About us

In the 'About us' FAQs section we have provided you with some frequently asked questions about general issues relating to the Arts Council such as: our location, hours, budget, members of the Arts Council etc. 

 
What does the Arts Council do?

The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon is an autonomous body established in 1951 to stimulate public interest in and promote the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts. We are the Irish State's principal instrument of arts funding and an advisory body to Government on arts matters, operating under the Arts Acts of 1951, 1973, and 2003. More information about the Arts Council and  its role and activities is available from the About us and the Arts in Ireland sections of the website.


Who are the Arts Council members?

The Arts Council (12 members and a Chair) is appointed by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Ms Mary Hanafin TD.

You can find a listing of the members and further information about the Council on the Council Members section of the website.


When was the Arts Council established?

The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon was established in 1951 to stimulate public interest in and promote the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts. We are the Irish State's principal instrument of arts funding and an advisory body to Government on arts matters, operating under the Arts Acts of 1951, 1973, and 2003.
 
Information on our activities from 1951 to the present is available in our Annual Reports, available to download from our publications section.

You might also take a look at Dreams and Responsibilities (1990) (PDF, 1.12 MB) a detailed account of the state and the arts in Ireland from 1922 – 1988. This book will give you a history of the Arts Council and is available in the publications section.


What is the Arts Council's annual budget?

The Arts Council's annual budget varies from year to year. The Arts Council's grant from the Irish Exchequer in 2014 is €56.9 million.

As the Irish Government’s development agency for the arts, the Arts Council is the major funder of the arts in Ireland. Each year it provides grants to arts organisations, along with grants for individual artists, or groups of artists (artists’ bursaries). Grants are always made with the objective of promoting artistic excellence and innovation.


Where do you get your funding?
The Arts Council’s annual budget is made up of grants in aid from the Irish Exchequer, and income from the National Lottery. The Arts Council’s annual budget also includes income from other sources such as trust funds. The Arts Council publishes a public statement of its financial accounts in its Annual Report.

Where are your offices located?

The Arts Council is located at 70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland.  Telephone + 353 1 618 0200 (Callsave 1850 392492) for directions.


What are your opening hours?

The Arts Council opening hours are: 9.15 am-5.30pm, Monday-Friday. We are closed on weekends and public holidays.


How many people work in the Arts Council?
In addition to the Director, a staff of 44 full-time equivalents carries out the daily functions of the organisation. Arts advisers, who provide additional expertise and strategic advice on different aspects of the arts, are retained on a consultancy basis.

Where can I get the Arts Council logo to acknowledge financial support?

There are strict guidelines for use of the Arts Council financial support logo. You can find these guidelines in the financial support section of the Arts Council website. Please contact Joe Stuart, Press and Communications Officer, for further information on the logo and its use.


How can I make a complaint?

If you have a complaint or are unhappy about any aspect of the Arts Councils service, you can contact the Arts Council or the manager of the service you have been dealing with to let them know your concerns.   Full details of the Arts Council's complaint procedure can be found here.


How can I share my views with the Arts Council?

The Arts Council is committed to providing an open, accountable and accessible system of procedures and processes in relation to all areas of its work. Any suggestions as to how we might improve our services may be directed to info@artscouncil.ie


Portrait to smile once a year - John Gerard
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Portrait to smile once a year (Real time 3D image object) - John Gerrard, 2006, Arts Council collection.

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