Speaking today following announcement of the Arts Council’s funding for 2018, Sheila Pratschke, Chair of the Arts Council said: "There is huge disappointment across the arts sector today at news of the 2018 budget allocation for the arts. Our funding of €68m will allow us to meet existing commitments but will severely hamper our efforts to broaden support to artists and organisations nationwide. While this will be a very difficult year for us and those we fund, we trust that the Taoiseach and government will stand over the promise to double funding to the arts and culture sector by 2024. We will continue to work with Minister Humphreys, to advocate for this increased investment in the arts and cultural sector. We need a commitment from government that we will have a significant uplift in investment from 2019”.
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