Some of Ireland’s most talented and most promising writers, musicians, film-makers, visual artists and dancers this week received more than €900,000 in funding from the taxpayer, the Arts Council has announced.
A total of 76 individual artists from across the country received the grants as part of the Arts Council’s Bursary awards for 2008. The Arts Council received a total of 373 applications and has offered funding totalling €915,210.
Among those receiving the awards were authors; Julia Kelly, Claire Kilroy and Darach Ó Scolaí; traditional Irish fiddle player Zoe Conway; film-makers Naomi Wilson and Stephen Burke; dance artists James Hosty and Catherine Young; and visual artists Séamus Nolan and Eoin McHugh.
Speaking at a function to celebrate the awards, Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council, said Ireland should be very proud of its artists, and the passion and hard work they bring each day to their task of creating art.
"We know as well as you that what makes you an artist isn’t the opening nights, the launches or the premieres. It’s that quiet yet insistent voice within that must be heard," Ms Cloake said.
"The wider public often sees only the tip of the iceberg. Today we acknowledge the hard work and long hours that go into creating art of the highest calibre," she added.