23 March 2012: Arts Council archive stories offer insight into 1960s

The Arts Council today published a further ten stories on its archive website - an initiative launched last autumn to mark the 60th anniversary of the Arts Council.

The Arts Council was established on 4 December 1951 under the Arts Act, 1951. The first meetings of the Arts Council were held in January 1952.

The website story project draws on the Council's archive which is located in its office at 70 Merrion Square in Dublin. The stories selected for the site last autumn were from the early years of the Arts Council, the 1950s; those published today are mainly from the 1960s. They too have been selected from the Council's large archive of documentation and are primarily told by presenting digital copies of documents including letters, minutes and photographs. Stories include:

Commenting on the stories, Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said: 'The 1960s was a very interesting decade in Ireland with major cultural changes in communications and in education, for example. The story material we have published aims to offer an insight into the Arts Council, the progression of its work from the 1950s to the 1960s, its dealings with individual artists, the general public, public bodies and government departments. We hope the site and the stories selected will appeal to both the general public and scholars alike.'

The archive stories website is a sub-site of the Council's main site www.artscouncil.ie. It can be accessed directly at www.archivestories.artscouncil.ie

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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