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Create Louth, Boyne Music Festival, 2016
Photo: Philip Denvir
Welcoming the Stranger. Catherine Young, Choreographer. Tralee, 2016
Photo: Domnick Walsh
Social Fabric: Portraits of Kilkenny Women, 2014
Photo: Mary Butler
The Dresser Project - Michael Fortune, National Museum of Ireland, Mayo 2016
Photo: Heverin Photography
Offaly Mini Movies. St Brendan's Community School pupils. Birr, 2014
Photo: Clare Dunne
Encountering the arts often occurs at a local level; these experiences can be truly significant.
The Arts Council offers a wide range of financial supports across artforms and arts practices, including local arts.
A number of schemes and initiatives have been established for the particular support of local arts.
Links to local arts offices funded by the Arts Council.
Funding collaborative projects
Invitation to Collaboration, special purpose round for 2021
A programme for places around Ireland that have not had opportunities to benefit from sustained investment in the arts and creativity.
The Arts Council and Culture Night from 2020 onwards
A Framework for Collaboration is a 10-year agreement between the Arts Council and the County and City Management Association to further the development of the arts in every county in Ireland.
High quality and ambitious contemporary art in everyday settings
Building inclusion in the arts based on the principles of inclusivity and equality
Public Art Policy and Strategy 2018(PDF, 0.52 MB, 4 pages)
Places matter. What happens when we invest in the arts?(PDF, 0.97MB, 20 pages)
A Framework for Collaboration(PDF, 1.5MB, 9 pages)
Making Great Art Work - Arts Council Strategy (2016–2025)(PDF, 3.29MB, 48 pages)
Contact the members of our Local, Place and Public Art department
Cross artform practices
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The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.