Mimetic House, Dominic Stevens, 2007. (Photo: Ros Kavanagh).
Responsibility for developing the artform of architecture in Ireland
The strategic context for the Arts Council’s support of architecture and all other artforms and areas of arts practice is set out in Making Great Art Work: Arts Council Strategy (2016 –2025) (PDF, 3.29 MB). It describes how we will lead the development of the arts in Ireland over the next decade. Our strategy has five priority areas: the artist; public engagement; investment strategy; spatial and demographic planning; and developing capacity.
The Arts Council has primary responsibility for developing the artform of architecture in Ireland.We fulfil this responsibility by supporting the creative development of architects and the public's engagement with architecture. We are not directly involved with the commercial/industrial aspects of the sector.
The Arts Council's role in this area is complemented by a number of state agencies and bodies who share responsibility for the development of the sector. Overarching governmental responsibility lies with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government; in 2009 the department issued a new policy on architecture (pdf, 2.5 kb).
The Arts Council was centrally involved in developing this policy, and a number of commitments outlined in the document complement our own goals in the area.
Other key partners include:
In addition, through our partnership with Culture Ireland we support representation of our finest architects on the most important platform for contemporary architecture, the International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale.