The Arts Council, the agency for leading the development of the arts in Ireland, today announced details of its planned investment for 2017, which will see people across Ireland engage with the arts in exciting and innovative ways. Local festivals, individual artists particularly emerging artists, work for children and young people, local authorities and community-based arts practice are a particular focus of the Arts Council's strategy, Making Great Art Work and have therefore received significant increases in investment.
The agency said its grant from government for next year would be €65.1m representing an increase of €5 million, or 8.3 percent, on the 2016 amount.
The Arts Council’s strategy, Making Great Art Work, sets out a plan to lead the arts in Ireland over the next decade and prioritises the artist and public engagement. Next year marks the beginning of the first ‘three-year plan’ within the strategy, and in its annual investment statement, the Arts Council said the increase in its grant from Government would enable it to deliver on a number of strategic priorities, while at the same enhancing its investment relationships with a number of key organisations and partners.
For 2017, the Arts Council increased investment in small festivals through several funding schemes; to independent artists particularly emerging artists through its bursary and project awards; to community-focused programmes; to work specifically for young people and children; and to its partnership with local authorities.
- Festivals €3 million up from €2.7 million
- Individual Artists €7.9 million up from €6.8 million
- International Programme for Artists €466,000 up from €414,000
- Local Authority funding €2.2 million up from €2 million
- Young People and Children €3.7 million up from €3.1 million
- Community-Focused Programmes €1.7 million up from €1.1 million
For 2017, the Arts Council also offered €26.8 million in funding, up from €25.6 in 2016, to 163 organisations in literature, music, dance, visual arts, theatre, street art, circus, spectacle, opera, film, architecture and the traditional arts, as well as through special areas of arts practice such as arts participation and young people, children and arts education.
Amongst the grants offered to organisations were:
€800,000 to Druid Theatre Company; €1,440,00 to Wexford Festival Opera; €530,000 for Galway Arts Festival; €180,000 for the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras; €565,000 to The Ark; €165,000 for Fabulous Beast; €150,000 to Age and Opportunity; €100,000 for the Irish Architecture Foundation; €650,000 to the Irish Traditional Music Archive; €115,000 for Cork Midsummer Festival; €377,000 for Royal Hibernian Academy; €916,000 to the Irish Chamber Orchestra; €258,000 for Waterford Spraoi; and €105,000 for Ennis’ Glór Irish Music Centre.
In addition, €945,000 has been awarded to three organisations -- Landmark Productions, Irish Youth Opera and Northern Irish Opera -- for the Opera Production Award.
The Council has also increased its investment in touring with €1.4m invested in performances which will go ‘on the road’, reaching every county in Ireland, both north and south. It offered a grant of €6.1 million to the Abbey Theatre, and has maintained €2.7 million to Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists which entitles each qualifying member to an annual ‘cnuas’ bursary of €17,180.
Arts Council Chair Sheila Pratschke said: “Our grant from Government for 2017 is €65.1 million, which is €5 million more than 2016. Our strategy prioritises the artist and public engagement, and our decisions for 2017 focus on small festivals, individual and emerging artists, community-based practice and work with and for children and young people. This means more great work will be made by artists and arts organisations for people in every part of the country.”Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said: “In our investment approach, we have focused in particular on broadening the reach of the arts in Ireland. We will work with a range of partners, in local, community, educational, youth and other settings, to ensure that people experience the best of the arts over the next 12 months.”
The Arts Council’s online funding map is here: www.artscouncil.ie/map-of-funding-decisions-2017/
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