Feature Article
Welcome to the March edition of our Newsletter
News this month
The Readers’ Voice
RAISE: The Arts Council has appointed Kieran MacSweeney to the role of Private Investment Adviser.
2023: Future Retrospectives
A study visit by South African Community Art Centre Managers to Ireland
Grants and Awards
Deadline: Deis Recording & Publication Award 2017
Deadline: Arts and Disability Connect
Deadline: Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme 2017
Arts Council announces deadline for Open Call 2017
News from the community
Children’s Writers’ Fellowship
Creative Europe Desk
The Ultimate Cookbook for Cultural Managers - Taxation of Artists in an International Context
What do you think of the Creative Europe programme? How can it be improved?
Current funding calls under Creative Europe Culture Sub-programme
Welcome to the March edition of our Newsletter

We begin the month with something we hope will be very special: New Music Dublin. The Arts Council has joined in partnership with RTÉ and the National Concert Hall to create a festival of contemporary music.


The festival has been planned in consultation with internationally-acclaimed composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès, and he will conduct the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for the Irish premiere of Alice’s Adventures Underground, a new opera by Gerald Barry. I expect this will be one of the highlights.


Our hope is that by harnessing the unique resources of the three organisations, we will deliver a major new music festival for Ireland at a level that would not be possible by any of the organisations acting alone. We want the festival to act as a platform for the very best of International and Irish contemporary music and music making, and as a focus of energy for the development of audiences for new music in Ireland.


March will also be made special by the formal honouring of film-maker and photographer George Morrison as a Saoi. In being elected a Saoi by his fellow members of Aosdána, he is acknowledged by his peers as having made a significant, remarkable and enduring contribution to his art. And when the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, presents George with the golden torc symbolising the honour, his will join a small number of extraordinary names, past and present, including Samuel Beckett, Imogen Stuart, Seamus Heaney, Edna O’Brien, Camille Souter and Seoirse Bodley.


Finally, I would like to encourage all artists and arts workers to keep a close eye on the Arts Council website. We use the web to keep stakeholders informed about how and why we develop the arts, and also list all deadlines for funding.

Yours sincerely,



Orlaith McBride


Email Software by Newsweaver