The Arts Council and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government have launched a new scheme with the purpose of engaging the public with architecture. The Engaging with Architecture Scheme was developed as a partnership initiative in response to both the Government Policy on Architecture 2009 - 2015 Towards a Sustainable Future: Delivering Quality within the Built Environment and the Arts Council's research into Public Engagement with Architecture (2009). The closing date for applications is Thursday 16 September 2010 and projects must take place before the end of August 2011.
Claire Doyle, Head of Architecture at the Arts Council said: "We are delighted to announce this initiative in partnership with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The Arts Council is committed to working with partners to improve provision for the arts in Ireland and this scheme reflects how new initiatives can be delivered in difficult times. Our hope for the scheme is that it will stimulate architecture programming and events throughout the country, empowering people to become more involved with architecture and their built environment."
Ciarán Cuffe TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government with special responsibility for the Government Policy on Architecture welcomed the Arts Council initiative noting that, "through developing partnerships like the 'Engaging with Architecture Scheme' the Government recognises the importance that quality architecture can underpin in the design of sustainable places and communities. It is hoped that such initiatives will provide real outcomes and build awareness of the value of architecture to quality of life in Ireland as supported by the Actions of the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015."
More information on this scheme is available here.