The Arts Council is pleased to announce the third group of organisations to participate in the Touring Experiment. The Touring Experiment is an initiative of the Arts Council - a two year action research project designed to inform and shape future policy for touring in the Republic of Ireland. The Touring Experiment will present its recommendations to the Arts Council early in 2008.
Under this third and final round, following submissions of over 38 Expressions of Interest, twenty six detailed proposals seeking a total of c. €650K were considered. The Arts Council decision means that over €280k has now been offered to a further fifteen companies and individual artists in five art forms. This brings the total allocated by the Arts Council to the Touring Experiment to over €2.1m.
Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council, said: “The third and final funding round of the Touring Experiment is now complete and audiences all around the country can look forward to seeing some excellent shows. We will be seeking feedback from a sample of those involved in the experiment: audiences, performers, companies and venues. We are confident that the Arts Council will be able to offer a robust touring programme once the experiences of the experiment have been evaluated. The Council will be looking to Government to invest €100 million in the arts in 2008 to make high quality touring in all the art forms a reality.”
The Touring Experiment is an initiative operated on behalf of the Arts Council by Temple Bar Cultural Trust in conjunction with the Irish Theatre Institute.