Feature Article
Welcome to the November edition of our Newsletter
News this month
The Arts Council and ESRI have published a landmark study ‘Arts and Cultural Participation among Children and Young People
ART: 2016: The Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016
PLACES MATTER: What happens when we invest in the arts?
The Laureate for Irish Fiction presents the Long Night of the Short Story
Hugh Travers appointed as Film Artist in Residence at UCC
Grants and Awards
Bursary Awards next closing date - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 19 Jan 2017
Travel and Training Award 2017
Young People, Children and Education Programme Activity Fund 2017 now open for applications
Reminder: New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced
Reminder: Arts Council Artist in Community scheme - Bursary Award 2016: Collaborative Film
News from the community
Open Call for Belltable:Connect Theatre Makers
Creative Europe Desk
International News from the Creative Europe Desk – Culture Office
Welcome to the November edition of our Newsletter

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.



Yours sincerely,

Orlaith McBride


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