Irish arts organisations successful in accessing European culture funds
The latest funding results have been announced for Creative Europe’s Cooperation Projects Strand.
13 Irish organisations are involved in 11 successful projects with combined grant awards of over €5 million.
To date under the Creative Europe Programme over €12.6 million has gone to projects with Irish partners with €2 million going to Irish led projects.
The latest grants went to organisations across the country with projects funded in Galway, Waterford, Limerick and Cork and Dublin.
The Crawford Art Gallery was successful as a lead partner with a project entitled Prospects. The project’s overall objective is “to exchange, develop and innovate creative engagement practices
and platforms for those working in the field of inclusive visual arts studio practices with artists with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues”
The largest single award for a project with Irish partners was for €1.9 million and went to the project Follow the Vikings, which aims to “promote, celebrate, transfer knowledge and skills and facilitate the exchange of cultural material relating to the Viking World.” The project has two Irish partners: Dublinia and Waterford Treasures at the Granary.
For full details see here.
Donal Ryan wins EU Prize for Literature for The Spinning Heart
Irish author Donal Ryan was amongst 12 European authors awarded the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature for his novel The Spinning Heart. The winners were announced by Mr. Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport at the opening ceremony of the London Book Fair on Tuesday 14th April 2015. The European Prize for Literature (EUPL) recognises the best of emerging and new authors in Europe. It is open to all countries participating in the Creative Europe programme on a rotational basis. The selected countries in 2015 were Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden. The winning authors who receive €5,000 each are selected by qualified juries set up in each of the countries. The authors also benefit from extra promotion and international visibility.
Publishers are encouraged to apply for funding under Creative Europe’s Support for Literary Translations strand to translate books that have won the EUPL into different languages thereby enabling readers to access the wide range of high quality writing from across borders.
Other Irish authors on the shortlist in 2015 were Mary Costello for Academy Street and Deirdre Sullivan for Primperfect. Previous Irish winners of the prize which was introduced in 2009 are Karen Gillece for Longshore Drift and Kevin Barry for City of Bohane.
More information can be found here.
Fota Walled Gardens has been awarded EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra award.
The Irish Heritage Trust has won an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage for outstanding achievement in the education, training and awareness-raising category for work conducted at Fota Walled Gardens in Cork. 28 awards winners were selected from 263 applications submitted from over 29 countries. Seven of the selected winners will be receive Grand Prix laureates, receiving €10,000 each at the prestigious European Heritage Awards Ceremony due to take place in Oslo on 11 June. One will receive a Public Choice award, chosen in an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra.
See here for more information.