25 January 2012: Arts Council commits an additional €740K in 2012 to see 33 arts organisations & artists tour

Audiences all over the country will have an opportunity in 2012 to enjoy some of the best in literature, visual arts, dance, film, theatre, music, traditional arts, street arts and circus, participatory arts and activity specifically for young people, with 33 arts organisations and individual artists receiving funding from the Arts Council to specifically tour work in Ireland to venues nationwide.

This specific touring fund of over €740,000 is allocated under the Council's Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme for the second half of 2012. This is in addition to €750,000 in funding previously announced for touring projects taking place in the first half of 2012. This brings the total amount of funding the Arts Council has offered in 2012 under this scheme to c. €1.5m. A further €125,000 has been allocated to four artists and organisations to assist with their advance touring plans for 2013.

Organisations to receive funding to tour in the second half of 2012 include the Abbey Theatre to enable it to tour its production of The Plough and the Stars by Sean O'Casey; Corn Exchange to tour its hit production Man of Valour and Blood in the Alley Productions to tour Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr in West Cork; visual artists Cleary and Connolly with their interactive work, Hall of Mirrors after its showing at Farmleigh and a retrospective of painter Dermot Seymour; top traditional artists, Máirtín O'Connor, Liz Carroll and  David Flynn, who with other legendary Irish musicians, will tour across the country showcasing the artistry of Irish tune composers and the Cork Opera House production of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas.

Welcoming today's announcement, Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, said: "In our Programme for Government we commit to protecting the State's investment in regional arts infrastructure. I am delighted to welcome the Arts Council's announcement of a further €740,000 in grants to enable music, dance, visual art, traditional arts, theatre and literary events and arts performances for young people to tour venues and centres of all kinds in Ireland this year. Not only will the shows be of great interest locally and complement the existing arts activities of communities, but the work will also attract cultural tourism opportunities and help to increase some local employment in these towns and villages."

Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said: "The Arts Council is committed to enabling work of artistic quality produced in this country to be seen by as many people in as many places as possible throughout Ireland. The work is there, the venues are there, let’s enjoy them and appreciate them."

The organisations to receive funding to tour in the second half of 2012 are as follows:

1. Access Cinema (film) €8,950
2. Artery Limited (traditional arts) €9,300
3. Blood in the Alley productions (theatre) €48,500
4. Classical Links (music) €25,825
5. Cleary, Anne, (visual arts) €35,264
6. Coady, Michael (music) €9,409
7. Cork Opera House (opera) €45,000
8. Corn Exchange (theatre), €48,500
9. Dance Theatre of Ireland (dance) €50,000
10. Darklight Film Festival (film) €7,500
11. Diver, Gerry (traditional arts) €6,500
12. Féile Africa (music) €9,340
13. Fidget Feet (circus) €46,000
14. First music contact (music), €28,000
15. Flynn, David (traditional arts) €9,000
16. Gaeltchultúr (Irish language literature) €6,750
17. Guidewires (traditional arts) €25,000
18. Henley, Nicola (arts participation) €12,500
19. Irish Baroque Orchestra (music) €30,100
20. Irish Film Institute (film) €10,295
21. Irish Modern Dance Theatre (dance) €14,970
22. Irish Writers' Centre (literature) €18,000
23. Little Island (literature) €6,388
24. Lords of Strut (street arts) €12,000
25. Lovett, Louis (young people, children and education) €15,900
26. Nomad Theatre Network (theatre) €68,500
27. Note Productions (music) €17,500
28. Smyth, Jim (visual arts) €20,000
29. The Abbey Theatre (theatre) €58,500
30. The Gallery Press (literature) €5,550
31. The O’ Brien Press (literature) €11,000
32. Vallely, Caoimhín (traditional arts) €10,000
33. Waterford Theatre Royal Society (theatre) €10,000

The four organisations and artists to receive funding under the scheme's advance planning strand (i.e. for 2013) are the dancer, Monica Loughman (€24,800), conductor Fergus Sheil, (€50,325), Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork (€28,875) and the Solstice Arts Centre in Meath (€21,000).

Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.
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Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.

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