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Vol 10 Issue 4
28 December 2012

Welcome to the December edition of our newsletter

Over the past weeks the Arts Council has made key funding decisions for 2013. These will be communicated in the coming days. The bare facts are that €55.2 million (of a total grant-in-aid of €59.9 million) will be invested directly in the arts throughout the country.  On Budget Day the Arts Council was allocated an additional €800,000 on a once-off basis, exclusively for the European Union Presidency Cultural Programme. This money has already been allocated and does not form part of our grant-in-aid.

2013 is the fifth year in a row the Council's grant-in-aid has been reduced. For the first time since 2004 our funding is now less than €60 million. While the Council's grant-in-aid was reduced by 5.2 percent this year, this will translate as an average reduction of 7.8 percent across artsforms. This is due to pre-existing commitments to the Abbey Theatre, Aosdána, Touring and other priorities.

Nobody underestimates the difficulty being faced by artists and organisations. But if we are down financially we are not out artistically.  I want to be frank about the facts and frank about the Arts Council’s determination despite our reductions in funding to continue to support artists and arts organisations to inspire and engage the public across Ireland.  

Demand from arts organisations in the three main grants programmes alone was €38.7 million. The Arts Council struck a balance between sustaining the existing arts infrastructure nationally and ensuring new opportunities continue for emerging artists and arts organisations. Offers totalling €30.8 million are being made in these programmes.

Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the Council of the European Union begins on 1 January.  The Arts Council has co-ordinated over 90 contemporary arts events and projects across Ireland as part of Culture Connects, the programme marking Ireland's EU Presidency.

Our approach to the Presidency has been to invest in artistic relationships. 

Through festivals, local partnership projects and special collaborative initiatives we hope to raise awareness of the imaginative work undertaken by Irish artists and arts organisations so as to better engage with fellow artists abroad and diversify artistic life at home.

2013 will also see some internal changes within the Arts Council as we re-structure to ensure that we can deliver more effectively on our core remit as an expert development agency.  Along with establishing a new Strategic Development Department, there will be a number of personnel changes.  We will be communicating these changes over the coming weeks.

2013 offers challenges and opportunities. If nobody underestimates the difficulties, neither should we underrate the opportunities.  Every audience is an opportunity to engage. Every arts event carries the possibility to create a legacy and every individual is potentially open to artistic inspiration.

 

Yours sincerely,

Orlaith McBride

Director


Into the Light Book

The Into the Light exhibitions of works from the Arts Council collection are now running in Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Limerick City Gallery of Art; The Model, Sligo. For further information on the exhibitions and the accompanying public programmes access the Arts Council's or the galleries websites.
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Arts Council Theatre Bursary Information Clinic

An Information Clinic on the next round of Theatre Bursaries* will be held on Monday, 7 January at 2pm in The Abbey Theatre Bar, Dublin. The purpose of the Theatre Bursary Award is to support professional artists to develop their art practice.

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Arts Council announces Round 2 of NEW Festivals and Events Scheme 2013

The Festivals and Events Scheme (FES) subsumes the previous Small Festivals Scheme. This change follows from a review of aspects of Council's funding structures and systems and arises in the context of the current budgetary environment.
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Opera Production Award 2014

The Arts Council's Opera Production award is intended to support the making and presentation of opera productions during 2014, in line with the Arts Council’s published policy for opera.
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Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Deadlines for 2013

Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on contemporary collaborative arts projects. The scheme is managed by Create the national development agency.
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Culture Connects

Culture Connects
is the culture programme marking Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union 1 January –30 June 2013. In addition to a major international programme of Irish work presented by Culture
Ireland, the Arts Council has co-ordinated a programme of over 90 contemporary arts events and projects that will take place in Ireland during the Presidency period.
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The Arts Council announces a new Arts and Disability policy and strategy

The Arts Council has published a new policy and strategy in the area of Arts and Disability, which will assist it to address issues of equity, access and participation for artists and audiences with disabilities over a five year period.
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International news from the Cultural Contact Point

News from the Cultural Contact Point includes: A call for proposals: Strand 1.2.2 Literary Translation. Within the framework of the European Agenda for culture, Strand 1.2.2 is aimed at enhancing knowledge of the literature and literary heritage of fellow Europeans by way of promoting the circulation of literary works between countries. Youth in Action: Online applications for 2013 Permanent Actions now available. Youth in Action is the Programme the European Union has set up for young people. It aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future. Finally Call for Proposals: Europe for Citizens Town Twinning citizens meetings. The Europe for Citizens Programme supports a wide range of activities and organisations promoting “active European citizenship”.
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