In December the Arts Council received its budget allocation of €69.15 million for 2010. This level of funding, despite the enormous pressure on public resources, underscores the commitment to the arts of the Government and, in particular, of the Minister for the Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen TD.
The allocation does represent a significant reduction in funding, and its impact, along with previous reductions, will be felt hard across the sector. In 2009, with a final grant-in-aid of €73.35 million, the Arts Council did everything possible to minimise the effect of the reductions in its grant to artists and organisations and get best value for public money. The Council used savings from previous years and even allocated some of 2010 its budget in advance. While this meant we were able to invest almost €78 million in 2009, simple arithmetic dictates that the drop to 2010 levels will be all the more difficult.
Nonetheless, the Arts Council is best placed to invest this money wisely, and we will redouble our efforts to ensure that people right across the country have access to the best of the arts in 2010.
The full statement from our Chairman, Pat Moylan, is available to read in this month’s newsletter.
Elsewhere in the newsletter we include a notice on a new publication from Create and the Arts Council which includes four essays from recipients of the Artist in the Community Scheme. We also have information on a recent publication entitled Guidelines for Good Practice for Participatory Arts in Healthcare Contexts which was published by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, the Health Service Executive South (Cork) Arts and Health programme, with financial support from the Arts Council. The Guidelines are designed to present clear, concise and user-friendly direction to those working in the area of participatory arts in healthcare contexts.
Also this month we include a reminder on the deadline for the next round of bursary awards, we also announce the recipients for the latest rounds of Deis and we include information on the appointment of the curators who will represent Ireland at the Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Finally, the newsletter rounds off with our regular article on news from the arts community and international opportunities from the Cultural Contact Point.
Thursday 24 December 2009 (until 1pm)
Friday 25 December 2009
Monday 28 December 2009
Tuesday 29 December 2009
New Year Week
Wednesday 30 December 2009
Thursday 31 December 2009
Friday 1 January 2010