This month the Arts Council announced the appointment of its new Director, Orlaith McBride who will take up office in September. Best wishes go to Orlaith from all the Council and staff.
In this month’s edition we report on an 'Open Day' when Deputies and Senators were invited to the Arts Council to discuss support for the arts. They were briefed on the arts in Ireland, on the work of the Arts Council and the activities of local arts organisations in their constituencies. All political parties had representation on the day. Writer Roddy Doyle was in attendance, and he outlined the critical value of the arts in society.
The Arts Council is delighted to announce the availability of our new mobile app Culturefox. Culturefox, which is available online and downloadable free for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, was developed by the Arts Council, in collaboration with Fáilte Ireland and funded by the Government, as part of Government efforts to boost the creative sector and draw more tourists to Ireland. Minister Deenihan described Culturefox as an "exciting new initiative for Ireland’s arts and tourism sectors."
Also included in this month’s edition is news about the 54th Venice Biennale. Corban Walker is presenting three new, site-specific sculptural installations at the Irish Pavilion, which is located at the Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà. Ireland’s participation at the Venice Biennale is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.
Elsewhere in the newsletter we include information on two funding awards; first is the Engaging with Architecture Scheme closing date Thursday, 21 July 2011. The purpose of the scheme is to support ambitious, innovative and creative, high-quality initiatives that specifically aim to enhance and extend the public’s experience of and engagement with architecture. This is a partnership scheme between the Arts Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under the Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015. We also announce the deadline for the Deis Award - next closing date - 5:30 pm, Friday, 9 September 2011. Deis supports one-off or short-term projects only and core funding will not be granted under the scheme. Deis is open to individuals, groups, bands and organisations. Applications for projects involving activity addressing cultural diversity are welcome.
A reminder on the deadline for the next round of Bursary Awards is also included in this month’s edition. The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development that is derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice.
Finally, the newsletter rounds off with our regular article on international opportunities from the Cultural Contact Point.
Mary Cloake, Director