Minister Humphreys announces capital funding of more than €9m for arts and cultural centres

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Monday) announced details of more than €9 million in capital funding for arts and culture centres across the country. The Minister made the announcement as part of the Creative Ireland programme, with funding provided under her Department’s Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018.

A total of 56 cultural organisations will benefit from this capital investment, including theatres, heritage centres, galleries, archives, integrated arts centres, artist studios and creative and performance spaces.

Seven flagship projects will receive substantial funding allocations:

  • Solstice Meath Arts Centre – €300,000
  • The Irish Arial Creation Centre (home of Fidget Feet) – €350,000
  • The Hunt Museum, Limerick – €400,000
  • The Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo – €550,000
  • Cavan Town Hall Theatre – €750,000
  • The Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare – €1,000,000
  • Wexford Arts Centre – €1,000,000

A further 49 projects will receive funding ranging from €20,000 to €276,000.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“This €9 million announcement is the most significant investment in regional arts and cultural centres in a decade. The Creative Ireland Programme places a focus on investing in our cultural infrastructure, because high quality infrastructure is critical for a vibrant arts and culture sector, which in turn underpins social cohesion and supports sustainable economic growth.

“I have visited numerous arts and cultural centres over the last number of years, and it is abundantly clear to me that we are well served in terms of the number of centres nationwide. The main objective of these capital grants is to maintain and enhance the existing stock of arts and culture centres, many of which need to be upgraded.

“We deliberately made this scheme as flexible as possible to ensure projects of varying sizes could benefit. The largest funding awards – of €1 million each – are going to Wexford Arts Centre and the Riverbank Arts Centre in Kildare. However a wide variety of other projects will also benefit including new lighting and sound systems in theatres, the conversion of an old Post Office to an artist studio and the improvement of digital facilities. These projects all aim to improve the audience and creative experience. This funding package will also ensure past investment in these arts and cultural centres is protected and sustained.

“This kind of investment goes to the very heart of what I am trying to achieve through Creative Ireland and the Action Plan for Rural Development. Creative Ireland aims to place culture and creativity at the heart of every community nationwide, while the Rural Action Plan seeks to revitalise rural towns and villages through a range of investments and initiatives. Of the €9 million in funding I am announcing today, over 85% is going to projects outside Dublin. However, a number of very important cultural facilities in the capital will benefit, including The Irish Film Institute, the Ark, the Gallery of Photography and the Project Arts Centre.

“Creative Ireland aims to promote individual, community and national wellbeing through cultural activity. A vibrant cultural sector is essential to society and investment in local arts and cultural centres helps to facilitate access to and participation in the arts in communities nationwide.

“I will be opening a further Stream of funding under this Scheme (Stream 3) in the coming weeks. It will be geared towards providing smaller capital grants of up to €20,000 to not-for-profit organisations with a defined arts and cultural remit. While the amounts involved are relatively modest, the grants will in themselves make a huge difference to individual organisations.”


Notes to Editor:

Please see below the full list of organisations to benefit from funding under Stream 1 and 2 of the Arts and Cultural Capital Scheme 2016-2018:

Arts & Culture Capital Scheme 2016 Streams 1 & 2
Organisation County Grant award Stream
Wandesford Quay Ltd (WQL) Cork 90,842 1
Cork County Council / Briery Gap Cork 250,000 1
Abbey Arts and Cultural Centre Donegal 164,785 1
Lifford Association Tourism Commerce & Heritage Limited (LATCH) Donegal 215,753 1
Civic Theatre Company Limited Dublin 132,280 1
Fire Station Artists’s Studios Dublin 30,643 1
Fund it Dublin 21,250 1
Irish Film Institute Dublin 149,801 1
Irish Georgian Society Dublin 90,000 1
National Maritime Musuem of Ireland                               [Maritime Institute of Ireland (Foras Muiridhe ne h-Eireann)] Dublin 49,705 1
Galway City Museum Galway 180,280 1
Yeats Thoor Ballylee Development Ltd Galway 22,000 1
The Dock / Leitrim County Council Leitrim 128,337 1
Dance Limerick Hub CLG Limerick 75,015 1
Jackie Clarke Collection Mayo 24,300 1
Birr Stage Guild Ltd., Offaly 32,844 1
Roscommon Arts Centre Roscommon 276,615 1
Barker Arts Centre t/a Garter Lane Arts Centre Waterford 50,000 1
Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre Wicklow 36,036 1
Glór Clare 37,029 1
The Everyman Palace Ltd Cork 155,463 1
Cork Opera House DAC Cork 176,288 1
Draíocht Dublin 47,730 1
First Fortnight Ltd Dublin 20,560 1
Gallery of Photography Ireland Dublin 24,963 1
National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) Dublin 120,000 1
Pavilion Theatre Management Co. Ltd Dublin 149,855 1
Project Arts Centre Dublin 260,485 1
The Ark t/a The Children’s Cultural Centre ltd Dublin 130,429 1
Glenamaddy Arts & Historical Co-Op Society Ltd Galway 50,000 1
Town Hall Theatre Galway 118,129 1
The Watergate Theatre Kilkenny 81,858 1
North Leitrim Glens Development Company Ltd Leitrim 50,000 1
Lime Tree Theatre Limerick Limited Limerick 45,232 1
Limerick City Gallery of Art Limerick 125,850 1
Linenhall Arts Centre Co Ltd Mayo 42,000 1
Inniskeen Development Group Ltd Monaghan 188,636 1
Old Post Office Clones /Monaghan County Council Monaghan 144,077 1
Blackcastle Theatre Company Tipperary 23,000 1
The Source Arts Centre Tipperary 68,000 1
Tinahely Courthouse CLG t/a The Courthouse Arts Centre Wicklow 28,000 1
Firkin Crane Ltd,. Cork 150,000 1
An Grianán Theatre Donegal 46,420 1
Donegal County Museum Donegal 27,962 1
A4 Arts Studio & Community Education Centre Limited Dublin 22,800 1
The MART Gallery Ltd, Dublin 34,825 1
Cultural Centre Killarney /Kerry County Council Kerry 120,320 1
Custom House Studios Mayo 43,274 1
Dean Crowe Trust Westmeath 113,772 1
Dublin Theatre Festival Dublin 60,128 1
The Gate Theatre Dublin 24,680 1
Cork Butter Museum Limited Cork 41,424 1
Musaem Chorca Dhuibhne (f/c Oidhreacht Kerry 36,045 1
Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland Dublin 33,810 1
The Moat Club Ltd Kildare 120,000 1
Riverbank Arts Centre Kildare 1,000,000 2
Meath Arts Centre (Solstice)/Meath Co Co Meath 300,000 2
Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo 550,000 2
Irish Arial Creation Centre Limerick 350,000 2
The Hunt Museum Ltd Limerick 400,000 2
Wexford Arts Centre/Wexford Co Co Wexford 1,000,000 2
Townhall Cavan / Cavan Arts & Culture Centre Ltd. Cavan 750,000 2
Total allocated 9,333,531

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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