The Arts Council has published its strategic overview for 2011 to 2013, saying that the document will inform its decisions over the period.
The publication, Developing the Arts in Ireland, presents the agency's strategic priorities, and says the Council will strive to maintain balanced and sustainable arts provision, funding artists and organisations throughout the country.
Arts Council Chairman Pat Moylan said: "The Arts Council's task is to fund and develop the arts in good times and in bad. Our strategic approach outlines the principles by which the Arts Council will steer our course over the next three years, which we know will be challenging for all."
The Arts Council said it was publishing the strategic overview "in a spirit of confidence, tempered by the realism required to plan and provide for the arts at a time of significant difficulty in the public finances," and stressed that the consequences of some decisions could be "far from what we would wish in ideal circumstances".
In the overview, the Arts Council commits itself to working in effective partnership with a range of other bodies and with the arts sector. The agency says it will also continue to work closely with Fáilte Ireland to promote the arts element of Ireland's tourism offer, and build new partnerships to contribute to economic development and job creation, especially in the creative and cultural and industries.