interested in applying for the Bursary Awards. We also bring to your attention the Arts and Disability Awards Scheme 2012, with the deadline for applications set for 4pm on Wednesday 15 August 2012. Also, the Local Partnership Scheme (Cultural Diversity and the Arts strand); the closing date for receipt of applications to this scheme is Thursday 28 June 2012 at 5.30pm.
We include decisions: The Arts Council has announced details of successful recipients under round two of the Small Festivals Scheme for 2012. Also, we report the decisions from the First Round 2012, Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create.
We have a wealth of news from Arts Audiences. This includes that ‘Here and Now’ has come to the end of its first year; information about Google & the Arts, a day-long Information session and clinic on 20 July; and more on the Audience Development Programme 2012.
And we celebrate Lá Ceoil: Music Network in association with RTÉ lyric fm presents Lá Ceoil, a free concert on Thursday 21 June, as part of the love:live music celebrations for International Music Day.
The newsletter rounds off with our regular articles on News from the Arts Community and international opportunities from the (CCP) Cultural Contact Point.
Director, Arts Council