The Arts Council has primary responsibility for developing the artform of architecture in Ireland. We fulfil this responsibility by supporting the creative development of architects and the public’s engagement with architecture. We are not directly involved with the commercial/industrial aspects of the sector.
The Arts Council’s role in this area is complemented by a number of state agencies and bodies who share responsibility for the development of the sector. Overarching governmental responsibility lies with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government; in 2009 the department issued a new policy on architecture (pdf, 2.5 kb). The Arts Council was centrally involved in developing this policy, and a number of commitments outlined in the document complement our own goals in the area. Other key partners include the Office of Public Works, the Heritage Council, local government and the professional body, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. In addition, through our partnership with Culture Ireland we support representation of our finest architects on the most important platform for contemporary architecture, the International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale.