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An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD, has today officially launched Into the Light: The Arts Council - 60 Years of Supporting the Arts in Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane to mark the 60th anniversary of the Arts Council. Into the Light is a major series of exhibitions which will celebrate the work of Irish artists and 60 years of support of the arts by the Arts Council.
"The arts are capable of stimulating more job creation and economic activity at a time we need it most" - Pat Moylan, Chair of the Arts Council.
The Arts Council will mark its 60th anniversary with a series of exhibitions titled 'Into the Light: The Arts Council - 60 Years of Supporting the Arts'. The exhibitions will run concurrently in four partner venues throughout the country from December 2012. The partner venues are: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin; Limerick City Gallery of Art; Crawford Art Gallery; The Model, Sligo.
The Arts Council has today (18th October 2012) launched Choirland - an anthology of Irish choral music, as one of the events this year that marks the Arts Council's 60th anniversary.
A report on the economic impact of the arts in Ireland, published this morning (8 October 2012), shows that the arts provide significant direct and indirect employment, with the Arts Council's annual funding from the Exchequer supporting some 2,270 jobs. The employment supported generates an annual turnover of €184 million with tax revenues (in the form of PAYE/income tax, PRSI and VAT), to the Irish Exchequer of €42 million.
‘Meditation’ (2009) by Patrick Scott, one of Ireland’s greatest living artists, is the title image for a major series of exhibitions which will take place from December this year to celebrate the work of Irish contemporary artists and 60 years of support for the sector by the Arts Council.
Eight leading Irish arts organisations are aiming to raise €10 million in private funding over the next five years as part of a new Arts Council initiative. The pilot project is designed to place the organisations on a stronger financial footing and will mean people around the country will be able to experience more high quality performances, exhibitions, film screenings and other arts events.
As part of the Culture Night celebrations the Arts Council will open its doors on Friday 21 September from 5.30 pm until 9.00 pm to showcase work from its collection. A special focus this year will be on two works by the artist Patrick Scott, who was elected as a Saoi of Aosdana in July 2007.
The Chairman of the Arts Council Ms Pat Moylan has welcomed the announcement of additional jobs for Galway by the gaming company Electronic Arts. The Creative Industries hold a real dividend for Ireland, Ms Moylan said.
In 2012, the Arts Council celebrates the 60 years of supporting the arts with a series of exhibitions titled 'Into the Light - 60 Years of Supporting the Arts' which will be held in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Sligo. The exhibitions will consist of works selected from over 1,000 pieces which make up the Arts Council collection.
Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.