In November, we in the Arts Council will devote much of our time to assessing and discussing the applications from arts organisations across the country in our main grants programmes; Annual Funding and Annual Programme Grant. We plan to communicate the decisions to organisations at the end of November. This process allows us to better understand the range and nature of work being proposed by organisations and artists in 2017 as well as examining how our investment choices are aligned to our new strategy, Making Great Art Work.
Those applications were made in the context of the first of the three-year plans under our strategy, Making Great Art Work Three-Year Plan 2017–2019. This month, we are pleased to deliver on our commitment as part of that strategy to publish the first of our annual investment plans. This plan, which can be read here, sets out our approach to budget planning and provision for 2017. It describes how we will prioritise investments in the twelve months ahead, and how this will inform our financial decisions and allocations. Our annual investment plan and our annual report, published at either end of the annual budgetary process, will together demonstrate how our financial decisions and allocations are consistent with our strategic objectives and with the detail of our three-year plan.
Finally, a date for your diary, we are jointly hosting a conference called Places Matter with our Local Government partners as part of the Framework for Collaboration in Dublin Castle on 12 January 2017. Places Matter is a conference, which asks -- and answers -- this question: What happens when we invest in the arts? Several leading international and Irish experts will address the conference, and I hope it will be an inspiration for policy makers, public and civil servants. We’ll have more details on our website and in next month’s Newsletter.
The Arts Council and ESRI have published a landmark study ‘Arts and Cultural Participation among Children and Young People – Insights from the Growing Up in Ireland study.’ The research describes patterns of participation in arts and cultural activities among children, and examines a range of related child outcomes.
The Long Night of the Short Story comes to Dublin on 21 December 2016. Curated by Anne Enright, the evening includes writers Mike McCormack, Lisa McInerney, Danielle McLaughlin and Colm Tóibín, with musical responses from Lisa O’Neill
The purpose of the Programme Activity Fund is to assist experienced organisations to provide high-quality artistic programmes for, by or with children and young people that are in line with Arts Council policy and strategic priorities for young people, children and education (YPCE).
December 15 is the deadline for applications to the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme for tours beginning in the period July to December 2017. The Advance Planning strand for this scheme has the same deadline for tours from January to December 2018
Belltable:Connect Theatre Makers is a 6-months theatre development programme responding to the identified need to create with guidance and support from mentors, giving participants an impetus to develop new works