Welcome to our first newsletter of the New Year.
The Arts Council is very pleased to announce details of additional 2012 touring allocations amounting to just over €740,000 to 33 artists and arts organisations. Arts Council Touring aims to boost levels of touring activity to cities, towns and villages. The Arts Council is committed to enabling work of artistic quality produced in this country to be seen by as many people in as many places as possible throughout Ireland.
We have a number of application deadline reminders. Deis, the scheme for the traditional arts and our new Opera Production Award have a deadline of 9 February. The emphasis of the Opera Production award centres on encouraging a collaborative approach to opera production based on partnerships between artists, producers and presenters. The popular Small Festivals and Events Scheme 2012 (Round Two) has a deadline of the 10 February. The Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create, has a first round deadline of 15 March and a second round deadline of 25 June.
Arts Audiences has published a guide to working with the local and national tourism sector to increase tourist attendance at arts events. They also have a work opportunity available with a closing date of 9 February.
In March we will be holding a Dance Funding Clinic to provide information about the various funding schemes currently available for dance artists. The clinic will be led by our Head of Dance, Davide Terlingo, and Dance Adviser, Aoife McGrath.
In our news from the arts community section we have information about the re-opening of the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin; the new extension to Limerick City Gallery of Art and about a new initiative which aims is to establish itself as a support and advocacy network for the street arts, circus and spectacle artforms in Ireland. The Irish Street Arts, Spectacle and Circus Network (ISACS) will host an open meeting in March.
We also include our regular news item from the Cultural Contact Point (Ireland).
Orlaith McBride, Director, Arts Council