Our short policy statements summarising the Arts Council’s position on over 20 areas of work, provide an outline of how we understand these areas of work. These statements are available from the Arts in Ireland section of the website.
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You can find details of Arts Council policy by going to the Arts in Ireland section of the website. Here you will find short policy statements summarising the Arts Council’s position on over 20 areas of work outlining: draft policy area profiles, strengths, challenges, and what might be done by the Arts Council and others to address these challenges. You can also download a copy of Partnership for the Arts: In Practice (PDF, 0.31 MB) which is the Arts Council’s action plan for the next three years and outlines our programme of work.
Our core functions under the Arts Act 2003 are to:
- stimulate public interest in the arts;
- promote knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts;
- assist in improving standards in the arts;
- advise the Minister and other public bodies on the arts.
We do this by:
- providing financial assistance, mainly, but not exclusively, to artists and arts organisations;
- we also support others who develop and promote the arts;
- offering advice and information on the arts to Government and to others;
- publishing research and information as an advocate for the arts and artists;
- undertaking a range of projects to promote and develop the arts, often in partnership with others.
The Arts Council publishes a free monthly email newsletter which includes information about current Arts Council events and news, including updates on funding deadlines and decisions. You can sign up for the newsletter here.
Also information on our past activities from 1951 to the present is available in our Annual Reports in the Publications section.