Minister Madigan welcomes Arts Council’s funding of Artists   

Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today, welcomed the announcement by the Arts Council of funding totalling almost €7 million to more than 100 artists, arts organisations and projects right across the country. Funding across a number of arts genres including, circus, dance, film, festivals, literature music, theatre and traditional, and covering every corner of Ireland and indeed internationally provides a great shot in the arm for the industry.

Today’s announcement is a manifestation of the Arts Council’s new funding framework, which is designed specially to deliver on its strategy, Making Great Art Work.

Over the course of the year, the Arts Council, which is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will invest €68.4 million in the arts.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Minister Madigan said: “I am delighted to announce this investment in our arts. Art enriches us personally, gives heart and expression to our community, leaves us more creative and imaginative, drives our economy with creativity and innovation.  It makes Ireland attractive for tourism but most of all, the arts in Ireland brings us together — and keeps us together. Art is the interpretation, interrogation and expression of our diverse identities.

My job as Minister is not to make art but to support art and to enable artists by sustaining momentum and investment.  I know too,   the essential, central role of the Arts Council in sustaining, encouraging and supporting the arts.

The state plays a role in supporting the arts. It is something to be proud of that we as a people honour our artists. It is to say that we are striving to make art intrinsic to the enjoyment of citizenship. The exciting funding programme announced here today will further that agenda this year and for many years to come”.


Further Information

Highlights of the Arts Council’s funding include:

  • €28.4 million through its Strategic Funding programme to 156 organisations in literature, music, dance, visual arts, theatre, street art, circus, spectacle, opera, film, architecture and the traditional arts, as well as through special areas of arts practice such as arts participation and young people, children and arts education.
  • Special focus on arts programmes for children and young people, including central role for Arts Council in Government’s new Scoileanna Ildánaca/Creative Schools initiative in 150 schools and a special investment of €600,000
  • Multi-annual grants for some organisations, to allow better planning for 2019 and 2020
  • Development arts funding for all 31 local authorities and Ealaín na Gaeltachta, and investment of some €2.4 million
  • Investment of €5.5 million in arts centres around the country
  • Abbey Theatre supported in its ambitious new plans with tours around Ireland with €7 million for 2018
  • Aosdána sustained and cnuas maintained to honour and support our established artists, with investment of €2.7 million
  • A new national opera company bringing Irish productions from the great operatic repertoire, with overall investment in opera of €4.7 million



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