This month, the Arts Council launched its free on-line guide (www.events.artscouncil.ie) to cultural events around the country which gives information on the wide range of events taking place. Features can be selected by county, by month or by category - for example festivals, concerts, opera, plays and arts for young people and children. July also saw the announcement of a new Arts Council policy to boost touring alongside the publication of A future for arts touring in Ireland 2010 - 2015, a report informed by the work of the Touring Experiment. The new approach encourages arts organisations to tour their work to venues around the country and means that regional audiences can expect the best of Irish arts to visit their locality. Continuing on the theme of audiences, we also feature an Arts Audience initiative announcement on new media workshops that will take place in September.
A new public art website (www.publicart.ie) was also launched in July. This venture was commissioned by the Arts Council, with the support of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism and should prove an invaluable resource for those interested and/ or working in the public art arena in Ireland.
Also in the newsletter, we announce plans to conduct detailed and extensive research into artists' living and working conditions on an all island basis. We also have information about Object, an exhibition organised by the Crafts Council of Ireland, which will display nineteen works from the Arts Council collection.
The newsletter includes an important notice on the Travel and Training Award, while, in other announcements, we give details of the Ireland Chair of Poetry's bursary award recipient for 2009, and the Deis Recording Scheme in traditional arts.
We welcome the recent publication of a report by the Donegal County Development Board's Cultural Forum, which shows that the arts can boost jobs, draw more tourists, restore our self-confidence and spearhead economic recovery.
The newsletter ends on our regular articles on opportunities from the Cultural Contact Point and news from the arts community.