Aosdána, the affiliation of
creative artists in Ireland today elected new members at its General
Assembly at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, bringing its total membership to
250. Those elected were visual artist Eddie Kennedy, visual artist
Trish McAdam, writer Rosaleen McDonagh, writer Gerry Murphy, visual artist Niamh
O’Malley, choreographer Fiona Quilligan and visual artist Anne Tallentire.
At the meeting, members expressed their deep sadness at the deaths of
former members Leland Bardwell, Basil Blackshaw, Anthony Cronin (Saoi), Brian
King, John Montague, Louis Stewart and William Trevor (Saoi) all of whom have
died since the last assembly. A minute's silence was observed in their
Aosdána was established in 1981 by the Arts Council in order to honour
those artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in
Ireland. Membership of Aosdána, which is by peer nomination and election, is
limited to 250 living artists, who have produced a distinguished body of work.
The membership includes creative artists working in a wide range of disciplines
including architecture, choreography, music, literature and the visual arts.
Aosdána members are eligible to receive a ‘cnuas’ from the Arts Council - an
annuity for a term of five years - to assist them in concentrating their time
and energies in the full-time pursuit of their art.
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