As part of its ongoing partnership with the Clore Leadership Programme, the Arts Council is pleased to announce that it will provide bursaries for up to five places on the Clore Leadership Short Courses in 2012.
The Arts Council this morning welcomed the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins to its offices at Merrion Square, Dublin, as guest of honour at an event to mark its sixtieth year.
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.
The Arts Council has expressed its regret at the passing of poet and Aosdána member Pearse Hutchinson, who died on Saturday 14 January 2012.
The Arts Council has adopted a new policy on opera which sets out how it intends to promote and develop opera in Ireland.
Sixty-six small festivals and events from Dingle to Drogheda, from Kanturk to Westport have been awarded funding from the Arts Council under round one of its Small Festivals Scheme for 2012.
Commenting on the Arts Council’s Budget 2012 allocation of €63.1 million, Pat Moylan, Chairman of the Arts Council said:"Given the financial difficulties facing the Government and our country at this time, the Arts Council appreciates the work done by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to minimise the cut to the Arts Council - containing it to a 3.2% reduction on last year’s allocation."
The Arts Council extends its warmest congratulations to Kevin Barry on the news that he has been shortlisted for the 2011 Costa First Novel Award.
A report on the economic impact of the arts in Ireland, launched this morning (16 November 2011) by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, shows that the arts provide significant direct and indirect employment, with Arts Council's annual funding from the Exchequer supporting over 2,600 jobs
The Arts Council is reminding arts organisations of the deadline for applications under its three main grant programmes: Regularly Funded Organisations, Annual Programming Grants and Annual Funding. This relates to applications seeking funding for the period April 2012 - March 2013.
Yelemba dance troupe from the Ivory Coast - Clonmel Junction Festival.