17 June 2011: Engaging with Architecture Scheme

The Arts Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht announce the Engaging with Architecture Scheme 2011, with the purpose of supporting new and exciting projects which will engage the public with architecture. The closing date for applications is Thursday 21 July 2011 and projects must take place before 31 March 2012.

Claire Doyle, Head of Architecture at the Arts Council said: 'We are delighted to announce the second year of this funding scheme in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Government Policy on Architecture implementation programme. The Department’s commitment to this scheme affirms its achievements last year and demonstrates a real understanding of the importance of engaging the public with the built environment’.

Martin Colreavy, Chief Architectural Advisor/Government Advisor on Architectural Policy, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said: 'The quality of our built environment profoundly affects the quality of our everyday lives and this understanding is one of the key drivers behind the design and continual regeneration of our built environment. Through this joint collaboration with the Arts Council, the Government Policy on Architecture programme is delighted to support what is a unique opportunity to promote awareness and understanding of the contribution of good design to the daily life and well being of society as a whole, and hope that the comprehensive results of the first year's initiative will further enhance a better understanding for this year's programme.'

The scheme was developed in 2010 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).

Under last year’s initiative the following applicants received funding:

ApplicantCountyAmount awarded
Camphill CallanKilkenny€20,000
Kelly FitzgeraldDublin€8,630
Kinsale Arts WeekCork€20,000
Marianne O'Kane BoalDonegal€9,285
Offaly County CouncilOffaly€20,000
Ríonach Ní NéillGalway€20,000
Waterford Festival of ArchitectureWaterford€2,000
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