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Vol 11 Issue 11
01 August 2014

Welcome to the August edition of our newsletter

Our new minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is Heather Humphreys. We wish her a warm welcome in her new role. I know she will be anxious to get to know as many people across the arts community over the coming months and we looking forward to working with her. She will discover as she settles into her new role how invaluable the arts, artists and arts organisations are to our national life, reaching into every community in Ireland and enhancing the quality of life for all our citizens. 

She will also hear stories from so many of how the reduction in government support for the arts has posed huge difficulties for organisations and individual artists with less opportunities for people across Ireland to engage and participate in the arts. As summer is in full swing, there are festivals galore the length and breadth of Ireland, animating communities and touching the lives of so many. We will work hard with our new Minister to support her in the role to ensure that we can increase investment in the arts and ensure that more lives are enhanced by such experiences over the coming years.

A persuasive vision for the arts in Ireland is critical if we are truly to position the arts at the centre of Irish life. The announcement recently by government of the development of a national cultural policy is to be welcomed. It will provide coherence across the broader arts and culture sector recognising the rich and diverse contributions these sectors make to our country and our people. The Arts Council looks forward to supporting Minister Humphreys as she and her department lead the development of this policy over the next eighteen months. 

I wish the minister well and on behalf of all at the Arts Council, we look forward to working with her.


Yours sincerely,



Orlaith McBride Director


Writer’s Fellowship UCD

Applications are invited from Irish writers of established reputation for a Writer's Fellowship (with special emphasis on fiction) which is funded by the School of English, Drama and Film and by a grant from the Arts Council.

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Writer’s Fellowship University of Limerick

Applications are invited from Limerick-based writers of international reputation for a Writer's Fellowship (with special emphasis on fiction) which is funded by the University of Limerick and by a grant from the Arts Council.

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Publications /Title by Title Scheme 2015

The closing date for the Publications/Title by Title Scheme 2015 is 5:30pm on Thursday, 11 September 2014. In advance of the deadline, the Arts Council will hold an information clinic at the Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 2 to offer advice and information on the application process.

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Arts Council announces Round 1 of Festivals and Events Scheme 2015

The Arts Council announces Round 1 of the 2015 Festivals and Events Scheme (FES). The Council recognises the distinctive role arts festivals play in sustaining a vibrant arts profile at a local level.  Festivals provide opportunities for audiences and artists to experience new work and ways of making work. The Council acknowledges the valuable contribution made by voluntary committees in developing these festivals.

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Traditional Artist in Residence

Applications are invited from well-renowned and accomplished traditional artists (musicians, singers, dancers) of distinction, for the above residency, which is jointly funded by UCC's College of Arts, Celtic Studies & and Social Sciences and the Arts Council. The role will be offered for the period October 2014 - September 2015.

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Visual Artists' Workspace Scheme 2015

Visual Artists Ireland, on behalf of the Arts Council, invites applications for grants of up to a maximum of €30,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces.

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Arts Audiences news

News from Arts Audience for August.

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International News from the Creative Europe Desk – Culture Office

This month the Culture Office announces dates for upcoming events we have planned around developing applications for EU funding. We also provide some info on the Europa Nostra heritage prize and some links to help you understand Horizon 2020 funding.

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